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November 1, 2023 Woo Wednesday

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Woo Wednesday Online Meetup at Noon Pacific Time

Join Up At: Meetup.com

Other Upcoming Meetups (Pacific Time)

Dallas/Fort Worth WordPress: Event PageFeaturing Eric L.

WORDPRESS HELP-DESK SUPPORT: List of WP Meetup Groups – By Eagle

Ottawa WP – SEO Panel and open discussion: November 1st @ 4:00 pm

Bakersfield WP – Virtual WordPress Wednesday: November 1st @ 7:00 pm

Seattle WP – Free Lancer Meetup: November 2nd @ 10:00 am

Learn WP -What’s New In WordPress 6.4? November 2nd @ 11:00 am

West Orlando WP – 1st Friday Collaboration Meetup: November 3rd @ 7:00 am

Buffalo WP – Monthly Meetup: November 3rd @ 4:00 pm

Santa Cruz/San Jose WP – Help Desk: November 3rd @ 6:00 pm

Midcities WP – Round Table Discussion: November 4th @ 11:00 am

Global WP – Get Clients, Fill Webinars, Get Gigs, Expand Sales: November 4th @ 1:30 pm

Sacramento WP – Monthly Meetup: November 7th @ 6:30 pm

Woo News

WooCommerce 8.2.1 Released

  • We’ve rolled back a change introduced in 8.2.0 that automatically selected all global attribute terms when adding a global attribute to a product. #40729

You can download the latest release of WooCommerce here or visit Dashboard → Updates to update the plugin from your WordPress admin screen.

As usual, if you spot issues in WooCommerce core, please log them in detail on GitHub. Found a security issue? Please submit a report via HackerOne.

We’re committed to increasing our investment in this domain to simplify the process of making extensions compatible and facilitating the implementation of their features for a seamless shopping experience. In this article, we’ll provide a concise overview of the most common extensibility requests, link to relevant GitHub discussions, followed by a preview of our upcoming roadmap.”

WooCommerce Rebrands as Woo

From WP Tavern

“WooCommerce is rebranding to “Woo,” a shorter, more playful version of the company name that many customers are already using. Automattic acquired WooCommerce in 2015, along with WooThemes. The open source commerce platform now powers more than 4.4 million live websites, including 33% of the top 1 million online stores.

The rebranding extends to the Woo Marketplace, WooExperts program, and all other aspects of the Woo experience. It also includes a migration of WooCommerce.com to the woo.com domain.”

WooCommerce Blocks Extensibility Snaps – October 2023

From the WooCommerce Developers Blog

Highlights:

Making WooCommerce Components available to developers

We recently shared our plans to make some components available to developers through a new package @woocommerce/blocks-components – we’ve been working through this list and some of these components made it into the 11.4.0 release of WooCommerce Blocks!

  • FormStep
  • Spinner
  • RadioControl
  • FormattedMonetaryAmount
  • Chip (and RemovableChip)
  • CheckboxList

To use these, we recommend using the @woocommerce/dependency-extraction-webpack-plugin (Version 2.3.0 will include support for `@woocommerce/blocks-components which should be released soon).

We expect the remaining components in the list (besides Combobox and FormTokenField) to be included in WooCommerce Blocks 11.5.0

Be sure to follow the discussion on GitHub to keep up to date with this effort.

Storybook

As part of this effort, we want to document these components in the WooCommerce Blocks Storybook – we spent some time working on bug fixes for our storybook setup and we’re now in a good spot to start creating examples to make it easier to use these components.

Adding custom checkout fields to the WooCommerce Checkout Block

We recently shared a discussion about empowering developers to add custom fields to the WooCommerce Checkout block. @senadir has been working on a technical proposal for this work and as always we welcome any and all feedback on it.

We plan to start working on this in the next weeks and we will post updates on the discussion when we have something to share.

WooCommerce Blocks 11.4.1 Release Notes

From the WooCommerce Developers Blog

The latest version of WooCommerce Blocks, version 11.4.1, is now available for download on WordPress.org and GitHub.

The 11.4.0 release was published with incomplete package issues. Version 11.4.1 addressed this problem.

Bug Fixes

  • Regenerate package.

Store Editing Snaps: October 09 – 20

Product Collection Block:

This project aims to create a Product Collection block that mirrors the functionality of the Products (Beta) block. The key difference with this block is that it will be built as a standalone/forked block, and not as a variation of the Query Loop block. This will offer us greater flexibility for customization and a better overall user experience for our merchants.

Coupon Metadata in Orders: Help Us Decide

From the WooCommerce Developers Blog

Every time a coupon is applied to an order, a copy of the entire coupon object is stored as part of the order metadata. This causes the database space used by WooCommerce to grow tremendously in stores with heavy coupon usage. There is an open issue regarding this here.

Store Operations: Ensuring Your Inventory Management System Works for You

From the WooCommerce Developers Blog

Running a successful online store requires a solid inventory management system. Whether you plan to remain one of the beloved small businesses that cater to a local neighborhood or you have your eyes set on becoming a large enterprise, you’ll need to manage inventory efficiently.

Without an effective inventory management system, you’ll likely experience problems like running out of your best products, being unable to fulfill orders, and not knowing what you have in stock.

Ecommerce inventory management systems can help you monitor all of these variables and keep customers happy. Plus, when you implement an automated solution, you can free up your time to focus on other aspects of your business — like gaining new customers and developing the next award-winning product line.”

In this article, we’ll cover: 

  • the components of inventory management and its challenges, 
  • key features to look for in an ecommerce inventory management system,
  • and how to implement this system on your site. 

New to WooCommerce? Why WooCommerce Security is So Important

From the Kadence Blog

“WooCommerce security is incredibly important. But it’s also one of the biggest struggles entrepreneurs face online. With all there is to learn about setting up your shop, cybersecurity can fall to the back burner.

…We’re here today to walk you through everything you need to know about protecting your site. With our guide, you’ll learn how to protect a WooCommerce store, including all the best security strategies to bolster your defenses.”

Q. Solid Security Plugin

WooCommerce’s Expert Reveals Top Pointers for Retail Businesses to Succeed Online

From Yahoo News

In the latest interview, DesignRush spoke with Mary Voelker, Program Manager for the WooExperts Agency at WooCommerce, to gain expert advice on achieving success in the competitive eCommerce landscape.

“A well-crafted store should mirror your objectives, resonate with your target audience, and seamlessly integrate with your operational processes,” says Voelker. “Enlisting expert guidance can be critical in this process.”

Highlights of this interview with Voelker include:

  • Practical tips for businesses looking to venture into eCommerce
  • Addressing real-life challenges commonly faced by online retailers
  • Marketing tactics that are vital for online retail success
  • Expert predictions on the future of the eCommerce industry
  • A closer look at WooCommerce’s key features and its unique eCommerce approach

Assureful Raises $1.5 Million to Reinvent Insurance for eCommerce Sellers

From NTMCNET News

“Assureful is the first insurance provider to integrate with major eCommerce marketplaces like Amazon, Walmart and Ebay as well as platforms such as Shopify, BigCommerce and WooCommerce to provide customized embedded usage-based and monthly billed insurance premiums based on sellers’ actual sales volume and prouct categories.

It uses Generative AI and Machine Learning to rate, price and underwrite mandatory insurance coverage for eCommerce businesses of all sizes. With categorization across 33,000 different product types, Assureful can deliver more accurate coverage and competitive pricing to its customers. The company is licensed nationwide in the US and as a Coverholder at Lloyd’s of London, it has delegated underwriting authority.”

Biden issues sweeping executive order that touches AI risk, deepfakes, privacy

From Ars Technica

“On Monday, President Joe Biden issued an executive order on AI that outlines the federal government’s first comprehensive regulations on generative AI systems. The order includes testing mandates for advanced AI models to ensure they can’t be used for creating weapons, suggestions for watermarking AI-generated media, and provisions addressing privacy and job displacement.”

Advanced Product Editor (Beta)

In WooCommerce Core

Word News

WordPress 6.3.2 – Maintenance and Security release

“This security and maintenance release features 19 bug fixes on Core, 22 bug fixes for the Block Editor, and 8 security fixes.

WordPress 6.3.2 is a short-cycle release. You can review a summary of the maintenance updates in this release by reading the Release Candidate announcement. Because this is a security release, it is recommended that you update your sites immediately. Backports are also available for other major WordPress releases, 4.1 and later.

The next major release will be version 6.4 planned for 7 November 2023.

of the vulnerability enabled site access that was then leveraged by threat actors to deploy plugins and backdoors, as well as create admin accounts that would ensure persistence, a Sucuri report revealed.”

WordPress 6.4’s PHP Compatibility

From WordPress.org

“In an effort to keep the WordPress community up to date, this post provides an update on the PHP compatibility of the upcoming WordPress 6.4 release scheduled for November 7, 2023.” 

Recommended PHP version for WordPress 6.4

“It’s recommended to use PHP 8.1 or 8.2 with this upcoming release. Please refer to the Hosting page for more detailed information, including a few known issues

Reach out to your hosting company to explore PHP upgrade options.”

New WordPress Gutenberg 16.9 Makes It Easier To Create

From Search Engine Journal

“Newly updated WordPress Gutenberg site editor improves the site editing workflow by making it easier and more intuitive to use.
Version 16.9 of Gutenberg adds incremental improvements that together add up to an easier to use site editor.”

Version 16.9 delivers improvements to the following site editing and creation processes:

  • Almost all blocks can be renamed
  • Patterns can now be duplicated and more easily renamed
  • Pattern categories can be renamed or deleted within the user interface
  • There are new categories for audio and video media which makes it easier to organize them.
    According to WordPress it allows “for better organisation of curated patterns.”
  • Reorganized the menu selections on the dimensions tool so that setting image dimensions (height, width, aspect ratio) is more intuitive.
  • New CSS viewport-relative units feature (means that the size of a block is relative to the browser window)
  • Plus many other features that improve the site editing process

Kadence Amplify 2: Mastering the Art of Effective Website Creation

From the Kadence Blog

“…On October 20th, 2023 the Kadence team hosted our second Kadence Amplify event. We brought in some of the most innovative and powerful people in WordPress and asked them to share their wisdom and insight on how to be successful when it comes to creating websites. We extended the invitation beyond the Kadence community and invited anyone using WordPress, or really, anyone interested in website creation. We had 12 different speakers share on everything from SEO to Accessibility and everything in between. We closed out the day with our very own, Ben Ritner, giving us a taste of what is coming (very soon) as Kadence integrates with AI.

If you missed the event, we highly encourage you to watch and listen back as the wisdom that was shared is truly invaluable. If you’d like to watch the full day in its entirety, there are two tracks. You can start with Track 1 or start with Track 2. But we also wanted to give you a quick overview of each session with some highlights so you can dive in as your schedules allow.”

WP Data Dashboard Tracks WordPress.org Themes Ecosystem

From WP Tavern

“Munich-based digital agency owner Hendrik Luehrsen has been tracking the usage of themes with the FSE tag (block themes) using a spreadsheet that pulls in data from the WordPress.org API. Wrangling the data in a spreadsheet became too cumbersome, so Luehrsen launched WP Data Dashboard over the weekend as a “centralized hub for exploring, analyzing, and visualizing data across the WordPress landscape.”

The new website is currently tracking 6,017 themes hosted on WordPress.org with 250 snapshots. It offers stats and data-based insights for those interested in getting a bird’s-eye view on themes hosted in the official directory.”

WordPress 6.4 Disables Attachment Pages for New Installations

From WP Tavern

“The upcoming 6.4 release, expected on November 7, will disable attachment pages for new installations. Up until now, WordPress automatically created attachment pages when users upload a file through the media upload system. It has been treated as a special post type that holds information about the file and each attachment is accessible under its own URL. SEO plugins have been redirecting attachment pages for years, as they rarely have any significant purpose.”

“On the vast majority of sites, these attachment pages don’t add any meaningful information. They do, however, exist, get indexed by search engines, and sometimes even rank in search results, leading to bad results for users and site owners.”

Free Resources

Meta Field Block Plugin

“The plugin allows developers/users to display a meta field as a block on the front end, supporting ACF fields. It can be nested inside a parent block that has postId and postType context, such as Query Block, or used as a stand-alone block.”