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November 22, 2023 Woo Wednesday

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Woo Wednesday Online Meetup at Noon Pacific Time

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Dallas/Fort Worth WordPress: Event PageFeaturing Eric L.

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S.C.C. WP – Take Your WordPress Site to the Next Level! November 22nd @ 7:00 pm

Learn WP – Block Developer Cookbook: Block Deprecations: November 23rd @ 7:30 am

Toronto WP – WordPress Block Editor: November 23rd @ 2:00 pm

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Woo News

WooCommerce 8.3.1 Released

From the Woo Developer Blog

What’s New:

  • Fixed an issue where coupon usage restrictions may not have been respected for guest orders when HPOS is enabled. #41538
  • Update WooCommerce Blocks to 11.4.9, which fixes an issue where email address was not considered while evaluating coupon restrictions when using checkout blocks. #41610

From WooCommerce 8.3.0 Release:

“This release should be backwards compatible with the previous version.

This release contains:

As always, we recommend creating a backup of your site and making sure that your theme and any other plugins are compatible before updating. You can check out this update guide for more information.”

WordPress Version Support

“The versions of WordPress supported are now WP6.4 and WP6.3 (due to the release of WordPress 6.4 last week given the L-1 support policy).”

“Starting with WooCommerce version 8.3, we’ve integrated Cart, Checkout, and Order Confirmation blocks as the default checkout experience for new installations.”

WooCommerce 8.3 Makes Cart, Checkout, and Order Confirmation Blocks Default on New Installations

From WP Tavern

WooCommerce 8.3 was released featuring Cart, Checkout, and Order Confirmation blocks as the default checkout flow for new installations. This is a major milestone in moving WooCommerce towards a block-first checkout experience.

Version 8.3 was slightly delayed, as core developers worked to ensure it would be compatible with the latest changes in WordPress 6.4 as well as the upcoming PHP 8.3 release scheduled for November 23, 2023. They also wanted to give time for plugin developers to prepare for the new reality of cart and checkout blocks as the default. An FAQ document outlines the steps for developers who still need to make their extensions compatible.”

Getting to Know Woo: Extensibility in the New Product Editor

From the Woo Developers Blog

“The product creation process has been redesigned from the ground up to focus on commerce, providing users with a seamless experience for crafting a wide range of products, from simple ones to highly customized options. This experience is still under active development, and we aim to reach feature parity early in 2024. Built with extensibility as a core principle, the new product editor provides developers with straightforward tools to integrate their unique features into the product creation process.”

“We are approaching this project with the following guiding principles:”

  • Provide a low complexity API that can be used via PHP, as we have heard from many developers that this is preferred.
  • Provide tooling to help set up the development environment.
  • Provide backwards compatibility when possible.
  • Use GitHub Discussions for brainstorming and decision-making, inviting contributions and feedback from the development community.

WooCommerce Pricing: How Much Does it Cost to Run a Store?

“WooCommerce and WordPress are both free, open source software. While this can represent considerable savings, when it comes to WooCommerce pricing, there are still some costs involved in launching a new store.

One of the reasons many people choose WooCommerce is because, like the software itself, costs are customizable — you have a lot more control over what you spend than with most other ecommerce platforms.”

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Word News

WordPress 6.4 Shirely Horn

New Shirley Features:

  • Lightbox functionality
  • Improvements to the Group block
  • Image and gallery thumbnails in the List View
  • Advancements to the Command Palette
  • Categories for patterns and enhanced filtering
  • Keep alignment settings in synced patterns
  • Adding buttons to the Navigation block
  • Enhanced pagination in the Query Loop block
  • Writing flow improvements + using the ‘no follow’ setting when adding links

WordPress 6.4.1 Maintenance Release

This minor release features four bug fixes. You can review a summary of the maintenance updates in this release by reading the Release Candidate announcement or view the list of tickets on Trac.

WordPress 6.4.1 is a short-cycle release. If you have sites that support automatic background updates, the update process will begin automatically. If your site does not update automatically, you can also update from your Dashboard.

For more information on this release, please visit the HelpHub site.

State of the Word 2023

December 11th 2023

State of the Word - Madrid

“State of the Word is the annual keynote address delivered by the WordPress project’s co-founder, Matt Mullenweg. Every year, the event shares reflections on the project’s progress and aspirations for the future of open source.”

Black Friday Deals

From The WP Weekly

Links to a number of WordPress Black Friday deals organized by categories.

Free Resources

Worth The Read Plugin

“A very unobtrusive and light-weight reading progress bar indicator showing the user how far scrolled through the current post or page they are. You can control placement and color of the progress bar, and you can choose whether it includes just the main content or also the comments.”