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S.C.C. WP – Take Your WordPress Site to the Next Level! November 8th @ 7:00 pm

C d’A/Spokane WP – WordPress Discussion & Help Desk: November 9th @ 6:00 pm

I.E. WP – Monthly Help Desk: November 9th @ 7:00 pm

Denton WP – Website Audits with Elayna Fernandez: November 10th @ 3:00 pm

Portland WP – Help Desk Meetup: November 11th @ 10:00 am

South Sound WP – Help Desk & Hacking: November 11th @ 10:00 am

Cambridge WP – WordPress Speed/Security Optimization: November 13th @ 11:00 am

San Diego WP – Web Help November, “High Level” Marketing: November 13th @ 6:00 pm

Greater Milwaukee WP – Learn about your DIVI Theme: November 14th @ 4:00 pm

Denver WP – Happiness Hour: November 14th @ 5:00 pm

I.E. WP – VIRTUAL WordPress Developer Night: November 14th @ 7:00 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 8.3.0 RC 1 Released

From the Woo Developer Blog

“RC 1 for the November 14 release of WooCommerce is now available for testing! You can either download it directly from WordPress.org or install our WooCommerce Beta Tester Plugin.”


Since the release of 8.3.0 Beta 1, the following changes have been made:

  • The experimental email opt-in field from the Core Profiler has been improved to perform better email validation. #41152
  • Jetpack data is now preloaded even without the Jetpack plugin installed. #41092
  • A banner image was optimized to reduce the WooCommerce package size. #41247

For the complete list, view the changelog in the readme for this release.

WooCommerce 8.3.0 Beta 1 Released

From the Woo Developer Blog

Beta 1 for the November 14 release of WooCommerce is now available for testing! You can either download it directly from WordPress.org or install our WooCommerce Beta Tester Plugin.


Since the release of 8.2.0, the following changes have been made:

  • WooCommerce Blocks has been updated to 11.4.2. See the release notes for 11.4.0 for changes. #41050
  • Improvements to the mobile app onboarding experience. #40559
  • Marketplace search improvements #40667
  • Cart and Checkout Blocks is now the default experience on new WooCommerce installations #40867

For the complete list, view the changelog in the readme for this release.

WooCommerce Blocks 11.5.0 Release Notes

From the Woo Developer Blog

The latest version of WooCommerce Blocks, version 11.5.0, is now available for download on WordPress.org and GitHub.

This version introduces fixes and improves across product block patterns and template parts. The full changelog can be found below, but some notable improvements are as follows.

Components available via blocksComponents

The SortSelect, Textarea, and Title components have been moved to the wc.blocksComponents package. This initiative allows developers to avoid duplicating efforts and directly access necessary components for their projects. More details can be found in the respective pull requests:

Cart and Checkout Template Enhancements

  • Semantic Checkout Header: The checkout header now uses the <header> element to improve semantic understanding and accessibility, aligning with standard HTML practices. (11222)
  • Interactive Cart Feedback: The “Remove Item” link in the Cart block now has a hover state, providing immediate visual feedback for interaction. (11526)


  • Add margin bottom to the Hero Product 3 Split pattern. (11573)
  • Set explicit margins in the search bar group on the Large Header pattern. (11571)
  • Add aspect ratio to the Featured Products 5 Columns pattern. (11570)
  • Fix Product Collection 4 Columns pattern button height. (11553)
  • Change the “chessboard” pattern structure to improve mobile view. (11545)
  • Footer with 3 menus pattern: Update the spacing in the columns to improve the mobile view. (11544)
  • Add checkout-header template to the correct area in site editor. (11528)
  • Product gallery/add crop images. (11482)
  • Remove authors filter from Product Collection block. (11427)
  • Move SortSelect to components package. (11411)
  • Move Textarea to components package. (11384)
  • Move Title to components package. (11383)
  • Use the element for the checkout header. (11222)
  • Product Gallery Thumbnails: Add View all overlay. (11087)
Bug Fixes
  • Fix Hero Product 3 Split pattern text content. (11612)
  • Prevent theme button border appearing in opinionated patterns. (11564)
  • Prevent Sale badge overflowing the Product Image in some product grid blocks. (11556)
  • Block Checkout: Add back missing render-checkout-form hook. (11554)
  • Ensure that the “Remove Item” link on Cart block has a hover state. (11526)
  • All Products: Add cursor pointer when hovering over pagination items. (11502)
  • Product Collection: Fix the PHP Warning after migrating from Products (Beta). (11494)
  • Footer with 2 Menus Dark pattern: Fix the Site Title color contrast in TT4. (11484)
  • Essential Header Dark pattern: Fix color contrast issues in TT4. (11480)
  • Display shipping calculator link for guests shopper. (11442)
  • Comboboxes should match against values before looking at labels. (11410)
  • Fix products incorrectly marked as discounted. (11386)
  • Ensure input is validated when autofilled in Firefox. (11062)
  • Remove bullet points and unnecessary padding from SearchListControl. (11444)

FAQ: Cart and Checkout Blocks by Default

“In a recent developer advisory, we announced that Cart and Checkout blocks will become available as the default experience with the release of WooCommerce 8.3. As we prepare for that reality, we’ve collected some of the FAQs you may be asking yourself as the time to welcome Cart and Checkout Blocks by default approaches.” 

12 Tips for Great Ecommerce Website Design

From the General Woo Blog

Whether you’re a small business building your very first ecommerce website or a seasoned entrepreneur looking to improve your site’s appearance and performance, this guide will help you get familiar with the best practices in ecommerce website design and inspire you with some of the top ecommerce website examples from the real-world.

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Deft is building e-commerce search to help you find the right product quickly

From Techcrunch

“Adii Pienaar…investor and co-founder of WooCommerce, which was acquired by Automattic, told TechCrunch over a call that he sees Deft as solving user experience problems.”

“E-commerce search startup Deft is releasing a multimodal search function for users to get better results. The company, which opened its service to beta users in May, has rolled out the new search experience so users don’t have to describe the item in words.

The company is trying to solve the problem of finding the right item without spending hours looking for a product. Often users end up with subpar results while searching for products because their search query description won’t match the details of listed items. The startup is relying on different techniques, including building its own parser and knowledge graph combined with large language models (LLMs) and multimodal search.

Deft was founded in 2019 by Alex Gunnarson and Zach Hudson. Gunnarson started working on the idea after he couldn’t find a specific type of couch online even after putting in different parameters and descriptions. It took him hours to find a perfect result for his search, so Gunnarson decided to build a solution with Hudson.”

Organic Payment Gateways Introduces Enhanced WooCommerce Payment Gateway Program for Nutritional Supplement Websites

From Yahoo Finance

“OrganicPaymentGateways.com, a BBB A+ rated provider of payment gateway integrations, is excited to announce its latest program to ease the payment processing challenges faced by nutritional supplement businesses that use WooCommerce. With a focus on delivering exceptional support and stable high-risk payment processing solutions, Organic Payment Gateways is dedicated to assisting dietary supplement business owners from application to integration – and providing ongoing support for years to come.”

“The nutritional supplement payment gateway program for WooCommerce offers a comprehensive approach to applying for and setting up payment gateways and merchant accounts tailored to the unique needs of health, wellness, homeopathic, and dietary supplement websites using WooCommerce and WordPress. Organic Payment Gateways understands the complexities and specific requirements of the industry, and our team of experts is committed to delivering seamless integration and exceptional service – years after setup and approval.”

Word News

WordPress 6.4 “Shirley”

WordPress 6.4 Shirely Horn

WordPress 6.4 “Shirley,” named after the iconic jazz artist Shirley Horn.

“This latest version of WordPress introduces a new, versatile default theme and a suite of upgrades to empower every step of your creative journey. Craft your content seamlessly with further writing improvements. Explore more ways to bring your vision to life and streamline site editing with enhanced tools. Whether you’re new to WordPress or an experienced creator, “Shirley” has something for you. Discover the unmatched flexibility of building with blocks and let your ideas take flight.”

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.”

Newspack Plugin Update Checker Lets Users Update from GitHub

From WP Tavern

“Adam Schweigert, an independent media and technology consultant, has released a plugin called Newspack Plugin Update Checker that enables self-hosted Newspack users to keep their plugins up-to-date. The Newspack project was launched in 2019 by WordPress.com, with support from the Google News Initiative, the Knight Foundation, and The Lenfest Institute. It provides local news organizations a powerful, yet cost effective publishing platform that promotes financial sustainability.”

Unprecedented AI App Release In 2023 For Seamless Content And Blog Generation

From Business Insider

“Now available with quarterly and annual pricing packages, Wordform AI combines years of SEO and web design research with innovative AI technology. In a similar way to ChatGPT, it can create content for any niche based on user prompts – but rather than being engineered as a chatbot, it has been built exclusively for SEO-optimized content creation.

Whereas a mid-level freelance blogger may charge up to $100 per post according to Creative Side Marketing, Wordform AI creates 50 blog posts per month at a much lower price point. Users can either create entire blog posts from scratch or use the AI to generate draft content that can be edited as needed.”

Gootloader Aims Malicious, Custom Bot Army at Enterprise Networks

From DarkReading

“Previously limited to initial access brokering, the Gootloader group has pivoted to a nasty post-compromise “GootBot” attack, each implant with its own C2.

The Gootloader Group, previously known only as an initial access broker (IAB) and malware operator, has unleashed a destructive new post-compromise tool, GootBot, which spreads bots throughout enterprise environments following a compromise.”

WordPress Theme Handbook Updates Chapter on Block Templating

From WP Tavern

“WordPress contributors have updated the Theme Handbook to include a new chapter on block templating. The chapter covers how the WordPress block template system works, how to build custom templates and parts and include them in a theme. This is critical documentation designed to provide a learning path for those who are building their first block themes.”

Wordfence CLI 2.0.1 Update Adds Free Vulnerability Scanning

From WP Tavern

Wordfence CLI 2.0.1 introduced free vulnerability scanning this week. The new CLI product was launched at WordCamp US two months ago with malware detection capabilities, but the latest update brings in the most highly requested feature – vulnerability scanning at scale.

Wordfence is most well-known for its Web Application Firewall, malware scanner, and login security product, which is packaged as a free plugin and installed on more than 4 million websites. The CLI is the first-ever command line malware and vulnerability scanner for WordPress servers. It is targeted at developers, site cleaners who scan large numbers of files for remediation, agencies, and hosting companies that want to scan across entire networks of millions of customers.”

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