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October 4, 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 – WordPress Q & A: October 4th @ 4:00 pm

Learn WP – Five for the future; contributing to WP: October 4th @ 5:00 pm

Learn WP – PHP compatibility testing W/PHPCompatibilityWP: October 5th @ 7:00 am

Seattle WP – Freelancers Meetup: October 5th @ 10:”00 am

Buffalo WP – WordPress Users Meetup: October 5th @ 4:00 pm

San Jose/Santa Cruz WP – Help Desk: October 5th @ 6:00 pm

Los Angeles WP – AI + ML + WP Workflows II: October 5th @ 6:00 pm

West Orlando WP – First Friday Collaboration Meetup: October 6th @ 7:00 am

Midcities WP – Round Table Discussion: October 7th @ 11:00 am

Cambridge WP – WordPress 6.3 Full Site Editing: October 9th @ 11:00 am

San Diego WP – Monthly Help Desk: October 9th @ 6:00 pm

WooSesh: Two day conference: October 10th & 11th Starting @ 9:00 am

Hudson Valley Can Code – Unveiling Design Thinking: October 10th @ 2:00 pm

Woo News

WooCommerce 8.1.1 Fix Release

  • Security: an ajax endpoint used within the order editor was returning user meta data. This was previously fixed in our 7.0.1 release, but was regrettably reintroduced. More details are available in this dev advisory. #40221
  • We resolved a problem leading to the duplication of order meta data, potentially impacting merchants who have enabled HPOS (High-Performance Order Storage) alongside compatibility mode (sync). #40148

WooCommerce 8.2.0 RC.1 Released

“Release Candidate 1 for the October 10 release of WooCommerce is now available for testing! You can either download it directly from WordPress.org or install our WooCommerce Beta Tester Plugin.”

Highlights

Since the release of 8.2.0-beta.1, the following changes have been made:

  • Fixed an issue with the Marketplace header becoming invisible after visiting other pages. #40562
  • Fixed a backwards-compatibility issue with wc_get_orders() when High Performance Order Storage is enabled. #40551
  • Fixed an issue where created_via wasn’t properly set when HPOS was enabled for orders created manually via the admin. #40469
  • Update WooCommerce Blocks to 11.1.2. #40475

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

PHP Requirement Change

WooCommerce 8.2 requires PHP version 7.4 or newer.

Read our announcement post for full details.

WooCommerce Blocks 11.2.0 Release Notes

Notable Changes:

Blockified Order Confirmation

Merchants using a block-based theme will now see a new editable template in the site editor called “Order Confirmation”. This template will allow them to customize the order confirmation page that is displayed after checkout.

Product Collection: Patterns

Merchants that uses the Product Collection block can see a new feature to use pre-defined patterns using the pattern chooser.

New Store API Order endpoints

Store API now has 2 new endpoints, one for fetching existing unpaid orders, and one to place/buy for those unpaid orders.

Changelog
Enhancements
  • Remove order and checkout order endpoints experimental flag. (11022)
  • Ensure the content of the patterns is also AI-generated. (10997)
  • Product Collection: Transfer layout options from Toolbar to Inspector controls. (10922)
  • Add pattern chooser in Product Collection. (10876)
  • Product Gallery: Lock the Sale Badge and the Next/Prev Buttons. (10869)
  • Refactor Cart and Checkout Page Templates. (10773)
  • Blockified Order Confirmation. (10056)
Bug Fixes
  • Product Gallery: Fix the Product Gallery Thumbnails on click. (11032)
  • WooExpress: Fix Checkout and Cart Blocks Editor Crash. (11024)
  • Product Gallery: Fix zoom animation on large Image. (11023)
  • Fix: Password Protection not respected on single product template. (10999)
  • Product Gallery Pager: Remove the Pager markup if there’s only one image. (10998)
  • Related Products: Hide the block outside of Single Product Template and Single Product block. (10978)
  • Single Product: Fix the Align setting. (10977)
  • Hide unexpected bullet point in Product Collection on Storefront. (10945)
  • Add custom regex for validating Nicaraguan postal codes. (10928)
  • Update postcode-validator to 3.8.15 to validate “new” Taiwanese postcodes. (10924)
  • BlockTemplatesController: Check that $attributes[‘theme’] value is set before operating on it. (10879)
  • Product Gallery: CSS styling tightening up. (10867)
  • Checkout Block: Prevent changes in the selected shipping method when new rates are added or removed. (10457)

The Legacy REST API will move to a dedicated extension in WooCommerce 9.0

“WooCommerce 2.6, released back in 2016, included a new REST API based on the WordPress JSON API. That made the old (now referred to as “Legacy”) REST API obsolete, and we have documented it as being deprecated since then. In fact, it needs to be explicitly enabled from the admin area for it to be usable.

We have decided that the Legacy REST API will be removed from WooCommerce as of version 9.0, scheduled to be released in June 2024. However, we will offer a separate WooCommerce extension that will include all the removed code for sites that still need it.

For all practical purposes, having the new extension installed and activated in WooCommerce 9.0 and newer versions will be functionally equivalent to having the Legacy REST API enabled in WooCommerce 8.9 and older versions: nothing will change for clients of the API, and the same client keys will continue working.”

How to Choose a B2B Ecommerce Platform

“If you’re in the B2B space — or if you want to be — you may very well benefit from a B2B ecommerce platform. It can simplify processes for your clients and your team, and help you grow faster and more efficiently.”

How to Find Drop Shipping Suppliers in 2023

“In the ever-evolving world of e-commerce, dropshipping has emerged as a lucrative business model. It allows entrepreneurs to sell products without the hassle of inventory management and order fulfillment. However, the success of your dropshipping business heavily relies on finding reliable suppliers. In 2023, the landscape of dropshipping has evolved, and we are here to guide you through the process of finding the best dropshipping suppliers, including the use of a China sourcing agent.

Heavy Chef launches 10-step e-commerce guide for aspiring entrepreneurs

“Research conducted by our Heavy Chef Foundation and published in our 2021 E-commerce Education Report found that more than two-thirds of online shop owners had no exposure to other E-commerce entrepreneurs when they first started their businesses,” says Heavy Chef Foundation’s CEO Louis Janse van Rensburg.

Entrepreneurs behind brands such as Yuppiechef, OneDayOnly, WooCommerce, Koodoo, Tshepo Jeans, Payfast, Faithful To Nature, Dermastore, SnapScan, and many more are included.

They answer all the burning questions about taking online payments, marketing products, finding customers, storing stock and anything else about selling products online.

Google Discover Documentation Updated

“Google Discover documentation was updated to include reasons why traffic from Discover can fluctuate and cannot be relied upon.”

Kaspersky flags rise in fake, hacked sites

Yeo Siang Tiong, the general manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky, cited three signs a website might be fake: mismatch between site name and address; the presence of directory path elements; and the site has a different subject.

He said hundreds of thousands of websites are fakes and they are made to look like the sites of popular online stores, banks, and delivery services, but with just one purpose: to steal people’s passwords and financial data.”

Word News

WordPress 6.3.1 Maintenance Release

“…minor release features 4 bug fixes in Core and 6 bug fixes for the block editor. You can review a summary of the maintenance updates in this release by reading the Release Candidate announcement.”

A WordPress 6.4 Sneak Peek – Podcast

“Join WordPress Executive Director, Josepha Haden Chomphosy, as she offers an exclusive preview of the upcoming WordPress 6.4 release, accompanied by special guest Sarah Norris, one of the Editor Tech leads for this release.”

Gutenberg 16.7 Introduces Font Management

Gutenberg 16.7 was released this week, packed with several features that are headlining the upcoming WordPress 6.4 release. This will be the last plugin release that will be rolled into the next version of WordPress.

Font management with the new font library is now available for testing in the plugin. These features standardize a way to add font collections to WordPress’ new font library, so plugin authors can register lists of fonts and users can install the ones they want. It also enables font foundries to create their own WordPress plugins to provide access to their fonts.

The Font Library manages fonts independently of a site’s active theme, allowing users to install, remove, and activate fonts from various sources in WordPress. This works in a similar way to the Media Library.”

Ollie Theme Faces Pushback from WordPress Theme Review Team

“After receiving significant pushback from the Theme Review team during Ollie’s three weeks in the queue, McAlister has put up a poll requesting feedback on how he should proceed.”

FBI warns of dangerous new ‘phantom hacker’ threat wiping out victims’ life savings

The FBI on Friday issued a public service announcement warning senior citizens of “a recent nationwide increase in ‘Phantom Hacker’ scams” that are wiping out victims’ life savings.

“Between January and June 2023, 19,000 complaints related to tech support scams were submitted to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), with estimated victim losses of over $542 million,” according to the FBI. “Almost 50% of the victims reported to IC3 were over 60 years old, comprising 66% of the total losses.”

“As of August 2023,” the bureau added, “losses have already exceeded those in 2022 by 40%.”

Free Resources

Snazzy Maps

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