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September 13, 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

S.C.C. Adventure Group – WordPress Lab: September 13th @ 7:00 pm

Learn WP – Common WordPress APIs – HTTP API: September 14th @ 7:00 am

NYC AWS – AWS GenAI Day (Virtual): September 14th @ 9:00 am

N. E. WP (New Castle, U.K.) – WordPress for Beginners: September 14th @ 10:00 am

Learn WP – Let’s explore the power of block variations: September 14th @ 11:00 am

Spokane/C d’A WP -Beginner to Intermediate Meetup: September 14th @ 6:00 pm

I.E. WP – Monthly Help Desk: September 14th @ 7:00 pm

Houston WooCommerc – Learning WooCommerce: September 18th @ 5:00 pm

Boulder WP – Panel Discussion; Hero’s Journey to FSE: September 18th @ 5:30 pm

Learn WP – Creating custom patterns, synced or non-synced: September 19th @ 2:00 pm

Learn WP – Creating custom patterns, synced or non-synced: September 19th @ 9:00 pm

Hartford WP – Let’s Build an Accessible WP Blog Post: September 19th @ 3:00 pm

Toronto WP – Let’s fix your site: September 19th @ 3:30 pm

Woo News

WooCommerce 8.1 Released

This release contains:

What’s new in 8.1.0?

  • New WooCommerce Blocks Patterns
  • Mini Cart Block Customization
  • Interactivity API Integration with Product Button
  • Performance Enhancements for Checkout
  • New Product Editor:
    • Create Variations options block. #39256
    • Create the Organization tab. #39232
    • Add product visibility. #39477
  • Add support for Japan and UAE to WooPayments. #39431

WooCommerce Blocks 11.0.0 Adds Product Collection Block in Beta, 10.9.0 Integrates Product Button with the Interactivity API

“WooCommerce is experi”menting with improving the store experience through the addition of the Interactivity API to the WooCommerce Blocks plugin. The new API, which was announced earlier this year, will allow developers to build interactive blocks that support frontend experiences where visitors can interact with content without having to refresh the page. The WordPress contributors working on the API are encouraging developers to test it with their own blocks.”

WooCommerce Card Testing Fraud Prevention and Solutions

“Card testing attacks are a common type of online fraud. If you’re running an eCommerce store or taking payments online in any capacity, there’s a good chance that you’ve been, or will soon be, a target for this type of fraudulent activity.

When that happens, there can be severe consequences. These can range from the hassle of dealing with lots of fraudulent transactions to having your banking or payment processor account suspended. Should that happen, you’ll be unable to accept legitimate payments.

Due to this, it’s vital that you know what card testing attacks are and that your store is set up to prevent this type of online fraud.

How to Skip WooCommerce Cart Page and Redirect to Checkout (Step-by-Step Guide)

“WooCommerce skip cart has improved the online shopping process by providing a seamless user experience.

This process involves sending your shoppers directly to the checkout page, bypassing the traditional WooCommerce cart page.”

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.”

Word Camp USA 2023 YouTube Channel

Collection of videos from the recent 2023 Word Camp USA

WordPress Plugin Developers Renew Demands for Better Plugin Metrics

“It has be nearly one year since WordPress silently turned off active install growth data for plugins hosted in the official plugin repository, a key metric that many developers rely on for accurate tracking and product decision-making. ‘Insufficient data obfuscation’ was cited as the reason for the charts’ removal, but this opaque decision landed without any communication from those who had made the call in a private discussion.”

“In a ticket originally titled “Bring back the active install growth chart,” RebelCode CEO Mark Zahra made the opening plea for thousands of plugin developers who were asking for the return of this data. From those who simply host hobby plugins and enjoy the thrill of watching people use software they made to business owners who need this data to make critical decisions, the overwhelming consensus was that this data is valuable and should be available to those who are contributing to WordPress through plugins.”

2023 Social Media Career Report ~ Hootsuite

“In the first report of its kind, we’re spilling the tea on what it’s really like to work in social media management. We explore salaries, career progression, mental health, and more—providing the insights and advice you need to make informed decisions and take control of your career.”

How SEOs & Publishers Can Improve WordPress ~ SEO Journal

“How SEOs, affiliates & publishers have the power to help make “WordPress work better for them.”

ACF’s 2023 Annual Survey Results Reinforce Plugin’s Focus on Improving the Block Building Experience

“Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), one of the plugins WP Engine acquired from Delicious Brains in 2022, has published the results if its first annual survey. Although ACF reports more than 4.5 million active users, including PRO site installs, the survey only gathered feedback from 2,031 respondents.

These results are more representative of the plugin’s developer community, as 81% of respondents are developers who maintain between 11-50 websites. 63% use version control for their codebase, and 27% manage dependencies with Composer.

The survey showed that ACF is still an important tool for its early adopters, as 50% said they have been using it since its early days and 70% of all respondents use the plugin on all the websites they build.”

Organic Payment Gateways Launches New WordPress Payment Processing Solution for Telemedicine and MMJ Card Consultation Practices

“Organic Payment Gateways, a leading provider of affordable payment gateway integrations to regulated industries, is pleased to announce its new program designed to alleviate the stress of payment processing for telemedicine practices and licensed medical marijuana (MMJ) card issuers.”

“With a comprehensive and affordable payment processing service that includes a payment gateway, merchant account, integration with third-party practice-management software like KiviCare, and full-featured implementation with WordPress shopping carts like WooCommerce, Organic Payment Gateways’ new focus is intended to provide a seamless and reliable solution for the telemedicine and MMJ industries.”

US takes on Google in landmark antitrust trial

“A landmark case pitting the US government against Google over the dominance of the company’s world-dominating search engine kicked off in a Washington courtroom on Tuesday.

‘This case is about the future of the internet and whether Google will ever face meaningful competition in search,’ said Justice Department lawyer Kenneth Dintzer as the United States government began making its case against the tech titan.”

European law threatens Americans’ free speech online

“A European Union (EU) law called the Digital Services Act (DSA), which recently went into effect, could end up limiting Americans’ speech online.

The law, which went into effect on August 25, requires “very large online platforms” (VLOPs) to increase content moderation by cracking down on “disinformation” and other supposedly harmful content, among numerous other provisions. Large tech companies’ compliance with the law could drastically increase censorship in the U.S. in addition to Europe as the DSA incentivizes platforms to implement the moderation worldwide, experts told the DCNF.”

EU Chief Calls for Global Digital IDs and New U.N. Body to Govern Artificial Intelligence

“The world needs international digital ID systems like coronavirus passports and Artificial Intelligence should be regulated by a global body similar to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday.”

Free Resources

Header Footer Code Manager

“Header Footer Code Manager by 99 Robots is a easy interface to add snippets to the header or footer or above or below the content of your page.”

BENEFITS

  • Never have to worry about inadvertently breaking your site by adding code
  • Avoid inadvertently placing snippets in the wrong place
  • Eliminate the need for a dozen or more silly plugins just to add a small code snippet – Less plugins is always better!
  • Never lose your code snippets when switching or changing themes
  • Know exactly which snippets are loading on your site, where they display, and who added them