September 27, 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

Halifax WP – Monthly Meetup: September 27th @ 3:30 pm

Reno WP – Let’s Learn About WordPress! September 27th @ 6:00 pm

S.C.C. WP – Take Your WordPress Site to the Next Level! September 27th @ 7:00 pm

Tampa Bay Technology – WP Meetup: September 28th @ 4:00 pm

Santa Clarita WP – Final Reflections on WCUS 2023: September 30th @ 10:30 am

Learn WP – Building a Homepage: October 2nd @ 1:00 pm

Rochester WP – October Meetup: October 2nd @ 3:30 pm

Portland WP – Leveraging Google’s Productivity Tools: October 2nd @ 6:00 pm

O.C. WP – Monthly Meetup: October 2nd @ 7:00 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 Beta 1 Released

Since the release of 8.1.0, the following changes have been made:

  • WooCommerce Blocks has been updated to 11.1.1. See the release notes for 11.1.0 for changes. #40300
  • WooCommerce now requires at least PHP version 7.4. #39820
  • High Performance Order Storage is now enabled by default for new installs. #40296

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

Getting to Know Woo: Exploring Server-Side Extensibility with Hook

“There are also some PHP action and filter hooks provided for extending various aspects of checkout behavior on the server. Keep in mind that it’s generally preferable to use extension interfaces like the IntegrationRegistry instead of actions and filters, as they provide a more stable way to integrate. However, these actions and filters still allow for some more flexibility in complex integrations.”

How Buy Now, Pay Later Options Can Help Your Business

“The ecommerce industry is growing year after year. With more people moving their shopping online and the advancement of easy-to-use online store building tools like WooCommerce, each day new people are realizing their dream of becoming small business owners. However, that also means that consumers have more options than ever before.

With ever-increasing competition, stores have to get creative to stay ahead — each customer and sale are more valuable than ever. 

A strategy that benefits both your business and your customers is offering flexible payment options, like monthly payments or buy now, pay later. This gives a consumer credit to forego an up front payment, but start using their purchases right away. It’s basically a form of short term financing.” 

How Wayfair Changed the Ecommerce and U.S. Sales Tax Landscape

“In the five years since the momentous Wayfair decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, the sales tax landscape has shifted dramatically. Until that point, nexus — the connection between a seller and state that requires the seller to collect and remit sales tax there — was based on having a physical presence in a given state. Ecommerce taxes weren’t a thing: Many online purchases weren’t taxed, and life was a lot easier for internet sellers (and less expensive for their customers).

But in the wake of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. in 2018, everything changed. This Supreme Court decision allowed states to create nexus requirements based on the amount of sales or the number of transactions a seller has in a state, regardless of whether the seller or its products are actually located in that state. 

Most states have taken advantage: At the time of writing, 46 states now have economic nexus laws. (Need to know if these laws apply to you? Check out Avalara’s free guide, which explains the economic nexus thresholds in each state.)” 

Block Visibility 3.1.0 Adds WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads Controls

“When WordPress contributor and developer Nick Diego released version 3.0 of his Block Visibility plugin earlier this year in March, he made all the Pro features available in the free version, with the exception of a few that would take more time. The plugin, which is used on more than 10,000 WordPress sites, allows users to conditionally display blocks based on specific user roles, logged in/out, specific users, screen sizes, query strings, ACF fields, and more.

In the latest 3.1.0 update Block Visibility has added the missing WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads (EDD) controls. These features were originally planned to be merged into the free version in April but required more development to improve how they work on sites with large product/download catalogs.

The WooCommerce controls include 18 conditional visibility rules with full support for products with variable pricing. It allows users to show or hide blocks based on products, cart contents, customer purchase history, and more.”

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.”

WordPress 6.4 Beta 1

“WordPress 6.4 will introduce a versatile default theme, new features, and numerous updates designed to enhance your WordPress experience across multiple areas—from writing and design to workflow efficiency. All while the foundational work continues for Phase 3 of the WordPress roadmap.”

Help Influence the Future of WordPress by Taking the 2023 Annual Survey Today

“Each year, the WordPress community (users, site builders, extenders, and contributors) provides valuable feedback through an annual survey. The results can influence the direction of the WordPress project by identifying areas that need attention. Annual surveying can also help track trends over time, with data points often finding their way into the yearly State of the Word address.

This survey helps those who build WordPress understand more about how the software is used and by whom. The survey also allows WordPress open source project leaders to learn more about our contributors’ experiences.”

Simple Membership Plugin Flaws Expose WordPress Sites

“Two new security flaws in the popular Simple Membership plugin for WordPress, affecting versions 4.3.4 and below, have been identified, leading to potential privilege escalation issues. “wo new security flaws in the popular Simple Membership plugin for WordPress, affecting versions 4.3.4 and below, have been identified, leading to potential privilege escalation issues. 

With over 50,000 active installations, the plugin developed by smp7 and wp.insider is widely used for custom membership management on WordPress sites.

The flaws identified by Patchstack security researchers include an Unauthenticated Membership Role Privilege Escalation vulnerability (CVE-2023-41957) and an Authenticated Account Takeover vulnerability (CVE-2023-41956).”

Blogging Unplugged Takes Center Stage with New WordPress Tutorials

“In the constantly evolving landscape of digital publishing, Blogging Unplugged, a brainchild of Jasmeet Singh, is making waves by introducing a comprehensive range of WordPress Tutorials for both novices and experts. This innovative initiative not only bolsters the brand’s presence but also serves as a valuable resource for anyone keen on mastering the art of blogging.”

WordPress.org Expands Two-Factor Authentication Interface to Include Security Keys

“WordPress.org began testing two-factor authentication (2FA) as an opt-in feature in May 2023. The interface and functionality are still in beta but it’s operational. This week contributors have expanded support for 2FA with a new interface for adding security keys, which are more secure than the one-time passwords.

A logged in user can set up the keys by visiting their WordPress.org profile, scrolling down to the “Security” section, and clicking on the support forum profile link.”

Ready To Start A Monetized Blog? Five Monetization Pathways To Consider

“…monetizing a blog isn’t as difficult as many people assume. For myself and my clients, I’ve focused on five key monetization pathways that have served me well over my career. In this article, I’ll explain what each of them is and how to capitalize on them.”

WordPress Advanced Administration Handbook

“Welcome to the WordPress Advanced Administration Handbook! Here you will find WordPress advanced documentation. Use the “Contents” menu on the left to navigate topics.”

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