Do the Woo News, July 2, 2021

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Do the Woo - WooCommerce Podcast, Community and News
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Do the Woo News, July 2, 2021
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Do the Woo news is updates on WooCommerce and WordPress core, plus some sound bites in-between. (Since I missed last Friday, this a two-week catchup)

WooCommerce Core News

WooCommerce 5.5 RC1

The release candidate is now available and has two fixes that include a an issue with the product add-ons where the image multiple choice feature would show false when hovering over the image and the removal of the snack bar notices filter.

Woo Payment Expands Geographical Reach

As demand increases, Woo Payments is now available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, Spain, France and Italy.

WordPress News

WordPress 5.8 Beta 4

Released on June 25, beta for is ready for testing.

Block Widgets Editor & Widgets in Customizer for 5.8

If you missed this one, Anne McCarthy put out a great video on YouTube demonstrating this new feature that is slated for the release this month. As quoted, This feature helps bring the power and familiarity of blocks to both the Widgets Editor and the Customizer, unlocking loads of new creative possibilities.

FSE Program Testing Call #8: Thrive with Theme.json

A program for a more developer centric audience, this is part of the continuing efforts for testing the full site editor. You can check out all the details of the testing that include a hallway chat hangout on zoom July 7th, and feedback is requested by July 14th.

In other news…

WooFunnels Introduces Autonami 2.0

A CRM that works with WooCommerce and runs in WordPress, it includes the ability to create smart contact segments, customer insights, unlimited contacts, SMS and email campaigns and in-depth analytics.

WP Engine Announces both the Genesis Framework and Local Pro are Free

The Genesis Framework and Genesis sample theme were previously free only to WP Engine and Flywheel customers, but are now free to all. And the added features with Local Pro has rolled into their free version of Local.

Recapture Adds Several New Features

Recapture has recently added several new features including broadcasting emails for promotional campaigns and newsletters and SMS marketing including order updates, abandoned carts and phone collectors. In addition, there is are new email designer blocks, BigCommerce integration and a long list of general improvements.