Do the Woo news is updates on WooCommerce Core, WordPress core, and a few odds and ends.
Before I get into the news, you will find that the podcast for the news is now also part of the Do the Woo regular podcast feed. This makes it easier for listeners to listen to the podcast as well as keeping up on the news without having to subscribe to two feeds. Of course, if you want the news only, you can still subscribe to it only.
WooCommerce Core News
Following the 5.5, on July 13 a critical vulnerability was discovered and shortly thereafter auto-update were sent out via WorPress.org. Since then WooCommerce has written a post of all you need to know about the incident. Most importantly they walk you through what actions you should take either on your site or your clients site, how to know if you version is up-to-date, if passwords need to be changed and recommendation for extension and service builders on if they should alert their WooCommerce merchants.
In addition, they give suggestions on store owners contacting their customers. Visit the post on WooCommerce to make sure you have everything covered on your end.
Note that 5.5.2 was just released to address additional known issues.
Continuing with monthly updates, the beta for 5.6 is scheduled for July 27th with final release on August 17th.
Some Woo odds and ends…
A new eCommerce course from the Yoast Academy is now available. If you are just starting the work on a sites SEO, it will help to start defining your mission statement and also offering tips for technical SEO, such as using structured data so your product will stand out from other search results. The course will help any shop improve sales, competition and grow customers.
After only 4 years, the popular FooEvents Check-in app has reached a 2 million milestone. The app is part of the FooEvents plugin and has a strong integration with WooCommerce.
During an internal audit of the woocommerce-currency-switcher plugin, Jetpack uncovered a very severe local file inclusion vulnerability. This security flaw could enable attackers to leak sensitive information like database credentials, cryptographic keys, and may allow arbitrary code execution in some instances. They reported the vulnerabilities to the WOOCS team via email last week, and they released version 1.3.7 to fix this issue. If you are using an older version of this plugin, it is encouraged that you to update immediately.
This plugin gives you the ability to create a ‘Discontinued’ stock status which lets you manage end-of-life products separately from other statuses which helps with SEO, UI and administration.
This AI-based plugin for WooCommerce automatically helps with designing, copywriting, targeting rules, coupon creation and other tasks for your store. Users can select from pre-generated offers, tweak changes if needed and make offers live quickly. It includes upsells, cross-sells, product recommendations, buy one, get one and order bumps.
WordPress Core News
A huge update for WordPress which includes a new template editor, block-based widgets and support of WebP images by default. There are also some changes to the media library and for the block editor, these changes have been made. An added Query Loop block, duotone filters for media and image blocks, pattern recommendations, easy selection of parent block in nested blocks, improved list view in block navigation, improved select tool with block handles and a few other block enhancements. Lastly there are several under the hood changes if you are interested as well. The link above is the official release post on WordPress, but if you want to check out these features a bit more, I suggest you visit this post on WPBeginner.