Do the Woo News, July 30 2021

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Do the Woo News, July 30 2021

Do the Woo news is updates on WooCommerce Core, WordPress core, and a few odds and ends.

WooCommerce Core News

Announcing a Change to the WooCommerce Blocks Version Support Policy

As development proceeds around experimental features in WooCommerce powered by the WordPress Gutenberg project, the support policy for WooCommerce Blocks is switching which means that beginning with WooCommerce Blocks 5.6.0, the feature plugin will require the latest versions of WordPress and WooCommerce. The post goes on to tell more about the background, why it’s being done and the impact it will have on existing stores using WooCommerce blocks.

WooCommerce 5.6.0 Beta 1

The first beta is available as part of the release cycle. There are several highlights in this version including:

  • Added a new options to enable a lookup table to improve filtering by product attributes.
  • A new “Refunds and Returns Policy” sample page will be included by default in all installations.
  • WooCommerce Blocks 5.4.1, and 5.5.1 which have a number of enhancements, bug fixes, and some improvements to allow products to be added by SKU in the Hand-Picked Products block.
  • WooCommerce Admin 2.5.0 with bug fixes and stability improvements.
  • Improved support to Twenty Twenty-One theme.
  • Added support for “Shipping Phone”, in addition to Billing Phone in email templates and in the Order’s edit screen.
  • Fixed a problem preventing blocks from rendering when included within the shop page.

New Download Handling May Cause Errors

A development advisory on recent updates that improve security around the handling of downloadable products that may cause some unexpected errors in certain environments. The post is worth checking out as it explains more about these issues and who it may affect.

WordPress Core News

What’s Next in Gutenberg?

A post on covers a review with the status of Full Site Editing and summarizes the next high-level focuses within Gutenberg Phase 2.

Full Site Editing Outreach Program for WordPress

Anne McCarthy has put together this in-depth video about the FSE (Full Site Editing) Outreach Program that was started in May 2020 with the goal to improve the feedback loop between WordPress users and WordPress contributors. Over a year later, this video runs through what the program is, why it was created, and more