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#133: Thu November 02, 2023

Exciting Updates, Paywall Controversy, and WooCommerce's Future: WordPress News Roundup

Binary Moon Avatar This post was curated and edited by Ben Gillbanks. Ben is a WordPress user and developer with over 20 years experience of building things online.

Exciting updates from Learn WordPress with new tutorials and resources. Paywalls: Doc Searls questions paying for Medium vs free WordPress site. 136 new vulnerabilities in WordPress plugins, update ASAP. New plugin Test Reports simplifies report submission. WooCommerce rebrands to Woo.com, raises questions about open source plugin's future. Stay tuned for more updates!

Hey there and welcome to WP Briefs, your Artificially Intelligent source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress community. Today is Thursday 2nd of November 2023.

First up, we have some updates from Learn WordPress1. They have added new tutorials, online workshops, and lesson plans for all you eager learners out there. So make sure to check out their website and explore all the new resources they have to offer.

Moving on, let’s talk about a topic that has been buzzing in the online publishing world - the use of paywalls. In an article by Doc Searls2, he questions the value of paying for Medium when you already have a free WordPress site. It’s an interesting perspective that dives into the pros and cons of both platforms.

In terms of security, it’s important to stay updated on Vulnerabilities in popular platforms like WordPress. This week, 136 new vulnerabilities have been disclosed in WordPress Plugins according to a report by SolidWP3. Make sure you run those updates as soon as possible to protect your website.

For our tech-savvy listeners, there is a new plugin called Test Reports4 available for WordPress users. This plugin provides templates with useful information to help you submit reports to WordPress. It simplifies the process by filling out important details such as server and WordPress install data.

Lastly, let’s take a look at WooCommerce’s future journey into 20245. The popular eCommerce platform has rebranded its website from WooCommerce.com to Woo.com and is focusing on increasing visibility for WooExpress (hosted WooCommerce). However, this move raises questions about the future of the open source plugin that powers the platform. It will be interesting to see how these changes impact both users and developers in the eCommerce landscape.

That wraps up today’s news stories. Remember to check out our related links below for more information on each topic. Stay tuned for more updates in our next episode!

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  1. Learn WordPress Newsletter – November 2023 

  2. Using Medium When You Have WordPress Blogs 

  3. WordPress Vulnerability Report — November 1, 2023 

  4. WordPress Plugin: Test Reports 

  5. WooCommerce 2024: Innovation or Alienation? 

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