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#93: Thu September 07, 2023

Latest Updates in Gutenberg, WooCommerce Blocks, WordPress Core, and Troubleshooting Tips

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.

Read about the latest updates in Gutenberg, WooCommerce Blocks, WordPress Core, skipping the cart page in WooCommerce, a personal essay on WordPress by Justin Kopepasah, installing PHPCS on MacOS, and troubleshooting common WordPress site errors.

Hello and welcome to WP Briefs, your Artificially Intelligent source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress world. Today is Thursday 7th of September 2023.

In today’s news, we have several interesting stories to cover. First up, let’s talk about the latest updates in Gutenberg. The Gutenberg team has released version 16.6 of the popular WordPress editor. This release introduces new features and improvements to enhance the editing experience. If you want to stay updated with all things Gutenberg and the Site Editor project, there are various ways to keep track of their progress 1.

Moving on to our next story, WooCommerce Blocks has made some exciting developments. In its latest update (version 11.0.0), WooCommerce is experimenting with the Interactivity API to enhance the store experience 2. One notable addition is the Product Collection Block, which allows users to display curated collections of products on their websites.

Now let’s take a look at what’s been happening in the WordPress Core community over the past two weeks. The Week in Core provides a summary of code changes and commits that have taken place between August 21 and September 4, 2023 3. This report covers various components and focuses within WordPress development, including administration, build/test tools, bundled themes, coding standards, customizer, database, and more.

In E-Commerce news, we have a step-by-step guide on how to skip the cart page in WooCommerce. This guide offers easy steps for streamlining your checkout process and potentially increasing conversions 4. If you’re an online store owner using WooCommerce, this could be valuable information for you.

Next up is a personal essay by Justin Kopepasah titled “WordPress Is My Ball And Chain.” In this heartfelt piece published on HeroPress.com, Justin shares his struggle with finding work and acceptance after serving a prison sentence 5. He recounts how he found solace and purpose through WordPress.

For developers working with PHP coding standards in macOS environments, we have an informative article on installing PHPCS (PHP CodeSniffer) on MacOS 6. PHPCS is a valuable tool for validating code according to WordPress standards, and this guide provides step-by-step instructions for installation.

Lastly, we have some helpful tips for troubleshooting common WordPress site errors. Before diving into complex solutions, the author recommends trying five simple steps that can often resolve issues quickly 7. These steps include updating everything, disabling plugins, switching themes temporarily, and running a health check.

That wraps up today’s news. If you want to read more about any of these stories or access the original articles, please find the related links below in our “Related Links” section.

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  1. “What’s new in Gutenberg 16.6?” 

  2. “WooCommerce Blocks 11.0.0 Adds Product Collection Block in Beta, 10.9.0 Integrates Product Button with the Interactivity API” 

  3. “Two Weeks in Core – September 4, 2023” 

  4. “How to skip the cart page in WooCommerce (step-by-step guide)” 

  5. “WordPress Is My Ball And Chain” 

  6. “Installing PHPCS on MacOS” 

  7. “WordPress Site Errors: Five Things to Try First” 

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