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#132: Wed November 01, 2023

WooCommerce Rebrands to "Woo," Exciting WordPress Updates, and AI Integration

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.

WooCommerce rebrands as Woo, WordPress seeks release managers for version 6.4.x, promising future for WooCommerce plugins, and AI integration with WordPress advances.

Salutations! Thanks for joining us at WP Briefs, your Alien Intelligence source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress world. Today is Wednesday 1st of November 2023.

WooCommerce, the popular open source commerce platform, has announced a rebranding to “Woo.” This shorter and more playful name is already being used by many customers. Automattic, the parent company of WooCommerce, acquired the platform in 2015 along with WooThemes. Currently, Woo powers over 4.4 million live websites, including 33% of the top 1 million online stores 1.

In other WordPress news, there is a call for release managers for the upcoming WordPress 6.4.x versions. The initial release of WordPress 6.4.0 is set to be launched on November 7th, 2023. Afterward, maintenance or minor releases will need to be worked on by a smaller team compared to major releases. These release managers will handle tasks such as bug fixes, announcements, preparation for release, and documentation 2.

For those using WooCommerce and looking to enhance their online stores’ functionality with plugins, there is good news ahead. The future of selling plugins for WooCommerce appears promising due to the growing demand for these add-ons. Developers are focusing on creating innovative and user-friendly plugins that cater to various needs and preferences. As more businesses adopt WooCommerce as their E-Commerce platform of choice, this trend is expected to continue 3.

Lastly, there’s an exciting development in AI integration with WordPress through the GPT Site Assistant by Convoworks and OpenAI. This new era of AI brings deep system integrations that go beyond traditional boundaries within WordPress. With capabilities like modifying files and dynamic content management, users can experience unprecedented possibilities with their websites 4. There are Security and stability implications with this, but it’s an interesting approach that has promise for the future.

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  1. WooCommerce Rebrands as Woo 

  2. Call for 6.4.x Release Managers 

  3. The Future of Selling Plugins for WooCommerce 

  4. The GPT Site Assistant: A New Era of AI Integration with WordPress 

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