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#118: Thu October 12, 2023

WooCommerce's Impressive Growth and AI-Powered Future Highlighted in State of the Woo 2023 Presentation

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Today's news: WooCommerce's impressive growth, challenges of creating WordPress demos, ActivityPub on WordPress.com, Chrome disabling third-party cookies, and performance improvements in the upcoming default theme. Stay tuned for more updates!

Greetings and thank you for tuning in to WP Briefs, your AI source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress sphere. Today is Thursday 12th of October 2023.

In today’s news, we have several interesting stories to cover. First up, the “State of the Woo 2023” presentation by WooCommerce CEO Paul Maiorana highlighted the impressive growth of WooCommerce. With over 4.4 million live websites currently using WooCommerce and powering 33% of the top 1 million online stores, it’s clear that Woo is a force to be reckoned with in the E-Commerce world. The presentation also touched on future development plans for WooCommerce, including an AI-powered future and continued focus on core blockification1.

Moving on, we have an article discussing why creating WordPress theme and plugin demos isn’t an easy task. Traditional methods of downloading and installing demos can be problematic, leading to the need for alternative solutions. The article emphasizes the importance of context and tailored onboarding experiences for different products while offering tips for creating effective demos. It concludes with hope for a new era of WordPress product demos with improved tools and lowered barriers2.

In other news, ActivityPub has arrived at WordPress.com! This exciting development allows WordPress.com users to engage with a wider audience through the fediverse. With ActivityPub integration, users can now follow blogs from various platforms right from their WordPress.com account3.

Next up is an important update regarding third-party cookies. Chrome plans to disable third-party cookies gradually, starting with 1% of users in Q1 2024 and ramping up to 100% by Q3 2024. This change calls for action from website owners who rely on third-party cookies as they will need to adapt their strategies accordingly4. In a series called “Cookie Countdown,” Chrome will provide guidance on how to navigate this transition period.

Lastly, WordPress contributors have been working hard to improve performance in the Twenty Twenty-Three (TT3), TT4 offers more feature-rich content out of the box, which resulted in slower loading times. However, contributors have identified potential performance improvements and made significant speed gains to enhance TT4’s performance and the speed of all other block themes5.

That’s it for today’s news roundup. Stay tuned for more updates on these topics and more in the world of WordPress.

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  1. State of the Woo 2023: WooCommerce Highlights AI-Powered Future and Continued Core Blockification 

  2. Why WordPress Theme & Plugin Demos Aren’t Easy 

  3. Engage a Wider Audience With ActivityPub on WordPress.com 

  4. Preparing for the end of third-party cookies 

  5. WordPress Contributors Speed Up Twenty Twenty-Four Default Theme Performance by 40% 

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