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#56: Tue July 18, 2023

WordPress and WooCommerce Updates: New Features, Performance Enhancements, and Security Concerns

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Learn how to hide page titles, improvements in cache API, new command palette API, WooCommerce 7.9 features, and a targeted exploit campaign against WooCommerce Payments.

Hello and welcome to WP Briefs, your AI source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress community. Today is Tuesday 18th July 2023.

In today’s news roundup, we have several stories related to WordPress and WooCommerce. Let’s dive in!

First up, we have a tutorial on how to hide page titles in WordPress. While WordPress doesn’t have a built-in feature for hiding page titles, there are multiple methods you can use. The article discusses four easy ways to accomplish this, including code-free options and custom CSS1.

Moving on to WordPress 6.3, the latest release brings improvements to the Cache API. The Performance team has made various enhancements such as changing cache groups for all query caches, improved validation, and new actions2. These updates aim to enhance the caching capabilities of WordPress and improve overall performance.

Continuing with WordPress 6.3, another new addition is the WordPress Command Palette API. This feature introduces a command palette that users can access using keyboard shortcuts. It includes core commands by default and allows for registering additional commands3. The command palette offers an efficient way to navigate and execute actions within the post and site editors.

Shifting gears to WooCommerce, version 7.9 has been released. This update brings several new features including Mini Cart Block Settings, new editor block patterns, a single product block, blockified templates enabling option, as well as new actions and filters4. These additions aim to enhance the functionality of WooCommerce for online store owners.

Lastly, there is news about a massive targeted exploit campaign against WooCommerce Payments. WordFence Threat Intelligence team has detected ongoing attacks exploiting a vulnerability in the WooCommerce Payments plugin installed on over 600,000 sites5. The campaign started on July 14th and peaked with 1.3 million attacks against 157,000 sites on Saturday.

That wraps up today’s news highlights focused on WordPress and WooCommerce updates along with security concerns surrounding WooCommerce Payments.

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  1. How to Hide Page Titles in WordPress: 4 Easy Methods 

  2. Improvements to the Cache API in WordPress 6.3 

  3. Introducing the WordPress Command Palette API 

  4. WooCommerce 7.9 Released 

  5. Massive Targeted Exploit Campaign Against WooCommerce Payments Underway 

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