WordPress core contributors are pushing forward on an ambitious plan to land full-site editing in core before the end of the year. Josepha Haden Chomphosy, the open source project’s executive director, published an updated roadmap for 2021 that aims to get an MVP of full-site editing (FSE) in the Gutenberg plugin by April, 2021. FSE v1 would then be on track for shipping with WordPress 5.8, which is anticipated in June, 2021.
March 2021 – MVP for FSE
June 2021 – v1 in Core
Chomphosy defined the scope of FSE as “the ability to edit all elements of a site using Gutenberg blocks” and said it will include “all in-progress features designed to help existing users transition to Gutenberg as well.”
When asked what would be considered an MVP of full-site editing, Chomphosy pointed to a GitHub issue that contributors are using for tracking all the milestones associated with the project. Part of the infrastructure and UI is marked as complete, as well as browsing between pages, templates, and template parts. Styling, theme blocks, the query block, and the navigation block still need more work. More progress may have been made but the tracking issue has not been updated since December 19, 2020.
Dipping into the notes from the recent editor meetings shows a steady stream of FSE improvements, which presumably will coalesce into an MVP in approximately five weeks. Chomphosy’s announcement avoided explicit promises regarding what features are expected at that time.
Related projects like the widgets and navigation block editors have new dedicated Slack channels for those interested in following and contributing:
If you have questions about where FSE is headed, an upcoming Gutenberg Times Live Q&A episode titled “Updates on WordPress Site-Editor (FSE) and Themes” will feature a panel of people who are actively contributing in these areas. It includes Carolina Nymark, author of a course on full site editing and block based themes, Ari Stathopoulos, core contributor and author of the first block-based theme in the repository, and Anne McCarthy, who is managing the FSE outreach experiment.
The episode will air live on Friday, January 29th, 2021, at 11AM EST, hosted by Birgit Pauli-Haack, curator of the Gutenberg Times. Registration for the event is free. Pauli-Haack plans to cover all the latest updates on full-site editing, block-based themes, and global styles. The panel will also touch on the navigation and widget screens, as well as what features will most likely land in WordPress 5.7. Viewers can bring questions and participate via Zoom and YouTube live. The episode will be recorded and shared afterwards with a transcript and resources.
Thousands of WordPress websites were found using a vulnerability add-on that allows threat actors to take over the site entirely.
Researchers uncovered a critical flaw in YITH WooCommerce Gift Cards Premium, an add-on for the website builder providing an interface to build gift cards on WordPress sites, which is reportedly being used by more than 50,000 websites.
The flaw itself is an unauthenticated arbitrary file upload vulnerability, allowing crooks, among other things, to upload web shells and gain full access to the target website.
Stealing crypto account details
The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2022-45359 and given has a severity score of 9.8 – critical, has since been patched and users are urged to update their add-on as soon as possible, as there is evidence of the flaw being abused in the wild.
It was first discovered in late November 2022, when researchers found the flaw present in all versions up to 3.19.0. Hence, users are advised to bring the add-on to at least 3.20.0, or 3.21.0 which is now also available for download.
The flaw was discovered by Wordfence, a cybersecurity company analyzing the WordPress ecosystem, and its researchers claim there are threat actors leveraging the flaw out there, already.
While most attacks took place in November, while the flaw was still considered a zero-day, another peak in usage was also observed on December 14, 2022.
Just two IP addresses (126.96.36.199, and 188.8.131.52) accounted for more than 20,000 exploitation attempts against almost 12,000 websites.
While WordPress itself is relatively stable (around 0.5% of all WordPress-related vulnerabilities fall on the web hosting platform itself), its ecosystem is large and as such, provides ample opportunities for exploitation. Paid add-ons, such as this one, are usually frequently updated and developers try to maintain a secure product, while free add-ons can often go for months without patches and can turn into a real nightmare for webmasters.
If your commerce platform is online and in-person, you need flexibility regarding payments. This article covers agile point-of-sale tools and plugins that can power your business on WordPress.
We will showcase some plugins and other options that allow you to have the flexibility of selling face-to-face with a customer or online, setting up your business for omnichannel success!
As you’ll see, many options are free and can be upgraded accordingly. They all have a good track record and are established point-of-sale (POS) systems that perform as a modern-day cash register (and are much less clunky, too).
We’ll take a look at the following:
Hopefully, after reading this post, you’ll have a good idea of what type of POS tool works best for your business and can set it up accordingly.
Why Should You Use a Good POS system?
It may seem obvious. It’s because you need to sell in-person and online, right? However, there’s a bit more to it than that. A good POS system goes beyond just ringing up a customer.
Systems today can integrate with other systems, keep track of sales, manage merchandise – and offer some tech that can enhance your services to the next level.
Some benefits include:
— Sales can be streamlined from multiple locations.
— Your functionality increases.
— Ability to keep track of real-time data.
— Having a better grasp on managing employees.
— Automatically get your taxes managed.
It’s vital to be up-to-date on what you can do when selling in-person and online with your WordPress website.
Here are a handful of modern, efficient, and well-known POS systems to help your WordPress site. They’re in no particular order. (And please note: We are not affiliated with ANY of these. We just find them to be top-notch choices.)
If you’re using WooCommerce, the FooSales plugin is a POS system that will make any computer, iPad, or Android tablet into a physical retail space.
This plugin helps allow you to run your business from anywhere in the world and sell your WooCommerce items quickly and easily. It automatically syncs your WooCommerce product inventory, orders, and customer data.
The sales screen and search tools can promptly locate products with images and descriptions so that you can focus on the clients when they’re checking out. It adds items, shows the amounts of products, and offers a quick one-click checkout.
Payments can be made with Square and Stripe. It leverages the strengths of both platforms and allows you to enter credit card information or purchase add-on terminals for a monthly fee.
There is also a monthly fee associated with using this plugin. They vary depending on the number of websites and add-ons.
For another WooCommerce option, Hike offers a POS solution in-store and online. It integrates with WooCommerce, allowing access to your customers, product catalog, inventory, and other necessary information.
With Hike, you can control and manage your entire business from a retail POS system. It works with iPads, PCs, and Mac products. It’s fully interactive with card payment systems like PayPal Here, Tyro, and iZettle.
There are many POS options, including offering discounts to sales, parking orders, enabling a custom sale, and adding order notes.
Plus, you can use your existing card terminal – so you don’t need to purchase one directly from them. That said, they offer hardware bundles for complete POS systems (cash register, receipt printer, etc).
Prices vary depending on the outlet, registers, and other factors.
A very popular POS is Square. Millions of brands use their software to accept payments in-store and online.
You can incorporate Square into your business quickly and easily – whether that be a WordPress developer’s website, restaurant, or street vendor – you name it!
They have great solutions for getting paid with their flexible omnichannel commerce tools. They offer registers, terminals, stands, readers, and more for in-person sales. For online, there’s an app-like shopping experience, customization, the ability to highlight products, and more.
Their plans vary – but you can start for free. The free plan does take transaction fees, but otherwise, there are no costs. You can upgrade to include more features.
wePOS is another plugin that offers a fast and responsive WooCommerce POS option. You can easily take orders and track your inventory in your WooCommerce store.
Plus, you can physically count WooCommerce products by scanning bar codes and adding them directly to a customer’s cart to process the order.
It features a sleek UI that’s simple to navigate. From this, you can manage your inventory and orders.
With a 5-star rating, the Oliver plugin for WooCommerce might be a great option for a POS system for your business.
They state: “It’s simple, smart, and easy to use.” Made specifically for WooCommerce, it allows for a consistent combination of eCommerce and physical brick-and-mortar stores. Everything is in one place, and there’s no need for multiple integrations.
It’s designed to work with numerous devices, including iPad, Mac, or PC. The system supports using a mouse, touchpad, and keyboard entry.
They also have POS hardware, like a terminal, printer or all-in-one solutions.
Toast is named this for a reason – it specializes in restaurants. So, if your restaurant runs on WordPress or another platform, you may consider this system.
You’re able to manage all in-person and online sales in one place. They note that their restaurant-grade hardware is 3x faster than competitors, and you can integrate your FOH (front of house) and BOH (back of house) to reduce ticket times by up to 40%.
The Toast platform even includes payroll and team management – so it goes beyond just a POS option.
Their hardware includes handheld devices for ordering, kitchen display systems, self-ordering kiosks, and much more.
Another well-known platform (millions of merchants and 10% of US eCommerce) is Shopify. Shopify allows customers to order online or in-person. It features one-click checkout that lets shoppers pay how they want – through digital wallets or multi-currency.
It includes a ton of insights into customer data. Everything from their behavior, total sessions, order numbers, and more.
Additionally, they incorporate your social media with tools for Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and other channels.
They feature everything that brings websites and apps together for payment. With support for 135+ currencies, it’s available for use with credit, and debit cards, virtual wallets, and more. Additionally, they have items, such as terminals, for in-person sales.
Plus, they are big on security, with a team of world-class security experts at their helm. They’ve also received regulatory licenses around the world.
Stripe is free to use but takes a percentage of the costs.
Like Stripe, PayPal is another payment solution we use for our products. PayPal’s popular with millions of other companies, too.
It’s known chiefly online; however, they offer POS software so you can run your business online and off.
Their POS offers streamlined checkout, business metrics, and an app. You can easily manage products with prices, stock levels, and more – all in one place.
The portable terminal PayPal uses is entirely portable. It accepts most forms of payment (credit, debit, Google Pay, etc), and works with chip and contactless payments.
There is currently a 2.29% transaction fee and costs for the terminal. However, the PayPal Zettle app is completely free to use.
Stay On Top of Your Shop
Out of all of these 10 options we just covered, surely you can stay on top of your WordPress website’s sales – in-person and online. Whether it be a plugin or a separate system, modernizing your selling platform is quick and easy.
And with all of the latest advancements in selling (real-time analytics, instant checkout, inventory control, etc), there’s no reason to be stuck with anything but the most efficient method for your business.