WooCommerce 3.8 delivers new WooCommerce Product Blocks and a few enhancements for all store owners, plus new hooks and tweaks for developers. We’ll break it down for you below.  

What’s new in 3.8

WooCommerce 3.8 is likely our last minor release of 2019 and should be fully backward compatible with all WooCommerce releases since 3.0.

As always, we highly recommend following best practices and making a backup of your site before updating WooCommerce. More at: How to Update WooCommerce.

WooCommerce Blocks 2.4

WooCommerce Product Blocks, our eCommerce-focused collection for the Gutenberg Block Editor, allow you to easily showcase products on your site. 

WooCommerce Blocks 2.4 brings some powerful new blocks to the collection.

Reviews Blocks

Animated screenshot showing new Reviews blocks in action.

There are three new blocks for Reviews:

  • Reviews by Product
  • Reviews by Category
  • All Reviews

All allow you to customize how, what, and where to display reviews. Share social proof about your products by placing All Reviews on the landing page, drop Reviews by Product on the product page, and use Reviews by Category to show how previous customers loved hand-knit socks to visitors looking for winter wear.

Product Search

Animated screenshot showing the new Product Search block in action.

Give customers the power to find the products they’re looking for from any page on your site with the new Product Search block. 

More about these new WooCommerce Product Blocks in the Release Notes. 

To access and use WooCommerce blocks, you need to be running WordPress 5.1+ on your site or have the latest version of the Gutenberg plugin installed.

Upcoming Performance Improvements

There is no change in the PHP and WordPress requirements for this version. However, sites not currently running on PHP 7.0 and WordPress 5.0 will see a notification to upgrade in preparation for the next release expected on January 7, 2020. Why?

In WooCommerce 3.9, we plan to update the minimum version of PHP to 7.0 (now 5.6.20) and WordPress to 5.0 (now 4.9) to keep up with changes in the WordPress and PHP ecosystem.

Get your store ready with advice from Update PHP and WordPress.

Enhancements

A few improvements in this release are: 

  • “Available on backorder” messaging for products available on backorder 
  • Opt-out of usage tracking by default in the Setup Wizard
  • Better wording for subtotal and downloads
  • Full support for PHP 7.4

For developers, WooCommerce 3.8 includes:

  • A new template – content-widget-price-filter.php – for displaying a product price filter widget. Previously this was embedded in a core file.
  • Several new hooks and filters
  • Localization tweaks for Japan, Namibia, Zambia, and US Minor Outlying Islands

All dev fixes and tweaks are detailed in the Changelog. And more technical notes can be found on the WooCommerce Developer blog. 

Are you ready?

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