We are pleased to announce that WooCommerce 3.7 has been released!

Similar to our previous release back in April, WooCommerce 3.7 focuses on performance improvements while adding new WooCommerce Product Blocks and enhancing existing ones. This update also increases the PHP and WordPress minimum version requirements to optimize your store’s performance and security – more on that shortly.

After extensive testing with popular extensions and themes on multiple hosts, our dedicated team deployed managed updates for several real-life customers on staging sites. Finally, we ran the 3.7 release candidate in production on WooCommerce.com before public release.

What’s new in 3.7?

WooCommerce 3.7 is a minor release, our second for 2019 as we work towards smaller, more frequent updates. This means that it should be fully backwards compatible with all WooCommerce releases since 3.0.

As always, we highly recommend you follow best practices and back up your site before updating WooCommerce via WP Admin.

Here’s a taste of what’s new:

WooCommerce Product Blocks

We’re excited to include several new and improved WooCommerce Product Blocks – our eCommerce-focused blocks for the powerful block-based editor that’s been part of WordPress since 5.0.

New Focal Point picker on Featured Product blockNew Focal Point picker on the Featured Product block

Product Blocks allow store builders to easily feature products on posts and pages, combining content with commerce.

Improvements and additions include:

  • Better block branding for easier discoverability.
  • A new Focal Point Picker for the Featured Product block.
  • A new Product Categories List block.
  • A new Featured Category Block, enabling you to feature a category and show a link to its archive.
  • A new Products by Tag(s) block.
  • Searching for products in the Featured Product and Hand-Picked Product blocks is now faster – woo!

Read more about the new WooCommerce Product Blocks here.

In order to access these new blocks, you’ll either need to have WordPress 5.1+ or the latest version of the Gutenberg Editor plugin installed.

Performance Improvements

This release boasts several changes under the hood – such as speeding up pages where comment data is retrieved (e.g. product reviews, post comments, and admin pages). These improvements ensure that WooCommerce is now faster than ever.

New PHP and WordPress minimum requirements

WooCommerce 3.7 also bumps the minimum supported version of PHP up to 5.6. This is not only for security reasons, but to take advantage of available features and functionality, and offer the best experience for stores. Stores are also faster and more secure when running the latest version of PHP. 

We also increased the minimum required WordPress version to 4.9 – this will likely increase to WordPress 5.0 in the not too distant future.

Upgrade nudges have been added to WooCommerce 3.6.5, pointing users to documentation to determine whether they have the latest and greatest versions. Stores running older versions of PHP and WordPress will not be able to update to WooCommerce 3.7 before upgrading to the minimum supported versions.

Additional enhancements

There are several other tweaks, fixes, and improvements in this release, including the ability to customize  the “Thank You” wording in emails via an additional content field, and new coupon code generator functionality. Learn more by viewing the full changelog on GitHub.

Before you dive in and get started, we recommend reviewing our documentation around how to update, ensuring that backups are in place, and then installing the update via WP Admin.

We’re here if you need us, but please note that we’re not able to diagnose or solve potential issues via blog comments. The best – and fastest – way to get in touch with us is by using the methods listed below:

If you’d like more technical details about this release, read a longer version of this update in our post on the developer blog.

 Let us know what you think of WooCommerce 3.7 in the comments!

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