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Updates on WooCommerce 3.9 Release and RC 4

We had scheduled WooCommerce 3.9 for release on January 6, but due to recent changes on MaxMind GeoLite2 integration, we have delayed the release until January 21.

WooCommerce uses MaxMind GeoLite2 for geolocalization. It’s possible to enable it by changing the “Default Customer Address” option in WooCommerce settings; enabling geolocation should download the database from MaxMind servers once a month. However, MaxMind now requires an account and a license key to allow downloads. You can read more details on why they require it on this page: “Significant Changes to Accessing and Using GeoLite2 Databases“.

Due to this change, we had to put in some extra work to keep our geolocalization feature functioning. This also requires more testing, so we’ve delayed the release by two weeks.

Today we are releasing WooCommerce 3.9 RC 4. To test it, use our beta tester plugin or download the release here. Check out the beta announcement post—it highlights all the new features and improvements.

If you find any bugs along the way, please open an issue in our GitHub repository. Thank you for testing and helping us make WooCommerce better!

By Claudio Sanches

Developer on the WooCommerce team and member of the WordPress Brazilian community.