We are excited to announce that WooCommerce 4.0 will be the second release of 2020 and is currently scheduled for early March.

This is going to be a major release, which means that there will be some breaking changes. However, the amount of breaking changes is much smaller than for WooCommerce 3.0.

WooCommerce Admin

The main feature coming into WooCommerce 4.0 is the inclusion of the new WooCommerce Admin interface. This is the first step on our journey to a modern, JavaScript-driven commerce experience for merchants and includes

  1. New dashboard
  2. New and improved reports
  3. Improved notification experience
  4. New store management tools

This change, enabled by the transition of WordPress ecosystem towards more powerful, React-driven experience, means that WooCommerce core can leverage the latest technology to build attractive and useful reports and improve everyday workflows for store owners. As a plugin, this functionality has been released over a year ago and it’s currently installed on more than 900,000 sites, so we believe it’s ready for the prime time in the WooCommerce core.

We plan to release the beta version early in February and the final 4.0 version in early March.

Please note that for WooCommerce Admin to work, you would need to run WordPress 5.3. In case you use older WordPress version, the new Admin experience will be disabled automatically.

Breaking changes

As mentioned earlier, the release will contain only a small number of breaking changes. The main one is going to be the upgrade of Action Scheduler library to Action Scheduler 3.0. This release brings new database structure and custom tables for scheduled actions but remains compatible with the previous releases on the level of PHP code. This should considerably reduce the load on the standard WordPress database tables while enabling advanced analytics to run even on large stores.

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