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Community Chat #8 Notes

The April community chat is around the corner, so to get you excited, we’re posting a summary of what has been discussed in the last chat at the end of March.

In the meantime, WooCommerce teams have been preparing the 4.1 release which is currently planned for May 5th. We were happy to see 18 people attended the chat and discussed what is coming up in the world of Woo.

If case you missed this chat, you still can read the full backscroll of the dev chat here or read further for a quick summary.

WooCommerce 4.0

We started the chat with our usual topic about the latest release. In this case, it was 4.0 and people usually tested it out on staging or for smaller shops, but not on the really large ones. Some people who updated to 4.0 chose to disable the new WC Admin due to performance concerns or because customers were already using a different analytics/reporting solution.

While some people were hesitant, lots of people actually already upgraded. At the time of the chat (March 26th), 14.3% of users from wordpress.org reportedly used WC 4.0. (Currently, it’s almost 32%)

One class of errors that got reported not only in the community chat but also in GitHub a bit more frequently than others has been related to Action Scheduler and we have done quite a bit to fix as many of those as possible with 4.0.1 release.

We’re also trying to improve the performance of WC Admin screens for the upcoming WC 4.1, so hoping to fix the problems people saw initially after the upgrade.

Our evergreen topic (custom tables) has been mentioned as well and now that we have some experience with Action Scheduler migrating to custom tables, we can take it as a learning point for possible future migrations.

Marketing Hub

The next item on the agenda was introduction of the new Marketing Hub. The first iteration should help merchants by

  • centralising all marketing extensions
  • curating a set of extensions to set up basics
  • providing informative guides to help merchants set up marketing tools

In later stages, it will also include automations, campaigns, segmentation, coupon management, marketing focused analytics, and other features.

Sounds amazing – good job so far. Excited to see it soon!

– Brian Haas

There was also a mention of Hubspot working on integration with Woo and AutomateWoo being included at a later point.

For further information, please check out the dedicated post about Marketing Hub.

WooCommerce 4.1 and beyond

The last point on the agenda was a quick discussion about WC 4.1.

We’re getting close to the actual release and you can read about all the details in the announcements posts published since our community chat.

We’ve also talked about potentially updating our WordPress support policy, which is on the horizon, and that we don’t currently plan to bump the minimum required PHP version, which is at 7.0 right now.

Gary with Darren also mentioned that Cart and Checkout blocks are currently being worked on and will be coming to WC soon, so stay tuned for announcements on this blog!

Finally, there was a slightly spicy 🌶 discussion around updates in multi-license deals for WooCommerce extensions.

Till Next Chat!

Thanks again to all whom attended. If you have any ideas on how to make our chats more helpful, or if you have a question/topic you would like to discuss, please leave a note in the comments below.

The next chat is scheduled for April 30, 2020. Don’t miss the invitation, please follow this blog!