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WooCommerce 4.2 Beta 1

Hello everyone,

Starting with the release of WooCommerce 4.2, we will be switching to a monthly release cadence! We’ve worked hard over the last year to increase both the frequency and stability of our releases, and we feel confident in taking this next step.

As of today, WooCommerce 4.2 is available for beta testing. You can either download it directly from WordPress.org or install our WooCommerce Beta Tester Plugin.

What’s new in 4.2?

As with our previous release, we have been continuing to focus on stability and performance in this cycle. You can review our changelog for the granular details, but here is a broad overview of what’s new:

WordPress Support Policy

Starting with the 4.2 release, we will adapt an L-2 sliding window support policy. What this means is that we are committed to ensuring that WooCommerce Core will work with the current WordPress version, as well as the two previous release branches.

You can read more about this new policy on our developer blog post.

New Hooks and Functions

We’ve added one new hook in this release:

FilterDescription
woocommerce_menu_order_countEnables filtering for the count of processing orders shown in the menu.

We’ve also made some changes to a few hooks:

FilterDescription
woocommerce_matched_ratesAdded the customer as a third argument.
woocommerce_attribute_labelFixed a bug that caused the prefix of global attributes to be removed from the second argument.

Release Schedule

Here are our targets for the 4.2 release cycle:

VersionRelease
BetaMay 12th
Release CandidateMay 19th
4.2 ReleaseJune 2nd

Testing

If you’d like to dive in and help test this new release, our handy WooCommerce Beta Tester plugin allows you to switch between beta versions and release candidates.

A set of testing instructions has been published on our Wiki page in GitHub. We’ve also posted a helpful writeup on beta testing to help get you started.

If you discover any bugs during the testing process, please let us know by logging a report in GitHub.

Thanks to all of our testers and contributors!

10 replies on “WooCommerce 4.2 Beta 1”

The scope of each release will be variable, but the plan is that nothing will be delivered in Core until it’s thoroughly tested. Once a feature is ready to be shipped it will be included in the next release cycle.

With that said however, any changes that will affect developers should be announced in advance of their inclusion in Core. We take care in examining the impact of a given change to ensure ample notice when possible!

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No new database tables in this release! In the future, would it be better if we noted that in the blog instead of omitting the section entirely?

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Hi…i’ve updated to 4.2beta from 4.1 on a staging site and it doesn’t show 4.2beta as version in woocommerce status after update, neither in version used or in database version(the plugin files were updated fine). Thanks!

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