We are thrilled to announce that WooCommerce 3.9 is officially available — it has been in development since November 2019, and contains around 600 commits from 18 contributors. This is a minor release, which means everything should be backward compatible with previous versions of WooCommerce.
Even though it’s a minor release, we always recommend checking that all your plugins and your theme are compatible before updating. For your peace of mind, you should also create backups of your site – read this guide for more details.
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.
WooCommerce 3.9 beta 2 is now available. This beta release includes an updated version of WooCommerce Blocks 2.5.6 that fixes a few bugs in the All Products block — here’s the changelog if you’re interested.
WooCommerce 3.9 is now officially available for beta testing!
We’re working toward smaller and more frequent releases, and WooCommerce 3.9 will be the first minor release of 2020. Since it’s a minor release, everything is backward compatible. The official version will be available on January 7, 2020.
WooCommerce 3.9 is the first minor release of 2020. Being a minor release, everything is backward compatible. As we work towards smaller and more frequent releases, it will be released on January 7th.
This version of WooCommerce includes WooCommerce Blocks 2.5. WooCommerce Blocks is our eCommerce-focused block collection for the block editor that has been part of WordPress since WordPress 5.0.
You can still customize the elements of this page using inner blocks, and use it in conjunction with other new blocks to filter products.
As of WooCommerce 3.9, we are bumping the minimum required PHP version up to PHP 7.0. This sets set us up for using newer and more performant functionality, benefiting all WooCommerce stores. The minimum required WordPress version will also increase to WordPress 5.0.