It’s been a while since we had our January Community Chat. WooCommerce teams have been hard at work preparing the 4.0-beta.1 release, and here comes the summary of our chat #6. We were happy to see 17 people attended the chat and also excited to invite our new Community wrangler Jonathan Wold.
Hello everyone! We are excited to announce that WooCommerce 4.0 is now available for beta testing!
As we’ve announced last week, 4.0 will be a release that brings some breaking changes, but there’s only a small number of those. We don’t expect the update to cause a lot of problems, as the only truly breaking change is including Action Scheduler 3.0 which already runs on more than 10,000 sites with WooCommerce Subscriptions.
Even though the changes are not large, we’re going to test the pre-release versions as much as possible on a broad spectrum of configurations and hosting platforms. To help us out and test the beta release of 4.0, you can download it directly from WordPress.org, or install our WooCommerce Beta Tester Plugin which allows you to easily test out this beta and all future beta and release candidates.
What is new in 4.0?
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.
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.
As mentioned earlier, the release will contain only a smallnumber 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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