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Community Chat #6 Notes — February 20, 2020

Community Chat #6 Notes

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.

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.

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WooCommerce 4.0 Beta 1 — February 10, 2020

WooCommerce 4.0 Beta 1

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?

4.0 is the first major release of 2020 and we’re excited to include the new version of WooCommerce Admin in this release. WooCommerce Admin is the first step towards a more modern JavaScript-driven experience of WooCommerce core.

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WooCommerce 4.0 is coming! — January 31, 2020

WooCommerce 4.0 is coming!

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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January 30th: Community Chat #6 — January 27, 2020
WooCommerce 3.8.1 Fix Release — November 27, 2019

WooCommerce 3.8.1 Fix Release

WooCommerce 3.8.1 is now available. This is a small fix release that includes a fix for Google product schema and improves the compatibility with WordPress 5.3 and Twenty-twenty theme.

Please find the full list of updates below:

* Tweak - Include 5 latest reviews to Product's schema.
* Fix - Improve select2 style and admin screen button alignments in WP 5.3
* Fix - Fix order action button centering for WP 5.3.
* Fix - Improved WooCommerce and Twenty twenty styling.

Download the latest release of WooCommerce here or venture over to Dashboard → Updates to update your plugins from your WordPress admin panel.

As usual, if you spot any other issues in WooCommerce core please log them in detail on Github, and to disclose a security issue to our team, please submit a report via HackerOne here.