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.
When WooCommerce 3.9 is released in January, it will have new required versions of WordPress and PHP. Running WooCommerce 3.9 will require a site running WordPress 5.0 and PHP 7.0 or newer.
We plan to keep developing blocks and other integrations that rely on current versions of WordPress, and this release prepares WooCommerce for these new features so we can deliver the best experience for our users. A very small percentage of WooCommerce stores run versions of WordPress and PHP older than these requirements, so impact will be minimal.
Note that WooCommerce 3.9 includes new “All Products” block (part of WooCommerce Blocks 2.5 release) which requires WordPress 5.3 in order to use it.
What does it mean for your store if your site is affected? Simply put, you will not be able to update to WooCommerce 3.9 when it gets released, so WordPress will not offer you the update. If you’re among these sites, we’ve created document explaining the the benefits of updating to newer versions of WordPress and PHP that includes instructions on how to safely update.
If you have any questions or feedback around the decision and work related to this update, please feel free to leave them in the comments.