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WooCommerce 3.0.0 – More

WooCommerce as an ecommerce platform has been leading the pack with a majority of estores operating on WooCommerce. With timely updates, performance enhancements and functionality improvements, Woocommerce is constantly being improved to meet the user expectations and provide ease of management for store owners as well as developers.

Recently, WooCommerce has rolled out the latest versions 3.0.0 named “Bionic Butterfly”. Being touted as big update, is it really a major one? And how is it going to affect you as a user or as a store owner? That we’ll see in a while.

WooCommerce was supposed to release version 2.7 back in February 2017. However, it was pushed to a later date owing to a major bug (timestamps handling) that was discovered in it.

It took around 2 months for the WooCommerce team to fix the bugs and resolve the issues. The final stable version 3.0.0 was then launched on April 04, 2017.

This latest version boasts of the ways in which data storage is being handled. Although, this may not affect the way plugins or WooCommerce extension interact but still you have to ensure that the plugins you use are compatible with v.3.0 if you wish to upgrade.

WooCommerce 3.0.0 – Highlights

  • Updated product gallery
  • Improvements in speed and performance
  • Inclusion of CRUD classes
  • New CLI powered by the REST API
  • Template modifications

Woo 3.0 – Updated Product Gallery
Version 3.0 has completely overhauled its product gallery making it more interactive, intuitive and shopper-friendly. It offers a great browsing experience even on mobile devices as shoppers now don’t have to struggle to view product images. The features include:

  • Hover over the images to magnify or zoom into from a lightbox
  • Clicking on a thumbnail in image gallery now doesn’t open a popup but make it the primary image.
  • Now images can be zoomed, pinched and scrolled using pinch or swipe gestures
  • Zooming on a product image on a mobile display doesn’t fit the browser window but displays its original size

Images play a crucial role while making online purchases and this update is bound to improve shopper’s experience.

Things to know Before you Update!
WooCommerce 3.0 has many major changes at the code level. This may affect the update and cause some issues if the extension or theme is not compatible with it. To be on a safer side, it is, therefore, best to take a backup or get some professional help before you upgrade.

Performance Improvements
Woo 3.0 have many under the hood improvements that makes the experience more smoother and seamless. These changes include:

  • Improved options for updating and products display for product visibility, featured products and out of stock products
  • WooCommerce states “In testing, with ~8k products we saw speed improvements of around 94%.”
  • Optimisation of data for variable products and removal of unused data fields
  • Improvements in management and display of upsells and related products

CRUD Classes Update
The inclusion of CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) classes has standardised the way in which developers or extension plugins store and access the data.
This major update not only optimises data storage but also ensures uniformity in reading and writing data. What you really should know is that the way data is handled in CRUD classes, it is crucial that your extensions support and adapt to this new update to ensure compatibility with version 3.0.

Further, it is best that you hire an expert to update your store to the latest 3.0 version. A store might be able to easily upgrade to the latest version without any issue, however, this may not be same for all the websites.

CLI Powered Rest API
WooCommerce has totally updated its Command Line Interface (CLI). Forked from Restful, the new interface is powered by the REST API. Besides this, developers now have more control with the effective removal of code duplication.

Template And Other Changes
WooCommerce 3.0 update has also many changes in the templates. Besides the changes in the templates, Woo also has many other changes including:

  • Easy management and sorting of tax rates
  • Dismiss sitewide notifications
  • On WordPress multisite, the existing users will only be added to a store if the user has an account on the same network
  • Management of coupons for Cart percent and product percent has been combined

That is all about WooCommerce 3.0.0. This new version packs a lot of new features and a number of major changes under the hood. More optimised and a smoother performance, the new version offers great prospectives for both the store owner as well as the shoppers. So, ready to update? But hold on!
To ensure that the transition of your Woo store to the version 3.0.0 is done smoothly, without any error, it is best that you hire an expert. At TheWpExperts we have a team of professionals who are adept at handling all WooCommerce/WordPress related tasks including update and migration. So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today for a free consultation.

To know more about WooCommerce 3.0.0, you can visit the official website of WooCommerce here.

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