WooCommerce 3.7 came out a couple of days ago. So what’s new?
New and Improved Blocks
There are three new blocks and added UI and options for the Featured Product block.
WooCommerce blocks are now branded with the Woo logo to help them stand out.
The new blocks are:
- Featured Category
- Product Categories List
- Products by Tag
Improvements on Featured Product Block
First off, this block has a new focal point picker. Secondly, it now includes the ability to choose variations as well.
Email Default “Thanks”: Replaced
Previously, coded in to the email was a default “Thanks” where you couldn’t change the wording without dealing with code.
Now an Additional Content field has been added where you can put in a personal thanks.
Automatically Generate Coupon Codes
In the Coupon Admin, you can now have Woo generate your coupon code. Although you may prefer to still create your own custom coupons, this could come in handy at times and you could even add your own prefix (eg. brand).
WordPress 4.9+ and PHP 5.6+ Required
These upgraded versions will be nudged appropriately with future updates which, of course, encourages store owners to stay updated for their stores’ best performance.
For those of you interested in seeing what is behind the scenes, here are the improvements as taken from the WooCommerce post.
- Tax classes have moved from using the wp options table to a new dedicated tax class table.
- Reduced the number of queries to populate variations.
- Excluded Action Scheduler tasks from all comments queries, speeding up page load times considerably on pages where comment data is loaded (product reviews, post comments, admin pages).
- Fixed a persistent performance bottleneck on the cart.
Go Forth and Update
As always, back up and test. I always recommend testing in a staging area before updating your store.