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WooCommerce 3.3 & The Main Highlights to Watch
IMPORTANT: WooCommerce 3.3.1 Update
As you may have heard that WooCommerce 3.3.0 has been removed from the WordPress plugin directory soon after the release on Wednesday. There were some theme conflicts reported by the users. Due to high volume of users impacted theme was potentially high it has been reverted the stable version back to 3.2.6 to avoid further users downloading 3.3.0.
If you’re running 3.3 already and you theme is compatible , you need not to make any changes.But, if you’ve upgraded and there are issue with your theme then you need to wait for 3.3.1 to be released officially. However, you can downgrade to 3.2.6 using the WP Rollback plugin.
The auto update will be available again for all users after the release of 3.3.1.
Anyone got the inside scoop on why WooCommerce 3.3 was reverted and back to 3.2.6 as current stable release, earlier today? https://t.co/2Eg7uk7H3u
— Coen Jacobs (@CoenJacobs) January 31, 2018
Fun fact: As far as I recall, there has never been a release of WooCommerce that has been withdrawn before. During my time on the development team we have pushed fix releases on the same day as a big releases, but never was it reverted like this.
— Coen Jacobs (@CoenJacobs) January 31, 2018
January 30, 2018. WooCommerce 3.3 is available with new amendment of features to make online store experience much better for everyone. Early last December, WooCommerce 3.3 Beta version was available for user testing, nothing new but, small features enhancement will make this release special for the WooCommerce enthusiasts.
WooCommerce 3.3 is a minor release, which means there is no breaking changes and updating against any release from WooCommerce 3.0 will be hassle free.
Following are the major tweaks from WooCommerce 3.3 that will create a better online shopping experience. Here is what to look out for in the latest WooCommerce update:
Better Support for Non WooCommerce Theme & Customization
Now you need not to choose just WooCommerce theme for creating a WooCommerce based online store. This simply means WooCommerce doesn’t require a WooCommerce-compatible theme any more. However, you can run your WooCommerce store with almost any theme from WordPress.org.
However, you can customize and set the number of rows and columns in the shop. Isn’t it awesome?
Revamped Orders Screen
There is lots of small enhancements to Orders screen, an additional capability to view and manage orders quickly on the Orders screen. WooCommerce 3.3 Orders screen changes includes a new preview function and ready for feedback feature.
- Shipping address/billing address are hidden by default but, can be toggled on.
- You can combine order number and customer name into a single column along with other important data.
- You can update on all previous order actions by adding up an extension uses to add custom buttons from the bulk actions drop-down.
- You can view order content with the help of a new preview link.
- Get on the main edit order screen by clicking on any part of the row.
- Using words for status makes it clearer for users, especially for the new one! However, hovering on the status reveals about any important notes as statuses are text based.
Image Size Improvements
You can change the aspect ratio of the images in your store using the Customizer. Additionally, product thumbnail resizing, and image regeneration has been enabled automatically. Now, you can select the aspect ratio of images in your WooCommerce store.
Stock Management Improvements
Stock management has become simpler and more intuitive. Products can now have the “On Backorder” stock status. This feature enhancement will entice the store owners as they spend a lot of time in managing the product stock status cycle in their stores. However, the products are always coming in, getting purchased, and needing to be recorded while getting out of stock, etc.
WooCommerce 3.3 has made improvements aiming at making stock management less time-consuming and more natural and intuitive for store owners.
Product downloads are now logged with the latest version of WooCommerce 3.3. Now you will be able to view and analyse information about the products downloaded from your store.
Have a look at the following screenshot to get the overall idea:
The wait for CRUD is over. In the latest WooCommerce 3.3, core development team has applied the CRUD software design pattern throughout to webhooks and migrated them to their own custom table. With 3.3 the webhooks will not use the posts and comments database tables anymore. Also, certain features database has moved from WordPress post database table to new database tables. This makes the performance and scalability improvements of those features.
Also, you’ll get the all the old dummy data and placeholders with new fresh dummy data. Some settings have been moved into the Customizer so that you can preview changes while managing your setting options. Also, you’ll be able to search for extensions right on your Extensions screen.
Features for Store Owners
- Products downloads are logged and can be analysed and filtered.
- The product shortcode now has the pagination and tag support.
- Store owners or admin can now have live preview of shop display settings in the Customizer.
The Step Forward
Download and install WooCommerce 3.3 and get a whole new experience on your online store. Dazzle it with the latest WooCommerce features and enhancements, to manage your store with ease, efficiently. Also, we recommend testing and backing up prior to upgrading your store to latest WooCommerce 3.3. We hope you’ll ❤ the new and improved version with exciting features enhancement.
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