WooCommerce just released its first update of 2020 on 22 January which brings new enhancements and a more stable version.
WooCommerce 3.9 was in the development stage since November right after its previous release i.e. WooCommerce 3.8. It’s a minor release with 600 commits by 18 contributors and it’s also backward compatible with the previous releases. However, run a compatibility test prior to updating to the newer version.
Let’s check what’s new features WooCommerce offers in this release.
What’s new in WooCommerce 3.9?
WooCommerce 3.9 is compatible with WooCommerce block 2.5.11 and now you can easily select and display your products on posts or pages in a new and flexible fashion.
There are many new improvements such as brand new product blocks with filtering and pagination features introduced to help customers find products.
For more details, click here.
Integration with MaxMind Geolocation
WooCommerce was first integrated with the MaxMind Geolocation database in February 2015 with WooCommerce 2.3. In short, WooCommerce uses the MaxMind GeoLite2 database for customer’s country identification.
Now, due to the end-user license agreement (EULA), MaxMind needs all user’s approval to download the GeoLite2 database and that’s why for using this feature in WooCommerce you need a MaxMind license key.
WooCommerce 3.9 Requirements
Now, there’s a minimal WordPress and PHP requirement for WooCommerce 3.9 and for starting with this version you need to use WordPress 5.0 and PHP 7.0 or later versions.
Stores and eCommerce sites using older versions than PHP 7.0 and WordPress 5.0 will not be able to update to WooCommerce 3.9.
There are numerous enhancements and fixes in this release like:
- WooCommerce 3.9 introduces a Payment Gateway API to support pay buttons.
- A new show button is added for the password fields.
So, WooCommerce 3.9 offers various new features, new APIs, enhancements, and many more but there’s a minimal version requirement to start with WooCommerce like the requirement of WordPress 5.0 and PHP 7.0 (or later versions).
I’d suggest before updating the WooCommerce, create a backup or test it on a staging site.
Keep reading the article at WPblog. The article was originally written by Farhan Ayub on 2020-01-22 10:01:37.
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