WooCommerce 3.6 officially released with outstanding performance improvements.
If you do not know, yesterday evening (April 17, 2019), WooCommerce 3.6 was officially released to users after nearly 6 months of development (from November 2018). Normally, I wouldn’t write an introduction to a new version of a plugin. However, this time is the exception. WooCommerce 3.6 really brings so many improvements in terms of performance, that I have to immediately notify everyone to quickly update.
What’s new with WooCommerce 3.6?
For store admins and builders, one of the biggest additions of WooCommerce 3.6 is the introduction of Product Blocks for the WordPress Block Editor.
For all websites running WordPress 5.0 and up, you will have access to build professional sales pages using the following blocks available in WooCommerce 3.6:
- Products by category
- Best – selling product
- Products selected by hand
- Latest product
- Products on sale
- The product is highly rated
- Products by attribute
- Featured products
To learn more about what you can do with Product Blocks and how developers can customize them, check out this paragraph.
Customers and store owners will experience a significantly faster experience thanks to advanced performance enhancements that improve both front-end and admin interface load times. For more details on the performance improvements available in WooCommerce 3.6, please refer to the developer article here.
A few highlights of the front-end improvements for websites running WooCommerce 3.6 are:
- 62% improvement in loading times when ordering and filtering products.
- Reduce overall load time by skipping inactive webhooks.
- Reduce loading time for product category pages or product listing pages by attribute.
- Reduce loading time of product pages with attributes.
I have also upgraded to version 3.6 for my websites and feel the loading speed is significantly improved.
Some other updates
In addition to Product Blocks and performance improvements, you’ll find the following improvements in WooCommerce 3.6:
- Ability to increase/decrease the quantity of goods (stock) through the bulk editing feature (bulk editor).
- Improved access to product ordering (order-by).
- When manually adding/editing/removing items from an order, the corresponding product inventory will be updated to reflect the event and the order note will also record the action.
- Added official (official) extensions suggestions.
- Store attribute values as post_excerpt for variants to make finding variants easier.
- Customer notes containing URLs will now automatically convert to clickable links.
- Allows states/provinces in the region to be searched by country name.
- Add successful registration notification to account pages.
In addition to these improvements, the release contains several tweaks, new hooks, and various patches. All of that, you can learn more in the section readme.
WooCommerce Upgrade Guide
Similar to other free plugins downloaded from the WordPress.org plugin repository, you can update WooCommerce right in the WordPress Dashboard. WooCommerce 3.6 is backward compatible with websites running WooCommerce version 3.0 or higher. However, you must make sure your theme and other extensions are compatible with the new version of WooCommerce before upgrading. To be on the safe side, we recommend backing up your data first in case of unfortunate incidents.
After updating the plugin, you can access WooCommerce => Settings => click on the button Update WooCommerce Database to update the database for WooCommerce.
Wait a moment for the process to complete, you will receive a message similar to this:
Finally, clear the web cache (if you use a cache plugin) and browser cache and check the results. It’s simple, right? Good luck!
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