WooCommerce 3.0 is a new Major Update for the worldwide-known eCommerce plugin for WordPress.
Codenamed “Bionic Butterfly”, this new version of the plugin has been in development since August 2016 and in beta since December 2016.
Let’s find out what’s new!
A new Product Gallery
This is probably the most visible improvement to both the end user and the administrator. The WooCommerce 3.0 Update comes with a new product gallery, providing a really clean, slick and intuitive user experience.
Mobile browsing of such product pages has been really improved: tap on a thumbnail to display the image in its true size, swipe to scroll, pinch to zoom, swipe up to close.
As you can see in the above video, the whole page is fully responsive without compromising design quality.
CRUD classes and new CLI for developers
WooCommerce 3.0 also introduces CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) classes, to help developers retrieve data from the database more easily, and a new Command Line Interface powered by the REST API.
Other than plenty of performance improvements, WooCommerce 3.0 comes with some tweaks that benefit both the Administrator and the User.
- An improved Logging System – Read all about it on their development blog
- Sorting tax rates is not a manual process anymore
- Storewide notice is now dismissible – This can help prevent content overlapping on mobile
- Structured Data has switched to JSON-LD format – Far more clean and readable. Structured Data is also very useful for Search Engine Optimisation
This is just a quick round-up of all the features and improvements included in the “Bionic Butterfly” Update. For more details you should check the official Blog post about it!
Backup before updating
You should always backup your website before an update, especially if it’s a Major Update such as this one.
We are experienced in WooCommerce setup and management, as many of our clients make use of the plugin for their eCommerce businesses. We can help you and guide you through the process of backing up and updating your WooCommerce installation.