The most popular eCommerce plugin for WordPress just got a new update. WooCommerce 3.5 has been in development since May, it is a minor release and it should be compatible with any themes and plugins capable of running WooCommerce 3.0 and above. Let’s have a quick look at what’s new.
REST API v3
The new update introduces the latest version of the WooCommerce REST API with new endpoints and updates to existing ones. Among these are, a new reviews endpoint, new report endpoints, batch settings updates and more. REST API v2 and other legacy API versions are still included for backwards compatibility.
Improved copy for transactional emails
This one was a much needed update. Copy for the store’s email has been revamped and made friendlier. This is an ongoing process to improve WooCommerce’s email experience in general and you should expect more in 2019.
Store owners can now export products by category in the CSV exporter, and can set low stock thresholds for individual products. New actions and hooks have been added to make WooCommerce more versatile for developers and store builders. You can check out the pretty extensive changelog in the plugin’s readme file.
Template-wise apart from the entirety of email templates that have been updated with new copy, things have been pretty calm this time around, a handful of minor changes to a dozen templates.
Updating to WooCommerce 3.5
WooCommerce 3.5, as mentioned earlier, is a minor update, so updating to it should be straight forward. Backup your site’s file and database, and click the update button. If you had extensive modifications to your site or are running any special plugins, please consult with the developers before going forward.
As is customary, a minor update has been released for WooCommerce 3.5 which fixes the most urgent bugs, you can read more about it here. Please note that if you are using one of the pre-release versions of WordPress 5.0 or planning to update to it immediately, it is suggested that you update WooCommerce to 3.5.1+ due to a filter name change in WordPress 5.0 that forces the use of the classic editor in the product edit screen.
CSSIgniter themes and WooCommerce 3.5
In the past week we have released updates for all of our themes which are affected by the changes made in WooCommerce 3.5. If you are getting a notification that the theme uses outdated WooCommerce templates just head on to our downloads section and get the theme’s latest version, update and you are good to go. For some of our themes you will not see such a notice and no WooCommerce 3.5 related update was released, this is perfectly normal, some of our themes are built in a way that is not affected by template changes and thus need updates less often.