WooCommerce 3.9 Beta 1

WooCommerce 3.9 is now officially available for beta testing!

We’re working toward smaller and more frequent releases, and WooCommerce 3.9 will be the first minor release of 2020. Since it’s a minor release, everything is backward compatible. The official version will be available on January 7, 2020.

To try it out download it from the WordPress.org plugin repository, or install the WooCommerce Beta Tester plugin to test out this and all future beta and release candidates.

What’s new in 3.9?

WooCommerce 3.9 is the first minor release of 2020. Being a minor release, everything is backward compatible. As we work towards smaller and more frequent releases, it will be released on January 7th.

WooCommerce blocks

This version of WooCommerce includes WooCommerce Blocks 2.5. WooCommerce Blocks is our eCommerce-focused block collection for the block editor that has been part of WordPress since WordPress 5.0.

WooCommerce 3.9 adds a new “All Products” block (requires WordPress 5.3) that mimics the WooCommerce core shop page but allows easy customization — and it’s powered by JavaScript and the REST API, so customers stay on the same page while browsing your catalogue.

All Products block
All Products block

You can still customize the elements of this page using inner blocks, and use it in conjunction with other new blocks to filter products.

All products and filter blocks together in a column block
All products and filter blocks together in a column block

Check out the WooCommerce Blocks 2.5 release notes for a detailed look! And if you want to follow the latest developments, you can install the feature plugin as well.

New PHP and WordPress minimum requirements

As of WooCommerce 3.9, we are bumping the minimum required PHP version up to PHP 7.0. This sets set us up for using newer and more performant functionality, benefiting all WooCommerce stores. The minimum required WordPress version will also increase to WordPress 5.0.

We have added upgrade nudges in WooCommerce 3.8 pointing users to our new document you can follow to make sure you have the latest and greatest versions. Stores running anything older than PHP 7.0 and WordPress 5.0 will not be able to update to WooCommerce 3.9.

Additional enhancements

And there’s more in WooCommerce 3.9:

  • There’s “Show” button for password fields, like WordPress core introduced in version 5.3.
  • A new WooCommerce onboarding experience will be available to, 10% of new users (we’re testing this new experience and starting small.
  • It introduces a Payment Gateway API to support “pay button” allowing proper setup of those buttons and making it easier to customize their appearance.

The release also contains tweaks, new hooks and fixes, all of which you can find in the readme.txt.

Template file changes

The following template files have been updated/changed in this release.

emails/email-addresses.phpPhone numbers will become clickable, to easy call your customers.
myaccount/lost-password-confirmation.phpAdded new woocommerce_before_lost_password_confirmation_message, and woocommerce_after_lost_password_confirmation_message actions.
notices/error.php, notices/notice.php, notices/success.phpTemplates update to support our new notices format.

Deprecated functions and methods

  • Deprecated the WC_Cart_Totals::round_merged_taxes() method and replaced it with a new method WC_Cart_Totals::calculate_item_subtotals().
  • Deprecated the argument $messages in notices templates, and as a replaced it’s possible to use $notices.

Release schedule

Beta10 December 2019
RC21 December 2019
Release 3.97 January 2020

Testing instructions

We published a Wiki in GitHub to help anyone interested in testing this new release. Check out our release testing instructions.

5 responses to “WooCommerce 3.9 Beta 1”

  1. Sten Alferi Avatar
    Sten Alferi

    “And if you want to follow the latest developments, you can install the feature plugin as well.”
    Rating 2,4 out of 5 stars. No, thanks …

  2. The release should be on 7 January. What is the date now?

    1. We are going to release on January 21th, we had to delay due changes on MaxMind Geolocation, we should publish an announcement with 3.9 RC 3 this week with more details.

  3. Does the javascript update means, that users will also stay on the same page when browsing categories or does it only work for WC blocks?

    1. Only works with WooCommerce Blocks, not the default archive page.

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