WooCommerce Community News: May 2021

Howdy, Woo Developer Community! 👋 Here are some updates of recent happenings that you may have missed over the past month. Some items are detailed in previous posts on this blog, and other items are pulled from sources like GitHub. We’ve packaged everything into a digest to help keep everyone in the loop.

Developer Resources

WooCommerce Core

  • WooCommerce 5.3 was released on May 11, 2021. It includes numerous fixes and enhancements, such as updated versions of WooCommerce Admin and WooCommerce Blocks. It also includes updates to filters and enhancements to REST API endpoints for managing tax rates.
  • The WooCommerce 5.4 Release Candidate is now available for testing. It includes fixes for issues related to jQuery 3, improvements to the REST API endpoints involving date-constrained queries. You can help us test out this release candidate using the WooCommerce Beta Tester plugin.
  • The final release of WooCommerce 5.4 is slated for June 8, 2021.

WooCommerce Admin

WooCommerce Blocks

  • WooCommerce Blocks 5.1.0 was released on May 10, 2021. Highlights include better error reporting for payment methods with dependencies that are unavailable, improvements to the emitEventWithAbort function that some event emitters use, and a fix for a bug that would clear out previously entered address data during checkout.
  • WooCommerce Blocks 5.2.0 was released May 26, 2021. It includes incremental updates to the design of the order breakdown area in the Cart and Checkout blocks, as well as improvements aimed at compatibility with the new widget editor coming with WordPress 5.8.

We want to hear from you

If you’re reading this, drop us a line in the comments below to let us know how you’re liking this community news format. We want to make sure we’re sharing information and engaging with the community in an impactful and efficient way. And as always, feel free to ask us questions in the comments below or join us for Developer Office Hours on Wednesdays at 14:00 UTC in the #developers channel of the WooCommerce Community Slack.

5 responses to “WooCommerce Community News: May 2021”

  1. Brian Henry Avatar
    Brian Henry

    I like this. I keep finding more documentation I should already be aware of, so a round-up is a good way to link to as much as possible.

    I’m not keen on Developer Office Hours on Wednesdays at 14:00 UTC being at a fixed time. That pretty much excludes west coast USA and presumably similarly on the other side of the world.

  2. Allen Smith Avatar
    Allen Smith

    Thanks a bunch for this feedback, Brian. I hear you on the time slot for Developer Office Hours. This is something we considered when choosing an initial time back when we rolled out the program, and I think it would be great to find a way to make office hours accessible to more folks around the world. I’ve captured your feedback on our internal project board where we track and prioritize our advocacy work. If we were to hold office hours on additional days of the week or at additional times, do you have preferences for when (morning/afternoon/evening) and how frequently those sessions should be held?

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