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WooCommerce 5.6.0 Beta 1

The first beta for WooCommerce 5.6.0 is now available as part of the August release cycle. You can download directly from WordPress.org or through our WooCommerce Beta Tester Plugin.

Highlights

  • Added a new options to enable a lookup table to improve filtering by product attributes.
  • A new “Refunds and Returns Policy” sample page will be included by default in all installations.
  • WooCommerce Blocks 5.4.1, and 5.5.1. These updates contain a number of enhancements, bug fixes, and some improvements to allow products to be added by SKU in the Hand-Picked Products block.
  • WooCommerce Admin 2.5.0. This new package contains lots of bug fixes and stability improvements.
  • Improved support to Twenty Twenty-One theme.
  • Added support for “Shipping Phone”, in addition to Billing Phone in email templates and in the Order’s edit screen, note that WooCommerce Shipping & Tax extension already includes a “Shipping Phone” for the checkout form.
  • Fixed a problem preventing blocks from rendering when included within the shop page.

You can see more notable improvements in this list of PRs. For all the changes in all the included packages, see the changelog file.

Filters and actions

This release adds one hook:

HookDescription
woocommerce_email_sentAction hook fired when an email is sent from WooCommerce.

And one update to a filter:

HookDescription
woocommerce_logout_default_redirect_urlFilter the redirect URL page, used to only get applied to wc_logout_url(), but now is also applied in other places that uses WooCommerce’s logout endpoint.

Database changes

There are no database changes in this release, but a database upgrade will be necessary to install the new “Refunds and Returns Policy” sample page.

Template changes

FilterDescription
templates/emails/email-addresses.phpUpdated to display shipping phone if available.
templates/emails/plain/email-addresses.phpUpdated to display shipping phone if available.
templates/order/order-details-customer.phpUpdated to display shipping phone if available.

Release schedule

VersionRelease
BetaJuly 27, 2021
Release CandidateAugust 3, 2021
5.6 Final ReleaseAugust 17, 2021
Release schedule for 5.6

Testing

If you’d like to dive in and help test this new release, our handy WooCommerce Beta Tester plugin allows you to switch between beta versions and release candidates. You can also download the release from wordpress.org.

A set of testing instructions has been published on our Wiki page in GitHub. We’ve also posted a helpful writeup on beta testing to help get you started.

If you discover any bugs during the testing process, please let us know by logging a report in GitHub.

By Claudio Sanches

Developer on the WooCommerce team and member of the WordPress Brazilian community.

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