WooCommerce 8.8 is Delayed

Update April 17: WooCommerce 8.8 has been released as WooCommerce 8.8.2. Learn more here.

Note: WooCommerce 8.8 release has been further delayed due to an issue detected during testing. To ensure stability and give our teams time to fix this, we will roll out the release as 8.8.2 on the week of April 15 instead. Check our updated release post for more details.

Hi, folks! We truly appreciate your understanding and support as we strive to bring you the best possible updates to WooCommerce.

We have an important update regarding the release of WooCommerce 8.8.

Initially scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, 2024, we’ve decided to postpone the release to Monday, April 15, 2024. This decision was made with the goal of ensuring the highest quality and stability for the upcoming release.

Reason for delay

We’ll be migrating Woo.com back to WooCommerce.com on Tuesday, April 9th from 08:00 to 11:00 UTC. This migration includes all subdomains, including this blog.

Google’s recent algorithm update, which was one of the largest in history, has effectively stalled out the SEO recovery from our domain migration to Woo.com. As a result, the Woo team has decided to revert our default domain name from Woo.com back to WooCommerce.com. 

To ensure a smooth transition and allow for comprehensive post-migration testing, we’re taking a cautious approach by not releasing WooCommerce 8.8 on the same day. We greatly appreciate your patience while we work through the final details!

What happens next?

To steer clear of any complications with the Woo.com to WooCommerce.com migration, we will be releasing WooCommerce 8.8 on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. As always, we’ll keep you informed of any developments through this blog.

We’ll have additional information on the domain migration starting to go out today and Monday.

Thank you

Your ongoing support and cooperation means the world to us. Thank you for being patient and understanding as we work towards delivering the WooCommerce 8.8 release.

10 responses to “WooCommerce 8.8 is Delayed”

  1. I was surprised you guys went ahead with the domain change to Woo. Hope it hasn’t caused too many headaches.

    1. kevinbates Avatar

      Hey, Phil!

      We definitely learned some lessons — one being just how strong the WooCommerce brand is in search.

      We were on track to regain our previous rankings when the algorithm update set us back, because it seems to favor domains that have a long-standing history of getting organic clicks from Google’s results.

      This, along with other factors, made going back to WooCommerce.com the clear move.


  2. Make woo.com a saas product with managed WooCommerce and WooCommerce the usual site. This way both community and business are covered.

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  5. Andrew Goff Avatar
    Andrew Goff

    I am receiving these updates via email but have not subscribed to WooCommerce Development blog – clicking on the unbsibscribe option confirms I am not subscribed to this… yet I still get the updates. Can you please look into this as I do not want to block A8C more broadly as spam.

    1. Brent MacKinnon Avatar
      Brent MacKinnon

      Of course—apologies for the confusion. I’ve removed you from the list. Thanks Andrew.

  6. Hi i’m seeing 8.8.1 available to download but no longer pulls from update plugin from wordpress and tag still says 8.7 in woo wordpress plugin page. The weird thing is that for a brief moment, i’ve updated various sites to 8.8.1 directly from wordpress around 3pm UTC. is the 8.8.1 that i’ve pulled safe?

    1. Jacklyn Biggin Avatar
      Jacklyn Biggin

      Hey Daniel! Between approximately 10:43 AM and 11:16 AM ET, WooCommerce 8.8.1 was briefly set as the stable version on WordPress.org. The current stable tag, as you’ve noticed, has been reverted to WooCommerce 8.7. This is the current production-ready version.

      We’ll share more information as it becomes available.

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