WooCommerce 4.3 Beta Available for Testing
The first beta for WooCommerce 4.3 was released yesterday. The team behind the popular eCommerce plugin added a new homepage screen, updated the product grid blocks, and is pushing users to update their version of PHP. Users who want to test the latest beta version can do so by grabbing the ZIP file from WordPress.org and uploading it to their site. They can also install and activate the WooCommerce Beta Tester plugin to switch between versions. The WooCommerce team plans to make the first release candidate available on June 23. If all goes well over the following two weeks, the official 4.3 release is slated for July 7. The timeline gives users a three-week window to provide feedback and test for bugs before upgrading. The version 4.3 beta currently includes over 40 bug fixes along with dozens of enhancements, tweaks, and dev-related changes. See the 4.3 change log for a full overview. New WooCommerce Admin Homepage Old Dashboard Screen New Home Screen Side-by-side comparison of old Dashboard and new Home screens. The largest user-facing change coming to version 4.3 is a new homepage screen. It is replacing the Dashboard screen introduced in version 4.0. Users should see a new item titled “Home” under the normal WooCommerce admin menu. The previous Dashboard left a lot to be desired. It was essentially a set of customizable charts and stats for the user’s shop. When it was first released, some users experienced issues with data populating for the screen. It never felt right, particularly when much of the data shown on the Dashboard felt redundant — it could be found under the Reports and Analytics screens. The new Home screen is a fresh take on what a “dashboard” should be. The primary focus is on displaying the latest messages from the shop’s inbox, which is displayed on the left side of the screen. To the right is a box with an overview of the shop’s stats that further links to the Analytics screen where more detailed stats can be found. Below that is a box with quick links for managing various aspects of the store. Call me a fan. The old stats and charts Dashboard always felt a bit overwhelming and not exactly what I was looking for. The new Home screen is simpler, provides an overview of the important bits, and leads me to the places I might want to visit. Upcoming Block Changes Newest Products in the block editor. Except for the All Products block, each of the grid-related product blocks now defaults to three rows of products on output. Unless the user changed the default block settings, this will also affect existing blocks used on the site. Some of the blocks this change will affect include: Newest Products Hand-picked Products Products by Category Best Selling Products On Sale Products Top Rated Products Products by Attribute In past versions of the plugin, the default number of rows was set to one. If three rows are undesirable, end-users should check their sites upon update to make sure the appropriate number of products is displayed where those blocks are in use. The team has made some other important changes to blocks, such as improved handling of taxes for the Filter Products by Price block and adding options for the Filter Products by Attribute block. » Read More
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