WooCommerce 3.0 “Bionic Butterfly” Review – Beautiful Outside, Beast Inside

by Saud Razzak  April 5, 2017

The wait is over! WooCommerce 3.0 “Bionic Butterfly” is now available.

With great delight, I wish to inform you that WooCommerce 2.7 will be now versioned as 3.0.0. The new version of WooCommerce was expected to be released somewhere during February 2017. But, the development cycle itself was filled with a number experiments and errors. During the 2.7 beta testing phase, the WooCommerce team found a critical bug in the process of timestamps handling.

Hence, Mike Jolley, the lead developer at WooCommerce postponed the announcement to a later scheduled release date for WooCommerce 3.0 to 4th, April 2017.

WooCommerce update

WooCommerce 3.0 Exclusive Features

The WooCommerce 3.0 is on the market now with a number of exclusive features. So let’s see what new things does WooCommerce 3.0 has to offer to it’s users.

Some important additions are:

  • Updated Product Gallery
  • Performance improvements
  • CRUD Classes Addition
  • New CLI Powered by the REST API

Updated Product Gallery

WooCommerce 3.0 introduces a new gallery for single product pages. It also adds the new zoom, gallery view and mobile features as well. Listed below, are some of the greatest features.

  • Mobile friendly
  • Galleries with multiple images
  • open in a popup window
  • Fully mobile-responsive
  • You can easily manage all images and thumbnails

Do you wish to find out more about the new product gallery, if yes then find it by clicking here.

Performance Improvements

This update further includes significant performance improvements, the two important improvements are:

  • The first one is new taxonomy under the name tag like product_visibility, post meta, featured products, and out of stock products.
  • The second one is the reduced number of queries for upsells and related products on the product and cart pages.

It’s just a sample, however, if you are still curious to read more then check it all out here The entire list is available on the original beta release post.

CRUD Classes Addition

The CRUD class addition is a great addition in the new WooCommerce 3.0. It stands for Create, Read, Update, and Delete. While using CRUD classes you can easily modify products, orders, customers, payment tokens, and do much more.

Are you curious to read more about CRUD classes? If yes that’s sounds good enough! Check out here read Mike’s post announcing their addition to this release on the Develop WooCommerce blog.

New CLI Powered by the REST API

Do you want to manage your data faster then this update is just the one you are looking for. The WooCommerce 3.0  introduces a new command line interface (CLI) powered by the REST API. The previous CLI didn’t support the new CLI functionality, but now you can easily manage your data faster using the new CLI.

For more further details, check out the new command line interface below:

CLI

Read more about here Justin’s post on the Develop WooCommerce blog has more details.

Not All Some Other Improvements As Well

By far, we have discussed some of the most important update features of WooCommerce 3.0. But here are some of the improvements that I may have missed out. WooCommerce 3.0 comes with,

  • Automatic sorting of tax rates, which sounds like an awesome functionality.
  • Improved log system for developers.
  • Also, the user handling has been updated so that WooCommerce add existing users to the current store if the user already has a previous account within the same network. In WooCommerce 2.6 version this result will give you an error.
  • One other great improvement in the new WooCommerce update is that they have merged the cart and product percent coupon types into a single method.

So, here is the overview for the new WooCommerce 3.0.

Do you want to read in detail about the new features? You can check them out in detail, by clicking here.

To test WooCommerce 3.0 features, install WooCommerce, login to your WordPress admin panel, go to Dashboard >> Updates and click on the blue “Update Now” button. The new WooCommerce 3.0 will be installed.

If not, you can always download a fresh copy of WooCommerce 3.0 from the WordPress.org.

Now it’s time to check out the new version of WooCommerce 3.0. So if you have a website of your own then without further delay download this extension and test it out on your website. Also, enlighten me which features do you find helpful and interactive in the new WooCommerce 3.0. That’s all there is to it for WooCommerce! I will be back again with more fresh news soon. Till then, have a good time 🙂

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About Saud Razzak

Saud is the WordPress Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed WooCommerce Hosting Platform. Saud is responsible for creating buzz, spread knowledge, and educate the people about WordPress in the Community around the globe. In his free time, he likes to play cricket and learn new things on the Internet. You can email him at m.saud@cloudways.com

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