Today marks the latest milestone in the growth and lifetime of WooCommerce. After months of developing, testing and tweaking (as well as some more testing), the team who brought you Peppy Penguin are proud to present Prowling Pangolin, the latest release of WooCommerce, the world’s fastest growing eCommerce platform. Can we get a woo woo?
Amongst the many updates and fixes bundled into WooCommerce 2.2, the pangolin also boasts an array of new features to help make daily store management tasks easier for you, the store owner.
Refunding customers made easy
WooCommerce now includes a refund processing feature, making it easier to process (full or partial) refunds for your customers. If your chosen payment gateway supports refunds, WooCommerce will help you by automatically refunding your customer. If not, we’ve provided an intuitive interface for processing the refund with just a few clicks.
Speaking your language
It is important to us that you are be able to experience WooCommerce in your native tongue. To this end, we’ve improved how languages are handled within WooCommerce.
If you use WordPress in a language other than English, WooCommerce will detect this and download the translation file for your desired language, if we have one available.
Improvements to order management and stock control
To support the partial refunds feature, the order items and totals panels have been combined. As a result we have a simpler, more user friendly order management screen.
You can also now set stock management options (such as backorder support) at variation level giving much greater control over stock.
A new friend, and an admirable adjustment
With WooCommerce 2.2, we are excited to announce the inclusion of the Simplify Commerce by MasterCard payment gateway directly into WooCommerce core! Simplify Commerce makes receiving payments extremely easy across all major brands, and integrates with our popular Subscriptions, Pre-Orders and Bookings extensions.
WooCommerce 2.2 is also a time where we have made a small adjustment to the inclusion of the Mijireh payment service. Mijireh is now running as a free extension for WooCommerce.
If you were running the Mijireh payment gateway with older versions of WooCommerce, you will be presented with a one-click installation to get the new extension in place and have your payments system back up and running.
For the geeks out there
At one stage, one may ask oneself; “What makes the pangolin prowl?”. To which we answer, “Geeks, and loads of them. Over 270 contributors on GitHub, to be precise.”
To everyone who contributed to the development of WooCommerce 2.2 and has given of their time to advance WooCommerce, we thank you from the bottoms of our ninja hearts.
We’ve got some exciting new geek bits and bobs as well, notably the addition of PUT, POST and DELETE endpoints to the WooCommerce API (now at version 2), rounding out the full scope of the API’s capabilities.
How to upgrade
WooCommerce 2.2 is available for download today, via your WordPress admin dashboard.
Once available, be sure to upgrade a test copy of your website (on a staging server, preferably) before upgrading your website. Also, remember to upgrade your extensions before upgrading WooCommerce core itself! We’ve found this to be the smoothest upgrade routine.
For more advice on doing this right, view our upgrade guide.
We look forward to your feedback on the new features added to WooCommerce in version 2.2, and look forward to sharing many new alliterative animals with you in WooCommerce’s future, as we grow.