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Boost Your Store’s Performance and Pages with WooCommerce 3.6

Written by timmydcrawford on April 17, 2019 Blog.

Much has been happening behind the scenes at WooCommerce since the release of 3.5 in October 2018. The team has been working hard on a variety of improvements that are now available in WooCommerce 3.6.

Two key features will make your store load faster and provide a more engaging experience for your customers:

  • Performance Improvements
  • WooCommerce Product Blocks

Throughout the build process of WooCommerce 3.6, our team focused heavily on both automated and manual testing, performing in-depth benchmarks of performance across a variety of database sizes.

As with all previous releases, we also ran tests against our extensions and popular themes – we’ve even been running WooCommerce 3.6 right here on WooCommerce.com.

WooCommerce 3.6 is considered a minor release, meaning it should be fully backwards compatible with all WooCommerce releases since 3.0. We still highly recommend you follow best practices and back up your site prior to updating.

We recommend viewing our documentation on how to updatemaking a backup, updating extensions, and finally updating WooCommerce via WP Admin.

Here are some further details around what’s new in 3.6:

WooCommerce Product Blocks

There are eight new product blocks available in WooCommerce 3.6.

For those who have been working with the new block-based editor that shipped in WordPress 5.0, you’ll be well aware that it enables you to build feature-rich pages and posts on your site.

In WooCommerce 3.6, WooCommerce Product Blocks build upon the power of the block editor, allowing you to easily feature products on posts and pages via eight new blocks:

  • Featured products: Select and display a single product in a new “high-impact” format. Control text alignment, show or hide the price and description, add a color overlay, change the button call to action, specify a custom height, or override the product photograph.
  • Individual, hand-picked products: Search for and display products of your choice in a grid.
  • Bestsellers/top-rated: Display a grid of your best-selling products, filterable by category.
  • Newest products: Display a grid of your newest products, filterable by category.
  • Sale products: Display a grid of on sale products, filterable by category.
  • Products with specific attributes or terms: Display any products that have been assigned multiple or specific attribute terms.

For details on all the options available with WooCommerce Product Blocks, check out our recent blog post on them.

Performance Improvements

While Product Blocks open up a variety of improvements to the visual side of your store, a great deal of work has gone into making WooCommerce more performant on both customer-facing and administrative pages.

The foundation of the performance improvements in 3.6 is built upon a new Product Data Lookup Table which takes key pieces of data about products and makes them more efficient to query.

The lookup table caches items like SKU, sale and stock statuses, and product rating information into one database table. This allows us to not have to do costly/un-performant database joins on post meta tables.

The end result is speed, a key metric for page ranking and customer happiness.

You’ll also feel the speed improvements in WP Admin when performing actions such as bulk product management, searching variations, or working with downloadable products.

For an in-depth look at the technical details for all of these performance improvements, we encourage you to read the post on our developer blog.

But wait – there’s more

WooCommerce 3.6 brings many other small tweaks, fixes, and improvements. Learn more by reading our initial beta announcement or by viewing the full changelog on GitHub.

New Admin Dashboard and Reports Too

The WooCommerce Admin feature plugin brings a new customizable dashboard.

And finally – in case you missed our recent post, we’ve also launched a new feature plugin boasting a fresh, modern dashboard with updated analytics.

WooCommerce Admin offers a much more powerful reporting and analytics experience. It aims to ease management tasks with new Activity Panels and a customizable Dashboard.

To learn more about WooCommerce Admin, check out our post or head over to its page on the WordPress.org plugin repo.

Ready for 3.6?

Before updating to WooCommerce 3.6 we recommend reviewing our documentation around how to update, ensuring that backups are in place, and then installing the update via WP Admin.

We’re here if you need us:

Please note that we are not able to diagnose or solve potential issues via blog comments. The fastest way to get in touch with us is one of the methods listed above.

If you would like more technical details about this update, you can read our post on the developer blog.

What do you think of our latest release? Let us know in the comments!

6 Responses

  1. pajgps
    April 18, 2019 at 10:40 am #

    Unfortunately for us it breaks the official woocommerce – subscriptions plugin.

    • abc
      April 19, 2019 at 9:04 am #

      That seems unlikely. Make sure you’re using the latest version of Subscriptions too.

  2. JMA
    April 18, 2019 at 2:28 pm #

    its a good update but it’s not complete and there is more room to improve the woocommerce.speed is a good tool and must need for stores so they can give a good experience for customers but the problem is the community of woocommerce can’t offer much time for devloper to update there plugin.for me i tried to update the woocommerce my store got ‘internal server 500’

  3. martynb
    April 24, 2019 at 6:55 pm #

    Great news on the update looking forward to rolling it out on a test environment.

  4. Angelo Gorman
    April 25, 2019 at 8:15 pm #

    Putting the woo into woocommerce since 2011

  5. A Farley
    April 25, 2019 at 9:32 pm #

    Some great improvements here, looking forward to rolling the update out next week.

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