Last week, the Automattic team launched the WooCommerce version 4.0. This latest version comes with a new admin interface and an updated onboard experience for new users.

The WooCommerce 4.0 is a major release and the team suggests trying it out on the test website before installing it in your production site. To make sure everything runs smoothly.

In the past, data was stored as a custom post type, which has now been changed to a custom database table. The change should make background processes more efficient with large amounts of data. It also has the potential to break custom code that does not interface directly with the API, but this should not be a problem for most users.

What’s New in WooCommerce 4.0

The latest WooCommerce brings a new admin interface and an updated onboarding experience. And, that’s what makes WooCommerce 4.0 a major release for 2020

New Admin Interface

WooCommerce Admin Interface

WooCommerce Admin Interface is a JavaScript-driven experience that allows certain data to be loaded while remaining on the same screen. The new admin interface has a customizable dashboard. End-users can choose which stats they want to display in the Performance section and customize their leaderboard output.

The core of WooCommerce is to bring a set of improvements

  • New dashboard
  • New and improved reports
  • Improved notification experience
  • New store management tools

WooCommerce admin provides much better reporting capabilities. Than previous generations of reports and enables filtering, comparison, and overview. You can check how the store operates in terms of sales, revenue, which products are the most popular / highest-grossing. Also, it adds capabilities for improved customer management and analytics.

The latest WooCommerce introduced a new activity panel with improved order management. Additionally it adds the consistency between desktop and mobile experience for all customers.

Due to the JavaScript requirements. The experience will be made available to all stores running WordPress 5.3+. In addition, The store that runs older versions of WordPress will automatically have WooCommerce Admin disabled.

Updated Onboarding Experience

Updated Onboarding Process - All You Need to Know about WooCommerce 4.0 and 4.0.1 Fix

The onboarding process is now simpler with this revised onboarding experience. Each step is simple and beginner-friendly. Also, in the setup wizard, there are options for connecting to Facebook and Mailchimp. The Wizard’s final step offers a selection of free and paid themes. Also which is a useful part of setting up a shop for many first-time store owners.

The following enhancements will be found in WooCommerce 4.0

  • Enhancement to the Order edit screen
  • Latest fixes of WooCommerce Blocks package
  • Updates related to Brexit and VAT
  • Improvements to email handling
  • Optimizations for saving variations and Cash on delivery payment gateway

Now, users have the option of selecting an old setup wizard if they already know it. However, the new one is worth a try.

WooCommerce 4.0.1 Fix Release

This is a minor release and includes several bug fixes. Which are discovered after 4.0 has been released to customers. Moreover,  It addresses issues related to Action Scheduler migration, multi-site installations, coupon usage, variation savings, and shipping estimates.

Download the latest release of WooCommerce here or visit Dashboard → Updates to update the plugin from your WordPress admin screen.

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