WooCommerce 8.3.0 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of WooCommerce 8.3.0. This release should be backwards compatible with the previous version.

This release contains:

As always, we recommend creating a backup of your site and making sure that your theme and any other plugins are compatible before updating. You can check out this update guide for more information.

WordPress Version Support

The versions of WordPress supported are now WP6.4 and WP6.3 (due to the release of WordPress 6.4 last week given the L-1 support policy).

Whats new in 8.3.0?

Default Cart, Checkout, and Order Confirmation Blocks on new installations

We’re thrilled to announce a significant enhancement to the WooCommerce experience, designed to simplify and elevate your online store setup. Starting with WooCommerce version 8.3, we’ve integrated Cart, Checkout, and Order Confirmation blocks as the default checkout experience for new installations. This means that from the beginning, your store will feature a modern, intuitive, and visually appealing checkout journey.

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Compatibility and Scope

For new installations with block-based themes (such as TT3, TT4, etc.), the default checkout experience includes the Cart Block, the Checkout Block, and the new Blockified Order Confirmation template. We’ve ensured that this change won’t impact existing stores, providing a worry-free transition for our users. Users updating to 8.3 will keep the existing checkout experience.

Effortless Migration using Page Creation tool

For existing stores, you can now use the WooCommerce > Status > Tools > Create Pages tool to generate new pages effortlessly, incorporating blocks seamlessly into the checkout flow after deleting the old Cart and Checkout pages. This feature is designed to give users a hassle-free way to update the Cart and Checkout experience in one go.

Note: While we’re bringing you an enhanced checkout experience, please note that, for now, the blockified Order Confirmation template will be exclusively available for block-based themes. Stay tuned for future updates as we refine and expand our offerings.

Themes in the WooCommerce Marketplace

With WooCommerce 8.2, we soft-launched a revamped Extensions page. With this release we see the next evolution with the introduction of themes. Visit WooCommerce > Extensions to quickly find the theme that’s perfect for your business.

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Marketplace search improvements

The search experience in the new Marketplace has been improved by showing themes first if there are no extensions, empty search will open the discovery page, and large screens will show 8 results if available.

Mobile app onboarding experience has been improved

In this first iteration, we aim to improve the app installation rate by showing a QR code with text instructions on where to install the app. As Woo mobile no longer requires Jetpack (the merchant can log in with site credentials and the app generates an application password), we also want to remove the Jetpack setup steps for non-Jetpack sites since we’re seeing a low conversion rate. For WPCOM/Jetpack sites, the CTA to send a magic link email stays the same.

In iteration 2, we plan to provide a QR code with a link to pre-fill the site credentials except for the password for non-Jetpack sites at least. We’re also exploring generating an application password and including it in the QR code.

Other changes

  • The experimental email opt-in field from the Core Profiler has been improved to perform better email validation. #41152
  • Jetpack data is now preloaded even without the Jetpack plugin installed. #41092
  • Images have been optimized to reduce the WooCommerce package size
  • The compatibility issue with PHP 8.3 related to performing an array_sum() is resolved. #41205
  • New blockified Order Confirmation template is now available by default on new installations. #41276
  • Using WordPress 6.4 release sites that rely on using the Classic Template block for the Single Product template are no longer broken. #41291

For a complete list of the changes included in this release, please see the changelog in the readme for this release.

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