Introducing WooCommerce 2.4: The Helpful Hedgehog

The latest version of WooCommerce, the popular WordPress eCommerce plugin, has just landed. And it's a helpful one, apparently.

Named the “Helpful Hedghog”, the WooCommerce team claim that this update, “[focuses] on making store settings more intuitive for store owners by creating a brand-new onboarding wizard, simplifying setup for standard shipping options and improving how WooCommerce handles products with many variations.”

Here's a look at what's new.

Get Started Easier

There are lots of reasons to start a store with WooCommerce, especially if you're new to the selling scene. Now though, it's easier than ever.

New store owners will get to use a brand new set up wizard, which:

  • Recommends commonly used settings to make it easier to get started
  • Helps the user quickly set data like store location & currency based on geolocation
  • Helps the user to configure PayPal standard with just an email address

Further updates include:

  • Variations will load 20 at a time to make it easier to navigate
  • Loading happens via AJAX and Javascript, so you don’t have to wait for a page to refresh
  • Simpler flat rate and international shipping options
  • Shipping options can be prioritized by store owners
  • Geolocation now works with static caching

Developers will be pleased to hear that WooCommerce hasn't forgotten about them, either. Here's what Version 2.4 means to code fiends:

  • Custom AJAX Endpoints have been introduced to improve loading times on the frontend during events such as adding to cart. Previously, admin-ajax.php (the standard WordPress ajax endpoint) was used but this had the disadvantage of loading the entire WP admin just to make a request. The custom endpoints work around this.
  • A Visual API Authentication Endpoint has been added. Services which integrate with the REST API can now use the visual authentication endpoint so a user can login and grant API permission from a single page before being redirected back.

So all in all, a pretty robust set of enhancements across the board.

To find out more about this update, head over to the WooCommerce blog.

Mike Johnston
Mike is the founder and editor of CMS Critic. He consults with vendors and the public to help them find the right products for their websites and businesses. When he's not working here, he's off mixing cocktails for his wife's website, The Kitchen Magpie. You can check out some of his great cocktail shots over on Instagram.

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