What’s New in WooCommerce 8.3? A Comprehensive Guide
In the ever-evolving world of eCommerce, staying up-to-date with the latest tools and features is essential for online store owners. With the release of WooCommerce 8.3, a host of new features and improvements are now available to help you elevate your online store and provide a seamless shopping experience for your customers. In this blog post, we’ll explore the key updates and features in WooCommerce 8.3, including the new product spotlight tour, block patterns, and more.
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Product Spotlight Tour
New to WooCommerce 8.3 is the product spotlight tour, a guided experience designed to help new store owners create their products in a step-by-step manner. This tour highlights essential fields within the product form, making it easy to understand and fill out the necessary information. To access this feature, simply go to WooCommerce > Home and click on Add products > Choose a template from the setup task list. Select a template, and then click on Go to begin the tour.
With the introduction of WooCommerce 8.3, 12 new block patterns for the header and footer have been added to make it easy to construct eCommerce-specific template parts. These patterns come in three header and three footer designs, available in light and dark versions:
- Large footer
- Simple footer
- Footer with two menus
- Essential header
- Large header
- Minimal header
To view these WooCommerce patterns, open the block inserter panel of the WordPress Site Editor, select the WooCommerce option in the sidebar, and you’ll find the new patterns listed.
Cross-Sells on the Cart Block
Another new feature in WooCommerce 8.3 is the ability to add cross-sells to the cart block. Cross-sells are products that you recommend to customers based on their current cart items. To add cross-sells to your products, follow these steps:
a. Go to the Products page and choose a product. b. Click on Linked products within the Product data section. c. Add the cross-sell products in the Cross-sells field.
In addition to these new features, WooCommerce 8.3 also includes updates to the High-Performance Order Storage (HPOS) feature, which promises significant performance gains for stores. HPOS is currently available behind a feature flag, and the WooCommerce team aims to make it the default experience for stores by August 2023.
The WooCommerce 8.3 update brings a range of exciting new features and improvements to the table, making it easier than ever to create and manage an online store. From the new product spotlight tour to block patterns and cross-sells on the cart block, there’s something for everyone in this release. Be sure to take advantage of these new features to enhance your store and provide a top-notch shopping experience for your customers.