by Ruchir Majmudar April 7, 2017 , In Client's Corner , eCommerce

WooCommerce 3.0 is here-What’s New for You

In today’s intensely competitive business scenario, an interactive and future-ready online store is highly useful to engage and entice customers. There are several platforms available for developing an eCommerce website with user-friendly features that can efficiently handle many complexities of online trading, but WooCommerce has made its presence felt with a robust framework and simplicity offered by one of the best CMS platforms available- WordPress.

Almost ten months have been passed since the launch of WooCommerce 2.6 version with the inclusion of shipping zones, and the platform has just come up with the latest update WooCommerce 3.0 that includes innovative features for enabling your online shop to offer more pleasant shopping experience.

Here are three outstanding features of WooCommerce 3.0 release that can enhance both appearance and performance of your existing WooCommerce shop:

Enhanced Product Gallery
Let’s face it. WooCommerce was failed to satisfy its users with product gallery’s functionality for a long time, especially when it comes to showing gallery on mobile devices. But now, with WooCommerce 3.0, the platform has come up with an improved product gallery with more functionality, intuitiveness, and mobile-friendliness.

Here are some of the interesting aspects of the overhauled gallery that appears on the product pages:

• Shoppers can now magnify images from the page for a real-time preview
• You can get more intuitive behavior of a picture gallery if you have more than one image
• Shoppers can zoom into images from a lightbox popup
• Touch gestures are available for a mobile version- customers can swipe to scroll through the gallery and pinch to zoom the image in mobile devices
• Zooming on mobile displays the true size on any image

All these improvements can offer a better experience to your customers, especially on mobile devices while enabling them to zoom in and see all the little details.

Improved performance
The platform has packed significant performance improvements into 3.0, which are readily noticeable for a larger store. For example, if your online store has several hundred products or many different variations, then you can find out these improvements.

Two noteworthy improvements are:

• Taxonomies are used to determine and display product visibility regarding featured and out-of-stock products
• Number of upsells and related products’ queries is reduced on product and cart pages

Both these and other improvements in performance can speed up the process of larger stores, and your customers get the quicker checkout.

Introduction of CRUD classes
Though CRUD (Create, Read, Update, and Delete) classes are introduced mainly to make WooCommerce website development process less time-consuming and complicated than before, the CRUD classes also offer benefits to you. You can readily modify orders, products, shipping zones, and coupons with relatively fewer codes with the help of CRUD classes.

What’s more, you can move the data anywhere without affecting the existing code of your website. The CRUD classes also facilitate you to modify your site while addressing changing requirements in the future.

Conclusion
Well, that’s not all. WooCommerce 3.0 has much more to offer for your online shop. For example, you can add and manage new tax zones through automatic sorting of tax rates. Merger of cart and product percent coupon types into a single method can reduce your confusion while implementing cart-based validation. You can get the most from this latest version with our best-in-class WooCommerce web development services offered by a team of experienced developers.