Important: this guide was written for WooCommerce 3.0, but it applies to newer versions as well, such as 3.1, 3.2 and so on.
WooCommerce 3.0 is a major update, which introduces significant changes in most parts of the ecommerce. Some changes might affect some of the plugins that you are running on your site. There are plugins that might not work correctly, unless they have already been updated to support this new WooCommerce version.
If you have not updated WooCommerce yet, please keep reading. If you have updated WooCommerce, and you are experiencing issues related to any of the Aelia plugins, please skip to the section titled Compatibility status of the Aelia plugins, below.
What you should do before updating WooCommerce to version 3.0
Below you can find it a step by step guide to ensure a smooth upgrade to Woocommerce 3.0. The key concept is that you should not update your live site immediately when WooCommerce 3.0, becomes available. Instead, you should follow a few simple steps:
- Take a full backup of the live site.
Tip: if you don't have a strategy for automated backups, we would strongly recommend to prepare one as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us if you need more information.
- Ensure that the backup is usable and ready to be restored in case of emergency.
- Create a copy of your site on a staging/test server. Work only on the test copy.
- Update all the plugins, except WooCommerce, to the latest versions.
Note: some updates might not appear in the WordPress Plugins page.You can always get the latest versions of the Aelia plugins from the My Account section on our site.
- Update your theme to the latest version.
- Update WooCommerce.
- Test the site extensively, to ensure that all the plugins you are running, as well as your theme, are compatible with WooCommerce 3.0.
- If you spot any issue, contact the authors of the affected plugin or theme before updating the live site.
- Apply any fix provided by plugin authors and repeat the testing from step #7.
When you are comfortable that the test site is working correctly, you can repeat the above steps on the live site.
This process may look long and boring, but it's worth spending some time to ensure that the shop will work fine after an update, as that will prevent unexpected crashes and downtimes.
The WooCommerce Team also wrote a useful article to guide you through the upgrade process: How to prepare your WooCommerce store for any release. We recommend to read it and familiarise yourself with the steps required for a smooth upgrade.
Compatibility status of the Aelia plugins
At Aelia we started working on the compatibility with WooCommerce 3.0 back in December 2016. Several of our plugins are already compatible with the new version of WooCommerce, while others, such as our Currency Switcher, required an update.
Below you can find a list of the plugins that you will have to update before installing WooCommerce 3.0, together with their version number and release date:
- Currency Switcher 4.x, released on the 8th of March 2017.
- Prices by Country 1.7.9, released on the 14th of February 2017.
- Tax Display by Country 1.9.x, released on the 8th of March 2017.
- EU VAT Assistant 1.7.1, released on the 6th of March 2017.
Based on our tests, plugins such as Shipping Country, or the Blacklister, should already be compatible with WooCommerce 3.0. We will keep testing them as updates for the new version are released, to ensure maximum compatibility.
Of course, should you encounter any issue, please report it, if you haven't done it already, and we will look into it as soon as possible.
How to download the latest version of each plugin
You can access your downloads from the My Account section on our site. Simply log in with the email you used to place your order, and you will find a list of the available downloads on the page.
If you can't find the link to a plugin, your licence might be expired. In such case, you can get access to further updates and support by placing a renewal order. Please make sure that you contact us before you place your order, so that we can review your entitlement to a discount.
Once you have the updated version of our products, you can update them easily by following the instructions that you can find here: How to manually update a plugin. After the update, your site should work smoothly with WooCommerce 3.0. Of course, should you have any further questions, we will be happy to help you.
Our licensing system is undergoing maintenance, and you might not receive an update notification in your WordPress Admin Panel. We would recommend you to follow our our site, our Twitter account or our Facebook page, as we will announce the new releases there. You will then be able to download them from our site, or from the download link you received with your email.
Once our licensing system will be back up, you should start receiving update notifications from within WordPress.
You can find all of our WooCommerce products in our online shop.