WordPress 5.0 is coming this month and it will bring some major updates with it, including the new Gutenberg Block Editor. As exciting as this news is, if you are running a WooCommerce site that you purchased here on Excellent Themes, and have auto-updates turned on for WordPress, there is a chance some of your WooCommerce features will stop working or possibly some part of your site.
To circumvent any issues with an upgrade to WordPress 5.0, you will need to install the latest version of WooCommerce. Version 3.5 was released recently. It (thankfully) is a minor release, but an important one in terms of timing. You should definitely upgrade if you intend to upgrade
your version of WordPress in the near future.
How to Upgrade to WooCommerce 3.5
Important: this only applies to WordPress sites running WooCommerce. If you you don’t have a WooCommerce e-commerce site, you can ignore this. However, on a normal WordPress site, there may be other plug-ins that may break if you upgrade to WordPress 5.0 without checking the compatibility of those plug-ins.
Firstly, don’t be afraid of this process–it is safer to upgrade to the latest versions of plug-ins and WordPress than it is to keep running less secure versions. The good news? We can report that we upgraded each of the WooCommerce-related plug-ins that come with our themes without any issues, and then installed WooCommerce 3.5 successfully as well. We are ready for WordPress 5.0! Bring it on!
If you are not comfortable doing the upgrades yourself, we can do it for you. Just purchase an extended support contract and we will do the rest.
- Before you install WooCommerce 3.5, be sure to backup your site and database. There are plug-ins available for backing up your site. Take a look at UpDraftPlus – Backup/Restore or JetPack Backups. You can also do it manually by exporting your MySql database and backing up your entire site directory.
- Once you have backed up your site, you are ready to upgrade to WooCommerce 3.5. But before clicking the Upgrade link on your WordPress Plug-Ins screen, be sure to update any helper plug-ins or plug-ins that depend on WooCommerce or vice versa. If you take a look at the new version details (usually via a link next to the “There is a new version…” prompt).
- Not all plug-in details will explicitly state which version of WooCommerce it is compatible with, but you will usually be safe installing the latest version of that particular plug-in if it was recently updated. Old plug-ins that have not been upgraded by the developers should be replaced by newer equivalents with better support.
- Upgrade each of the relevant plug-ins one-by-one, but stop and check the operability of your site after each update so that you can identify which plug-in upgrade has caused issues, if any.
- If something stops working, stop upgrading immediately and restore your backed-up site. You can alternately uninstall the offending plug-in if that is an option. Once restored, you will have to restart the upgrade process, but the next time, skip the plug-in which caused the issue and find a different one.
- Once your co-dependent plug-ins have been successfully upgraded, you can safely install WooCommerce 3.5. Once again, test after upgrade and roll back if you need to.