WooCommerce 3.0 Bionic Butterfly Released Into The Wild

WooCommerce 3.0 "Bionic Butterfly" Released Into The Wild

WooCommerce 3.0, dubbed Bionic Butterfly is officially released and is now available for download.

This is a major WooCommerce update so be sure to check that your extensions and themes are compatible before upgrading, test on a staging site if you can, and make a backup for peace of mind.

Best practices for upgrading to WooCommerce 3.0

As always, before upgrading ensure that your extensions and theme are compatible with 3.0 and you’ve made backups. If unsure, check with the theme/extension developer.

Store ownersread this helpful guide on preparing for the update and if you see any deprecation notices after updating don’t be alarmed – read here to understand why.

After upgrading, the data upgrader prompt will run updates in the background. If your site is not accessible or password protected there may be a delay for the cron-based fallback to run.

New Product Gallery

WooCommerce new product gallery

  • Visitors now have access to both magnification and zooming (lightbox)
  • Gallery behavior is more intuitive – clicking a thumbnail updates the main image rather than opening a lightbox
  • Dramatic improvements on handheld, in particular; touch gestures – swipe to scroll through the gallery, pinch to zoom, swipe up to close, etc
  • Opening the lightbox on mobile now displays the image in it’s true size, larger than the in-page display


If you need help with upgrading to WooCommerce 3.0, feel free to contact me.

Stacy Layman
Stacy Layman
Director, Marketing and Creative Services
Ocala, Florida

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