WooCommerce Product Blocks are a feature plugin, which is similar to being in a beta testing phase. These blocks are available for use with WordPress 5.0 and higher assuming you have Gutenberg Blocks enabled. So if you have Classic Editor installed, this won’t work for you.

Contrary to popular opinion, I am a big fan of Gutenberg Blocks and this new block by WooCommerce is freaking awesome. To put it bluntly, WooCommerce code is a mess, so WooCommerce Product Blocks are a great step towards making their product much more simple to use.

Technical Information

WooCommerce Product Blocks are only available if you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • WooCommerce 3.7+
  • WordPress 5.0.x
  • PHP 5.6+

There does seem to be quite a few unhappy people reviewing WooCommerce Product Blocks. However, only 25 people felt the need to leave bad reviews out of 400,000 active installations. I’m not sure that it’s all that bad, but it’s something to keep in mind that <25 people are reporting issues. Some of the reviews cite JavaScript errors and others are saying the plugin isn’t giving them all the products.

Product Blocks Usage

To display all of the above you simply go to a Gutenbergable page, click on the notorious + sign and scroll down to WooCommerce.

Screenshot of WooCommerce dropdown in Gutenberg

Click on one of the choices and from there it’s very self-explanatory.

You can show your site visitors the following products and product groupings:

  • Bestsellers
  • Featured products in a new, high impact display
  • Featured category
  • Hand-picked products
  • New products
  • On-sale products
  • Products by tag(s)
  • Products with specific attributes or terms
  • Products from specific categories via a new stand-alone block
  • Product categories list
  • Top-rated products
WooCommerce category block shown in Gutenberg editor
The products by category block

These product blocks completely replace the need for any generic WooCommerce coding you may have needed to be done in the past. However, for more custom functionality you should still dive into the backend as this plugin only offers standard functionality for displaying products.

Conclusion

This feature allows greater ease-of-use to both technical and non-technical users alike. As a result, I believe WooCommerce Product Blocks are a great step forward in the WordPress ecosphere. I for one will be using this feature in my very own business ventures (Corny T-Shirts).

If you need any help with your WooCommerce sites or have any other questions feel free to shoot me an email at zacbanas27@gmail.com!