WooCommerce Bug Fix: SyntaxError: Unexpected Token (2.4+)

By November 12, 2015Miscellaneous

Just as a favor to anyone out there that may be experiencing this issue with WooCommerce as of 2.4, I wanted to post the solution that we found. I’m sure this won’t be the end-all solution for everyone, but it may help some of you.

WooCommerce Checkout Not Working Upon Update

Check that your payment gateway isn’t using this method:


For some reason, using that method had always worked in the past, but now was triggering some non-JSON responses upon checkout. Instead, manually update the stock levels and status like so:

$order->update_status('processing', __( 'Awaiting fulfillment.', 'woocommerce' ));
// Reduce stock levels
// Remove cart

Hope this saves someone a lot of headache!

Allen Gingrich

Author Allen Gingrich

Allen has worked on the web for over a dozen years. Like many young entrepreneurs, he began with a small workspace in his basement, where he eventually formed Ideas and Pixels. The rest, well, is history. Allen enjoys fine wines, weight training, and beautiful, semantic code.

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  • mit

    Hi Allen, I’m facing the Woocommerce SyntaxError when I try to checkout by a bank transfer. Where you write the code you put up?
    Thanks in advance