Since it was originally launched in May 2011, Jigoshop has went on to become one of the most popular ecommerce solutions for WordPress. Tomorrow sees the release of version 1.0. Jigoshop marketer Dan Thornton got in touch with me today to advise me about some of the great new features the plugin will feature.
The press release notes that:
- Product variations now include virtual and downloadable options. Downloads can be stored on external storage and uploading can be done with the normal WordPress Media Uploader. Mass editing of variations is now possible.
- The Product Admin has a new User Interface, featuring more information in a single screen, contextual help information and less data entry to upload products.
- Products can also have multiple tax classes, which can apply to shipping, or retail plus shipping.
Stability, speed and security have all been improved, including security contributions from WordPress Lead Developer Mark Jaquith.
- Most importantly – Jigoshop remains completely free to download and use, and comes complete with Paypal and Moneybookers/Skrill integration so you can start making money before you spend a penny on any themes, extensions or support packages.
Dan also sent me a preview image which shows some of the new changes:
As many of you are aware, when WooThemes were unable to purchase Jigoshop last year they simply released Jigoshop under a new name. To add insult to injury they also hired two of the main coders of Jigoshop. I spoke about the ethics about this move at the time. Many people, such as Grant Griffiths were disgusted with this move. Others, such as Yoast, were more impartial and predicted that in time both plugins would go in different directions.
To the credit of Dan Thornton and the the developers at Jigoshop, they reacted very positively to the whole situation and with this update it looks like Jigoshop will be going in a new and exiting direction.
In particular it’s interesting to see contributions from WordPress lead developer Mark Jaquith to improve the security of the plugin. The new user interface should prove popular too.
Do you use Jigoshop? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts on these new features.