WooThemes Announce WooCommerce Ecommerce WordPress Plugin

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WooThemes founder Mark Forrester today announced the release of WooCommerce; a feature rich Ecommerce plugin that they have released to the WordPress community for free.

The plugin was initially based on the code from Jigoshop however there have been many notable upgrades and modifications such as an improved admin interface, new front-end features, HTML email templates, modified coupon system and improved reporting. Those of you who have used Jigoshop before will be familiar with the user interface and the main features of the plugin.

WooCommerce WordPress Plugin

3 extensions have been made available too; a table for shipping rates ($30), a 2checkout form ($50) and a EU VAT exemption functionality ($30). I suspect that many more will be released in the future making the plugin much more versatile.

6 themes have been released so far (3 of which are child themes). The most notable one is Wootique as it’s the only one which is available for free.

Wootique WordPress Theme

JigoShop was probably the best free Ecommerce solution available for WordPress however it has been greatly improved in WooCommerce. And as you would expect from a premium theme developer such as WooThemes, we should see a lot of themes developed for the plugin in the future.

WooCommerce is free to download however you need to register with WooThemes in order to do so. It’s a smart move releasing the plugin for free as it encourages more people to sign up to WooThemes to attain WooCommerce designs.

What’s your initial impressions of WooCommerce? Is it a vast improvement over Jigoshop or have the changes all been cosmetic?



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