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Working with the Jigoshop eCommerce Plugin for WordPress

I have spent some of the past few weeks familiarizing myself with the [bookmark id=”25″ text=”Jigoshop eCommerce plugin”] for [bookmark id=”21″ text=”WordPress”]. While there are a few eCommerce solutions for WordPress available, Jigoshop is a relative newcomer on the block and is in fact still a beta product that will very soon hit 1.0 status. As Jigoshop sits now though, it is already as capable as any other eCommerce solution available and is quickly garnering attention as the premier go to online Store solution for WordPress.

You can very quickly set up a variety of products in your store including digital, physical and services. There are features for managing orders, promotions and coupons, with product filtering and sorting. There are widgets for displaying new, featured and related products for cross and up selling. Customers and visitors can enter product reviews with a rating system. There is a customer account area, multiple shipping options and currencies, tax by location, inventory management and tracking, grouped and configurable products, customizable email receipts, sales reports, product export … the list goes on.

There are several payment gateways available including Paypal standard and express, Google Checkout, SagePay, and Moneybookers with more under development.

Jigoshop provides basic theme look and feel for the TwentyTen default WordPress theme and looks pretty good out of the box. You can customize styles using your theme stylesheet and modifying the Jigoshop frontend.css, but for maximum banding of your store you will need to make use of the built-in action hooks and templates to customize the look and feel to match your brand and there is a friendly support forum on the Jigoshop site to help you do this.

For your regular posts and pages there are a variety of shortcodes available for displaying products in other areas of your site to help you increase visibility for your store.

Jigoshop will impose some minimum server requirements such as:

  • A WordPress installation
  • PHP 5.2.4 or greater
  • MySQL 5.0 or greater
  • The mod_rewrite Apache module
  • fsockopen support (for payment gateway IPN access)

Jigoshop is a fairly complete shopping experience for your online sales and I believe it will become the standard that all others will have to follow. While it scales very well, it is an excellent choice for a small and medium-sized business shopping cart. You can get a brief overview from the following video and [bookmark id=”25″ text=”visit Jigoshop”] to view an online demo store and get more information.

Oh yes, like WordPress … it is also free.