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Jigoshop Showcase #10 Coffeeangel

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We love to see the great online shops which are being created using Jigoshop, and this is a series highlighting the amazing stores that have come to our attention. If you’ve gone live with an implementation of Jigoshop, and would like to be featured and promoted, email [email protected]

Coffeeangel – Coffeeangel.com

Coffeeangel is an Irish company, based in Dublin, which you might have guessed focuses on coffee. Along with providing coffee stands for events, they also sell a wide range of coffee and related items direct to the public, and it’s safe to say that they really know their beans.

The Coffeeangel website was designed in-house, and built by Abban Dunne, using Jigoshop to great effect. That’s assuming you aren’t mesmerised by the pixelated coffee bean background design…

CoffeeAngelHomepage

So it’s a subtle and stylish design, which won’t overwhelm your eyes if you haven’t had your morning espresso yet. But alongside the interesting News section and the range of Services available, we’re really interested in the shop.

CoffeeAngelShoppage

As you can see, the Category list is the main navigation element, with a healthy list of products in each section displayed down the page. Handily you can add straight to your cart at this stage if you’ve already spotted the product you know you want, reducing the number of clicks to order – it’s important not to let anything get between a caffeine addict and their coffee.

But it’s the individual product pages that really stand out for us…

CoffeeAngelProductpage

In terms of search engine optimisation, you really need a significant amount of text on a page if you hope to rank highly for it in Google. At the same, time, you also need the product details, social media buttons, and ideally related products. And in this case, there’s also a great video. But putting all of that onto one page and keeping it simple, stylish and relatively quick to load can be a problem.

In this case, the great solution has been to use click-to-expand boxes for each section, allowing you to quickly access the video tutorial if you wish, but not taking up valuable space on the page if you don’t. It also means the page design doesn’t look radically shorter if products don’t necessarily have specific video content on the page, and as the sections open quickly, it doesn’t hinder you when you have the urge to Tweet, Like or +1 a product.

As a bonus, it also means the design wouldn’t have to change to include more or less buttons as new and existing social networks continue to constantly change what they provide.

All-in-all, it’s a site you can appreciate even if you aren’t a coffee lover, but which is quite likely to persuade you to make a few purchases if you are!

If you’d like your Jigoshop-powered site featured in our showcase, email [email protected]

Jigoshop Showcase #9 Camilla Meijer

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We love to see the great online shops which are being created using Jigoshop, and this is a series highlighting the amazing stores that have come to our attention. If you’ve gone live with an implementation of Jigoshop, and would like to be featured and promoted, email [email protected]

Camilla Meijer – camillameijer.com

Camilla Meijer is a Swedish-born but now London-based designer who set up her brand in 2006 and attempts to ‘bring nature indoors’. And there’s a very definite Swedish aesthetic in the design of her new website by James Greig. The minimalist approach really highlights the colours and design of Meijer’s work, and fits with a particularly Swedish idea of ‘lagom‘, which means ‘just the right amount’ (You may have guessed that one of the Jigoshop team has a close affinity to Sweden by now!).

And James has certainly achieved just the right amount of design and style with the homepage focusing on a large slide-show which really shows the products on offer with some great photography.

CamillaMeijerHomepage

The menu and fonts are very clean and simple, giving you the choice to read more about Camilla, sign up for an all-important newsletter, and get straight to buying her work (Along with FAQs and a contact option)

And the importance of a clean and minimalist design is highlighted in particular by the wallpaper landing page which features a lot of very vibrant colours and designs.

CamillaMeijerWallpaper

It also works well with the Cushions landing page, which features some more subdued options as the lead products, but cover a wide range of colours and designs. With such a wide range of palettes on display on one page, the clean design avoids any clashes or taking anything away from Camilla’s work.

CamillaMeijerCushions

Given the designs, it’s pretty likely you’ll end up on a product page.

CamillaMeijerProductPage

In a different approach to many of the other shops we’ve showcased, James hasn’t made use of the Related Products options, but instead has used the category list as a secondary menu, which probably makes more sense for this particular site and range. Multiple images are used where appropriate, and the Facebook Like button is discretely integrated.

It proves that ‘Lagom är bäst’, or for non-Swedes, ‘The right amount is best’.

If you’d like your Jigoshop-powered site featured in our showcase, email [email protected]

Jigoshop Showcase #8 Antique

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We love to see the great online shops which are being created using Jigoshop, and this is a series highlighting the amazing stores that have come to our attention. If you’ve gone live with an implementation of Jigoshop, and would like to be featured and promoted, email [email protected]

Antique – BecomeAntique.com

Antique is a new clothing brand which was launched in London in 2010, and currently offers a range of cool shirts, hoodies and hats. For their new website, they brought in James Kemp, who has something stylish, with big, bold imagery and colours to compliment the clothing.

Become Antique Homepage

The Store page is notable for displaying all products, along with a few Category choices, but mainly making use of a slider to set prices to narrow down the available options. You’re able to selected a minimum and maximum price, and no matter how difficult you try and make it, the site always returns at least one or two products to choose from.

Become Antique Shop Page

Then we come to an individual product page, with three big, clear images of the clothes being modelled. The use of multiple images, including using different models for the same shirt or vest, means you can get a great idea of how your new purchase might look, and the Related Items are used nicely with the multiple images displaying via the two or three dots across the picture, as with the main shop page.

Become Antique Product Page

In addition to the great use of multiple images in each placement and some nice custom fonts, the use of a single background, and colour choice gives an element of class and quality to reinforce the clothing brand and allow them to stand out a bit from other similar clothing lines.

If you’d like your Jigoshop-powered site featured in our showcase, email [email protected]

Jigoshop Showcase #7 TheTeeStandard, Clear Creations and Fox Box

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We love to see the great online shops which are being created using Jigoshop, and this is a series highlighting the amazing stores that have come to our attention. If you’ve gone live with an implementation of Jigoshop, and would like to be featured and promoted, email [email protected]

And due to the overwhelming number of great shops being built every day with Jigoshop (we’ve already sailed over the 25,000 download total), this week we’re doing a special showcase of three new sites to keep up with the awesome designers, developers and business owners sharing their creations.

TheTeeStandard – TheTeeStandard.com

Based on the Yale University Campus in America, TheTeeStandard produces custom t-shirt designs for events and organisations, including the Yale/Harvard American Football game. And with their aim of quality products and design, Seth Thompson found Jigoshop perfect for producing a stylish website:

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Clear Creations – ClearCreations.co.uk

Clear Creations produces ‘lovingly designed and handmade greetings cards’, and went with UK-based Point and Stare for their new site. And with such artistic products, Lee Rickler at Point and Stare has done a good job of producing a site with a design which compliments but doesn’t overshadow what the company is selling.

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Fox Box – Fox-Box.co.uk

And finally for this round-up we come to Fox Box, which stands out as possibly the most unusual eCommerce business we’ve seen using Jigoshop so far. In case you’re not familiar with tabletop roleplaying games, Fox Box provide model parts for the likes of Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer, specialising in Orcs and Goblins.

At this point, we should probably confess that at least one of us has dabbled in the dark art of Warhammer 40,000 and spent hours gluing and painting figurines. So the prospect of browsing a selection of Goblin heads isn’t quite as odd as it might seem, and given the huge success of Nottingham-based Games Workshop, it could be a really cool business, especially considering the founder, Ben Fox, combines gaming with a business degree, and the site itself is tempting at least one of us to find his 100-sided die and old paintbrushes.

FoxBoxJigoshopShowcase

That’s the lot for this week, but if you’re working with Jigoshop and have a shop you’d like highlighted in our showcase, email [email protected] and we’ll take a look, assuming we haven’t been tempted into building a Jigoshop Orc army. After all, green-skinned Orcs naturally match our logo!

Jigoshop Round-Up: October 2011

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It’s been another busy month for the world of Jigoshop and WordPress eCommerce as when we’re busy working on the back-end of the code or making improvements to our support packages, there are a huge number of developers and designers releasing their own products as well. So here’s a rundown of everything that’s happened in the last month:

Jigoshop developments and extensions:

Mailchimp Extension for Jigoshop: Email is an incredibly important way to build your online business, which is why we’ve released a Mailchimp plug-in to import your customers into your mailing list. It follows on from the Campaign Monitor extension released in September.

JPlayer Music Sampler extension for MP3 Downloads: Selling downloads, such as MP3 files, rather than physical products? It’s now just got easier with the great JPlayer Music Sampler, which makes uploading quick and simple.

Improvements to Jigoshop Support: One of our biggest priorities and passions is supporting the Jigoshop community, and to constantly evolve and improve how we can help you – which is why we’ve recently unveiled our new support section for you to connect and share tips, advice and feature requests.

Great new Jigoshop themes:

Sommerce – an extremely customisable and configurable theme produced by the talented Sara Presenti, and allowing you to really make your store stand out with some simple options and choices. We really like it, and we’re sure you will too.

Animal House – a nice image-led eCommerce theme targetting animal adoption services, pet stores and really doing a great job on providing exactly what you’d want when you’re animal-focused in your business.

Inspirational Jigoshop Showcase sites:

Wondering how flexible Jigoshop is? Want to enjoy some inspirational design or perhaps find someone to work with for your business? Then check out:

We’re hiring – be part of the Jigoshop team:

We’re always interested in hearing from experienced and talented web developers, and we’ve got some vacancies at the moment – both to work on the core code base of Jigoshop, and for a range of clients on behalf of parent company Jigowatt. The specific details are here, and if the formal roles aren’t quite right for you, don’t forget that we’d love you to contribute to Jigoshop as an open source project which can help you raise your profile and build connections in the WordPress community – and if you build a theme or extension, we can help you monetise it.