New extensions - more languages, viral marketing and product add-ons

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We’ve got new extensions for Jigoshop eCommerce to help with localisation and marketing for your eCommerce store. Add Jigoshop Multi-Lingual and Viral Coupons and not only can your customers pick which language they want to see automatically translated on your shop, but they can also help with your marketing on social networks in exchange for an automatic discount.

And we’ve also released Products Add-Ons to allow you to list custom fields at a product level for options and additional accessories to up-sell to customers or allow them to personalise products quickly and easily before heading to the store checkout.


Jigoshop Multi-Lingual

Jigoshop Multi Lingual - Automatic Jigoshop Translations

Jigoshop is now even more friendly to international customers. Previously we’ve worked with various great people around the world to provide translation files for the admin areas of Jigoshop, but now with WPML’s Jigoshop Multi-Lingual, you can do much more.

You can start with translating pages by just clicking on a + icon and using Jigoshop shortcodes. Products can either be translated manually, or you can use WPML’s Translation Management module, and you can also change Product Categories, Attributes, Variation and Tags. Finally you can also translate any general text and emails to finish the job.

You’ll need the latest version of both Jigoshop and WPML, which also includes comments translation, standard translation controls and browser language detection. Check out WPML Jigoshop Multi-Language now.


Viral Coupons for Jigoshop:

Viral Coupon for Jigoshop Social Media Marketing

Encourage your customers to promote your store by offering a discount to anyone who shares you products on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter.

The Viral Coupons extension offers a discount to anyone who submits a Facebook Like, a Google+1 or a tweet. You can specify the links to be shared, and the page will auto-reload afterwards. Plus it automatically applies the coupon to the Jigoshop cart with simple options to set-up and full localization for all the languages support by Facebook, Google and Twitter. With almost one billion people registered on Facebook and hundreds of millions on Twitter and Google+, social networks are a potentially massive source of business, especially when you can encourage recommendations from friends and family to their social connections.

Check out the Viral Coupons extension for Jigoshop now and let your customers promote your store.


Jigoshop Product Add-Ons:

Jigoshop Product Add-Ons - Add Product Options

Jigoshop Product Add-Ons allows you to set custom data fields at a product level, whether you want to offer accessories as a quick and easy check box list, or a custom text field for personalising products.

All of the options are set at a product level, so you can manually set the most relevant options with custom headings and text fields to really sell the benefits of adding to a purchase. Each option has also be set with an individual price, so as an example, a mobile phone could be listed with a range of cases, chargers and accessories. Alternatively a takeway food shop could list sandwiches or pizzas with a selectable range of fillings and toppings, and use an individual price for each option to allow custom orders.

Check out Jigoshop Product Add-Ons to see how you could make more revenue per customers right now.


Latest Jigoshop Version updated:

If you haven’t updated to Jigoshop 1.2.3, then you should. It’s a minor release with some tweaks and fixes, but includes personalisation of product variations, a character limit for personalised product options, and some features to allow some of our new and future extensions to work correctly.

If you haven’t tried Jigoshop yet, download it now from the WordPress Plugin Directory.


Configurable Products arrive with Jigoshop v 0.9.9

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Configurable Products (Or Variable Products) has been the most requested addition to the core free Jigoshop code, so we’re pleased to say you can now set-up your products with as many options as you could possibly need for your customers to choose from.

It’s the biggest new addition as part of our Jigoshop 0.9.9 release, and follows great work by both internal and external developers, including Robert Rhoades, Chis Balchin and Jeff Parsons on behalf of Jigowatt, and Konrad Dzwinel.

We’ve also been able to add some great new and improved translations, a new payment gateway and several improvements and fixes behind the scenes.

With over 16,000 downloads and a range of amazing businesses already using Jigoshop, we’re totally committed to evolving the most reliable, easy-to-use and effective WordPress eCommerce solution. And we’ll continue improving, tweaking and polishing the code for Jigoshop 1.0, but even with the high standards we’re setting for ourselves, 0.9.9 is a worthwhile upgrade which we didn’t want to keep to ourselves any longer.

So if you’re already using Jigoshop, you can upgrade now, and if not, it’s a great time to try it out. If you’re already using WordPress, it’s as simple as installing a new plugin via your WordPress dashboard, and you can be up and selling within minutes.

So what are Configurable Products?
Configurable Products, or Product Variations, refer to those items where a buyer can dynamically select from different features, whether it’s colour, size, or another choice set by you. Previously, you could set up something similar by listing each variation as a separate product, but that’s not ideal if you have more than a couple of variations for a small number of products.

But now you can give choices to your customers without any hassle, and that also means you’ll get much more insight into what the most popular choices are. And it means you can create or order your stock on-demand.

In terms of the number of variations you can have for each product – you’re more likely to reach the point where you confuse your customers than any numerical limit. In testing, we’ve had over 20 or 30 variations running – and Jigoshop will prevent duplicate titles if you lose track of what you’ve set-up! But if you’ve got a product with 100+ options, we can handle that too!

Jigoshop adds DIBS payments, plus Swedish, German, Dutch and better French:
Alongside Configurable Products we’ve packed in a whole host of other improvements and features into this release. The main things you’ll be able to see are:

Additional languages:

  • Hey till Sverige –We’ve now got a great Swedish translation available (Courtesy of esbite)
  • Guten Tag – There’s also a German translation plus… (Courtesy of deckerweb)
  • Bonjour to improvements to the French language version… (Courtesy of loxK)
  • And Hallo to a new Dutch translation (Courtesy of arno-melotte)

DIBS payment gateway:
DIBS is the largest supplier of payment solutions in Nordic countries, which covers Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. So whether your business is in Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki or Reykjavik, you’ll have the most appropriate payment gateway. Along with the Swedish translation for Jigoshop, it’s another piece of great work by esbite. Mycket bra, esbite! Tack så mycket!

And there’s more:
Not every Jigoshop user will go into the code base of our latest release, but if you do, you’ll find a number of areas have been tidied up and improved. What that means for everyone is that we’re constantly delivering a faster, more reliable and more secure shopping solution, and evolving it for search engine optimisation and marketing to make those jobs even easier for you.

So what do you need to do?
If you are already using Jigoshop, just click on upgrade. If you’re not, then download it now and start enjoying the hard work put in by both the team here and all our wonderful contributors and the GitHub community.

To help you get used to the new options for Configurable Products, there’s now a guide to setting them up in the Documentation section.