“You get out what you put in” is the best way to describe what has started happening with Jigoshop eCommerce plugin and it’s team as of begining of April 2014. The new team of developers has certainly made an impression on users of Jigoshop. Over the last few weeks we have heard countless times words of appreciation for our hard work. As soon as our development team became active our clients, users and parters reacted in the same way and have contacted us with potential improvements and tiny bugs being reported. The amount of support enquiries which were closed in the last 2 weeks are on a level of 75%. Continue reading
Here at Jigoshop, we routinely work hard to develop and improve our WordPress extension. This extension has helped many online traders globally to amass more sales through highly practical and visually appealing retail websites. The latest release of Jigoshop, Jigoshop 1.8.5, comes with several changes that help to make an already widely esteemed online retail platform even better. Continue reading
How are you planning to spend Easter? Perhaps you intend to take part in sunrise services or the ancient custom of clipping the church. Alternatively, you might plan to take part in an egg hunt or Easter parade, or even – of course – eat some chocolate eggs! There are many different possibilities for how you could celebrate Easter and spend some great time with friends and family. Which of these possibilities you follow is up to you, and that’s a big part of the fun of this special occasion. Whatever you do, make sure that you have fun! Continue reading
The WordPress eCommerce plugin Jigoshop has helped many companies to develop highly attractive and functional online shops. However, the new management of Jigoshop Limited, the company that is responsible for this plugin and based in the UK, has recognised concerns of its clients about the plugin and so has decided to make several crucial changes to enhance what this WordPress eCommerce plugin offers. Particularly noteworthy among these changes is the introduction of a 14 days money back guarantee for all purchases made through the Jigoshop website at www.jigoshop.com. Continue reading
We can announce that another update for Jigoshop has been released, a fix being tested and applied in a matter of hours for a bug that our support and development teams were made aware of this morning. Continue reading
There are occasions when we want to not only buy something, but also buy it within a very short amount of time. This can happen when, for example, Christmas is just a week away but we have just realised that we have forgotten to get a present for a particular person. It can also happen when we want to get hold of something that we know is in high demand and so could quickly sell out in many shops. If you make particular changes to your Jigoshop-powered online shop to make it easier for many people to buy speedily from it, this can enhance your shop’s reputation and so help it to gain more customers. Here are some such changes that you could make.
Make sure that your shop website is appropriate in appearance
How the website for the shop is designed can hugely influence how quickly many people can browse and buy from it. What you should aim for is such a website where someone can quickly find a product that they really like due to being able to easily find the right category page, the right subcategory page – if they need it – and, of course, the page for the product itself. For shoppers short of time, it can also be very helpful if you use thumbnails on and attach graphics to listings for particularly noteworthy products – provided, of course, that those thumbnails and graphics are efficiently eye-catching to attract prompt attention from such shoppers.
Use an extension named Jigoshop Quickview
Among the many extensions available to download using the Jigoshop website is one called Jigoshop Quickview. The name of this plugin almost says everything crucial that you should know about it, but we will explain more about the plugin’s purpose anyway. The plugin, which costs just $14.00 to use, enables visitors to a Jigoshop-powered online store to quickly and easily see information about products listed on the shop website’s category or product listing pages. A visitor can just click on a Quickview symbol near a product listing to produce a modal box displaying crucial information and images about that product.
For many people, a big part of the appeal of perusing possible things to buy in a high street shop rather than in an online shop is being able to look right up close to each of the available items. Of course, if you are attempting to sell products, especially products that are already widely available in high street shops, through a Jigoshop-powered online store, this puts you at a crucial disadvantage. Though you are unlikely to be able to easily eliminate this disadvantage, you can certainly reduce it through using a wonderfully useful extension called the Jigoshop Zoom Plugin.
Why shoppers often like to get right up close
There are many different types of products that people commonly like to examine closely while they are trying to decide whether to buy them. They often like to look closely at certain clothes, for example, to better judge the visual appeal of little details, like small lettering and logos, on the clothes. They also frequently like to closely examine lots of parts of gadgets including tablets and smartphones, as even little parts of such gadgets, like ‘on/off’ buttons and speaker grills, can highly influence whether they opt to splash cash. There are many other different types of products that people commonly like to examine closely before buying for many other different reasons – you can probably think of some such types and reasons already!
The usefulness of the Jigoshop Zoom Plugin
Thankfully, you can easily enable visitors to your Jigoshop-powered online retailer to greatly magnify images of products that the retailer stocks. You can enable this by installing and using the Jigoshop Zoom Plugin. Many online shops shoot themselves in the feet by using their websites to display poor quality images of their products, so check that the images of your shop’s products displayed on its website do not fall into this category. Provided that they don’t, you should find that this plugin gives your shop many advantages in enabling its visitors to magnify product images to any level. Furthermore, the plugin works with images on any product page and with most Jigoshop themes
We at Jigoshop can, thanks to the Jigoshop plugin for WordPress, help many businesses to create online stores that can be viewed and used easily through tablets including iPad and Nexus slates. Indeed, we already have helped many businesses to do this, as you can see by using a tablet to look at the many Jigoshop online stores that are linked to on our website’s Showcase page. Furthermore, findings of recent market research suggest that, if you create a tablet-friendly online shop with our help, your company’s online profits could soon surprisingly rise considerably.
Some startling revelations relating to online shopping
After conducting two experiments, Boston College researchers S. Adam Brasel and James Gips have concluded that people who use touch screens to swipe, pinch and tap on images of products in online stores are likelier to purchase those products and pay more for those products. This is apparently due to what many researchers have dubbed the “endowment effect”, whereby we more greatly value an object once it becomes ours. This effect is so strong that it even seems to apply when we touch a digital image of an object. Furthermore, though the research of Brasel and Gips revealed that the effect is strong when an online shopper touches a digital image of an object on a laptop computer, it is even stronger when they do so on a tablet.
Crucial implications of these findings for your company’s online store
Why is it crucial that you know this? Basically, because it means that, if you make your company’s online store easy to view and use through a tablet, you are more likely to attract more people to view and use that store through a tablet and, in process, spend more money buying from that store than they likely would have done if they had viewed and used the store through a device that is not a tablet or similar device. As we mentioned earlier, we have helped many companies to make tablet-friendly online shops; naturally, we could also help your company to make a tablet-friendly online store and reap new benefits!
We are delighted to confirm further new and updated translations in the latest version of Jigoshop, following the similar changes for 1.8.1. This time, it’s the existing Danish, German and Polish translations receiving much-deserved love courtesy of Tine Kristensen, Andy Jordan and OptArt respectively, while we are also indebted to Eason Chen for a new Chinese Taiwan translation.
Such enhancements to the language functionality of Jigoshop will only make your online store even more usable by a wider range of prospective customers around the world. But it isn’t only languages receiving some attention for the latest version, with the Jigoshop categories widget having once more been given a pop-up select for the ‘dropdown’ setting.
There are also some PayPal-related improvements, including the default display of credit card entry fields and a fix for difficulties processing free orders. The update is now available if you are an existing Jigoshop user – but be sure to back up your site first.
== Changelog ==
* Tweak: PayPal landing page will now show Credit Card entry fields by default
* Fix: Force 0.01 charge on free orders at PayPal to allow it to process through PayPal
* Fix: Jigoshop categories widget will again use a pop-up select when ‘dropdown’ setting is enabled
* Languages: New Chinese Taiwan translation courtesy of Eason Chen
* Languages: Updated Danish translation courtesy of Tine Kristensen
* Languages: Updated German translation courtesy of Andy Jordan
* Languages: Updated Polish translation courtesy of OptArt
We would like to announce our decision to hand over our Jigoshop business to a new team.
Having created the plugin back in 2011 we now feel it is time to pass on the future development to allow us to focus on our growing Jigowatt business.
Proxar IT Consulting have been working alongside Jigoshop over the last 12 months and recently made an approach to take over the business. Paul Preston, Managing Director of Proxar, and his team have a proven track record of developing successful businesses and they are hugely passionate about the future development of Jigoshop.
Paul stated: “We want to build on the excellent product and reputation gained by Jigoshop over the last 3 years. We look forward to working with developers and customers to make Jigoshop the leading eCommerce plugin to support both small businesses and large commercial organisations.”
Andy Donovan, Director of Jigowatt said, “The plugin will benefit from significant investment and the plans that we’ve seen so far are great news for existing users. Jigoshop has already proved itself to be a reliable and stable solution that holds it’s head high in the open source eCommerce marketplace: we are confident that Jigoshop will continue to deliver and exceed expectations.”
Jigowatt Limited, Jigoshop’s former parent company, is enjoying incredible growth with core website design and development projects and will now focus on further expansion in this area of the business. The future success of Jigoshop will be beneficial to many of Jigowatt’s customers so we will continue to work closely with the new Jigoshop team under the terms of the hand over.
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