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Quick release for Jigoshop 1.8.3 in response to feedback

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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.

The team also took the opportunity to apply a website optimisation fix to reduce the size of HTML. Finally, licences have been updated and it is now also possible to filter orders in the admin panel by date.

These are all changes that we hope will continue to make Jigoshop your first choice of ecommerce plugin. Many thanks for your support!

Jigoshop 1.8.3 Changelog

  • New: Orders in admin panel can be filtered by date
  • Tweak: Updated licences
  • Tweak: Moved country-states JavaScript to separate file
  • Fix: Categories widget can redirect to “All” page too

How to make shopping easier for people who have to hurry

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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.

Why the tablet-friendliness of Jigoshop online stores could help your business

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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!

Jigoshop 1.8.2 is released with new translation and updates

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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 ==
= 1.8.2
* 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

Feburary 22nd Plugin Updates

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We’ve only had two plugins updated and they are from one of our favourite developers Sixty-One Designs.

Checkout Fields Manager

  • ¬†Fixes a nasty error message appearing once the checkout has been completed.

PDF Invoices and Packing Slips

  • Resolves an issue with with variable product support in Jigoshop 1.5.1

Be sure to get these and keep your site up to date!