Open-source content management system based on WordPress
New owner! Jigoshop regains his position under new ownership and management
Jigoshop 1.x is an open-source content management system for eCommerce websites based on WordPress. Jigoshop 1.x was initially developed as a free eCommerce software solution for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with WordPress websites. In its early stages, Jigoshop 1.x and competing plugin, WP-eCommerce were the dominant WordPress eCommerce plugins.
Jigoshop 1.x began its life as a product of UK-based company Jigowatt Ltd. The first version was released on 31 May 2011 and it went on to grow in strength throughout its first year until WooThemes decided to fork the plugin and hire Jigoshop 1.x’s two lead developers (Mike Jolley and Jay Koster) after an attempt to buy Jigoshop 1.x’s copyrights was rejected by Jigowatt.
Although Jigoshop 1.x continued to go from strength to strength, towards the end of the year, Jigowatt’s priorities changed. Jigowatt decided to focus primarily on the core of its business related to web design.
Following an initial offer in 2013, Jigoshop was purchased from Jigowatt by the group of IT professionals who are also involved in other businesses, including Proxar IT Consulting. The first update to Jigoshop under its new ownership came in late March 2014, with a focus on tackling such issues associated with free eCommerce software as poor support and security problems.
With spending the latter half of 2014 with our focus on improvements to customer support and Jigoshop 1.x security; we were finally able to plan for the future. 2015 is when the plan to rebuild Jigoshop 1.x from the ground up was born.
Maintaining an eCommerce plugin means that coding is always going on. However, in 2016 our development team rebuilt Jigoshop from the ground up and restructured our extensions to work with Jigoshop eCommerce (v2.0) In addition, we consistently improved and maintained our Jigoshop 1.x series plugin.
This year is set to be Jigoshop eCommerce’s most momentous yet, with the introduction of the highly anticipated Jigoshop eCommerce (v2.0). The company rebranded as Jigoshop eCommerce to reflect this momentous update which is primed to take the now well-established eCommerce platform to the next level. Based on independent testing, the Jigoshop eCommerce is the fastest and the most modern WordPress eCommerce plugin. As it turned out, the average cost of extensions is the lowest out of all the WordPress eCommerce plugins.