Available since May 2011, the WordPress plugin Jigoshop offers a free and high quality e-commerce solution for WordPress. In just a few minutes can be set up for an existing WordPress system. The developers put in the solution to the freemium model, the basic version is free, but with the option of paid extensions and templates, making it a simple and effortable solution.
The advantages of Jigoshop at a glance:
- Many types of product types are supported (downloadable or virtual, products with different properties such as color, size, etc.)
- automatic confirmation and shipping emails
- Tracing / tracking of shipment possible
- Manual entry of orders (phone, personal order)
Configuration of the web shop
The installation of the Jigoshop plugin can easily made from the WordPress backend. After installation of the plugin, the backend shows an additional menu called Jigoshop for configuration and administration of the shop. In this section you have to provide first some basic information about the shop like the base country, countries for shipping and currency and tax information.
After installation, a new menu, which is divided into Jigoshop, Products and Orders appears in the admin area.
The overview reports and contains all the latest information about orders and statistics from the shops and reports on products and orders. The reporting function of Jigoshop does not have to hide from larger and paid solutions and provides a nice overview on the dashboard, which can be integrated into your own reports. So you have always the latest developments and sales in mind.
If you want or need to accommodate on the order page, the terms and conditions, should the Terms and Conditions page be created and these are still assigned in the Settings page of Jigoshop, then the buyer must automatically accept them before placing your order:
The configuration of the web shop can make about the settings here all the general settings for the shop are made with the exception of the product. The creation of products is accessible via a separate menu entry, through which you can create new products or modify existing ones, and can define a few additional settings such as categories, tags or properties.
Product to be created similar blog posts. About the Custom Fields you have the opportunity to own special attributes for the product or the height specify information or material properties. For different versions of the product, there is the variant of the “Grouped products,” here, different versions of the product (color, size, etc.) can specify and it does not have its own product to be created for each property. Similarly, one can in a product link other products in order to integrate the cross-and upselling with.
If you want to save the work to create all the products manually or because of the number of products it can not detect manually, the possibility has to import them via the standard importer of WordPress. Since the product data is stored in the Posts table of the standard WP database, the import is not too difficult.
Jigoshop: Diverse and flexible ways to integrate into the frontend
When installing Jigoshop page for an account is automatically created, this represents the shop page and should not be adjusted manually. One side is for each action, thus showing an actual for the shop and more for the shopping cart, check out, etc.
More complex functions are implemented in the front end via widgets, here are a number of useful widgets for example, the shopping cart, a product search, etc. Bestsellers display.
The design is based by default after installation on the theme twenty-ten and twenty-eleven to the template are several changes to the design to adapt to your own website necessary. I will deal with in a separate article.
The online shop offers a variety of payment options, some of which are available in the free version, others have to be bought as an extension. Free in the standard version are, inter alia, included:
Manual Payment Options:
- Payment by check
- Transfer / Cash in advance
- Cash on delivery
The “Pay by check” option is having to perform useful if you want to try the shop in advance without a payment transaction.
Automatic payment forms:
- PayPal Standard: with forwarding to the PayPal page to complete the payment
- WorldPay: only for registered customers of the provider (http://www.webtech-blog.info/en/cms/wordpress-cms/jigoshop-ecommerce-solution-for-wordpress/?xurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.worldpay.de)
- FuturePay: (http://www.webtech-blog.info/en/cms/wordpress-cms/jigoshop-ecommerce-solution-for-wordpress/?xurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.futurepay.com)
In the commercial extensions a variety of other options are available, which must be ordered free of charge, although not all are available in Germany:http://www.webtech-blog.info/en/cms/wordpress-cms/jigoshop-ecommerce-solution-for-wordpress/?xurl=http%3A%2F%2Fjigoshop.com%2Fproduct-category%2Fpayment-gateways%2F
Conclusion: a successful shop solution for WordPress
Jigoshop is a very good solution for the integration of an online store into a website or blog, and combines the advantages of WordPress with an easy to use online shop. The plug-in continues to evolve and can be detected in its entire functionality thanks to the detailed documentation as well as an open forum also by laymen quickly. For professional users, there are also many free extras as well as free modules.
Nevertheless, one should find out in advance exactly what the legal certainty, not everyone operated webshop (with Jigoshop or other systems) is automatically pretty sure designed and to protect themselves from warnings, you should leave the shop in advance thoroughly examine the legal provisions of the country, otherwise you can quickly end up with a warning. If you yourself have no idea, best leave the shop professionally checked by a lawyer;-)
Since Jigoshop version 1.5.0 (13.06.2012) the “button” solution for online trading is integrated, more info in the FAQ of the shop: http://www.webtech-blog.info/en/cms/wordpress-cms/jigoshop-ecommerce-solution-for-wordpress/?xurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwordpress.org%2Fplugins%2Fjigoshop-de%2Ffaq%2F