So here we are, its a Saturday, its summer time, yet its raining outside (heavily), and I’m trapped indoors watching a chick flick. Thus I have decided to do what any half decent WP e-Commerce Plugin developer would do in a comparable situation, that is to test the recently announced WP e-Commerce Plugin 3.8 Beta 3 and take a couple of screen shots as I go.
Interested in seeing how it went down? Read On
The first thing I did was login to my test site via the command line…
Do an svn up…
And then gleefully watch it update without flaw…
After the successful update I decided to take a look around. Here are just a few of the things that I like about the new WP e-Commerce Plugin Beta 3.
The User Interface
What would be the point in upgrading WP e-Commerce to use Custom Post Types and then to not take advantage of the ability to let WordPresss (show_ui) take over our User Interface and do all the heavy lifting. We were wondering the same thing so we spent an additional week overhauling our bespoke UI to now use WordPress bundled UI. What you’ll notice is a speed improvement, it looks perfect, it’ll work with the upcoming 3.1 release of WordPress, and if you’re a developer you’ll notice that we managed to erase another couple of thousand lines of code, again making WP e-Commerce even more streamlined then the last Beta!!!
The WP e-Commerce Plugin now officially boasts what I think is the most gorgeous and easy to use Variations management User Interface in the world. I’m not just bragging (okay maybe a little), the current UI is about as close to how WordPress might handle Variations if they made an e-Commerce Plugin. The real moment of pride came to me when one day Ben Huson, one of our core developers said “that WP e-Commerce is now on par with other serious non WordPress e-Commerce solutions”. WP e-Commerce FTW!
As much as I loved our old image control interface (which was actually based on Facebook UI – so it must have been good eh), we have decided to drop our old code and do what WordPress would do. Which is to use the familiar WordPress Media Manager window, WP e-Commerce Plugin now harnesses the full power of the WordPress Media Manager. Whatever WordPress can do… WP e-Commerce can do too.
Tax Settings, Bands & Rates
The Prerequisites for the new WP e-Commerce Plugin tax setting were really clear. Research what other WordPress e-Commerce Plugins do, and match them for functionality, and where possible – better them. I’d say its a job well done. That said if Beta 3 doesn’t achieve everything you could want in a Tax system, and assuming its not randomly obscure, then please let us know what you need and we will do our best to launch these features into an additional Plugin that would align with the full 3.8 launch date.
We’ve been mucking around with WordPress for years – in fact since before WordPress was even called WordPress! We’ve made Wiki Plugins, Email Campaign Plugins, Polling Plugins, we’ve made a Gaming Site using WordPress, we’ve contributed to WordPress, and frankly that just isn’t going to change. We’re not going anywhere, we’re in it for the long haul, we just love WordPress.
Perhaps that is why the best of the best are willing to work with us, and continue to contribute to the cause, the 3.8 release has had some seriously smart people working on it. It’s looking awesome, its running fast, its so much cleaner then ever before. We’re committed to working with the best WordPress programmers in the world so that you, the users, get one hell of an e-Commerce solution. And if you think 3.8 is looking good… you just wait until we launch 3.9!!
Peace guys. I hope you all love it like we do!!