Is it a bird is it a plane? No! It’s the new WP e-Commerce Plugin 3.8 release hurtling down towards your Plugins directory at the speed of fibre optic light! Its time for you to prepare your /wp-content folder for a super charged faster than a speeding rabbit release that will surely make your very customers happy.
On that note we are very pleased to announce that the worlds best WordPress e-Commerce Plugin has officially launched a new version, the 3.8 release has been in the work for over 12 months and it boasts a number of optimizations and features that will both speed up and enhance your customers online shopping experience!
- Utilizing Custom Post Types for products
- Utilize custom taxonomy for categories and variations
- Database optimization
- Redesigned Tax and Shipping systems
- New user interface
- Integrates with WordPress Media Manager
- Better template integration for WordPress themers
- New Default Theme – cleaned up the XHTML, and added support for a few new nifty features
- Optimized for ticketing (Tikipress)
By utilizing Custom Post Types and tight WordPress integration we have shaved off more the half the file size of our download!
The WP e-Commerce 3.8 release has been mostly about optimization and aligning our code and our User Interface with WordPress standards.
Future proofing our software and stabilizing it by utilizing the most up to date WordPress hooks and filters has been our top priority. We have decided that however we will be doing something better than that, our goal is to foster a Plugin community around e-Commerce functionality so that the WP e-Commerce Plugin stays fast and lightweight.
The 3.9 release will be the start of something special.
It will be fully utilizing Custom Post Types, we still need to convert Currencies and Purchase Logs to Custom Post Types. Coupons have allready been done and thanks to Scott Basgard and Web Dev Studios – but we’ll be cooking this into 3.9, we’ll be using the WordPress settings API for managing your e-Commerce settings in the admin, and we are working with the WPML team to ensure that it is the most globalized WordPress e-Commerce Plugin on the Planet.
Did somebody mention Magento? It’s no secret that Magento is probably the worlds most industrial strength non WordPress solution. And with that in mind we have started to lobby the Magento developers to help us make sure that the WP e-Commerce Plugin matches Magento in terms it being feature ready and industrial strength.
Many features have been talked about in relation to the future of the WP e-Commerce Plugin. Our primary goal is to provide WordPress developers, and themers a framework upon which they can develop and build upon, we will continue to strive to make the WP e-commerce Plugin as extensible as WordPress and follow in their foot steps.
With that in mind our primary focus around feature specific tasks will be to focus on features critical to running “any” online store.
Over the coming months we will be commissioning Plugins and running Plugin competitions to enhance and extend WP e-Commerce & foster community.
Resources for developers
If you are a developer then this is the Plugin for you. Using Custom Post Types for Products means that with little or no effort you can easily write a Plugin to extend WP e-Commerce.
The developers chat room: irc.freenode.net #wpec-dev
Google Code: code.google.com/p/wp-e-commerce/
Mailing List: http://groups.google.com/group/wordpress-e-commerce-plugin
Notes for Themers
We’ve been working on making WP e-Commerce easier to theme, and to kick this all off we have redesigned, and re-engineered the way WP e-Commerce themes work. We have new templates (transaction-results page, and user-log page) and moved away from using the Uploads directory as the ‘safe’ place to store your WP e-Commerce templates, instead your Templates get moved into your active WordPress Theme Directory. Makes sense doesn’t it! The Template Hierarchy for products are a little trickier than your average Custom Post Type, this is because we are trying to accomplish something WordPress natively cannot (allowing our Products Custom Post Type to cater for the majority of WordPress Themes out of the Box) For information about this please visit:
The People behind the 3.8 release
The number of people behind this release have been massive. We have had people from all around the world contribute code changes and patchses, people have provided us with translations for numerous different languages, and of course the core team which ever grows and changes has been largely responsible for the past 15 months worth of development.
We’d like to thank Justin Sainton, Valentinas Bakaitis, Michelle Allen, James Collins, Ben Huson, Lee Willis, Nuno Morgadinho , Zapper, John Beals, John Ford, John James Jacoby, Scott Baskard, Brad Williams, Shayne Sanderson, Ryan Duff, John Hawkins, dglingren, Analog Rhythms, DD32, Paul Gibbs, Matthew Gerring, Ryan Helleyer, Anthony Cole, Gary Cao, Michael Visser, Roy Ho, Advark, Hanna, Cameron Grant, Jeffry Ghazally and to all the others who have contributed to the WP e-Commerce Plugin.
To help you get started we’ve put together a documentation website which is available on docs.getshopped.org, not only is it packed full of information but it also utilizes the new WP Wiki Plugin – and as such with wiki functionality it is our hope that our community will help us fill in the gaps over the coming weeks and months.
Translating WP e-Commerce Plugin
We’re proud to say that we’re using GlotPress for translating the WP e-Commerce Plugin. If you are interested in contributing but you are not a developer or a themer then writing or contributing to a language file would be a great way to contribute. For more information check out our GlotPress site.
3.8 Known Issues
404 issues – because of the way WordPress handles permalinks for Custom Post Types we have to ask you to reset your permalinks “twice”. This is a known issue and we hope to resolve it as soon as possible – either that or we hope to see better Custom Post Type permalink functionality in future versions of WordPress.
To get a feel for what is coming in the upcoming 3.8.1 release which will follow the read the pending tasks on our google code site.
The WP e-Commerce 3.8 Plugin Competition – iPad2
The idea behind the competition is to foster more development on the Words best WP e-Commerce Plugin.
The goal for you is to create a new Plugin that extends WP e-Commerce Plugin by utilizing Custom Post Types – when you think about it now any of the millions of Plugins designed to extend your WordPress Posts will now either work out of the box with WP e-Commerce, or you’ll be able to modify a Plugin with very little effort to extend WP e-Commerce.
The Plugin that we feel benefits people selling products online the most will win a new iPad 2.
We conclude. You download.
Of course as always we recommend you :
1. Backup your Files and Database in case anything goes wrong
2. Try it on your staging (test) server first to see if you like it
Let me at it!!!