I’m excited to announce the latest release of Shopp, 1.0.6 available for update and purchase today! With 1.0.6 we’ve put even more polish into Shopp by focusing on fixes, improvements to WordPress 2.8 integration and enhancements to the API.
You can grab the update from your Shopp Update Settings or use your original purchase receipt to download. If you need to can look-up your order receipt from http://shopplugin.net/store/account/
WordPress 2.8 Integration
With 1.0.6 we also converted all of the Shopp widgets to the new Widget API while providing backwards compatibility with the old widget approach for WordPress 2.6 and 2.7. In addition, we’ve added the new Category Section and Product widgets.
The Category Section widget will provide a navigation menu of all of the categories related (as in a sub-category or parent category) to the current category being browsed. Keep in mind, this only works when browsing the Shopp-powered dynamic catalog, not when putting Shopp categories in a static WordPress page.
The Product widget gives you a way to highlight a specific product or a set of products from a specific category in the widget supported areas of your theme’s layout.
More Power and Flexibility
The API has been further refined with new template tags and template tag options, including new smart categories and alphabetic category pagination. All of it designed to make it easier than ever to showcase products the way you (or your client) want to.
Shopp 1.0.6 includes the new Catalog Products and Related Products smart categories. Hello cross-selling and upselling!
The Catalog Products smart category provides the simplest method of showing all of the products in your entire catalog. With Related Products, you can now include a single tag in your product template to automagically show products related to the one being viewed.
The Help Desk
Since the initial release, Shopp’s community has been expanding rapidly and we’re in the midst of natural growing pains associated with a successful project that is gaining momentum. Aside from ensuring the platform is the best available, we also want the support experience to be the best out there.
Our first step in tackling that has been launched as the new Shopp Help Desk. The Help Desk is a custom issue tracking system that will allow our support team to more efficiently handle your questions and troubleshooting issues so we can keep people from slipping through the cracks.
It’s just one more way we’re working to make Shopp the best platform for e-commerce development.
More to come…
All in all, Shopp 1.0.6 includes over 65 new features, changes and fixes. For details, read the entire list of changes.
Looking ahead, we still have 1.0.7 on the horizon that will include some new payment gateways added into the core, providing even more payment options out-of-the-box. Also, look for new shipping calculator add-ons and payment gateway add-ons in the near future. And of course, 1.1 is well into the design phase and will represent the largest scale of development since release, including support for some of the most asked for features. We’re still looking for a few good developers that can help with testing releases, so if you think you have the right stuff, join the beta team.