Jigoshop Black Friday Sale: 50% off WordPress eCommerce software

Jigoshop is a free, open-source WordPress eCommerce platform which has been available for around two years now, allowing you to set up an online store quickly and easily on any self-hosted WordPress installation.

They’re been a client since originally launching, and are now used by tens of thousands of businesses around the world. And we also use Jigoshop as a platform for other great clients such as BargainBikerBrands.

It’s great for small-to-medium online eCommerce businesses, and for quickly and easily being able to set up a shop to test demand for products. You only pay if you want to extend the functionality with additional payment services (PayPal standard, FuturePay and WorldPay are built in), or add on other tools to make your shop more effective.

They’re currently holding a Jigoshop Black Friday Sale, with 50% off a massive range of products, including themes, 70+ extensions, and more. Which means you could save a lot if you’re setting up a store.

Jigoshop_Black_Friday_Sale

So if you’ve got an idea or a plan to sell any products or services online, it’s a good time to pick up everything you’ll need for an effective eCommerce website. You’ve got until 9am GMT on Saturday, November 30th to complete your purchase with the discount code ‘blackfriday2013

And if you need any help, or you want to improve the marketing of your Jigoshop website, we can help!

Get involved in Open Source eCommerce

If you fancy getting involved in Open Source eCommerce, then you might well be interested in the fact that Jigoshop (a client of mine) has opened up beta testing for new versions before they are officially released.

The beta test is being administered via an email list, which will include all the details on what’s included in releases, how to post feedback etc, and you can sign up at:

http://jigoshop.com/beta.

So if you like WordPress, eCommerce, Open Source, Finding Bugs, Helping People and more, then do sign up. You don’t need to be a PHP developer expert, but you’ll need to be able to run a WordPress (and Jigshop) install…

Massive WordPress eCommerce savings for next 24 hours

A quick heads-up for anyone who is interested in WordPress eCommerce – Jigoshop, a client of mine, is holding a massive 1st birthday celebration sale for 24 hours, until 12 noon GMT on Thursday, June 14th, 2012.

I don’t often pimp client activity on here, but considering the core plugin is free, and all official Jigoshop extensions and themes are 30% off for the next day, I thought it was justifiable.

So if you’re interested in setting up a WordPress eCommerce store quickly and easily, and fancy saving on a number of great themes and plugins (a total of 42 are in the sale), then check out what’s on offer now.

On stage for Jigoshop…

I recently popped along to the WordPress London Meetup on behalf of my client, Jigoshop, who provide a free, open-source WordPress eCommerce platform.

As part of a double act with Lead Developer Robert Rhoades, I attempted to explain a little about how Jigoshop operates as a business based on a free download, open source code, and working with the WordPress community, whilst Rob explained some of the tips for working with the software as a designer or developer.

Here’s the presentation – I attempted to go for extra open source kudos points by using Open Office Impress, which then got merged with Rob’s Mac-based slides via Google Docs, causing all sorts of formatting fun. Thankfully neither of us is responsible for design!

And as a bonus, it turns out that the presentations were being captured on video. So if you’d like to watch the slides accompanied by our mumblings, you can watch it here.

I’m also available to talk about technology, wordpress, marketing and digital content for birthday parties, bar mitzvahs and christenings – you can contact me here!

Two of my favourite things – Jigoshop and Genesis together…

I’m a big fan of WordPress eCommerce solution Jigoshop, having worked with the team for a while to get the word out that there’s a free open-source eCommerce plugin which is easy to use, quick to set-up, and isn’t limited to requiring a qualified developer to get it running – even I’ve managed it on a test site in about 10 minutes.

I’m also a big fan of the StudioPress Genesis Framework for WordPress, and their child themes. To the point that I spent a significant amount for the Pro Plus package to have access to all of them. All my new sites run on the various StudioPress child themes, including ResCogs. And in fact, OnlineRaceDriver and FPSPrestige are actually running on the pre-Genesis Metro theme from StudioPress.

So I’m really pleased that Genesis Commerce is now available as a theme to combine the Genesis Framework with Jigoshop eCommerce.

Genesis Commerce combines Jigoshop and Genesis Framework

Genesis Commerce combines Jigoshop and Genesis Framework

I’m really proud to be working with Jigoshop because it allows you to own your store, rather than relying solely on someone else setting and running everything, whether it’s Etsy or eBay. I’m never against using those sites to promote or sell, but it’s the different between having a market stall on someone’s pitch, or owning your own store outright. And being able to use Genesis makes an easy set-up even easier, plus adds some additional SEO benefits and other cool features.

Open source development, forking and GP licences

I’ve spent the last 24 hours concentrating on some work for friends and clients, Jigoshop regarding their use of the GPL Licence V3 and the repercussions of ‘forking’ a project under that licence, so if you’re at all interested in open source, you might want to head over and read the latest post to see what’s going on.