WP e-Commerce 3.9 Wish List
The WP e-Commerce 3.8 Plugin release has been a really awesome success. It has been a great opportunity for us to improve our code base and align our Plugin with the very latest WordPress standards.
Now that we use Custom Post Types for Products and the smoking hot WordPress User Interface for managing your product catalogue, I think it is fair to say that the foundation upon which WP e-Commerce is being developed will continue to grow and is more solid than ever before.
What this means for shop owners is that we are ready to start really focusing on some more turn-key e-Commerce related features. Almost.
While its true that we’ve done the hard yards, we recognize that there are still some important optimizations that need to take place in 3.9, for instance we are more than likely to convert the remaining database tables (except maybe purchase logs) to Custom Post Types, we are very likely to use the WordPress settings API for our options/settings, we are going to move away from using PHP sessions to using WordPress transients, we are going to overhaul the transaction results page template and the checkout page template to make it even more customizable, and we are going to make our template engine even better than it is now. Because we love WP themes!!
So now that you’re up to speed with some of our intentions I don’t mind saying that WP e-Commerce Plugin 3.9 will be a mixture of continued optimizations and improvements with the odd new feature added here or there.
Here are some of the features / shop improvements that we are actively considering for inclusion in the WP e-Commerce 3.9 release, the fact that these features already either exist as a Plugin or have had great demand plays a large role in our decision-making;
- More advanced digital upload management – view wireframe concept
- Stock alert email subscription for your customers – existing Plugin inspired by thinkgeek.com
- Customer Roles and Capabilities & Shop Owner Roles and Capabilities
- Cash on delivery payment module tailored for the Japanese market
- More advanced related products Plugin
- Another shipping module – maybe this one
The other thing we are working on is an e-Commerce Market Place built right within the WP e-Commerce Plugin! We anticipate this will foster the WordPress e-Commerce eco system by providing developers and theme creators a place directly within the core of WP e-Commerce where they can promote or sell their premium add-ons and / or share them with their friends. I won’t give too much away at this stage but think wordpress.com upgrades meets the Gravity Form’s add-on page.
The Feedback loop
So tell us what you want in an e-Commerce solution? The more specific and detailed you can be the better – and even if it doesn’t fit into the WPEC 3.9 RoadMap, if happens to be a really cool idea, then we’re totally open to funding additional Plugin development to achieve your goals should we have the resources / find developers with the resources to do it.
What are you waiting for? Ready. Set. Comment!