Here it is! We just released eCommerce Product Catalog 2.0 (now available via WordPress.org).
I’d like to thank all our contributors, translators and bug reporters. We really appreciate all your help and couldn’t have done these awesome releases without you guys.
Before you update
The new version is fully compatible with 1.x.x but as always I recommend to create a backup or test the new release in your test environment before you update your main page.
Your product catalog will stay the same after the update. To apply the new features please go to product settings and switch new radio buttons.
So what’s new in eCommerce Product Catalog 2.0?
The 2.0 update focuses on two most desired features: product import and categories shortcode.
- Ability to display product categories above products – this is fully customisable, you can decide if you want to show the categories above the products or not. The categories are displayed with a product listing theme selected in Catalog Design tab
- Ability to display subcategories on category pages – again you can choose to show the subcategories or not.
- [show_categories] shortcode with multiple attributes available – with the shortcode you can show selected or all categories. Like with [show_products] you can choose the design and limit the display to certain categories.
- Product import – the product importer is available in Product Settings in General settings tab. You can import the products from the CSV.
Product Category Display Improvements
Now you can show the categories automatically above the product list. Only main categories will be shown on main product listing. The category listings will show the subcategories.
The new product import tool will allow to upload the products from CSV file.
As you can see on the screenshot above the imported field names are: image URL, Product Name, Price, Categories, Short Description and Description.
We will soon release the extension which allows to import also all attributes, update products from CSV and export all products with all fields.
Admin panel design refresh
The design refreshment process is finished now. We changed how the tabs and settings look like. It’s more unified with WordPress design now.
eCommerce Product Catalog 2.0 development
The 2 version will focus not only on the features imporovement but also on making it even more customisable. We are planning to implement new hooks for developers. Also the more innovative extensions will come out soon. We will release digital products and shopping cart extensions as we had a lot of requests for them.
Also the product page customisation extenstion will be ready soon.
How do you like the eCommerce Product Catalog 2.0?