New Shopp 1.3.10 released fixes WordPress 4.4 compatibility + more

Update shopp pluginA new version of the WordPress e-commerce platform Shopp was just released! Go get it while it’s hot! Or if you’re like me, wait a week to see if any major issues surface before hitting the update button on your important e-commerce sites. After all it’s Christmas time and you wouldn’t want to break your cart this time of year?

Even though this release from the Shopp dev team was just meant as a emergency fix for the WordPress 4.4 incompatibility issue, some important fixes in the pipe also got into this release. The bonus fixes are for issues with caching, session handling and IPN responses as well as the following bug reports #3301, #3413 and #3308.

Thanks to the Shopp dev team for another great release!

WordPress 4.4 breaks Shopp [Fixed!]

WordPress 4.4 with Shopp1.3.9Do not upgrade to WordPress 4.4 at this time if you’re using Shopp! You will get fatal errors when trying to use the Shopp backend. The Shopp dev team are working fixing this issue and Shopp 1.3.10 will be released shortly.

If you accidentaly upgraded to WordPress 4.4 you can downgrade it to 4.3.1.

  1. Backup your whole site, database + files to be on the safe side, I always use BackupBuddy for this task.
  2. Download WP 4.3.1 from WP release archive.
  3. Unzip it.
  4. Upload all files replacing the current files on your server.
  5. Check that everything works as expected.

If you need help with rescuing your Shopp site you’re welcome to contact me!

I provide maintenance & security packages for Shopp sites with software updates included. As I work on the Shopp helpdesk and keep track of issues like this I save my customers a lot of time and headache.

Better SEO for Shopp

shopp SEOWant to get better SEO on your Shopp site?

1. A SEO plugin is a good start.

For some time I’ve recommended AIO SEO for Shopp sites as you get the ability to change the page title and meta description for Shopp products.
However the WordPress SEO by Yoast is very popular and is getting more and more nice features. And now there is a new plugin allowing WP SEO and Shopp to play nice together.

With the Shopp SEO plugin in place you not only get the ability to modify page titles and meta descriptions for shopp products. But you can also modify the same data for Shopp categories and Shopp special pages including catalog, account, cart, checkout, new collection, featured collection, on sale collection, promotions collection, best sellers collection, random collection and realated collection. For the Shopp special pages you can also disallow robots to index specific pages.

2. Improve SEO for your Shopp images. For all images in Shopp a default alt attribute of “original” is set. This is of course not optimal and you should change that to something more suitable. You can do that by double clicking each Shopp image and enter a better description. See Google’s image publishing guidelines for more information.

3. Test your site for mobile-friendliness. Starting April 21, Google will use mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal.

Maintenance & Security plans for Shopp sites

bettershopp-services-beach-holidayCan you afford down time on your webshop?

If not you should consider letting us do the “boring” work of updating and keeping your site secure.

Get one of our affordable maintenance plans and keep your webshop safe now!

Maintenance service packages features:

  • Monthly updates of all software with functional testing
  • We resolve any issues after updating
  • Daily automatic backups to the cloud for easy recovery of your site
  • Proactive security with a 30+ step hack protection program
  • Complete hack cleanup if needed
  • Automatic uptime checks & malware scanning
  • Shopp Review Reports for improving your e-commerce site

So can you trust us?

As an active Shopp support rep since 2012 and 1300+ solved tickets I know the ins and outs of Shopp and I see the inflow of tickets when a new release comes out. This means you will not have to gamble with your site. I know when it’s a good time to upgrade. I always wait at least a week before upgrading a live site to the latest version of Shopp. And if an issue should occur I have a good toolkit for solving it.

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Get safe with BetterShopp Maintenance Services

Shopp maintenance workI will start offering maintenance services for WordPress installs with Shopp e-commerce as affordable subscriptions.

Who needs this?
Recurring maintenance services is a must for any serious e-commerce merchant that is not an e-commerce and web development expert themselves. With this service in place you can focus on your business and stop worrying about weather your e-commerce site is working or not.

Who is responsible for updating your e-commerce site?
Did you know that 30.000 new WordPress sites are hacked each day? Be proactive about it!

Does this sound interesting to you?
Starting Q1 2015 you can order this service for your e-commerce site.

Let me do the “boring” and sometimes dirty work!
As an active Shopp support rep since 2012 and 1300+ solved tickets I know the ins and outs of Shopp and I see the inflow of tickets when a new release comes out. This means you will not have to gamble with your site. I know when it’s a good time to upgrade. I always wait at least a week before upgrading a live site to the latest version of Shopp. And if an issue should occur I have a good toolkit for solving it.

Maintenance service packages features:

Daily automatic backups to the cloud which can easily restore your site

Proactive security with a 30 steps hack protection program and daily malware scans

Monthly updates of all software with functional testing

Shopp Review Reports for improving your e-commerce site

Expert advice on your questions

+ a lot more!

Happy New Year Everybody!!!

Shopp 1.3.8 Maintenance Release Out Now

This new release, called Barsoom, includes 27 bugfixes and enhancements.

Is this a good time to upgrade? So far it seems this new release is stable but we will know for sure in a couple of days.

See all the changes in Shopp 1.3.8 The new Shopp version will soon be release to the WordPress repositories!

If you need to customize your Shopp — BetterShopp comes to the rescue. Or maybe you need a risk free upgrade of Shopp without the risk of loosing any sales. I’ve done dozens of upgrades from different versions of Shopp and know what to look out for and how to do it effectively for minimum down time.

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Fix Shopp for the poodle now

Make sure you’re not affected by checking for the poodle. Here is a more comprehensive test for SSL. Paypal is to disable SSL v3 tomorrow.

Shopp plugin is not directly affected by this. It only uses https and does not care if it’s going over SSL v3 or TLS. It’s on the server level you need to disable SSL v3 for any sites where you use https.

If you have you’re own server you can check how to disable the poodle issue, it has good information for disabling SSL v3 for several servers.

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Afraid to upgrade Shopp?

Get a professional to update your Shopp plugin

Get a professional to update your Shopp

I agree, it can be scary. Maybe you rely on the revenue your webshop gives you and can’t afford for it to break. Maybe you don’t have the time to dig into issues after an upgrade and can’t afford to wait for information on how to mitigate the issues.

In any case, BetterShopp comes to the rescue.

Here is my offer for a Risk Free Shopp Upgrade.

I have the knowledge you need to safely upgrade your Shopp install and handle any issues after an install in a timely manner. I’m a permanent member of the Shopp support staff since 2012 and I’ve successfully handled 1300+ Shopp issues during the years. I contribute to the Shopp core code. And I’ve developed and upgraded many sites using Shopp as the WordPress E-commerce plugin.

Don’t just press that update button if you want to play it safe. The least you can do is make a complete backup so you can easily restore in case of disaster. And if possible make the upgrade on a staging site and test it out before going live. I always do that before upgrading a site.

Upgrading from Shopp 1.x or 1.2? No problem, I’m used to issues with older versions of Shopp.

Now is a good time to upgrade Shopp before the Christmas sales is here. Then you really need a stable Shopp with the latest security patches in place.

I also do Shopp Customizations. Do you have a few things you wish your Shopp could do? Just ask me for a quote.

New version of Shopp – the popular WordPress E-commerce plugin

This new release, called Curiosity, includes 43 bugfixes and enhancements.
A lot of work has gone into creating Shopp’s own session system without relying on php sessions. The new system ensures better compatibility with other plugins and themes.
See all the changes in Shopp 1.3.6 and go get the latest Shopp in the WordPress repositories!

If you need to customize your Shopp — BetterShopp comes to the rescue. Or maybe you need a risk free upgrade of Shopp without the risk of loosing any sales. I’ve done dozens of upgrades from different versions of Shopp and know what to look out for and how to do it effectively for minimum down time.

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New version of Shopp WordPress e-commerce

Shopplugin 1.3.3Shopp 1.3.3 seems to be the most complete and stable release so far with 39 bugfixes and 61 closed issues in total.

See the announcement of Shopp 1.3.3.

My personal favourites among the fixes are that the order exporting is now fixed and the image quality and sharpness setting issues is resolved.

If you need help upgrading Shopp to the latest version you’re welcome to get my upgrade offering. This can save you a lot of time if things go wrong. Especially if you’re upgrading from an older version of Shopp where you will need to manually edit the shopp template files to take advantage of the new features in Shopp or sometimes even to get it to work at all.