WP Catalogue going Pro
I recently launched a plugin called WP Catlogue over at the wordpress.org repository. It’s pretty simple – it just uses custom post types to display products in an attractive and professional catalogue.
I was pretty surprised to find there was no existing catalogue product like this in the repository, as it seems like a really common style of content display for a product website. Apparently many other users also agree, because the plugin has proven an instant hit, with around 3000 users taking it up in this first 2 months since it was published.
I’ve been contacted with many requests for additional features and further development of the plugin. My concern is always to balance out features with simple and easy to use UI, so I’ve decided to follow the same path I did with my first plugin (HTML5 jQuery Audio Player) and make a Pro version of the WP Catalogue plugin. This has the benefit of providing the requested features to users with more advanced requirements, whilst maintaining the simple light weight free version which will be suitable for most users.
Here’s a quick list of the features I’m planning for the first major release of WP Catalogue Pro:
+ Ability to do multiple catalogues
+ Ability to handle sub-categories
+ Add shortcode functions to embed a specific category/sub-category
+ Ability to turn side menu on/off
+ Import/export csv function
+ Internationalization (actually this is for both Pro and Free versions)
I’m excited to be developing this plugin further, and please do get in touch if you have any comments or suggestions about this project.