That’s right. The new Zazzle Plugin for WordPress, which I have decided to name ZPress (pronounced Zed Press), will be out in just a short few weeks. Sooner if I can find the time between working.
I have tried to keep as many features from the original Z Store plugin as possible, while improving the efficiency of the code, removing the need to rely on the (now) very old Zazzle Store Builder script, and adding some new features.
Some returning features are choosing the background color for the products returned from Zazzle, all of the standard filtering tools such as Zazzle store name, product type and keywords. Basically all of the functionality you might expect, but coded in a more efficient way.
You can now show products from Zazzle collections. You can also customize the way your products are displayed till your heart’s content with the new custom template field. You can style things in a more advanced way too using custom CSS. Don’t worry if you don’t want to use those though, it will work just fine by taking on your theme’s default styling.
Note: I cannot guarantee your theme will not make the styling (font size, color, line height, etc) of the products look odd by default, it is all down to the your theme. However any decently coded theme should style them in a reasonably pleasing way. Layout will always be fine as the plugin controls that.
When Can I Get It?
ZPress will be released within the next 2 weeks. I am hoping to release it next week, but it will all depend on my normal work.
Is It Free?
Sadly, it is not. I have decided to charge £10 for the plugin. I’ve had to take some time out from smaller paying work to code it, and as such I decided to charge a small amount for it. I will be using Gumroad to sell it which I have had a good experience with in the past. I am also open to taking Bitcoin, but haven’t yet looked into that.
Is It Backward Compatible With ZStore?
The plugin is not backward compatible with the old Zazzle plugin, ZStore. Don’t panic though! I am releasing a script that will convert your old ZStore shortcode to the new shortcode. It will be packaged with the plugin but will also be downloadable separately completely free of charge in case you want to test out the converter before purchasing the main plugin.
The plugin will not be released until the converter script is ready as I know a fair amount of people who still use the old ZStore plugin are considering looking at this one.
If you have any suggestions, comments, or anything like that please leave a comment and I’ll look into it. Please note though that Zazzle’s feed is pretty restrictive and as such I can only do so much with the data they provide so I apologise in advance if I’m unable to implement your request.
Thank you to Lisa-Marie for creating the logo for the ZPress plugin.