WordPress Shopping Cart plugin
The WordPress Shopping Cart plugin gives you, as a webmaster, the ability to quickly and easily transform a WordPress website into an online shop with a beautiful presentation of products and other related elements.
With the easy to use interface, you can set up your multiple products and categorize/organize them into multiple product categories. Add additional images to showcase your products so that users know what they are buying and add digital downloads to products if needed so that users can securely download paid files from your website.
Multiple payment methods, including PayPal, 2CheckOut, Authorize.net, Realex Payments, eMatters, MoneyBookers, First Data (Linkpoint/YourPay), eWay, Ogone, Bank Wire, Manual/Custom payment method, etc. give your users the ability to choose how they would like to pay and process their payments without any fuss at all. In just a few minutes with a few clicks, your users will be back at your site with a completed order
- Linux and Apache server (recommended)
- WordPress 3.4 or higher
- PHP 5.4 or higher.
- memory_limit 64M (recommended)
- PHP Curl extension
- MySQL 4or higher.
- sql_mode not STRICT
- Ensure that you have WordPress installed
- Download the WordPress Shopping Cart plugin from the downloads management section in a ZIP archive (you may need to login to your Tribulant Software account in order to access your download).
- Extract the ZIP archive named
wp-checkout.zipin order to be presented with a single folder named
- Upload the
wp-checkoutfolder to the
wp-content/plugins/directory of your WordPress installation. If you are upgrading, overwrite all existing plugin files from an older version.
- Access the “Plugins” panel in your WordPress Dashboard once logged in as administrator.
- Activate the “Checkout” plugin if it isn’t already active.
- Access the “Checkout” administration menu item and the submenus to manage the plugin. This can be found on the left hand side of Your WordPress Dashboard
Upgrading the plugin
If you are upgrading the plugin from an older version to a newer version, the steps to follow are the same as the installation steps above. All your settings, products and other data will remain intact and nothing will be lost.
We recommend that you deactivate the plugin before uploading the files and then re-activating the plugin again after you have uploaded the new files to prevent errors on a production site.
VIDEO: Installation Instructions
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Usage & Integration
Once the WordPress Shopping Cart plugin is setup it is quite easy to use and maintain. However some effort and thought needs to go into the way you want your WordPress virtual shop to run. It is suggested that you start with pen and paper and jot down what product categories you want, suppliers names, styles if they are particular to a product, the products etc. A tip is to start working in reverse order, first set up you configuration, then move on to suppliers, Categories, Styles and finally Products.
Tips, Tricks & Guides
Quick Start Guide
- Go to “Plugins” in your WordPress dashboard.
- Go to Checkout and Click the “Activate” link.
- Once you activate the plugin, you will see a red bar across the top of your admin screen. You will need to generate a serial key and submit it from that red notice in order to be able to use the plugin.
- Should you need to view or delete the current serial key, you can do so by clicking the Serial Key link in the “Checkout” row on the Plugins page of your WordPress installation:
*Please note: that the serial key is very sensitive to the domain it is generated for. The instructions provided when generating the serial key are very descriptive but basically, from your WordPress admin page, the URL shown in the address bar of your browser, you need to select everything after the “http://” and before the next “/”
Example: http://www.example-domain-name.com/subfolder1/subfolder2 for this URL you would only select the www.example-domain-name.com
Any mistakes will be final and you will have to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get your key re-issued. Once you have your key you need to copy and paste it to the serial key field and submit it. If your serial key was generated for the wrong domain, this is where you will get an “Invalid Serial Key” message, if it is right, then you can proceed and begin using the plugin.
- Go to Checkout > Configuration in the plugin.
- Read carefully through the configurations and select the options that best suit what you want.
- Remember to select default country and default currency.
- There is an easy configuration menu for payment methods on the right side of your screen. See the documentation.
- Be sure to configure the payment method(s) which you are going to use. Each payment method has its own configuration section.
- Watch out for “Thumbnail Dimensions” if you have a product image remember to change the size.
- Be sure to configure both shipping and tax calculation according to your needs. For shipping, you may need to add shipping methods in the Checkout > Shipping Methods section first.
- Click on blue “Save Configuration” at the top of the page.
- Go to Checkout > Shop Categories and click the “Add New” button.
- Enter title such as “Category”.
- Enter description such as “Category description”.
- Click Save Category.
- Go to Checkout > Products and click the “Add New” button.
- Enter product title such as “Fresh Milk” enter description below the title such “12litres of boxed fresh milk”.
- Enter products relative details under the required fields.
- Upload a picture of your product in the top right corner of your screen.
- Click the Category you want the product you created to go under.
- Click “Save Product“.
Create a Shop Page
- Go to Pages > Add New in WordPress and enter title e.g. Shop.
- Enter the shortcode into the content of the page such as
[wpcocategories type="grid"]to display a list of shop categories or
[wpcoproducts]to display your latest products with pagination and sorting.
- Click on the “Publish” button to publish the shop page.
Add a Shopping Cart Widget
- If you want products to be added via Ajax, you can go to Checkout > Configuration and set “Add to cart Ajax” to Yes under the “Shopping Cart” configuration section.
- Go to Appearance > Widgets in your WordPress dashboard.
- Drag a “Checkout” widget to your sidebar.
- Choose “Shopping Cart” for the display.
- Click the blue “Save” button to save the widget.
See the WordPress Shopping Cart plugin Codex for action/filter hooks, functions, code examples and more.
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