May 182014

Last Updated: September 30, 2015

WordPress Simple Shopping Cart tutorial shows you how to setup a very simple shopping cart. Have you ever wanted to sell some items, products or even some digital media but did not want or need a full e-commerce shopping plugin? Then this is the plugin for you, it is simple to setup and no need for any fancy settings.

Latest Update: I have updated the changelog.

WordPress PayPal Shopping Cart Plugin 4.1.4

  • Our plugin is being imported to Changed the plugin text domain so it can be imported into
  • Fixed an issue with an email shortcode not working in the buyer email body.

Also in version 3.9.3 a few more functions were added which gives you more output control.

  • Added a new function for getting the total cart item quantity (wpspc_get_total_cart_qty).
  • Added a new function to get the sub total amount of the cart (wpspc_get_total_cart_sub_total).


WordPress Simple Shopping Cart Tutorials:

  1. Tutorial
  2. Extra Settings
  3. Email Settings
  4. PayPal Language Encoding
  5. Create A Simple PayPal Shopping Cart
  6. PayPal Redirect URL
  7. Discount Coupon
  8. Troubleshooting

Important: This is not a full featured e-commerce plugin. It is only meant for small shops and individual selling of items in your website or blog.  

WordPress Simple Shopping Cart Tutorial Steps

1 ) Change the settings according to your needs. See images below.


The image below illustrates the basic shortcodes you can use.

Information: The following shortcode “wp_cart_display_product” allows you to display a product box on the fly.

Example shortcode

[ wp_cart_display_product name=”Add the name of the product here” price=”add a value here” thumbnail=”Full product URL here” description=”Add a product description here” ]


The following are settings you need to add especially your PayPal e-mail address. You also have the Currency, Currency Symbol and Base Shipping Cost if you want to add it.


I have added Free Shipping for Orders Over $25 just to illustrate it here for the purpose of this tutorial. There are other settings you might want to add.


The following image allows you to set up the following options.

  • Product Page URL
  • Automatic redirection to checkout page = Enter a URL for the page if selected
  • Open PayPal Checkout Page in a New Tab (Added in version 3.9.7)
  • Reset Cart After Redirection to Return page
  • Hide Shopping Cart Image
  • Customize the Note to Seller Text
  • Custom Checkout Page Style Name (Added in version 3.9.6)



The following image allows you to set up the following options.


The following image allows you to set up the following options.

  • Enable Debug
  • Enable Sandbox Testing
  • Finally when you are happy with your settings click on Update Options button.



Click on the following link Extra Settings to complete the next part of the tutorial.

I will be updating this post from time to time. So keep coming back for more.


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Manuel Ballesta RuizManuel Ballesta Ruiz is a web developer, Blogger and WordPress Enthusiast.

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