May 182014
 

Last Updated: August 28, 2014

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 one of the URLs belows in the menu.

WordPress Paypal Shopping Cart Plugin 4.0.0

  • Changed the permission on the orders menu so it is only available to admin users from the backend.
  • Made some enhancement around the PHP session_start function call.
  • Added an extra check to prevent direct access to the cart file.
  • Added expiry date field in the discount coupon. You can now create discount coupons with an expiry.

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 Tutorial Steps:

  1. Tutorial
  2. Extra Settings
  3. Email Settings
  4. PayPal Language Encoding
  5. Create A Simple PayPal Shopping Cart
  6. Troubleshooting

Install Plugin:

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.  

Instructions to setup a simple WordPress shopping page or post.

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

wordpress-shopping-cart-settings

The image below illustrates the basic shortcodes you can use.

wordpress-shopping-cart-quick-usage-guide

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.

wordpress-shopping-cart-settings-part1

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.

wordpress-shopping-cart-settings-part2

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)

 

wordpress-shopping-cart-settings-part3

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

  • Use WP Affiliated Platform (Affiliated Link)
  • Enable Debug
  • Enable Sandbox Testing
  • Finally when you are happy with your settings click on Update Options button.

wordpress-shopping-cart-settings-part4

You have now completed Part 1 Tutorial. 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.

Enjoy

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