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.


The image below illustrates the basic shortcodes you can use.


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.

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


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.


Manuel Ballesta RuizManuel Ballesta Ruiz has written 283 posts. He can be followed on Twitter.

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