This course covers the settings for the WordPress WP e-Commerce plugin and settings for each of the WordPress Admin Screens.
Like any plugin that covers such a large topic the settings and configuration options are endless.
Having a solid concept of how these settings work and how they appear on a site will not only reduce frustration and time but it will help increase the success rate of the store since customers will have a better experience with a well functioning store.
This course covers version 3.8 which is the newer coded version.
Once you get the WP e-Commerce plugin activated you have a operational shopping cart. If you add a product you'll be able to add it to the cart and actually complete the checkout. But until you've made a few decisions and activated a few buttons the plugin will not be very functional.
The Admin Settings tab is where you can configure emails and information pertaining to the administration of the site.
The General settings tab is where you select the base country for your store operation. This is the country were the store is located. This is used by WP eCommerce to figure tax and shipping at checkout.
The Payments tab is where you enter the information for collecting payments for purchases.
You can add any of the default payment gateways by selecting the box and clicking the Update button. In order for the gateway to work you will need to configure each option by mousing-over the options line and clicking the Edit link.
The presentation settings allows you to personalize the look and feel of your store.
The presentation settings allows you to personalize the look and feel of your store.
The Shipping tab has three separate modules. General settings, shipping modules and an panel to edit the various shipping modules.
Tax settings is activated by checking the box and clicking the Save Changes button. This will allow the tax logic to apply for the buttons that are checked below.
The checkout tab has two modules. The first is a set of options for check-out and the other is the forms fields for the checkout screen that collects the customer information.
Product Categories are a lot like a map of your products. They help organize your store and makes managing your store easier and it provides customers a way to navigate and find products. The structure of the product categories will depend largely on the number of products you have.
The Add New Products panel is where you add any products you're selling in your store. Either a physical product or a digital product.
Variations are details about a single product that need to be included in the purchase. It may or may not have an impact on the price. If a golf club is left handed or right handed the price may be same but it is important information for the order. But a putter may have an additional cost depending on the length.
Coupons can be used for store and advertizing promotions.
Under the Marketing tab are a variety of tools for promoting your store.
The products page is a table with a list of all the products you have created for the store.
WP e-Commerce comes with Widgets that help you to customize the look and feel of your site.
Product tags are used to describe single products. These tag are can be single words or a combination of words that are descriptive of the product. Tags are used to help a customer locate a product.
From the Import tab you can import your products from a comma delimited text file commonly known as a CVS file.
Links are the websites and addresses that you want to share. Sites that have information and resources that visitors may find useful. These can even be links to other sites you own. And they don't have to be external links, they can be internal links to the site. These are not, however, the Incoming Links from other sites. The links here are your outgoing links to display on the site.
PNG, JPEG, PDF, DOC files, audio, video and other media can be uploaded in WordPress to use in posts and pages.
The Add New Media screen allows you to upload these files without creating a post or page first.
Pages are used for content that usually does not change or that remains static, such as the about me page, a contact page or a copyright page. Pages can also be used for the index or front-page of the site.
Pages by default don't have categories or tags. They can, however, be placed in a parent child structure so you can have pages and sub-pages.
Plugins are files or groups of files that extend and expand the functionality of a WordPress site. These files are located in the wp-content/plugins folder.
The Add New Users screen is where a user is added to the site.
If the “Anyone can register” option is set in the Membership section of the General Settings screen then users can register themselves. Regardless of that setting, you can always manually create new users from this screen.
The All Links screen is a table of all the created links in alphabetically order. The Links table can be sorted by Name, by URL by Visibility or by Rating.
The All Pages screen is a table of all the created pages in alphabetical order. The Page table can be sorted by Title, by Author or by date.
The All Post screen is a table of all the created posts in order of the date created. The Post table can be sorted by Title, by Author or by date.
The All Users screen is a list of anyone registered on the site in alphabetical order by username. From this screen you can edit or delete your site's users. This list can be sorted by username, name or email address.
The Available Tools Screen details two tools, the bookmark tool “Press This” and the Categories and Tags Converter plugin.
The background is the space behind the content of the site. The custom background screens allows you to add an image and/or a color to this background.
Comments are messages left by visitors to the site. These can come in the form of a simple line or two of text to a long discussion with links or pings to other sites.
Any comment that is made on the site can be managed in the Comments screen. This screen has information about the comment and various actions can be taken on the comment.
The dashboard home screen provides information about the site and about the WordPress community. When you first log-in you'll see the dashboard with the boxes in full open mode.
The discussion settings screen sets options for managing and displaying comments and links to your post and pages and settings for comment spam.
From the Export Tools screen you can export a file of your site’s content to import it into another installation or platform. The export file will be an XML file format called WXR.
The GENERAL SETTINGS screen has information that's used throughout the entire site, such as, the title, the tagline, email address and date formatting that you'll usually need to enter once and then not change again.
The header is the top portion of the site that includes the Title, the Tagline and the header Image. This header can be customized in the Appearance Header screen. These settings may be different depending on the active theme and this feature may not be available for certain themes.
The Import Tools screen lists plugins that import data from various blogging and content management platforms.
The Installed Plugins screen is where you manage plugins. This screen lists all the plugins - both active and inactive - that are in the wp-content/plugins folder.
The link categories screen is for grouping together outgoing links to display on the site. These link categories are separate from the post categories used for posts.
The MEDIA SETTINGS screen is used to define the maximum pixel dimensions for media inserted in posts and pages.
Media is the images, video, audio, .PDF, and other files, you upload to use on the site. Media that was not up-loaded using the upload new media screen (media added by using ftp for example) will not show in the media library table or in the media library.
A WordPress menus is a set of links to pages, post, categories and other content. Themes usually have default menus in place when the theme is installed but WordPress gives you the ability to create custom menus. These custom menus can be used in Widgets or they can be place in designated areas of a theme called Menu Theme locations. These theme locations are determined by each individual theme.
Permalinks are permanent URLs to your post, pages, categories, and tags used for finding information on your site and is also used to link to your site.
Each post is assigned to one or more Categories. Categories are similar to the index pages for a book and can be arranged in a hierarchy with parent and child categories. This helps with navigation and allows posts to be grouped with others of similar content.
Tags are keywords that can be assigned to a post. Tags are independent of each other have no hierarchy like a parent and child relationship.
The Privacy Settings is a simple but important screen. It's here that you set your site to be crawled and indexed by search engine robots, ping services and spiders.
The Reading Screen has settings that pertain to the way pages and posts are displayed on the site.
The Theme Options screen is specific to individuals themes. This is where theme developers can place the customization options for that particular theme. This screen will likely be different from the theme you have active.
A theme is a set of files that works with the database and the core WordPress files to produce the layout and appearance of the site. All the themes that have been installed on the site will be located in a folder in the wp-content folder along with other folders like the plugins and uploads folder. Each theme you install will have it's own separate folder inside this theme folder.
The WordPress community actively responds to any weaknesses to the core software and makes changes accordingly. To benefit from this you'll need to be able to upgrade to the latest version quickly and easily.
Widgets are designed to provide a simple way to display features and information without changing any code. These features and information can be placed into any area that has been prepared for widgets. Usually referred to as a widgetized area.
The Writing Screen is where some basic options for writing posts and pages are set.
The Your Profile screen has site information and personal information for the user.
My education includes degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of Arkansas and a Master in Human Developmental Counseling from Vanderbilt University.
After graduating I spent years as a professional counselor.
I have also owned and operated businesses for years and now devote full time to online selling and teaching. My wife and I make our living selling online and have for years.
I have been using shopping carts and e-commerce since back-in-the-day starting with the open source software Webstore by Selena Sol. We have sold everything from corrugated boxes to books online.
I truly hope you enjoy the excitement of setting-up and operating a website as much as I do.