Setting Up Your Shop

After your application is approved, you will receive an email confirming your registration as a consignor (aka vendor). That email will contain login information, so go ahead and log in to the website. If you can’t recall where you ought to login, a good place to start is always your account page. Once you’re logged in, hover over the “Twice As Nice Consignment Boutique” title in the upper left corner of your browser, and in the new drop-down menu, click on “Dashboard”. This area is where you can configure all of your settings.

Profile

In the left-hand menu, click Profile. It’s here that you can update all of your contact information and change your password. If you want a nice avatar, go sign up for Gravatar and set it there, and you can adjust what you’d like your display name to be.

Store Settings

This is where you can upload an avatar or logo for your consignment shop, describe your style and additional store policy, and very importantly, where you can define your paypal email address, which is how your commissions will be paid.

Vendors Settings fields, from the Vendor Admin dashboard:

  • Vendor Logo
  • Vendor Profile: Enter a description of you and your store.
  • Vendor Email: List of email addresses, separated by a comma, that receive store-related notifications.
  • PayPal Email: Email associated with the vendor’s PayPal account, to receive payments.
  • Commission: This is set by the Store Owner.
  • Timezone: Location of the vendor store.

Adding Products

Before adding your first product, let’s get familiar with how product categories, tags, and attributes work.

Product Categories

Product categories and tags work in much the same way as normal categories and tags you have when writing posts in WordPress. They can be created, edited, and selected at any time. This can be done when you first create a product or come back and edit it or the category/tag specifically.

Attributes

These can be added per product, or you can set up global attributes for the entire store to use (e.g., in layered navigation).

Product Types

With attributes and categories set up and stock management configured, we can begin adding products. When adding a product, the first thing to decide is what type of product it is.

  • Simple – covers the vast majority of any products you may sell. This covers pretty much all unique products.
  • Grouped – a collection of related products that can be purchased individually and only consist of simple products. For example, a set of six drinking glasses.
  • Variable – a product with variations, each of which may have a different SKU, price, stock option, etc. This might be if for some reason you have several of the same item but in different sizes and colours.

Adding a simple product

Adding a Simple product is similar to writing a post in WordPress.

  1. Go to WooCommerce > Products > Add Product. You then have a familiar interface and should immediately feel at home.
  2. Enter a product Title (A) and Description (B).
  3. Go to the Product Data (C) panel, and select downloadable (digital) or virtual (service) if applicable.

adding a simple product

In Product Vendors, the only difference is vendors must have their products approved by the Store Owner. The process is:

  • Vendor creates a product that is Pending Review after submission to the Store Owner.
  • Email is sent to the Store Owner, notifying him/her that a vendor has submitted a product.

If you’d like information on adding other types of products, you can learn more about adding products from WooCommerce documentation.

Product data

The Product Data meta box is where the majority of important data is added for your products.

General section

  • Price
    • Regular Price – Item’s normal/regular price
    • Sale Price – Item’s discounted price that can then be scheduled for certain date ranges. The sale expires at 11:59pm of the specified end date
  • Tax (if not visible, it has been set by Twice As Nice admin)
    • Tax status – Taxable / Shipping only / None
    • Tax class – Choose which tax class should be applied

Inventory section

The inventory section allows you to manage stock for the product individually and define whether to allow back orders and more. It enables you to sell products and allow customers to add them to the cart to buy.

Enable Stock Management must be selected in Products Inventory Settings; otherwise, only the ‘Stock status’ option is visible in the Product Data Inventory box.

Options when stock management at product level is disabled. You are responsible for updating the Stock Status.

stock status

 

Options when stock management at product level is enabled.

  • Enter the Stock Quantity, and WooCommerce auto-manages inventory and auto-updates Stock Status as Stock, Out of Stock or On Backorder.
  • Select whether to Allow Backorders.
  • Low stock threshold – Enter a number upon which you are notified.
  • Tick the Sold Individually box to limit the product to one per order.

stock management

Shipping section

  • Weight – Weight of the item.
  • Dimensions – Length, width and height for the item.
  • Shipping Class – Shipping classes are used by certain shipping methods to group similar products.

shipping tab

Linked Products section

Using up-sells and cross-sells, you can cross promote your products. They can be added by searching for a particular product and selecting the product from the dropdown list, and adding it to the input field.

Up-sells are displayed on the product details page. These are products that you may wish to encourage users to upgrade, based on the product they are currently viewing. For example, if the user is viewing the coffee product listing page, you may want to display tea kettles on that same page as an up-sell.

Cross-sells are products that are displayed with the cart and related to the user’s cart contents. As an example, if the user adds a Nintendo DS to their cart, you may want to suggest they purchase a spare stylus when they arrive at the cart page.

Grouping – Used to make a product part of a grouped product.

Attributes section

On the Attributes tab, you can assign details to a product. You will see a select box containing global attribute sets you created (e.g., platform). More at: Managing Product Categories, Tags and Attributes.

Once you have chosen an attribute from the select box, click add and apply the terms attached to that attribute (e.g., Nintendo DS) to the product. You can hide the attribute on the frontend by leaving the Visible checkbox unticked.

Custom attributes can also be applied by choosing Custom product attribute from the select box. These are added at the product level and won’t be available in layered navigation or other products.

Advanced section

  • Purchase note – Enter an optional note to send the customer after they purchase the product.
  • Menu order – Custom ordering position for this item.
  • Enable Reviews – Enable/Disable customer reviews for this item.

Product short description (D)

SIMPLE PRODUCT

Add an excerpt. This typically appears next to product imagery on the listing page, and the long description appears in the Product Description tab.

Video embeds (oembed) may be used.

Taxonomies (E)

On the right-hand side of the Add New Product panel, there are product categories in which you can place your product, similar to a standard WordPress post. You can also assign product tags in the same way.

Product images (F)

Add a main product image and a gallery of images. Click the link to open the media gallery and select the appropriate image(s), or select the Upload Files tab and select files from your computer or drag-and-drop them to the upload area. Multiple files can be uploaded at once.

Shipping and Fulfillment

Vendor are responsible for fulfilling and shipping/sending orders after a customer has bought their product(s).

There are two possible shipping types:

  • Per Product Shipping – If enabled by the Store Owner, shipping costs are passed to the Vendor, and the Vendor has the ability to add their own rates per product. See below.
  • All other shipping methods – If enabled by the Store Owner, shipping costs are charged to the customer, and payment is collected in checkout.