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Lesson 9 – Part 5 – What’s New in Shopp 1.2?

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Shopp Interface

Rick: Now I think what we’ll just do is do a run down of the interface because before, there just used to be a Shopp button here and all the menus were off of that Shopp button, right? Now it has Shopp Catalog and Setup and under Shopp, you have orders and customers. You can see the order list, these are all the orders that have been processed so far. You can see which ones are pending, which ones have been partially shipped, which ones have been shipped and which ones have been completed simply by clicking on one of those buttons.

The same thing is true with customers. If you want to take a look at the customers, you can switch to the customers and here are the two customers that we have set up. So that’s what Shopp is now so inside of Shopp is where all of your transaction history and your customer history, these all happen under the Shopp. Under Catalog, the Catalog handles all of the other parts like products and product categories, product tags and promotions.

Use of Coupons and Discounts in Shopp

Now I just this morning recorded a whole series on how to use promotions and that’s essentially how to use coupons and discounts rather than just sales. You can do sales but you can also use coupons and that kind of thing. The process of creating a product category is essentially the same as it used to be. The interface looks a bit different but by on large, you create a product category and you can set it up so that it has presets. If you want preset variations and all the rest of that kind of stuff just like we had before.

Setup Tags and Products

The same thing is true with tags and product tags. You have a couple of tags already set up. If you add those tags, well, the tags aren’t going to have the same kind of variation control and that kind of things associated with them. However, one thing that tag does do is it does add the Thesis meta title and meta description to it. I don’t know that you really do but if you want to have tag archives, you can use Thesis with it.

Customize Product Display

In the product interface, it’s almost exactly the same as it used to be so if we edit this agility first combo, you’ll still end up with all the same things. You end up with summary and the place for you to put the text and you can put details, specs, product images, the pricing, shipping and SKU and all the rest of these things. You can set the same kinds of settings over here like make it a featured product or set up variations or set up add-ons just like we went through before and you’ll select your product categories and product tags. This interface is essentially the same as it used to be.

Finally, you have the Setup and Setup is a bit more extensive now than it used to be but you have the basic setup which still has pretty much the same thing. We should put the business name and the business address in here and I don’t remember. Maybe we didn’t before but we do need a business address and a business name. You want to give that to me right now or do you want to just do that yourself?

Lanny: Sure, go ahead. Mental Management Systems.

Rick: Okay.

Lanny: The address is 700 Parker Square, Suite 140, Flowermound, Texas 75028.

Customize Payment and Shipping Options

Rick: We’ll just save those changes. Payments get set up in exactly the same way as it did before and we already kind of walked through that. I guess the one thing you can do is now, if you want to do recurring billing, well, for example, if it was membership-based, you could choose recurring billing and authorize.net would allow to bill them once a month or that sort of thing. So authorize.net now offers recurring billing and it’s incorporated into this new system.

Lanny: We might want to do that at some point.

Rick: Okay. The shipping also is essentially set up exactly the same way. Since we’re using US Postal Service, it’s actually quite simple. Taxes, we’ll just walk through this so we’ve got 8.25% for all of Texas, is that right?

Lanny: That’s correct.

Shopp Page Directory and Page Listing

Rick: Now something that has changed is the Shopp pages. What Shopp used to do is create a bunch of pages then add stuff to it. Now what Shopp does is it doesn’t create those pages anymore. In fact, if we come over and take a look at our pages, those pages don’t exist anymore in the page directory and the page listing.

We used to have all those pages in here. Now they’re all in the trash so when we installed it, Shopp moved it in the trash, Shopp cart, checkout and your orders and what it’s replaced them with is these custom views of a page. The only thing you really need to know is that Shopp handles these automatically now and it doesn’t create a page that you put a shortcode on like it was before.

Create an Image Setting

Images, you can again, set up the various image sizes, both the previous, the thumbnails and gallery thumbnails. You can add new image settings to the extent that you’ve got some other place you want to use it, you can create a new image setting. Presentation, I think we pretty much have taken a look at already. Again, it’s very much the same as it used to be. Preferences, again, allows you to set up these various order status labels.

Now this is new in Shopp 1.2.1. This is a bit better integrated with authorize.net so authorize.net will indicate that something is pending until the money is processed. This pending one happens automatically and the rest of these are things that you will fill out you know, that you’ll manually select. For example, pending goes to authorized in authorize.net and completed, in this case, well, you could make up your own mind here but I would probably say paid for completed myself.

Then I would just move completed up the order then let shipped to be your final completed thing because this paid Shopp will automatically get that information from authorize.net also when authorize.net releases the funds so pending is when the funds are authorized. Completed is when Shopp delivers the funds to you and those two things happen automatically. The rest of these things are going to be manual based on your own system.

Lanny: Okay.

Rick: And order confirmation, receipt emails, are we doing accounts or not? I thought we had decided we weren’t doing accounts. The people would just make a purchase directly. Are they going to have an account also?

Lanny: Are the customers going to have an account?

Rick: Yeah.

Lanny: No.

Shopp Categories and Tags

Rick: Okay so we’ll say no accounts to that. Hit save changes and the system is pretty much just diagnostic things. We don’t really need to see the PHP notices unless things aren’t working right. The only other thing to say about this is that Shopp used to have custom database tables and kept all its data separate from WordPress. Now what Shopp does is it creates a custom post type called shopp product and the custom post type now is the place where the products are stored then it uses custom taxonomies for the Shopp categories and the Shopp tags or the product categories and product tags. To the extent that you want to interact with it in WordPress, you can do that much more easily.

One of the ways in which that shows up is under Appearance and Menus. Because now, this is available to the WordPress menu system. For example, you could add any one of these products to the menu. You could add any of these categories to the menu. You could add any of the tags to the menu and you can add any catalog pages to the menu. This is Our Catalog page that doesn’t exist anymore. What we would do is add the Shopp page to it and we could just change the name of it to Our Catalog then remove that, save the menu.

Add Catalog Pages to the Menu

This Our Catalog, you can see down in the lower left hand color where it says Shopp deprecated because now it’s saying that that page doesn’t exist. And if we refresh this now and now we’re actually at Our Catalog. So we go back to the homepage, go to Our Catalog, now you can see it says mentalmanagementstore.com/shop.

Now you could, if you don’t want to say shop, if you wanted it to just say store, we can change that under Setup and Pages. Now it says shop but we could edit this and say store then edit the slug for that, save changes and refresh this page.

Lanny: Now it’s there.

Rick: Now it says store and now the slug has been replaced too. That’s pretty much the rundown. I mean, from a practical standpoint, pretty much everything that we did before still works just fine, right? All the product configuration and variations and shipping, all that still works exactly the same way. It’s just that your interface is a bit different now and in particular, it’s more compliant with WordPress than it used to be.

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