Catalog & Store
*** Please ask about alternative payment processing options to Paypal ***
You can test the shopping cart on the following demonstration website: Test the Shopping Cart
There is a free Catalog function that operates as a Store but without a shopping cart and payment processing.
The SOHO Store is a Catlog plus a shopping cart with optional payment processing if required. The Store requires a subscription to operate.
The Store has two setup options:
- A 'request for quote' option
- Paypal which includes both Paypal Account and Credit Card Payment options
Note. For the Paypal option you can select only one currency for payment from a range of standard trading currencies.
The shopping cart is always visible and is automatically updated when a visitor either selects the Add To Cart button or changes the number of ordered items listed in the shopping cart. There are two examples of the Shopping Cart shown here on the right, one with Paypal and Credit Card payment processing and the other with the Quote Request option.
The 'Request a Quote' option is effectively a Preliminary Purchase Order (PPO) which is useful where there are multiple items being purchased, since the automated payment processing options cannot accurately calculate the shipping costs (as the shipping cost is set on a per-item basis).
The PPO also allows you to make whatever payment mechanism suits both parties IE the customer is not forced to pay using a credit card or a Paypal payment as is obligatory when using the automated payment options.
Paypal/Credit Card Setup
You can set up your payment processing on one of two ways:
- US Merchants (includes an option to use weight to calculate delivery charges)
- Non US Merchants (does not include the option to use weight to calculate delivery charges)
Please Note. For US clients that are selling internationally it is probably best NOT to use the weight option in their delivery calculations since the shipping costs will not be calculated correctly.
Also Note - If the calculated cost differs from the final cost then it may be necessary to issue a refund or make a separate charge to the customer to cover the difference.
Paypal also offer other options for calculating delivery such as fixed charges based on item costs. Please see Paypal for the latest up-to-date information on the options for calculating delivery charges.
Catalog/Store Setup Page
The image below shows the options for setting up a store in your SOHO Webmaker account.
Most of the above items are self-explanatory.
The Intro Text option enables you to place some introductory text at the top of the Web Store page. It also has the option for providing extended information about the products and other useful information such as delivery options etc.
If the extended information option is used then a button labeled 'Information' is generated for the display (as shown below).
Adding a Category
You must add at least one category before adding products to your store. You can change the name of a category at any time and this will be replicated for all products with that category name. Categories are listed in alphabetical order on your website.
Add a Product
Upload an image and enter the description and price for your product as shown below.