May 22, 2012 at 12:23 am #6381
If you have a lot of *different* types of products then it is a good idea to categorize them. Categorizing products gives you granularity and allows you to show a bunch of products that belongs to a certain category using any fancy style and type of buttons (example: Add to cart, Buy Now, Download Now).
You can create as many categories as you want and then apply as many categories as you like to each of your products. This can also help you exclude certain products from one product list and include it in another one.
Lets say you have 10 products that have the following category structure:
1) 5 of them have category “A” applied (category ID 1)
2) 8 of them have category “B” applied (category ID 2)
3) 3 of them have category “C” applied (category ID 3)
Now, you can use the following shortcode to list products from your category “A” only (it will show those 5 products):
On another area of your site you can use the following shortcode to list all the products from category “B” only (it will show those 8 products):
You can also use an advanced category shortcode such as the following to list products from a particular category using any fancy display style and button type. For example, the following shortcode will show all products from Category “A” (category ID 1), with fancy style 1 and button type 1 (Add to Cart type buttons):
[wp_eStore_category_products_fancy id=1 style=1 type=1]
You can find the above shortcode in the eStore extra shortcodes plugin:
The following page has examples of all our available stylish product display templates:May 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm #45302BrodephatSpectator
I’m using [wp_eStore_category_products_fancy id=2 style=3] and I really like it. However, I noticed there was no link back to the individual product page of each product.
Is there a way to do this?May 25, 2012 at 11:22 pm #45303
You most likely didn’t specify the “individual product link page” in the following field of the product in question.
Product Page URL
If a product doesn’t have a value in the above field it won’t be able to link back.May 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm #45304BrodephatSpectator
OK, I put in the page for the product but it comes up
The URL specified in the “Product Page URL” field does not seem to be a valid URL! Please check this value again:
[http://www.promotemyalbum.com/manuelmuzzu]May 27, 2012 at 11:37 pm #45305
If you know for sure that the URL is correct then you can ignore that error message (it will not harm your site). It is just a check that eStore performs when you save your product to make sure that URL value you enter is correct. Something on your server is blocking the method used to perform the URL validation check. Which is why it is showing that error. Your users won’t see that error (it is only for the admin).June 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm #45306
Not to be an idiot but just can’t wrap my head around the example because I want to do the opposite – i want the main product “purchase this software” but do NOT want it to show up in my estore once the customer has purchased and logged in. I mainly want it in the estore so it ties in with your affiliates payout widget..June 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm #45307
or am i thinking way to hard and the ‘affiliates’ plug-in will take care of this and does not have to be in ‘estore’ ?June 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm #45308
(last one – sorry) No, I need the original purchase of the software to capture the affiliate ID so when they purchase other products from the store after they have been logged in it still claims that affiliate….June 30, 2012 at 1:54 am #45309
There may be a slight misunderstanding. Product categories have nothing to do with affiliate commission. Each time your customer purchases any product from the site (who has been referred to by an affiliate), the appropriate affiliate commission will be given to the referrer. There is nothing special you need to do for that.July 5, 2012 at 10:57 am #45310
Hi Key Master, Just to understand – i do NOT have to place the main purchase in the estore for the affiliate software to know to capture the affiliate ID and split the commission? even if i have a separate paypal link from the main offer?July 5, 2012 at 10:55 pm #45311
I am a little confused with the question. Is this product an eStore product or not? Are you going to use eStore to accommodate the sale of the product in question? What do you mean by “separate PayPal link”?July 6, 2012 at 9:55 am #45312
i placed the ‘main product’ in the estore but before they can even get to estore they have to purchase the main product (the service). then in their admin is the estore to buy stickers etc. Now just the way you worded that does help. So I do have to place it in the estore admin – i have 3 catagories but they all show up on the same page when someone clicks the estore tab (url)
So the new question would be – how do i hide that product ( so it doesnt show up in the estore but runs through it to pay the affiliates.. let’s try this:
Thanks for your patients..
WymettoJuly 6, 2012 at 11:54 pm #45313
Any product sales that happen via eStore will award affiliate commission (doesn’t matter if it is in a category or not. So simply exclude this product from the category that you are displaying and it won’t show up on your page. But you can use a different shortcode to place a buy button specially for that product on another page and allow people to buy using that button. Please watch the 2nd video from this page so you know how to place a buy button for a product:October 6, 2014 at 8:28 pm #45314mindipMember
I’m having issue with the Add to Cart button. If I want to use one add to cart button for everything including Fancy Display 11, it is still continuing to use the default add to cart button UNDER the Add to Cart button I used in General settings.
How can I fix this?October 6, 2014 at 10:48 pm #45315wpCommerceModerator
@mindip, these are the available options for customizing a button image:
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