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WC Vendors Setup Guide (versions older than 2.0 ONLY)

This guide is for PAST versions of WC Vendors (older than v2.0) ONLY.

Please only use this guide if you are using an old version of WC Vendors. Otherwise, for version 2.0++, please see our new guide here: Getting Started with WC Vendors 2.0


This guide walks you through how to set up and configure the first primary admin settings in the WC Vendors plugin.

Requirements: A self-hosted WordPress version 4.4 or greater and WooCommerce v3.0 or greater (installed and configured) are required to use WC Vendors.


You can install the plugin in a number of ways:

  • From the WP Admin: In the WordPress admin panel navigate to Plugins > Add New,  keyword search “WC Vendors”. Click “Install Now”.  Then Click “Activate”.
  • From Zip File: In the WordPress admin panel navigate to Plugins > Add New,  select “Upload Plugin”, browse to the un-zipped WC Vendors .zip file, and click install now.
  • FTP Upload: Using your FTP program upload the un-zipped plugin folder into the /wp-content/plugins/  folder of your WordPress installation.

Once the plugin has been installed, you need to activate it. Go to Plugins > Installed Plugins  and activate the WC Vendors plugin.


  • In the WordPress admin panel navigate to WooCommerce > WC Vendors  to configure the default settings.

Each Tab will contain various configurations for the site admin to control vendor capabilities, commissions, product types and more.  Please continue reading for a description of each tab and the settings within those tabs.

The General Tab

The General Tab contains the basic settings for your WC Vendors plugin. There is the GENERAL OPTIONS section and the SHOP OPTIONS section.

  • Default Commission %: This is the site default commission rate for all vendors.  Using numbers only, enter the percent of each product sale you wish your vendors to receive.  For example: if you would like your vendors to receive 80% of each product sale, then you would enter 80 in the box.  The vendor will receive 80% commission, and the site admin will receive 20% commission for each product sold.
Please Note

Commissions percentages should use whole numbers only. Do not use decimal places as it will cause rounding errors.

Commission rate can be overridden on a per product or per vendor basis.  If you wish to alter the commission rate for a specific vendor, you can do so by going to wp admin > users and clicking on that vendor.  If you wish to alter the commission rate for a specific product, you can do so by going to wp admin > products > edit product and changing the commission rate for that product.

  • Registration: Choose to Allow (checked) or Disallow vendor registration.  Also choose if you wish to approve vendor applications manually (checked) or automatically. If checked, applicants will be given the pending vendor role, and admin will need to approve the applicant before they will be given the vendor role and allowed to access the vendor dashboard or use vendor capabilities.
  • Taxes: Choose to allocate any taxes collected to the vendor, or to disallow and the taxes will be allocated to admin.
  • Shipping: Choose to have collected shipping funds allocated to the vendor (checked) or admin.
  • Shop HTML: Admin can choose to allow vendors to add HTML markup to their shop description field.
  • Vendor Shop Page: Admin can choose to change the URI for the vendor shop page.  By default, it is vendors/  (yourwebsite.com/vendors/vendor-store-name-here).  Use ONE WORD or a hyphenated word (ex. markets/ , stores/ , gallery/ , my-store/ ).  Do NOT use “shop/” as that is the URI for the main WooCommerce shop page.
  • Shop Headers: This will allow for the vendor’s Shop Name & Description to be shown on their shop page.
  • Vendor Display Name: Choose how you would like the vendors to be identified (used with the “sold By:” site-wide).
  • Sold By: Choose to show or hide the “sold by:” label across the site.
  • Sold By Label: Choose what you would like to appear as the sold by text.
  • Seller Info Label: Choose the label for the Seller Info Tab. This will show on the product page under a tab, showing the information that the vendors have entered for their Seller Info.


The Product Tab

These configurations allow you to choose to hide options on the add/edit product form from the vendor.  Check any option(s) you wish to hide form vendors.

The Capabilities Tab

These are some of the vendor capabilities/permissions.  Admin can choose to allow (checked) or disallow any of these capabilities.

Pages Tab

These are the pages that are set by default when you activate WC Vendors.  Should you need to reset these pages or change them, visit this tab.  Also, if you choose to create a terms and conditions page for your vendors, you can set that page here as well.

If you purchase a WC Vendors Pro license, LEAVE THESE PAGES UNCHANGED, including the WC Vendors dashboard page.  You run BOTH WC Vendors and WC Vendors Pro simultaneously, and these pages still need to remain the same as they are when only using WC Vendors, even though your vendors will be now using the more advanced and feature-rich WC Vendors Pro dashboard page.

Payments Tab

This tab is for configuring your PayPal Adaptive payments, if you use this gateway.  If you do not use PayPal Adaptive Payments, you can leave the settings as MANUAL.

** IMPORTANT Our payments page and payments process for PayPal will soon be changing. As of December 1, 2017, PayPal is depreciating Adaptive Payments.  We are presently working on a new solution for PayPal scheduled payments for vendors.

Next, we recommend you visit our article detailing the Vendor & Pending Vendor roles, and Admin Vendor management: WC Vendors Setup Guide Step 2: User Registration & Vendor Management

Updated on May 26, 2018

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