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