The WordPress WooCommerce Multi-Vendor Marketplace Plugin explicitly developed to switch your WooCommerce website into a multivendor platform that having multiple sellers with a separate profile.
It gives sellers the functionality of adding products and order management from the seller panel.
Using this plugin the seller can view and edit his profile information. He can view his product list and search, edit or delete products from it.
The seller can view a record of his transactions and sales charts on his dashboard. He can view his order history for all the orders, change his password and even ask questions to the admin.
The admin can also manage the product list, seller list, commissions, and settings.
Admin can edit or delete products, approve, disapprove or assign sellers to products, set separate commission rates for different sellers and can change settings like product auto-publish and seller auto-approval permissions.
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- Multiple sellers can register and upload their products.
- Separate Seller Profile, Shop Logo and Seller Collection Page with Banner Image.
- Sellers can Manage Shipping from their Own Account panel.
- Product by Feature on the product page is Introduced.
- Admin can allow a separate seller dashboard to sellers which is the same as the admin’s dashboard.
- A seller can easily switch to the default seller dashboard view.
- Seller’s can put up queries to the admin and these queries will be listed under Seller Queries option.
- The admin can reply to the queries of the seller.
- A seller can edit their profile information.
- Seller’s products can be edited or deleted by the seller as well as admin.
- The seller can add 4 types of products – Simple, Grouped, External/Affiliate and Variable Product.
- The seller can add their social network accounts, which will be visible on their profile page.
- Order management is very easy due to the visibility of billing and shipping address of the customers.
- The invoice of the order can also be printed by the seller.
- A seller can ask questions to the admin.
- Admin can approve or disapprove a seller or seller’s products.
- Admin can assign a product to any seller.
- SEO friendly URL structure has been incorporated in the Marketplace.
- Users can directly register by logging in with their Facebook account while reviewing a seller.
- Admin can set the default commission for every seller.
- Different commission percentage for different sellers can also be configured by the admin.
- The invoice of the order can be printed by the admin.
- A buyer can add any seller of the marketplace as a favorite seller.
Newly Added Features
- Admin can mass assign products to a seller.
- Sellers can add upsell and cross-sell products.
- Admin can make transactions to the sellers against the orders for which he has transferred the money to the seller’s account.
- Sellers can also check the transactions made by admin to them from their account panel.
- Admin can set different categories for different sellers.
- Admin can set product type globally for all sellers in the marketplace.
- Admin can approve reviews for sellers from his end.
- Supports default WooCommerce email templates.
- The admin can configure Endpoint and Title for a seller’s Dashboard, Product List, Order History, Seller Profile, etc.
- Sellers can manage refunds for their orders in the seller end.
- The admin receives Product Notifications to publish a seller’s product, whenever a seller creates or edits a product on the seller end.
The user will get a zip file which needs to be uploaded in the “Add New” menu option in the WordPress admin panel.
For this login to WordPress Admin Panel and in the Dashboard hover your mouse over the “Plugins” menu option select the “Add New” option.
After this, the user will see an option on the top of the page that is “Upload Plugin”, click the option to upload the zip file.
On clicking the “Upload Plugin” option, the user will see a “Choose File” button. Click on the button to browse for the zip file as per the image below.
After browsing the file, click on the “Install Now” button so as to install the plugin as per the snapshot.
Once the user installs the plugin, a message “Plugin installed successfully” displays and an “Activate Plugin” is visible to activate the plugin.
The user needs to click on the “Activate Plugin” button to activate the plugin.
On activating it, the Marketplace tab will appear in the admin panel as shown in the snapshot below.
Update Permalink under “Settings > Permalinks” as “Post name” as shown in the below snapshot.
After successful installation of WooCommerce Marketplace, the admin can configure it under “Marketplace > Settings”.
Facebook App ID – Enter Facebook App ID collected from Facebook.
Facebook App Secret – Enter Facebook App Secret collected from Facebook.
*N.imum Commission – In the Minimum Commission, the admin needs to enter a commission rate, this commission mechanism will be applicable to all the sellers. For example, there is a seller “S1″ and his/her product”P1”, and it’s price is 100 USD. So on the sale of product “P1” seller will get 80 USD and admin will get 20 USD as a commission.
Seller Menu Title – Here the admin enter the title of the “Display Seller Panel” widget.
Auto Approve Seller – If checked then the seller will be auto-approved after the registration as a seller. Ex – If admin allows this option then the user who will sign up in the store as a seller will convert into seller automatically. Otherwise, approval required by the admin.
Separate Seller Dashboard – If checked, then the seller can have a separate dashboard like that of the admin.
Separate Login Form – If checked a separate login form will be created for sellers.
Product Settings Tab
Allow Seller to Publish – If checked then the products added by the seller will be auto-approved. Otherwise, product approval required by the admin. Ex – If seller adds a product, every time product will be moderated by the admin.
Product Type for Seller – Admin will select the product types to be available to the sellers while adding a product.
Allowed Categories – Admin will select the categories which will be available to the sellers while adding a product.
Product Notifications: For Admin To Publish The Products
An interesting feature of WooCommerce Multi-Vendor Marketplace Plugin is the Product Notifications which the admin receives to publish a seller’s product, whenever the seller creates or edits a product on the seller end.
Initially, in the admin panel, the admin must uncheck the “Allow Seller to Publish” option.
Thereafter, if the seller creates a new product or edits any existing product, the product status will change to draft and is to be approved by the admin.
Meanwhile, in the admin panel, the admin will find a number ‘1’ known as the Product Count is present against the Products menu option of the admin dashboard.
This means that the seller has requested the admin to publish one product.
Also, the product status of the product (Hoodie with logo) in the product list changes to Draft as shown in the image below.
The admin will have to Publish the product on receiving the product publish notification.
The admin can Edit the respective product in order to publish it.
The number ‘1’ will be present until the admin publishes the product.
As the admin publishes the product, the status of the product changes to ‘Published, and the product count present with the Product menu option disappears.
Assets Visibility Tab
Email – Here configure whether the Seller Email will be displayed on Seller Profile or not.
Phone Number – Configure whether the Seller Phone Number will be displayed on Seller Profile or not.
Address – Configure whether the Seller Address will be displayed on Seller Profile or not.
Social Links – Configure whether the Seller Social Links will be displayed on Seller Profile or not.
The Advanced tab provides a dynamic functionality to the Woocommerce Multi-Vendor Marketplace Plugin.
The admin can configure the Endpoint and Title for the sellers.
- For instance, a seller can have a seller profile page, which displays on the url as example.com/sellerprofile.
- We can append an endpoint ‘edit-sellerprofile’ to the URL to show the Edit page for Seller Profile such as example.com/sellerprofile/edit-sellerprofile.
The admin will have to navigate through Marketplace > Settings > Advanced to configure the Endpoint and Title as shown in the image below.
Also, the admin can customize the URL for each Endpoint. The Endpoints must be distinctive to avoid conflicts.
For instance, in the above image, the admin has configured the Endpoint as “dashboard” and Title as “Dashboard” in the Dashboard section.
Likewise, the admin configures the Endpoint as “order-history” and Title as “Order History” in the Order History section, and so on.
The Title is the Seller Dashboard menu option as shown in the image below.
Marketplace Widgets Configuration
There are two widgets available in the marketplace and admin can configure them under “Appearance > Widgets”. Widgets can be placed as per the space provided by the theme.
Display Seller Panel – It will display the seller panel. With the help of this widget, the seller can perform all the activities as a seller. It will display on the front-end as below snapshot :
Marketplace Seller List – It will display the available seller of the marketplace in a list. It will display on the front-end as below snapshot :
Seller Registration Process
For the registration, the seller will click the “Seller” menu item after which the seller will be able to see the “Login Here” or “Register” option on the page.
Clicking the “Login Here” button will take the seller to the login page and clicking the “Register” button will take him to the registration page.
After choosing the “Register” option, the seller will be redirected to another page where a combined option of the registration for a buyer and a seller as shown in below snapshot.
After clicking the “I am a Seller” button more fields will appear for the seller registration.
Seller will input his Email address, Password for the account, First Name, Last Name, Shop Name, Shop URL and the Phone Number and hit the “Register” button to register as a seller.
Here an ajax check for the seller shop URL is implemented i.e when you enter a shop URL if it is available then it will show as “Available” otherwise it will return as “Already Exists“.
Separate Login Form
The admin can also enable the option of separate login for the sellers of the marketplace. It can be configured under “Marketplace > Settings > Configuration > Separate Login Form”.
On Front End, it will be displayed as below snapshot.
Seller Panel Management
After successful registration or approval, in case of approval required the seller can manage the seller panel. Given below are the actions performed by the seller:
Seller profile displays critical information about the seller. After the registration, the seller needs to complete the seller profile. The seller can manage profile under “Seller Profile”.
If the seller selects the admin-like view of the seller dashboard, then the visibility of the seller profile will be as shown in the image below.
Once the seller enters all the details in the profile, the user can access it from the product page.
The seller profile and rest of the pages will be display on front-end as below images:
Seller profile view at front-end
Social Profile links of Seller
Average Rating of Seller
Collection Page of Seller
Seller Dashboard- Regular View
The seller can see the Sales Order Summary, Sales Order History, Total Orders, Top Products, Top Billing Countries and Recent Orders in the dashboard.
It is very useful in keeping track of his revenue and all other stats. The stats are represented beautifully by meters, pie charts, donut charts, bar graphs, and maps.
Seller Dashboard- Admin Like View
WordPress WooCommerce Multi-Vendor Marketplace Plugin comes with an interesting feature allowing sellers to have a dashboard which looks like that of the admin.
In the admin panel, the admin can check the option of “Separate Seller Dashboard” so as to allow the sellers to have the admin like dashboard view.
The admin-like dashboard of the seller dashboard is shown in the image below.
The seller may switch to the default seller dashboard anytime, then the seller needs to tab on the “Default Seller Dashboard” option under Seller dashboard tab in the menu bar.
Seller Product Management
The seller can add these 5 types of products from the seller panel –
- Simple Product
- Grouped Product
- External / Affiliate Product
- Variable Product
- Downloadable Product
Seller Product List
The seller can view all the products in the “Products List” under “Products” and can search, edit or delete any product.
If he chooses to edit the product he can modify the basic characteristics of the product as well as the inventory and product status options which appear after creating a product.
Seller will be able to see only those products which are published by admin if product auto-publish is not configured by the admin.
To add a product, the seller will click the “Add Product” menu item to open the add product page.
Here the seller will choose the Product Categories to be added and the Product Type to be added and click “Next”.
Then the seller needs to enter the information about the product like – Product Name, About Product, Product Thumbnail, Product SKU, Regular price, Sale Price and Product Short Description as shown in the below snapshot and click “Save”.
Now under the Inventory tab, the seller will select the option Enable Stock Management At Product level, enter the Stock Quantity, Allow Backorders to “Allow”, “Not Allow” or “Allow But Notify Customer“ and select the Stock Status as “In Stock” or “Out Of Stock”.
Under Shipping, the seller can enter the Shipping details of the product.
Under the Linked Products, the seller can add Upsell and Cross-sell products.
Now the seller moves to the Attributes tab where the seller can add as many attributes to the product as per the requirement.
Lastly, the seller will set the Product Status. Here the seller can set the product status as “Online” or “Draft”.
If the status is selected as Online then the product will get published if the permission has been given by admin for the seller to publish this product.
The seller can also upload the image gallery for the product here and can make the product as Virtual or Downloadable by first checking the Virtual or Downloadable checkbox.
For Downloadable products, the seller can add the values for the File Name, File URL, Limit and Expiry as shown in the image below.
Now the product will become available in the Product List.
And live on the front-end as below image.
Seller Order Management
The seller can manage orders under “Order History”.
By clicking “View” the seller can view order details as shown in the image below.
The seller can change the order status as well.
After order status update this information will be updated in the “Order Notes”.
The seller can print the invoice by clicking the “Print Invoice” button placed in the top right corner.
Generating Refund: Seller End
The sellers have a feature to generate a refund request for a product. The seller has to navigate to the Order History menu option in the seller dashboard to generate a refund.
Under the Order History tab, the seller needs to click on the View tab for the order which is to be refunded.
The Order History page for the respective order (Order #268) opens up. On top of the page, the seller will find the Refund tab as shown in the image below.
On clicking the Refund tab, the seller can generate a refund for the respective order.
As the seller clicks the Refund tab, the Refund Quantity, Check to Refund for Shipping, Restock Refunded Items options appear, which the seller has to configure, accordingly.
Thereafter, the seller needs to click on the Refund Manually tab as shown in the image below.
As the seller clicks on the Refund Manually tab, a message- “Refunded successfully” will display on top of the page as shown in the image below.
The Refunded amount will display under the order Total as shown below.
Seller Transaction Management
The seller can view the transactions made by the admin for the orders, for which the admin has received the payments from the buyers.
The seller can view the transaction details by clicking on the View option. Here the seller can see his amount and the admin commission for the order.
Seller Shipping Management
Now the sellers of the marketplace will be able to manage their shipping from their own account panel.
Sellers can easily set up the new shipping zones and can add the shipping methods for these zones. The seller can manage shipping under “Shipping”.
The seller can add new shipping zone by clicking “Add New Shipping Zone”. Here the seller enters “Zone Name” and selects “Zone Regions”. Click “Add Shipping Zone” to add shipping zone.
After adding shipping zone above, go back to “Shipping” and click the “edit” button for the shipping zone you want to add the shipping methods as shown in the below snapshot:
By clicking the “edit” button you will see the below page with an option in the last to add the shipping method, click “Add Shipping Method” to add the shipping methods.
After clicking the “Add Shipping Method” button in the image above, a popup window will appear to select the shipping methods. Select the shipping method from the drop-down option and click the button “Add Shipping Method” to add this shipping method to your shipping zone.
After clicking the “Add Shipping Method” button, you will be redirected back to the “Shipping Zone” page. Here click shipping method name to configure the shipping cost.
A pop-up will appear to configure the shipping method. Here enter the desired shipping cost to be charged and “Save Changes”.
Now click “Update Changes” to save the shipping method. And finally, the shipping method will be visible in front of shipping zone.
There are several actions performed in the marketplace related to a seller like new order, change in order status, approval of a product, a review post by the buyer and many more.
In the notification area, the seller will be notified as shown in the image below.
Seller Shop Followers
The seller can send notifications to their shop followers. A buyer can become shop followers from the product page by clicking “Add As Favourite Seller”.
A seller can view all the shop followers, and can send notification as well under “Shop Followers”.
To send a notification, the seller just needs to select the followers from the list and hit “Send Notification”.
A pop-up will be available to enter the details. And by clicking “Send Mail” notification mail will be sent to the followers.
Ask To Admin
The seller can also inquire about anything from admin by “Ask To Admin” option.
In this section, the seller can mention the subject and the query and click on the “Ask” button.
After the seller asks the question, the admin will get a mail about the query.
Admin Panel Management
In the admin panel after installing the plugin an additional tab for the marketplace is added which converts an ordinary WooCommerce store into an online marketplace where admin can manage products, sellers, commission, and settings like product auto-publish or seller auto-approval.
The admin can create all kinds of products including simple, virtual, downloadable, grouped, external/affiliate and variable products and can also publish them.
The admin can also assign different sellers to the products.
In the product list, the admin can view his as well as seller’s products and can edit or delete products.
The admin has control over the seller’s products and can view or change any specification of the product.
The admin can also mass assign products to a seller or can filter the product as per a seller.
After filtering the product list on the basis of the seller, the admin will see all the products of the seller accordingly.
The admin will select the seller and the products which he wants to assign to the seller and then click on the Assign button to assign the selected products to the selected seller.
In case the admin has configured “Allow Seller to Publish” as “Unchecked” then the admin needs to publish the product manually.
When a new product added by the seller, it will be in the “draft” state.
The product will be visible in the Product List at the admin-end.
Admin can “publish” the product by editing the product. Here admin just needs to hit “Publish” which makes the product available for the customers on the frontend.
And on the frontend, as shown below.
Assign product to the Seller
The admin can also assign any product to a particular seller from the right column in the product page by searching the name of the seller from the list and assigning it to the seller.
The admin can assign his product or product of one seller to another seller.
If the admin assigns the product of one seller to another then the product will not be visible on the former seller’s product list but would show in the latter seller’s product list.
In the seller list, the admin can check the full bio of the seller and can edit his profile in the “Username” tab in WooCommerce admin panel with several options which include personal options, name, contact info, about page, account management, billing and shipping address. Here the admin can also approve or disapprove the seller.
The admin can manage a seller by clicking on the Manage button. Here he will be provided with several options to manage a seller.
The admin can see the details of the seller like username, email, display name, shop address, etc. and can also enter the payment details of the seller.
The admin can see all the orders of a seller and can mark the order for which he has made a payment to the seller.
The admin will click on the Pay button available on the order to mark the order amount paid to the seller.
After clicking on the Pay button a transaction will be created for the order under Transactions.
After making a payment for an order the admin will mark the order as paid under Orders and a transaction for the order get created under Transactions having the details like Order Id, Amount, Type, Method, and date Created On.
The admin can click on a transaction to view the details of the transaction.
The admin can manage the commission rate for the seller and can see the total sale of the seller and the admission commission from the sale.
The admin can assign categories to the seller which will be available to the seller while adding a new product.
In case of the admin configured “Auto Approve Seller” as “Unchecked” then the admin needs to approve the seller manually.
After successful registration, the seller will appear in the Seller List for the approval of seller.
Admin can approve the seller by hitting “Approve” in the Seller list.
Now the seller will be approved.
After approval, the seller can perform all the actions like add a product, view orders, etc.
In the Marketplace configuration, the admin can configure a commission rate, this commission mechanism will be applicable to all the sellers.
For example, there is a seller “S1” and his/her product is “P1”, and it’s price is 100 USD. So on the sale of product “P1” seller will get 90 USD and admin will get 10 USD as a commission.
The admin can decide the per seller commission for different sellers as well under “Marketplace > Commissions”.
Admin can set any value of the commission for different sellers which they will have to pay to admin in percent with the sale of each product. Here the admin can also see the commission and sales details of the seller.
Under the Orders tab, the Order Id, Product, Quantity, Status, Product Total, Shipping, Discount, Total Commission, Total Seller Amount and the Action tabs are visible as shown in the image.
After clicking on the Seller Name, the user will be redirected to the commission page where he can set the commission for that particular seller.
The admin can manage the feedback from the customers. The admin can approve or disapprove the reviews and ratings from the customers for the seller products.
Thereafter, the sellers can view the approved reviews from their panel.
Under the “Marketplace” tab, a ‘Seller Queries’ option is also present. On clicking the ‘Seller Queries’ option, a Query List is present where the admin can check the queries put up by the sellers.
The admin can forward replies for the seller’s query by clicking on the Reply button against the query as shown in the image below.
The admin can manipulate templates for emails and can configure the settings of the emails under WooCommerce > Settings > Emails.
Under Email Template section, a Hyperlink “Click here to preview your email template” is present, on clicking which the layout of the email will display as shown in the image below.
The admin may create mail templates for various Marketplace email templates such as Ask to Admin, Product Publish, Seller Approval, Seller Register, etc.
These mail templates are listed under WooCommerce > Settings > Emails as shown in the image below.On clicking the “Manage” button present against the respective mail template, the admin can configure the settings for the same.
There are several actions performed in the marketplace related to the admin like new order, change in order status, approval of a product, a review post by the buyer and many more.
In the notification area, the admin will be notified as shown in the image below.
How to Get Facebook App ID and Secret
Facebook requires that you create an external application linking your website to their API. App Id and App Secret (also sometimes referred to as Consumer Key and Secret or Client Id and Secret) are what we call an application credential.
This application will link your website example.com to Facebook API and these credentials are needed in order for Facebook users to access your website.
To enable authentication with this provider and to register a new Facebook API Application, follow the steps:
First go to: https://developers.facebook.com/Step 2
Log in and select “Add a New App” from the “My Apps” menu at the top.
Then, a popup will display. Fill out “Display Name” for your app and the “Contact Email” and hit “Create App ID”.
Go to Settings page and enter “App Domains”.
Now click “Add Platform” and choose “Website”.
And enter the “Site URL”.Step 5
Go to the Review page and choose “YES” to make the app to be public.
Go back to the “Settings” page. The created application credentials (APP ID and App Secret) will be shown like the image below.Step 7
Copy and insert “App ID” and “App Secret” in the Marketplace Configuration under “Marketplace > Settings”. Please check this image.
And that’s it!
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