Sooner than imagined I’m back to you with this new report about Setting a multilingual shop using free plugins and a WordPress installation.
Last time we saw the incompatibility with woocommerce and qTranslate so I gave up this solution because unstable and I don’t want to buy the so acclaimed WPML . How you know I decided not to spend a cent to create a basic multilingual shop.
I went on searching and testing other about 10 carts which almost all failed ignominiously the attempt to have multilingual settings, they only work in English whatever the developer claims.
Just almost giving up I met a new cart, free claiming to have the features I needed and being compatible with qTranslate too.
Why not give it a try? So here’s TheCartPress plugin available in WordPress plugins repository.
First have a look at this picture below than we go on to explore in depth the Cart.
When I saw their website I found it simple and elegant so I tried the cart and created my test site homepage which you see above.
It took a little to understand TheCartPress functionalities but it worth. I cannot say it’s very easy to use all features at glance but it has some good features and really works with qTranslate.
TheCartPress includes an elegant theme at beginning was called Bootstrap eCommerce so who still have this version, I suggest to upgrade to new theme labelled Boot Store . It’s exactly the same bootstrap based theme but now is available in the WordPress repository and upgradable within a mouse click like any other theme.
What did I like of it? Simplicity, Elegant Look, Responsiveness.
We will anatomize the frontpage I realized to see what the main features are.
Step 1 – TOPMOST SECTION – The Front-end
The picture below shows three features of the Homepage but available across all pages: Logo – Tagline – Carousel
These features are inserted in the topmost area. You can easily manage these features from the back-end.
Step 2 – TOPMOST SECTION – The Back-end
How you can see, I first created a bootstore-child theme. Then, you choose Appearance > Theme Options here you can select your logo, hide/show description-Tagline.
Scrolling the page you can see other options such as Layout – Menus Style – Titles for Product Details Tab that you can easily set in any moment
Just below you find options for the carousel, make your selection at will, I set Opacity 0.7 and excerpt length 50 words.
Go to bottom page and save. Don’t forget to save changes!
Step 3 – TOPMOST SECTION – The Custom Header – Front-end
The two pictures below show two examples of using the Custom Header. To manage the it just go as for any basic wordpress theme to Appearance > Header and make your selection. Usually, suggested width is 1170 pixels. Suggested height is 120 pixels.
Header including Logo and Tagline
Header only version
You can also hide all: Logo – Tagline – Header either in frontpage or all pages so you get the picture below with the carousel and navigation menu toolbar. Default style have this toolbar on topmost and is dark but you can set a different style in the Theme Options Menus. I made some adjustment in the header.php file to have the menu bar below the Carousel in the frontpage. (see picture below)
The Carousel can features image, product post and more, besides within a mouse click you can exploit the Dynamic Options related to each product. We will see the use of it in next post, here’s enough to know that clicking the price button in the carousel slide you are redirect straight to product options. Don’t forget that Carousel can be shown/hidden in any page and can contain as many slides as you like. Is terrific, isn’t it?
Step 4 – THE CENTRAL SECTION – Front-end
How shows the image below in the central page there are 3 Columns for highlighted products
Step 5 – THE CENTRAL SECTION – Back-end
Go again to Appearance > Theme Options. Scrolling the page you will find the SHORTCUTS, 3 COLS options here is the settings for the 3 highlighted boxes: Left – Center – Right. Select your pictures, add Titles and Descriptions. Don’t forget to save changes!
Step 6 – THE BOTTOM SECTION – Front-end
In the footer section are available 4 widgetized areas you can manage from the Appearance> Widgets section.
Step 7 – FAST eCOMMERCE MENU IN ADMIN BAR – Front-end
The following pictures show two different menus located in the Admin Bar to fast access the main Cart features
and/or creating a new product.
Next will see TheCartPress use in more detail, but so far I invite you to download the Boot Store theme and TheCartPress plugin. Both work like a charm with WP 3.6.1 so don’t worry to update your website in case you haven’t already done.
Before farewell, I’d like to spend some nice words for the TheCartPress developers team. I have been in contact with them and when I made my first report they quickly gave me an answer. I found these people very friendly and well mannered in their replies, that I decided to cooperate and made the plugin Italian localization.
I think this plugin worth to be used, I suggest to give it a try, at least! Visit the http://thecartpress.com/ for more information and downloads.
You can see my test site for a practical application http://www.expo2015-italy.com/appshop
Stay Tuned, we have more to know soon!
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