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[resolved] Cannot checkout without adding to basket (2 posts)

  1. houseofstrauss
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    One thing i've noticed is that you can't checkout without adding an item to the basket, ie being in the paypal screen. When adding multiple items, you go to the paypal screen and have the option to 'continue shopping' So, if you do continue shopping and go back to your site then decide not to add any mote items after all, there is no direct way to checkout and complete the purchase.

    I think this is an essential requirement, especially if you anticipate buyers may want to look at more items before checking out.

    I hope there is a simple solution to this, as my catablog has several items and I do expect buyers to browse before checking out.

    Many thanks

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/catablog/

  2. macguru2000
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    In the past I have opened the shopping cart in a new window, thus half fixing the problem. Truthfully this is not necessary though. You should be able to write your own form that links to the specific user's shopping cart.

    Simply make a link to the PayPal shopping cart in your theme code or directly in your page or post code. Ideally this could be generated by a ShortCode or something but currently it is not. It also doesn't need to be generated by a ShortCode because it is pretty much a static form.

    Perhaps I could register a special nav menu item that WordPress Admins could put in their navigation menus.

    Personally I would recommend adding a "Shopping Cart" link or button in your top navigation area. I would also recommend doing some more research online on how to setup a PayPal shopping cart.

    PayPal Button Making Documentation:
    https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=p/xcl/rec/sc-techview-outside

    Code For a View Cart Button:

    <form name="_xclick" target="paypal" action="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr" method="post">
        <input type="hidden" name="cmd" value="_cart">
        <input type="hidden" name="business" value="">
        <input type="image" src="https://www.paypal.com/en_US/i/btn/view_cart.gif" border="0" name="submit" alt="Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure!">
        <input type="hidden" name="display" value="1">
    </form>

    Keep in mind you may us text or other images for the shopping cart button, it is up to you and how you make the form. Good luck, Cheers

    - Zach

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