Join Patrick Rauland for an in-depth discussion in this video Account settings, part of WordPress Ecommerce: WooCommerce.
- [Instructor] Accounts in WooCommerce are very useful. Once you've created one you can login to the site and it remembers your address. And depending on the gateway, it might also remember your payment method as well. That is super useful for users and makes them more likely to checkout. It also remembers your order history so you can browse through it and even click a button to make the entire order again. Let's go through some of these settings. The first setting determines what page you want for your My Account page. It doesn't matter terribly which page so I'll leave it to the default one that was created with the Welcome Wizard.
The next two settings control where people can log in. I don't see any problem letting people log in on their My Account page. I like turning that setting on. The only exception is if you use a plugin that modifies the login. Some of them only work on the default WordPress login page and won't work on the My Account page. If you have some custom logic like that, make sure it works on the My Account page before turning this on on your live store. This next setting reminds customers to login during the checkout. I definitely like doing this.
If they enter their email address and password, it will pre-fill their billing and shipping addresses for them. And it will help them with payment. Overall it will save them time and more importantly it will save them from making mistakes like an incorrect credit card number. It is definitely worth leaving this on. The next two settings here are about how the account gets created. WordPress lets users create Handles. So your Handle doesn't have to be the same as your email address. But this setting gets confusing for users when they only login every once in a while.
I like making the username or the Handle the same as the customer email address. This next setting, if you turn it on, won't let the user create their own password when they create their account. Instead one will be emailed for them from your site. I'm a bit torn on this issue. Some people make terrible passwords like one two three four. Turning this setting on gets around that issue by generating one for them. But then they probably have a very low chance of remembering it so they aren't likely to login.
I currently leave this off but it's something that might change in the future. These last settings control the automatically generated pages for the My Account area. If you wanted to change the URL for these pages you could do that here. I'll click Save Changes then I'm done.
- Why WooCommerce?
- Installing WooCommerce
- Setting up your store
- Adding products, including images and data
- Creating a subscription product
- Setting up shipping
- Configuring payment options
- Setting up taxes
- Customizing your theme
- Connecting Google Analytics and MailChimp
- Managing orders and reports