Join Patrick Rauland for an in-depth discussion in this video General settings, part of WordPress Ecommerce: WooCommerce.
- [Instructor] Up until this point, everything we've covered has been very functional. And there were some settings that I skipped over in order to get the tasks done. This chapter is going to cover all of the settings in-depth, so you know what everything does. We're going to start with the general settings. WooCommerce, settings. The base location is where your store is located. This is used for shipping plug-ins, and it's used when you import your tax rates during the onboarding wizard. The next setting lets you control which countries you want to sell to.
I might consider disallowing sales to Europe since they have weird tax laws around digital products and I don't want to get into all that. At least right away. Maybe get the store up and running, and then look into their VAT laws around digital products. The next setting is similar, but just applies to shipping. You might want to allow digital sales globally, but not have to worry about shipping internationally. In which case, you could allow or disallow specific countries. The default customer location is used when someone visits your site and they haven't logged in. They haven't gone to the cart or checkout, so your site has no idea where they're from.
The default is to have no location by default. But I like geolocating my users. You're basically using their IP address, and checking it against a list of known IP addresses to guess where they're located. The reason you might want to do this is because certain countries have laws about how prices have to appear online. So some countries in the European Union have laws around including the tax of the product in the price that you see online. If you're a US company, and you have nexus in the EU, you should show those prices to those customers. To do that, you have to take a guess where they're from.
And the best way of doing that is with geolocation. There is one other option here, and that's to use geolocation with page caching support. You might want to use this option if you have a host that helps cache your pages. Sometimes, they aggressively cache pages, and your customers will actually share the same page when they shouldn't. To prevent this, when you have page caching support on, you'll see an ugly query string parameter like this. It's very effective, just not as pretty. I recommend setting your default customer location to geolocate until you have a problem.
The next setting lets you disable taxes entirely. I'd only untoggle this if you're giving away your products for free, or if it's an internal site for your company, or something like that. The next setting is actually quite useful. If you turn it on, you can have a notice that appears above your entire site. Let's just take a quick look at that. I'll refresh this page here, and there's my notice. This will appear on the top or on the bottom, or in different places depending on your theme. I think it's very useful when you have a holiday sale, or a notice about free shipping.
The next bunch of settings are for currency. It lets you set the currency symbol itself, how decimals are handled, and what notation you use. This is all done automatically in importer, so I don't have to change anything. I'll click save changes, and them 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