Below we have a range of questions that are often asked about the Product Vendors. If a solution requires some form of custom code, then the team at Woo.com support cannot help with that as per our Support Policy.
Any payment gateway can be used to accept payments from customers in the front end at checkout.
In WP Admin, for vendors to receive automated payment of commissions, PayPal must be used.
- WordPress Administrators can do everything
- Pending Vendor who has submitted the registration form, but has not been approved yet. Upon approval Admin has to choose one of the following rules:
- Vendor Manager: has limited access to the Vendor dashboard, managing only his own products
- Vendor Admin: has access to all Vendor related settings.
- Vendor Managers and Vendor Admins can create any kind of product that’s available in the shop, even bookable products (if enabled within settings), variable products, or composite products.
- When creating composite products, please note that each Vendor can only create composite products based on their own products. Composite products and grouped products consisting of products sold by different vendors can only be created by the shop owner.
The Vendor Registration form is only visible when not logged in as an admin. Please check from an incognito browser or by logging out.
Vendors do not have access to tax settings or shipping costs within their reports by default.
Vendors cannot set up shipping and taxes by default, so the option for them to add shipping needs to be enabled from “Edit Vendor” settings via the built-in Per Product Shipping extension.
Please note that no other shipping option will work here! So if your shop uses any other extension such as FedEx or UPS, they will have to factor the shipping costs into the commission.
The shipping and tax rules are passed over to the Vendor based on the configuration set under “Edit Vendor”:
The shop owner can downgrade a vendor’s permissions to limit/prohibit access or change a vendor’s user role (for example to subscriber). The products stay intact to the Vendor if their access is downgraded. If the Vendor user is deleted, the products will be assigned to the WordPress admin.
Currently there is no easy way to track refunds by customers/product as WooCommerce does not have line-level refunds. Therefore you have to take note of this manually and work with the vendors to retrieve the cost.
One way to manage this is to establish a system in which vendors make a deposit to your account and any time there is a refund, you can deduct it from their balance. This saves you from chasing vendors for reimbursement. Instead you would request that vendors top up their deposit balance.
When an order is canceled, a cancellation email is sent to vendors to notify them. Depending on if they have already shipped the item or commission has already been paid, you would need to contact the vendor and work out the details.
To display a list of all vendors, you can use the shortcode
[[wcpv_vendor_list]]. Available attributes are “show_name” and “show_logo”. So you can say
[[wcpv_vendor_list show_name=true]] and that would display the vendor list with names.
This was a decision to match the core WooCommerce experience – all products are added via the admin interface. We have an open enhancement request here – https://ideas.woocommerce.com/forums/133476-woocommerce/suggestions/4008053-frontend-submissions-product-woocommerce
This is more of a marketing decision than anything else.
If you look at the bigger box stores such as Amazon, they also don’t allow this. The reason is simple. If you’re a vendor selling the same item as another vendor, you would want YOUR item to stand out, yes? So you would perhaps adjust the price. Make your product images more clear. Add more images than your competitor. Add a better item description than your vendor. And more.
So if you were able to add multiple vendors to the same item, then you would not be able to create a competitive market.
Yes! You can achieve this by overriding the
shortcode-registration-form.php file found in Product vendors
shortcode-registration-form.php file from there and put it into a directory within your theme, keeping the same file structure but removing the
/templates/ subdirectory from the product vendors folder.
It should look like this:
Remove the field/s you don’t want, and save the file.
The copied file will now override the default template file.
By default, that is expected behavior. Vendors are only allowed to search for customers of theirs who have either purchased a product from them or are created by them. Vendors cannot search for customers that are not theirs or other vendors.
Vendors do not have the ability to mass import/export their products at this time. The core WooCommerce Import/Export buttons are shown on the Products page but they are non-functional.
If payouts are not processing and you have a similar log to the below in your logs, this means your PayPal account does not have sufficient funds to complete the payout.
Got Http response code 422 when accessing https://api.sandbox.paypal.com/v1/payments/payouts?.
- WooCommerce Order/Customer CSV Export – This snippet, when placed in your theme’s functions.php file, allows you to export a Vendors column on orders.
Yes! You can use the filter here
wcpv_vendor_slug. So in your child theme’s functions.php file you can add the following snippet:
Note: Once implemented you need to do the following for this to take effect: go to WP Admin > Settings > Permalinks, and at the bottom of the page click Save Changes.
When using the Product Vendors extension, the breadcrumb for Vendors will look like Home > Vendors > Vendor’s Name. If you want to change the Vendors to something else, you can use the below snippet:
Note: This change will affect the front end and backend display, so on the WP Admin, Vendors will also change to something else you define on the snippet.
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