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Checkout your SHOPP Checkout

This is a small one but you know how confusing things can be for your customers.

If your checkout page is accessible to your customers not only through the cart page, but also through the menu or a widget, they may get confused.

Clicking the checkout page without having items in your cart, results in a screen with the “There are currently no items in your shopping cart” notice. And… that is it. You can help your customers get back to shopping by providing a link, just like it is done on the cart page.

In your WordPress Admin Panel, go to Appearance -> Editor
Find the checkout.php file
Add this code just before the “endif” command at the very end of the file

<?php else: ?>;
<a href=”<?php shopp(‘catalog’,’url’); ?>”>Continue Shopping</a>

You don’t have to limit yourself to this, you could display linked category images, or a list of products on sale. Be creative!

Adjust your SHOPP Presentation Settings

Shopp is a great e-commerce plugin but some default settings are… not so great. One of them is in your Presentation settings. You will find these settings in the Shopp menu of your WordPress Admin Panel.

By default the number of products per row is 3, while the number of products per page is set to 25.

This means if you allow people to use grid view (which is available by default) and there are 26 products in your category things start to look out of balance.

25 of your products will show up on the first page, leaving two empty spots at the bottom, like this:

X X X
X X X
X X X
X X X
X X X
X X X
X X X
X X X
X

and because there are 26 products to display, Shopp will generate a second page with just that one last product. This last product could easily be displayed on page one.

Check your Presentation settings and adjust the settings if they are not balanced.
If you want 3 products in a row, then set products per page to 21, or 24, or 27, and so on.
If you want 4 products in a row, then set products per page to 24, or 28, or 32, and so on.

You get my drift, right? 🙂