Configuring and setting up GeoMarketplace
Step 1 Install and configure GeoDirectory.
This is where you create your Directory. You'll need to set up things like the Google Maps API, the City, or the locations in which your Directory operates. Listing types, categories, and custom fields. Prices for premium listings if needed and so on.
You can skip this step if you already have GeoDirectory installed and configured on your website.
Step 2 Install and configure WooCommerce.
The second step consists in setting up the store details such as Industry, product types, and product categories. Set up payments, taxes, and shipping rules if needed, among other things.
You can skip this step if you already have WooCommerce installed and configured on your website.
Step 3 Install and configure WC Marketplace. (other Marketplace plugins can be used too)
Now you set up the marketplace. Things like the percentage of the site admin's commission on sales. How the payments are disbursed to vendors. The vendors' capabilities, and more. You might want to enable one option: "Allow vendors to edit published products."
Step 4 Install and configure GeoMarketplace.
Finally, we install GeoMarketplace, which allows connecting a Marketplace vendor with a Listings owner so that he can associate his products with his listings. Here you select which GeoDirectory custom post types have the Shop activated.
Now, go to the Custom Post Type settings and add the shop tab. Example: Restaurants >> Settings >> Tabs and insert the Shop tab in the listing details using the tab Builder. Remember to save the settings.
Step 5 Add the Vendor Registration and Dashboard link on your website.
You can add them on your main menu or where you see fit, but you need these two links to allow users to sign up as vendors and access their dashboard once their vendor application is approved.
Make sure registration is enabled.
Step 6 Visitor creates a user and submits a listing.
In this case, the username is vendor-1, and he created a listing titled: "My Restaurant".
Step 7 The listing owner logs in to the vendor dashboard and applies to be a vendor.
After creating the listing, the listing owner will have to log in into the vendor dashobard and finally applly as vendor by clicking the Apply to become a Vendor button.
After applying the listing owner and future vendor will receive a message that the site admin needs to verify and approve its application.
Step 8 The Admin approves the vendor application.
The admin will find a task in the todo list on the Marketplace settings. The task is the pending request for the vendor application.
Clicking the activate button will finally make the listing owner a vendor, who can now create and sell products through his listings.
Step 9 The Vendor creates a product and assigns it to its listing.
after being approved and activated as a vendor, the vendor will see a different Vendor Dashboard.
At this point the vendor will
1. click on Product Manager >> Add Product and right after will click the link Create a new product.
2. Select a category (in this case we are selecting uncategorized, but the admin can create as many categories as needed in Step 2)
3. Add product details such as: Product Title, Product short description, Product full description, Product Image, Product Gallery, Regular price ($), Sale price ($) if needed, and select if the product is virtual or downloadable (or leave these options blank for physical products). Here the vendor can also set up the inventory, the shipping fees, select products to upsell or cross-sell, create product variations, and more.
4 Click the GeoDirectory Tab and select the listing for which the product is created. In this case, the Listing name is My Restaurant.
and finally, click the submit button.
Step 10 The Admin publishes the product.
After submission by the vendor, the admin needs to approve the product (if you wish to have the product auto-approved, there is an option in the WC Marketplace settings.)
In the Marketplace settings to-do list, there will be a new task.
The admin needs to click the edit button, review the product details, and click the publish button if the product is approved.
Step 11 The Product is now visible in the new listing tab "SHOP".
At this point, visitors can see the product sold by a listing and buy them.
TIP: If the listing owners (or the admin) add a tag in the listing with the product name for each products, users will be able to search for products by proximity!
Step 12 When someone buys.
When a visitor purchases a product, the admin receives the total amount, while the commission set for the vendors is automatically calculated. The site admin can set a Disbursement Threshold, Withdrawal Locking Period and many other options. There are also several options for Disbursement, such as:
- PayPal Masspay (requires a premium WCMP add-on)
- Paypal Payout
- Stripe Connect
- Direct Bank Transfer
- Payment Gateway Charge: If checked, you can set payment gateway charge to the vendor for commission disbursement.
- Disbursement Schedule: If checked, automatically vendors commission will disburse.
- Withdrawal Request: Vendors can request for commission withdrawal.
For more info about how to setup your marketplace please see: https://wc-marketplace.com/knowledgebase/setting-up-commission-and-other-payments-for-wcmp/
Enjoy using GeoMarketplace