plug&paid is comprehensive SaaS shopping cart platform which can seamlessly turn any website or social media page into a shop.
A "plug" is the nickname given to our buttons, links or widgets which our users can customize and deploy on any website or social media page. Each plug has a shopping cart attached to it, which is generated using our 4-step guided wizard via the dashboard. Once a plug is generated, the plug&paid system will provide the seller with a code (also known as an HTML snippet) and/or a unique URL address that can be deployed anywhere on the web inside a website's source code, or become embeddable inside a social media page. Learn more about how to embed a plug&paid shopping carts inside a Facebook Business Page.
If the plug you generate is a button or a widget, clicking the plug's button surface will initiate a call-to-action, launching the plug&paid shopping cart in a modal window or in a new tab. Page visitors or social media followers will now be able to shop directly on the very page they are visiting without needing to modify the structure or design of their existing page. A plug's design (shape, color, font) can also be customized to match the theme of your website.
Unlimited Shopping Carts & Products: With a single plug&paid account you can create an unlimited number of buttons, widgets, links and shopping carts. Each shopping cart can have its own set of individual options such as number/type of products, supported languages, terms, payment gateways, templates and more, thus providing plug&paid merchants the full customizability they require. There is no limit on the number of products you can create and sell with a single plug&paid shopping cart.
Creating a plug:
The first step is to select the platform type of where you plan to sell your products. If you are selling on a website, forum or a blog you will be able to create any of the three available plug types - buttons, widgets and/or links.
If you are planning to sell via social media, only links (URL) will be available to you which can be embedded inside a call-to-action button on your Facebook Page or be shared on your Instagram profile. Learn more about how to embed a plug&paid shopping carts inside a Facebook Business Page.
The next step is to create a new product or select any of your pre-existing ones.
Creating a product is a straightforward process that offers a wide variety of options such as shipping, variations, licensing methods and more, according to the type of product you are planning to sell (physical product, digital content or subscription services).
The next step is to select the method in which you would like to get paid. plug&paid supports Paypal (Merchant & Individual accounts), Stripe, Alipay (via Stripe), Bitpay and Cash on Delivery. You can attach multiple payment gateways in a plug's individual cart allowing your buyers to choose their preferred payment method during the checkout process.
Step 3 (Shopping Cart Options - optional)
In this step you can also choose to customize your shopping cart with a variety of options such as setting the default language, country restrictions and more. These features are optional and can be updated at any time even after you have created your shopping cart.
Step 3 (Shopping Cart Templates - Single Product Checkout)
For shopping carts which offer a single product, you will be given the option to choose between two design templates. a) E-commerce: Classic Multi-Step Shopping Cart that shows product image and description. b) Express: Faster and slicker cart that focuses on making the customer purchase the product as quick as possible.
E-Commerce Cart: Classic
E-Commerce Cart: Express
Step 4 (for buttons & widgets only):
If you have selected "Website" as your selling platform, you will be prompted to choose one of our pre-existing button/widget designs. All the designs can be customized to match your website's preferred design identity. Our customization editor allows you to change multiple attributes of a button/widget such as background color, border color, font size, icon, plug size and many more.
That's about it. plug&paid will finally generate a code (HTML snippet) which you will be able to copy/paste inside your website's source code. This will then allow the plug (button or widget) to appear on your website which will then enable the shopping experience for your page visitors.
Once a buyer clicks the button, he/she will be able to buy your products that are assigned to the plug. If your website is SSL secured (HTTPS) the shopping cart will be shown as a modal window above your page, otherwise a new tab will open redirecting the buyer to a shopping cart page hosted by us on our domain.
If you wish, you can choose to disable the modal shopping cart window feature at any time by visiting your "Settings" page.
Video - How to install a plug on a website: