A "plug" is the nickname given to our buttons, links or widgets which our users can customize and install on any website or social media page. Each plug has a shopping cart linked to it, which is generated using our 4-step guided wizard. 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 be embedded inside a social media page.
If the newly generated plug is a button or a widget, clicking the plug will initiate a call-to-action, launching the plug&paid shopping cart in a modal window or a new tab, depending on whether or not you have HTTPS (SSL security) enabled. Page visitors or social media followers will now be able to shop directly on the very page they are visiting. A plug's design (shape, color, font) can also be customized to match the theme of your existing website.
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 links respectively.
If you are planning to sell via social media, only links (URL) will be available which can be used to embed inside a call-to-action button on your Facebook Page or be shared on your Instagram profile.
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 services).
The next step is to select the method in which you 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 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 meet your website's 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 to view your plug which will initiate your shopping cart once it has been clicked.
Video - How to create a plug:
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 you will be redirected 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: