Shopify is arguably one of the best e-commerce platforms of our time. WordPress, on the other hand, is the best content management system on the web. Link the formidable e-commerce functionality of Shopify with the powerful CMS features of WordPress via the WP Shopify plugin, and you get all the tools you need to build an online store that’s out of this world.
Or, wouldn’t it be awesome to sell your Shopify products on WordPress? In this review slash guide, we show you exactly how to setup the WP Shopify plugin so you can tap into the power of WordPress and Shopify like a boss.
The WP Shopify plugin helps you extend your Shopify store using native WordPress functionality. For example, the plugin allows you to take advantage of the wide range of WordPress themes and plugins to enhance your store. For a clearer picture, you can think of WordPress as the e-commerce front-end and Shopify the back-end.
With that preamble, let us discover why WP Shopify is the best way of integrating WordPress with Shopify. Sounds awesome, right? Great, let’s dance.
What is WP Shopify?
WP Shopify is a nifty plugin that allows you to sell Shopify products on your WordPress site without installing and configuring an e-commerce system such as WooCommerce.
The plugin syncs your Shopify store data as custom post types offering you the opportunity to use the full power of the WordPress CMS. Further, WP Shopify helps you to add the Shopify Buy Button anywhere on your WordPress site, making for a seamless buying experience.
WP Shopify doesn’t handle payments. Once the buyer hits the checkout button, they are redirected to your Shopify checkout page to complete the transaction. In other words, you will only use Shopify to process payments.
If you’ve used Shopify before, you know it’s a powerful e-commerce platform, but it has nothing on WordPress as a website builder.
Notable WP Shopify Features Include:
- Ability to import your Shopify products and collections as WordPress posts
- Countless templates that help you to build an online store out of this world
- Use the Shopify SDK to host a fully-featured shopping cart on your WordPress store
- No iFrames thanks to the responsive Shopify Buy button
- SEO-ready design
- Capability to save your Shopify store data in custom WordPress database tables
- 100+ actions and filters that help you to customize your online store whichever way you desire
- Compatibility with WordPress themes and plugins
If you are interested you can upgrade to WP Shopify Pro for access to 80+ templates, auto and selective syncing with your Shopify store, cross-domain tracking, dedicated support and more.
What Are The Benefits of Using WP Shopify?
Features aside, WP Shopify allows you to enjoy some benefits you would miss if you sold on Shopify exclusively. Here is a tiny list to whet your appetite.
- You have full control over the URL structure of your products thanks to WordPress permalinks
- Access to thousands of WordPress themes and visual page builders, which means you can build the store of your dreams without breaking a sweat
- Customizing WordPress themes is easier than using Shopify’s Liquid template engine
- Unlimited access to thousands of WordPress plugins allowing you to add rich functionality to your store
- Unlike Shopify, you have total control of the store data you sync with WordPress
- You can take full advantage of Shopify’s inventory and order fulfillment features, while riding on the back of WordPress
- Discounted shipping rates
- WP Shopify is easy to install and configure as you’ll learn in a moment
- The free version of WP Shopify comes with all the features you need to start selling Shopify products on your WordPress site
- Extensive documentation and FAQ
- Great support
How to Setup WP Shopify
In this section, we learn how to setup WP Shopify and integrate it with Shopify. You can start off with the free version and later on upgrade to the pro version as per your needs. Additionally, the author recommends using Shopify Lite (costs $9 bucks a month) because you just need the cart functionality.
That out of the way, let us get to work.
Installing WP Shopify
Seeing as WP Shopify is available on the official WordPress plugin repo, you can install it directly from your WordPress admin dashboard.
How? Navigate to Plugins > Add New.
On the Add Plugins page, enter “WP Shopify” in the search field and once you find the plugin, hit the Install Now then Activate button as shown below.
Activating the plugin adds a WP Shopify sub-menu on your WordPress admin menu. Navigate to WP Shopify > Settings to start the integration with your Shopify store.
At this juncture, we are assuming you already have a Shopify store (even if it’s the free 14-day trial). We created a free trial account for this guide, and added a couple of products. Here’s how our Shopify catalog page looks like.
Not so fancy, but it should work perfectly.
Moving on, clicking on the Settings sub-menu takes you to the Connect tab shown below.
From the screenshot shown above, you need a couple of details, which you’ll obtain from your Shopify admin area. These details are:
- API key
- API password
- Shared secret
- Storefront access token
- Domain (this is your Shopify store domain e.g. wpex.myshopify.com we used for this guide)
Generating WP Shopify Integration Details
Login to your Shopify store admin dashboard and click Apps as shown below.
This will lead you to the Apps screen. Click on the Manage private apps link as we highlight below.
Next, click the Create a new private app button as we outline below.
On the next screen, enter your private app name and email address. Next, under the Admin API section, set everything to Read and Write. Set the permissions to Read Access for any field that doesn’t have the Read and Write option.
After that, tick the Allow this app to access your storefront data using the Storefront API checkbox towards the bottom of the page as shown below.
Finally, hit the Save button and the subsequent I understand, Create the App button. Once done, Shopify will present a page with your API key and all the other details you need to integrate the WP Shopify plugin. See image below.
Note: You can find your Storefront access token towards the bottom of the same page as shown below.
Now, just copy-paste the details into the respective fields on the WP Shopify Connect tab as we detail below.
Next, hit the Connect your Shopify store button shown in the image above to initiate sync.
And that’s it, your Shopify shop is now synced with your WordPress site. Successful syncing will show the Connected status as shown below.
Now, if you navigate to WP Shopify > Products on your WordPress admin menu, you’ll see that the WP Shopify plugin has imported all of your products from Shopify.
Products shown in the image above were imported directly from our Shopify demo store. You can import up to 250 products at once.
And here is how the catalog we just imported looks on our WordPress demo site using the Twenty Seventeen theme.
Let us now explore the other features available within the WP Shopify admin dashboard. So here we go!
The Settings tab offers you plenty of options to manage your online store with ease. From here you’ll find settings to control:
- Product URLs
- The number of products per page
- Product display layout including images, colors,
- Collection display layout
- Related products
- Checkout process
- And so much more
The Tools tab helps you to resync Shopify data, clear WP Shopify Cache and Remove all synced data from WordPress.
The License tab comes in handy if you are looking to upgrade to the pro version of WP Shopify. Which if you didn’t know offers you even more features to super-charge your Shopify-WordPress hybrid store.
And the Debug tab allows you to spot errors and get support.
At the time of writing, the Misc tab allows you to upgrade database tables if you upgraded from a version below 1.2.2.
While you can use the Shopify Buy Button, WP Shopify is probably the best plugin to sell your Shopify products on WordPress. The plugin is carefully designed and ships with all the tools you need to start selling right away. Additionally, it’s super-duper easy to setup, you should be done in less than 10 minutes.
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