Installing and Configuring FoxyShop and FoxyCart

A great tool for ecommerce in WordPress is FoxyShop, a free plugin to the FoxyCart ecommerce platform. This post will walk you though installing FoxyShop and configuring FoxyCart.

To install FoxyShop, search for it from the Plugins menu and click Install Now.

wordpress_foxyshop

Next, we need to activate the plugin.

wordpress_foxyshop_activate

Your FoxyShop plugin is now installed!

wordpress_foxyshop_activated

Now we’ll take a quick pause from this configuration and set up a FoxyCart store.

Go to www.foxycart.com

foxycart_merchant

foxycart_signup

foxycart_getstarted

Fill out the sign up form to create your account at FoxyCart.com. The screenshot below also shows how you can use a password management system like 1Password to generate a password for your account. You don’t have to have this, but it’s highly recommended. Either way, don’t share or reuse passwords online.

foxycart_password_management

foxycart_signup_form

The next step is to create your FoxyCart store.

foxycart_create_store

Next create your default product category. Since you’ll be doing a donation page, you don’t need any shipping.

foxycart_default_category

Then configure a Stripe payment gateway in test mode.

foxycart_payment_gateway

FoxyCart has a few main templates. The cart, checkout, receipt and email receipts. Each one can be configured to start with the standard default theme as shown below.

foxycart_cart_template foxycart_checkout foxycart_receipt

For the email theme, you’ll have to specify an email subject.

foxycart_email_1 foxycart_email_2

Congratulations! You’ve now set up your FoxyCart store! Let’s head back over to our WordPress admin and finish configuring our FoxyShop plugin.

foxyshop_setup_1

We’ll need to take some settings from FoxyCart and save them in your FoxyShop plugin, and some settings from FoxyShop to save over at FoxyCart.

foxyshop_setup_3

You can get the FoxyCart subdomain here:

foxycart_settings

For the Store / Advanced settings, you can paste the copied values from FoxyShop here.

foxycart_advanced_settings

After you save everything, your FoxyShop plugin should be installed.

foxyshop_setup_complete

You’ll also want to configure FoxyShop to support subscriptions for your online donations. You can turn that on here:

foxyshop_enable_subscriptions

That’s it! You’re all set with a powerful online ecommerce platform on your website.