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Adding plugins to the system

Have you already created document templates for invoices and reversal documents? Not yet? Return to preparing order processing.

As you have already seen, you can extend the functionality of your online store by using plugins. You have already installed some plugins using the Integrations Assistant, but there are many more ways to customise plentymarkets. To illustrate this, we are going to add a new plugin to the system, install it and set it up.

This new plugin will give customers the opportunity to rate the items we offer in our shop. It will also show this feedback to other potential customers. We can accomplish this with the Customer feedback plugin. You can get this plugin for free on plentyMarketplace.

Purchasing plugins:

  1. Open the Plugins » plentyMarketplace menu.
    → The marketplace opens in a new tab.
    Or: Sign into plentyMarketplace  using your My account login details.

  2. Open a category and select the plugin you want to purchase.

  3. In the detail view of the plugin, click on Go to checkout. You can find an overview of all purchase options in [tabelle-kaufoptionen].
    → The Checkout window opens.

  4. Accept the terms and conditions.

  5. Click on Order now.
    → After a few minutes you can install the plugin in a plugin set.

Table 1. plentyMarketplace purchase types
Type Explanation

Free trial

Test the full plugin for free for 30 days. You can no longer test a plugin after subscribing to it at least once. You can check when your trial period expires in the My Account area.

Purchase

Buy the plugin once for a set price and use it forever. Developers may distinguish between different versions of the plugin, which may only offer limited functionality. Check the description to see which features are included in which version.

Subscription

Subscribing to a plugin allows you to use all of its features for a limited period of time. Depending on the plugin, you may be able to choose between different billing periods. Payment is always due at the beginning of a billing period. Subscriptions do not expire automatically, you have to cancel the contract in the My Account area if you want to discontinue it.

Setup methods

The item detail view of each plugin describes how to set it up. For the purposes of this quick start, we will also take a look at all necessary settings below.

Let us install our new plugin now. The procedure is the same as when you installed the Cash in advance plugin in the previous chapter.

Installing a plugin in a plugin set

The whole plugin installation process includes three steps. First, you have to install the plugin in a plugin set. That’s when the plugin files are transferred to your system. In the second step, you activate the plugin. By activating a plugin, you indicate that you want to include it when your system or online store is loaded. Finally, you deploy the plugin set with all its active plugins. By deploying the set, you finish the installation process.

Installing plugins:

  1. Go to Plugins » Plugin set overview.

  2. Open () the plugin set you want to edit.
    → The plugin set opens.

  3. Click on Add new plugin.

  4. Select Customer feedback from the plugin list. → Information about Customer feedback is displayed.

  5. Select the version you want to install from the Select version drop-down list. The newest version is selected by default.

  6. To install the plugin, click on Install.
    → The plugin is installed.
    → After installation has finished, the plugin set opens.
    → Now you can configure the plugin. To do so, proceed as described below.

  7. Switch the plugin active ().

  8. Save () the plugin set.
    → If there’s a problem with saving the plugin set, click on View details to receive further information.

Once the plugin has been installed, you can start setting it up. However, first we have to activate the plugin, so that it we can actually use it in our online store later on.

Activating Customer feedback in the set:

  1. In the Customer feedback row, click on Inactive in the Active column.
    → The plugin is activated.

Let us now have a look at the settings. In some cases, like Cash in advance, the settings are carried out in the system menu. In others, like Customer feedback, you have to carry out the settings directly in the plugin settings.

Setting up Customer feedback:

  1. Open the settings () of the Customer feedback plugin.
    → The plugin detail view opens. The Configuration tab is already open.

  2. Select the options Release feedbacks automatically, Show date for the feedback and Allow adding feedbacks only if the item was purchased.

  3. Save the settings.

This way, customers can give feedback for an item after purchasing it. If another customers view the same item, the feedback will be displayed automatically.

Finally, we have to ensure that the feedback is actually visible in our online store. This means we have to create some container links.

Setting up container links:

Selecting container links:

  1. Go to Plugins » Plugin set overview.

  2. Open () the plugin set you want to edit.
    → The plugin set opens.

  3. Open the settings () of the plugin you want to link.
    → The plugin settings open.

  4. Click on Container links.

  5. Select a data provider from the drop-down list.

  6. Select the links you want to add.

  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for all data providers you want to link to containers.

  8. Save () the settings.

  9. From the drop-down list, select the option Feedback Javascript (Feedback).

  10. Select Script loader: Register/load JS.

  11. From the drop-down list, select the option Feedback CSS (Ceres) (Feedback).

  12. Select Template: Style.

  13. From the drop-down list, select the option Feedback ratings (Feedback).

  14. Select Single item: Container for customer feedback.

  15. From the drop-down list, select the option Feedback category ratings (Feedback).

  16. Select Category item list: Before prices container.

  17. Save the links.

This concludes the setup. Now customers can rate items after purchasing them. In the next chapter, we will return to one of the default plugins: Ceres. You can use this plugin to change the design of your online store.

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