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I Have Finished Payment Processing, Shipping, and Labels

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Wow, what a lot of work, but I think I have the hard parts done. The hardest things to do when setting up an online store is the payment processing, shipping, tax–-stuff like that. I’ve learned that debug mode is my friend.

Here’s what I’ve done so far:

  • Went back to WordPress on DreamHost
  • Using WooCommerce for the e-commerce
  • Using PayPal for the payments. They accept PayPal, Credit Cards, Pay Later, and Venmo.
  • Using Storefront, a WooCommerce theme

I have a few free WooCommerce plugins and one paid plugin, USPS Shipping Method. It says, “Get shipping rates from the USPS API which handles both domestic and international parcels.” The cost is $79/year. So far I think it’s worth it.

Added a free PayPal plugin, PayPal Shipping, so that I can print shipping labels from my PayPal dashboard. It says, “Get discounted shipping and manage all your shipments in one place with PayPal Shipping, powered by ShipStation.” It worked well when I tested it.

These have passed testing (but as things go, it could change)

  • Passed domestic and international shipping cost
  • Passed tax info
  • Passed digital download of e-books (by the way, I have to use a WordPress plugin, Allow ePUB and MOBI formats upload, to do it. It hasn’t been updated in years, but it works)
  • Passed print book shipping cost based on weight, shipping label, tracking info

As far as printing labels, the USPS.com Click-N-Ship doesn’t offer the cheap media mail option.

I still have a lot to do, like checking on return labels and of course, finishing off the design of the website.

All for now.

~ Connie