In the world of Amazon and Alibaba, anybody would be inspired to create a multi-vendor website. You may not be Jeff Bezos or Jack Ma who made billions of bucks out of their eCommerce ventures. But you could help many people sell their products and earn a good sum, or who knows where that leads.How to create a multivendor ecommerce website (tutorial below)
Either you are eying at something larger or just want to help vendors sell their products and share earnings, it all starts with an engrossing and functional multi-vendor eCommerce site.
Creating a website that draws visitors’ attention and offers essential functionalities for both vendors and buyers is a big challenge. But with the right tools in hand, it’s just a piece of cake. Today, we will create a multi-vendor eCommerce site with Dokan and WP Page Builder.
How to create a multivendor ecommerce website
Before we start, you might want to know- why these two plugins in particular. The reasons might interest you more.
Dokan, the complete multi-vendor eCommerce solution
Dokan is an automated, self-managed, and super intuitive multi-vendor eCommerce solution for WordPress. No doubt, it’s one of the most popular plugins in its category serving a large number of high performing marketplaces worldwide.
Produces detailed store insights, reports and statements.
Supports multiple product types and customizable shipping rate option.
Frontend dashboard for vendors.
Easy coupon management to offer a discount for special sales.
Manages orders on the go.
And many more
WP Page Builder, the ultimate website building tool
WP Page Builder is an advanced, feature-rich, and drag and drop enabled WordPress page builder to create any type of website easily. What’s more interesting, you can get it for free. WP Page Builder gives you the access to a large number of page layouts, ready blocks, functional add-ons, library system, and many more. No developer or designer skills needed.
Real-time frontend site building mechanism.
30+ feature-specific addons.
Ready-to-use predesigned blocks.
Library to save your own designs.
A wide variety of preloaded page layout bundles for faster site development.
Now let’s begin creating a multi-vendor eCommerce website. For that, we will use Corlate, a free WordPress theme, Dokan and WP Page Builder plugin.
As Dokan is based on WooCommerce, we need to install and activate WooCommerce plugin as well.
Set up a product slider
Product sliders play a significant role when it comes to presenting curated products to your site visitors. Good news is, WP Page Builder helps you create gorgeous looking product sliders quickly with its Carousel addon.
There are plenty of styling options to bring the desired look to each of your slides. You can set up slides with product image, title, subtitle, description, and price. The Carousel addon also lets you add different effects/ behaviors to your slides.
Showcase popular products on the homepage
Despite having a dedicated store page for product showcasing all on a single place, a custom home page with multiple sections of sorted/handpicked products attract visitors more. This will help the customers pick products without being lost to a large number of items available on the store page.
Dokan Shortcode addon
There are several shortcodes in the Dokan plugin to display the best selling products, top rated items, Dokan dashboard, store listing, and more. Using those shortcodes, we’ve created a dedicated addon to display those products and others elements in a wonderful way.
The Dokan Shortcode addon we created appears below the WP Page Builder’s default addon section. Dragging it on any column of the page enables you to select any of the available shortcode options to display there.
Showcase Dokan vendors’ stores
Showcasing stores of registered vendors on your eCommerce site with the created Dokan Shortcode addon of WP Page Builder is so easy. The addon offers multiple shortcode options. Just place the addon on a particular place and select Store Listing in the addon’s settings and you are good to go. Store Listing lets your visitors go to a particular vendor’s store and shows all of their products on a single page.
How we created Dokan Shortcode addon
WP Page Builder is extendable with third-party add-ons. If the default add-ons of WP Page Builder miss out the functionality or feature you want, then you can build your own addon and use it with WP Page Builder. This is what we did here. We, dedicatedly, developed Dokan Shortcode addon for this tutorial purpose.
Creating Dokan Shortcode addon for WP Page Builder
Creating an addon for WP Page Builder is very easy. Because of its rich developer documentation, any developer can create a plugin to annex an addon to WP Page Builder. When it comes to creating an addon for Dokan, it’s way easier, as there are several useful shortcodes in Dokan multivendor plugin.
Use this function to get PHP output of the addon. Here, the addon renders the following settings and makes the output.
Finally, you need to add your addon to WP Page Builder using this “wppb_available_addons” filter.