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How do I manage the items in my online product catalog and configure PayPal payments?

Your online product catalog allows you to display items for sale on your website. The catalog is provided by a WebsiteBaker officially-approved module called Bakery Webshop. Here are links for more information about Bakery Webshop:

Its primary features make it an ideal choice for selling items online without needing to learn complex e-commerce software:

  • Shopping cart with PayPal support
  • Fully integrated with WebsiteBaker CMS
  • Layout and design can be customized by editing the HTML templates
  • Easy 3-step checkout; no customer registration needed
  • Optional shipping address for orders
  • Product categories
  • Stock inventory control
  • ...and much more

Although the documentation links above provide more current and specific information, below are some step-by-step guides on performing common functions with your product catalog.

Setting your catalog up for the first time with PayPal

Your catalog has some default settings that will need to be adjusted before you can use it.

  • Log in to edit your website (refer to the relevant FAQ entry for instructions on logging in)
  • At the main menu, click Pages to see a list of pages on your website
  • If needed, click the green plus (+) icon to expand the page list
  • Click on the name of a page that shows a list of catalog items, e.g. Tasty Treats for the default content (see below)

In the page list, click on the page that displays your catalog items

  • Once you click on a page of the correct type, you will see the fields shown below, along with a list of products shown on that page:

A Bakery page, from which you can manage your product catalog

  • Notice the 8 buttons at the top of the Bakery module pictured above
  • Click the button marked General Settings to set your shop's basic configuration
  • You will see the General Settings options (see below)

The General Settings for your online catalog

  • Your website may have many pages that include the Bakery module and show a list of products; the General Settings options (shown above) apply to every catalog page on your website, not just this one
  • In these settings, confirm that the Shop Name correctly identifies your domain name, e.g.
  • Change the Shop State to match your own
  • Change the Tax Rate Product 1 field (near the bottom) to reflect your state's sales tax rate (e.g. 8.25%)
  • Change the Tax Rate Shipping value to reflect the sales tax rate to apply to shipping charges (usually the same rate as above)
  • Other settings are offered, but it's probably best to leave them alone for now and come back to them later
  • NOTE: If you create a Terms and Conditions page, you can enter that URL in the Terms & Conditions URL field
  • Click Save to save your changes, and you should return to editing the product page (with the 8 buttons at the top)
  • Click the Payment Methods button to set the payment methods your shop will accept (see below)

The General Settings for your online catalog

  • At the top of the page, check the box next to PayPal to accept PayPal payments (see above)
  • Note: You may also wish to check Skip checkout if only 1 Payment Method is selected if you only use PayPal
  • In the dropdown list beneath Modify Payment Method, select PayPal from the list
  • New options will appear for PayPal payments (see below)

The General Settings for your online catalog

  • The PayPal fields above will now be displayed

In order to continue, you must already have a PayPal Payments Standard account.

Zebradots cannot assist you with creating a PayPal account. Zebradots does not collect fees or process transactions performed through your online catalog. Please refer questions regarding payment processing to PayPal's support staff.

  • In the PayPal Email box, enter the email address of your PayPal Payments Standard account, e.g.
  • In the PayPal Page box, enter the URL your PayPal forms are submitted to, e.g.
  • In the PDT Identity Token box, enter your identity token after following the steps provided in the yellow box (pictured above), which are described on PayPal's Payment Data Transfer (PDT) documentation in the section near the bottom titled Activating PDT.
  • Save your changes
  • Log in to your PayPal account and change your Instant Payment Notification Preferences as described in the yellow box (pictured above), by providing the URL given as your Notification URL

Once these steps are completed, you're ready to sell products online and receive payments via PayPal!

Adding a new item to your catalog

Follow these steps to add a new item to your product catalog:

  1. Log in to edit your website
  2. In the list of Pages, click a catalog page as described above
  3. You will see a list of products displayed on this page (see below)

A Bakery page with a list of items in your product catalog
  • To reorder your products, click and drag the "grippy" sides on either end of an item up or down, and drop the product where you like
  • To add a new product, click on the [+] Add Product button
  • To edit an existing product, click on the product name (e.g. Bunch of Bananas)
  • In either case, you will be presented with the fields for a product, as shown below:

Product details for an item in your catalog
  • In the section titled 1. Add/Modify Product, you should provide the Product Name, a Brief Description for display in a list, a SKU # or model number for internal identification, how many are in Stock, the product's Price, Shipping charge, Tax Rate, whether the product is Active (visible to the world), and the Full Description displayed when the product is clicked on -- click Save after editing this section
  • In 2. Product Images, you can see the list of images associated with this product, assign the main image shown for this product, or delete an existing product image
  • In 3. Add Images, click the Browse button to add pictures of this item -- click Save to make your changes
  • Finally, the 4. Item Options section allows advanced users to provide attributes such as Size and Color for their products, and assign price differences for each

 Last updated Mon, Oct 8 2012 7:00am