How to Remove v=XXXX string from WordPress URLs

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Are you seeing strange v=xxxx string in your WordPress URLs? Recently, one of our readers asked us how to get rid of v=xxxx string from their WordPress URLs. This string is made up of seemingly random letter and numbers added as a parameter to your permalinks. In this article, we will show you how to easily remove v=xxxx string from your WordPress URLs.

How to Remove v=xxxx string from WordPress URLs

Why Are You Seeing v=XXXX String in Your WordPress URLs?

This string appears on websites running an online store using WooCommerce. It is not a bug or an error, but an actual feature of the plugin.

String with letters and numbers added to WordPress URLs by WooCommerce

The purpose of this string is to help WooCommerce calculate tax and shipping based on a user’s geographic location. The string helps make the feature compatible with WordPress caching plugins like WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache.

However, if you don’t need to calculate shipping and taxes based on different locations, then you probably accidentally enabled this feature.

Let’s take a look at how to easily disable it and remove the random v=xxxxxx strings from your WordPress URLs.

Removing v=xxxx String from WordPress URLs

First you need to login to your WordPress admin area and head over to the WooCommerce » Settings page.

Under the General tab, you need to scroll down to ‘Default customer location’ option.

Disable Geolocation

It would be set to ‘Geolocate (with page caching support)’. You need to change it to either ‘No location by default’ or ‘Shop base address’.

Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.

If you are using a caching plugin, then you will need to clear your WordPress cache. After that you can visit your website, and the geolocation string will disappear from your WordPress URLs.

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How to GeoLocate Default Location Without the URL String?

You can do that by selecting the ‘Geolocate’ option in the ‘Default customer location’ setting.

Geolocate without caching

However, this option is not compatible with static caching plugins, and it will show incorrect shipping and tax information to users due to previously cached page.

Running WooCommerce without caching is not recommended because it will slow down your site’s speed and performance.

If you must use Geolocate to calculate shipping and taxes on the fly, then for the time being you will have to tolerate the ugly v=xxxx string in your WordPress URLs.

We hope this article helped you learn how to remove v=xxxx string from your WordPress URLs. You may also want to see our ultimate list of the most common WordPress errors and how to fix them.

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How to Start an Online Store in 2016 (Step by Step)

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Do you want to start your own online store? We know that building an online store can be a terrifying thought especially when you are not a techy. Well, you’re not alone. After helping hundreds of users start their online store, we have decided to create the most comprehensive guide on how to build your online store with WordPress (step by step)

How to build an online store

What Do You Need to Start an Online Store?

There had never been a better time to start an online business than today.

Anyone with a computer can get started within a matter of minutes and without acquiring any special skills.

The three things you need to start an online store are:

  1. A domain name idea (this will be the name of your online store i.e wpbeginner.com)
  2. A web hosting account (this is where your website lives on the internet)
  3. Your undivided attention for 30 minutes.

Yep, it is really that simple.

You can setup your own online store with WordPress in less than 30 minutes and we’ll walk you through each step of the process.

In this tutorial, we will cover:

  • How to Register a Domain Name for Free
  • How to Choose the Best Web Hosting
  • How to Get a SSL Certificate for Free (required for accepting payments)
  • How to Install WordPress
  • How to Create a WooCommerce store
  • How to Add Products in your Online Store
  • How to Select and Customize Your Theme
  • How to Extend Your Online Store with Plugins
  • Learning to Learn WordPress & Grow Your Business

Ready? Let’s get started.

Step 1: Setting up Your Online Store Platform

The biggest mistake most users make is not choosing the right platform for their online store.

Thankfully you’re here, so you won’t be making that mistake.

There are two popular eCommerce platforms that we recommend: Shopify or WordPress + WooCommerce.

Shopify is a fully hosted eCommerce solution that starts at $29 / month. It’s a hassle-free solution where you just login and start selling. The downside to Shopify is that it gets quite expensive, and your payment options are limited unless you pay additional fees.

This is why most users choose WordPress + WooCommerce because of the flexibility it offers. It does require some setup, but it’s worth doing it for the long run. WooCommerce is the world’s largest eCommerce platform.

In this tutorial, we will walk you through how to setup an online store in WordPress using WooCommerce.

To setup your store, you need to have a domain name, web hosting, and a SSL certificate.

A domain name is your website’s address on the internet. It is what users will type in their browsers to reach your website (for example: google.com or wpbeginner.com).

Web hosting is where your website lives on the internet. It’s your website’s house on the internet. Every website on the internet needs web hosting.

SSL certificate adds a special security layer on your website, so you can accept sensitive information such as credit card numbers and other personal information. This is required for you to accept credit card payments on your website.

Normally a domain name costs around $14.99 / year, web hosting costs around $7.99 / month, and SSL certificate costs around $69.99 / year.

That’s a lot of startup cost.

Thankfully, Bluehost, an official WordPress and WooCommerce recommended hosting provider, has agreed to offer our users a free domain name, free SSL certificate, and a discount on web hosting.

Basically, you can get started for $12.95 / month.

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Bluehost is one of the oldest web hosting companies, started in 1996 (that’s before Google). They are also the largest brand name when it comes to WordPress hosting because they host millions of websites including our own.

NOTE: At WPBeginner we believe in transparency. If you sign up with Bluehost using our referral link, we will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you (in fact, you will save money and get a free domain). We would get this commission for recommending just about any WordPress hosting company, but we only recommend products that we use personally use and believe will add value to our readers.

Let’s go ahead and purchase your domain + hosting + SSL.

Open up Bluehost in a new window using this link and follow along.

First thing you need to do is click on the green Get Started Now button to get started.

Bluehost Signup

On the next screen, select the plan that you need (starter and plus are the most popular).

After that, you will be asked to enter the domain name for your website.

Choose domain

Lastly, you will need to add your account information and finalize the package info to complete the process. On this screen, you will see optional extras that you can purchase.

It’s entirely up to you whether or not you purchase these, but we generally don’t recommend purchasing these. You can always add them later on, if you decide that you need them.

Hosting addons

Once completed, you will receive an email with details on how to login to your web hosting control panel (cPanel). This is where you manage everything from support, emails, among other things.

Go ahead and login to your cPanel. You will be greeted with a popup informing you that WordPress with WooCommerce is pre-installed on your website.

Bluehost first login

You just need to click on ‘Login to your site’ button, and it will take you to your WordPress site’s dashboard.

Congrats, you have finished setting up hosting and domain part.

The next step is to setup your WordPress site and then your online store.

Step 2. Setting up WordPress

Bluehost has automatically installed WordPress and WooCommerce on your website.

When you first login to WordPress, you will see a welcome message. You will be asked what kind of website you want to set up.

Welcome screen

Go ahead and click on ‘I don’t need help’ link. Don’t worry we will walk you through all the necessary steps.

Closing the setup wizard will show your WordPress admin dashboard which looks like this:

WordPress admin dashboard

First, you need to visit Settings » General page to setup your WordPress site title and description.

Set your WordPress site title and description

Setting up HTTPS to Use SSL

Your WordPress hosting package came with a free SSL Certificate. This certificate is pre-installed for your domain name. However, your WordPress site needs to be configured, so it loads as https vs http.

On the Settings » General page, you need to change your WordPress Address and Site Address to use https instead of http.

Change WordPress URL to use HTTPS

Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the save changes button to store your settings.

Your basic WordPress setup is complete. Now it is time to setup your online store.

Step 3. Setting up Your WooCommerce Store

Before you can start selling, there are a few things like currency, payments, and shipping information that you need to set up.

You will be seeing a ‘Welcome to WooCommerce’ notification on your WordPress admin pages. Go ahead and click on the ‘Run setup wizard’ button in the notification.

Run WooCommerce setup wizard

This will launch the WooCommerce setup wizard where you need to click on the ‘Let’s go’ button to get started.

WooCommerce setup wizard step 1

WooCommerce needs few essential pages for cart, account, shop, and checkout. You can click on the continue button to automatically create these pages.

WooCommerce pages

This will bring you to the next step.

Now you will need to tell WooCommerce where your store is located and which currency and unit measures to use.

Choosing locale and currency

After selecting your location and currency, click on the continue button to move on.

Next, you need to enter shipping and tax information.

WooCommerce shipping and tax information

WooCommerce can be used to sell both digital downloads and physical goods that need shipping.

You need to check the box if you will be shipping goods, or you can leave it unchecked if you will only be selling digital goods.

Next you need to answer the tax question. WooCommerce can help you automatically calculate and add taxes to your prices.

If you are not sure, then you can leave it unchecked. You can always add tax information later from WooCommerce settings.

Click on the continue button to move on.

Next, you will be asked to choose a payment method for your online store.

WooCommerce payment method

By default, WooCommerce comes with support for PayPal, PayPal Standard, and Stripe payment gateways. There are many other payment methods available for WooCommerce which you can install later if you need.

The easiest way to accept payment is using PayPal Standard.

Simply enter your PayPal email address and click on the continue button.

A lot of people including us, use both PayPal and Stripe. By using Stripe, you allow your users to enter their credit card information on the checkout page without having to leave your site and going to PayPal.

You can setup Stripe by following the instructions on the WooCommerce screen.

Once you’re done, your WooCommerce online store is all setup.

WooCommerce setup finished

You need to click on the ‘Return to WordPress dashboard’ link to exit the setup wizard.

After finishing the WooCommerce setup, you are now ready to add products to your online store.

Step 4. Adding Products to Your Online Store

Let’s start with adding the first product to your online store.

You need to visit Products » Add New page to add a new product.

Add new product

First, provide a title for your product and then some detailed description.

On the right hand column, you will see the ‘Product Categories’ box. Click on the ‘+Add New Product Category’ to create a category for this product. This allows you and your customers to sort and browse products easily.

Add product category

Scroll down a little and you will notice the Product Data box. This is where you will provide product related information like pricing, inventory, shipping etc.

Enter product data

Below product data box, you will see a box to add product short description. This short description will be used when users are viewing multiple products on a page.

Product short description

Lastly, on your right hand column you will see boxes to add a main product image and a product gallery.

Product images

Once you are satisfied with all the product information you have added, you can click on the Publish button to make it live on your website.

Repeat the process to add more products as needed.

Step 5. Select and Customize WordPress Theme

Themes control how your WordPress sites look to the users when they visit it. For a WooCommerce shop, they also control how your products are displayed.

There are thousands of paid and free WordPress themes available.

Your Bluehost hosting account, automatically installs the Storefront theme for your website. You will need to customize it to meet your needs.

Head over to Appearance » Customize page. This will launch theme customizer where you can change different theme settings.

Customizing your theme

If you don’t like the Storefront theme, then you can use another theme by visiting Appearance » Themes page.

Change theme

If you need help selecting a theme, then please refer to our guide on 9 things you should consider when selecting a perfect WordPress theme.

Step 6. Extend Your Online Store With Plugins

Now that you have your online store ready, you probably want to get started with adding other usual elements on your website such as a contact form, about page, and more.

To further customize WordPress and add features like contact forms, galleries, sliders, etc, you need to use WordPress plugins.

WordPress plugins are apps that allow you to add new features to your website.

There are over 46,000 WordPress plugins available. At WPBeginner, we feature the best WordPress plugins to help you add the functionality that you need.

We have a step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Here’s a list of 24 must have WordPress plugins for business websites and another one with 20+ best free WooCommerce plugins.

Often readers ask us which plugins do you use on your website. You can check out our Blueprint to see the list of plugins and tools that we use.

Learning WordPress to Grow Your Online Business

WordPress is incredibly powerful and WPBeginner is the largest free WordPress resource site for beginners.

At WPBeginner, our main goal is to provide cutting-edge helpful WordPress tutorials that are easy to understand even for non-techy WordPress website owners (see more about us).

You can also subscribe to WPBeginner’s YouTube Channel where we regularly share video tutorials to help you learn WordPress.

We also have a guide to show users how to make the most out of WPBeginner’s free resources.

Many of our users type their question in Google and just add wpbeginner at the end of it. This shows them related article from WPBeginner.

We hope that this tutorial helped you learn how to build an online store. You may also want to see these 19 actionable tips to drive traffic to your new WordPress site.

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10 WordPress PayPal Plugins for Easily Accepting Payments

Are you looking to accept payments on your WordPress site? PayPal makes it easy for website owners to accept payments without online. In this article, we will show you 10 WordPress PayPal plugins for accepting payments. Before we start, if you just wanted to quickly… Read More »

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Are you looking to accept payments on your WordPress site? PayPal makes it easy for website owners to accept payments without online. In this article, we will show you 10 WordPress PayPal plugins for accepting payments.

PayPal and WordPress

Before we start, if you just wanted to quickly add a PayPal donate button on your site, then check out our tutorial on how to add a PayPal donate button in WordPress.

For all others who want to accept PayPal payments for selling products and services, please continue reading.

1. Quick PayPal Payments

Quick PayPal Payments

This simple but powerful plugin allows you to easily accept payments using PayPal. All you need to do is setup a payment form and add it to any page on your site using a shortcode. The plugin also provides an easy user interface to customize the appearance of your payment form.

2. PayPal Responder

PayPal Responder

PayPal Responder allows you to sell individual products on your site using PayPal. Your users can pay for a product using PayPal, and you can setup an autoresponder which sends users the link from where they can download or get the product you are offering. It is really simple and particularly useful for single product sites because it eliminates the need to add a shopping cart.

3. PayPal Donations

PayPal Donations

PayPal donations is a simple plugin that comes with shortcode and a ready to use PayPal WordPress widget that you can add to your sidebars. All you need to do is install and activate the plugin, then visit Settings » PayPal Donations to configure the plugin. You can choose a thank you page where users will be redirected after the donation.

4. PayPal Payment Shortcode

PayPal Payment Shortcode

As the name suggests, this plugin allows you to add a PayPal button using a WordPress shortcode. You can configure all the plugin options inside the shortcode which makes it a bit complicated. The plugin page has all the possible parameters and instructions on how to use it.

5. WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart

WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart

The WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart provides an easy way to sell products / services on your website and accept payments using PayPal. It adds a shopping cart system and allows users to add products (physical as well as digital goods) to their cart. On checkout users can pay using PayPal.

6. Easy PayPal Shopping Cart

Easy PayPal Shopping Cart is another WordPress shopping cart for PayPal that allows you to sell on your site. You can simply insert add to cart button on any WordPress page. It takes users to PayPal where they can make payment. This plugin also allows you to set up redirect pages for confirmation and thank you notes.

Easy PayPal Shopping Cart

7. PayPal for WooCommerce

WooCommerce is the most popular WordPress eCommerce plugin, and it has built-in support for standard PayPal accounts. PayPal for WooCommerce provides support for both PayPal express checkout and PayPal Pro API support for all WooCommerce websites. It adds PayPal Payments Pro tab to the checkout settings in WordPress where you can configure the plugin.

PayPal for WooCommerce

8. PayPal Payment

PayPal Payment is a relatively new plugin which offers a PayPal WordPress widget and a shortcode. You can add PayPal button into posts, pages, and sidebars. The plugin also maintains a list of payments and sends payment confirmation emails to the WordPress admin as well as the customer.

PayPal Payment

9. PayPal Pro and PayPal Express for Easy Digital Downloads

PayPal for EDD

Easy Digital Downloads is another popular WordPress eCommerce plugin that has built-in support for PayPal. This plugin adds PayPal Express and PayPal Pro payment gateways to your Easy Digital Downloads site. Using PayPal Pro API in WordPress, your customers can enter their credit card information without leaving your website. It allows you to seamlessly integrate your WordPress site with PayPal. Note: PayPal Pro is only available in USA, UK, Canada and Australia.

10. PayPal Payments for Gravity Forms

PayPal Addon for Gravity Forms

Gravity Forms is one of the most popular form management plugin for WordPress. The PayPal payments add-on allows you to accept payments in Gravity Forms. You can create your own forms such as order forms, donation forms, or product purchase forms. It can be used for recurring payments, sponsored posts payment, donations, etc.

We hope this article helped you find a PayPal WordPress plugin for accepting payments on your site. You may also want to check out our guide on 5 PayPal alternatives to collect payments for in WordPress.

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