This is a visual tutorial about changing the WP e-Commerce emails and notices that are sent to your customers after a transaction takes place. This assumes you know nothing about php.
Before You Begin
If you’ve never changed any of the back-end files in WP e-Commerce, you’ll have to muster up some guts. Mistakes can make your cart dysfunctional. I’ve had clients panicked because they’ve brought down their entire site (not hard to do with this plugin.) So make sure you make a copy of the code file before you do anything and save it in Notepad in case you blow it. Do not save it in Word or Wordpad. Seriously, it is important that you have a backup. If you’re like me, you’re rolling your eyes about now and saying, ‘yeah, yeah, yeah.. I don’t need no stinkin’ backup’. But if you do blow it, you’ll have to completely uninstall the cart and reinstall it. So… which is easier?
Changing the En-en.php file
You’ll be changing one of the files that is found in the Plugins editor – that’s found in the left sidebar of your WP admin panel. Mouseover Plugins and click on Editor. At the top right of the page in the search box, use the drop down arrow to choose ‘WP e-Commerce’ and click on Select. You will see a HUGE list of files come up below that. The EN-en.php file should be at the bottom of the list. If not, use your browser Edit/Find tool to search for it on the page. When you find it, click on it and it will open in the plugin’s Editor window.
The most important thing to remember is that you are simply going to change text – and that text always has to have single quotes at the beginning and end, like this: ‘…your wording goes here…‘
Changing Email Messages for the Payment Receipt
These changes were made for a client who wanted the transaction wording for manual payments (cash / check / credit card) to change. I have not included the line numbers because they change all the time with every update. So either look at the position of the scrollbar in the image or just search for part of the wording in the file after define (‘….
The first visual below shows the Default Receipt. This is the message that shows up on the site once a transaction is complete. Click on the image to enlarge it and hit your Back button to return here.
This second image shows where to change the email message subject line that is sent to the customer. You could change this to something nice like ‘Your Recent Purchase with Us’ or ‘Thank You for Shopping at Our Store’.
This next image shows where to change the email message sent to the customer.
This last image repeats the wording in the last image. Really, I’m not sure why this is repeated. It could be for an email Re-send.