How to Easily Set Up An Online Store Using The Cloud
In this series, we are looking at ways that simple cloud apps can be used to automate and enhance school operations.
Last week, we looked at automating your admissions process using Wufoo and Zapier. One final way that we use Wufoo is in actually selling things. While it’s not set up specifically to be an e-commerce store, it can easily be used for single-item transactions. When selling items like t-shirts, asking parents to send in checks can be cumbersome. Allowing them to purchase online allows them to purchase from home, work, or the student pickup line.
My hometown, Chattanooga, TN, was at the center of a recent tragedy. Our community has really rallied together to support those families who were impacted. My school is selling t-shirts that say “Brainerd Baptist School is #noogastrong.” All the proceeds from the shirts will go to the Chattanooga Heroes Fund .
Wufoo was a natural platform for us to quickly get a form together and accept online payments. All of the shirts are being picked up locally, so we just needed some basic information to go along with a payment. In Wufoo, I created a form that included Name, Phone, Email, and Shirt Size. In the payment settings for this form, I assigned a base price, but did not connect it to a field. After someone fills out the form, they will be sent to the payment page.
After you are finished taking orders, you can uncheck the “Public” option on the main form screen. You can then click on “Entries” to see a complete list. If you click on BULK ACTIONS, you can export an Excel spreadsheet with all of your orders. This will make it easy to see a complete order list. One thing the spreadsheet will also note is whether an order is paid or unpaid. Because the payment screen is after the screen where you enter your information, one of two things happened here: either they want to pay with a check at the school or they decided not to order one. We then contacted these folks directly to see if they still wanted the shirt or not.
We’ve spent the past four weeks working through some various things Wufoo can do. It’s a great platform that we heavily depend on. It’s well worth the $30/month we pay for it. Be sure to check out other articles in this series if you missed them.
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