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WP-Pizza Order Printer (plugin installation guide)

WordPress WP-Pizza integration with PrinterCo - order printers

In this tutorial, we’ll go through the necessary steps to install the WP-Pizza plugin extension for PrinterCo. This will allow your PrinterCo receipt printer to work as your WP-Pizza order printer.

Prerequisites: 
This tutorial assumes that you have already registered with PrinterCo, added your first printer and have your unique Printer ID ready to use.
If you haven’t already done so, we have tutorials to help you register to access your MyPanel dashboard and add your first printer.

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 Step 1 – Plugin download
  1. Purchase our WP-Pizza plugin extension here.
  2. Use promo code FREEPLUGIN to get your first plugin license for free.
  3. Download the plugin from your PrinterCo account. You can find this by hover over Sign Up/Login > My Account > Downloads.
 Step 2 – Installation
  1. Once you purchased your plugin, you should have a downloadable zip file.
  2. Open up your WordPress dashboard.
  3. From the left menu bar, hover over Plugins and then click on Add New
Installation Tutorial STEP 1
4. Click the Upload Plugin button at the top of the page. You’ll then see the option to Choose a file. Browse the extension you downloaded, upload it as a zip file and then click on Install Now.
5. Once the plugin has been installed successfully, you’ll need to activate it.
WP-Pizza - Step 2 - Integration with PrinterCo receipt printer
 Step 3 – PrinterCo API Settings for WP-Pizza
  1. From the left menu bar, hover over Settings and then click on PrinterCo API Settings.
  2. You will need to find your MyPanel account and printer details and then enter them here.
  3. This links your WP-Pizza store to your PrinterCo order printer.
WP-Pizza - Step 3 - Integration with PrinterCo receipt printer
4. To find your API key, log into your MyPanel dashboard, and then click the API button.
5. Your API password will not be shown. This is the password you initially set-up when you registered with PrinterCo.
6. If you’ve forgotten your API password you can reset it here.
WP-Pizza - Step 3.1 - Integration with PrinterCo receipt printer
7. To find your Printer ID and the licence key, go to your MyPanel dashboard and navigate to Printers > Printer List > then click on your printer to open the Printer Details page.
8. For the licence key, you’ll first need to generate one and assign it to your printer. The tutorial for this can be found here.
WP-Pizza - Step 3.2 - Integration with PrinterCo receipt printer
9. For the Notify URL, create a blank page with the [PrinterCoShortcode] in the body.
WP-Pizza - Step 3.3 - Integration with PrinterCo receipt printer

Breakdown of the PrinterCo API Settings for WP-Pizza

a) API Key: Uniquely generated for every account registered with PrinterCo.

b) API Password: This password was created by yourself when you registered with PrinterCo. Note, this does not refer to Login password.

c) Licence Key: To get your licence key from your MyPanel dashboard, from the horizontal menu bar, hover over Printers and then click on Printer List.

Click the edit button (pen icon) for the printer you want to assign the licence to.
In the ‘Edit Printer’ page, select ‘Yes’ for the ‘Register Licence?’ dropdown box and click the ‘Submit’ button to save changes.
You’ll be taken back to the printer list page. Click on your printer to retrieve your licence key.

d) Printer ID: Uniquely generated for every printer added to PrinterCo. Find this under ‘Printers > Printer List’.

e) Notify URL: This is a page you will need to create yourself with the WordPress shortcode [PrinterCoShortCode]. The purpose of this is to receive updates for when an order is accepted or rejected (i.e. order status).
If you want to show your customers the response from the kitchen, live on the website, click here for the tutorial.

f) Receipt Header/Footer: These fields allow you to create the contents for the header and footer of your receipt. Giving you the flexibility to extend your marketing efforts to your receipt papers.

You can use the code /r to make any text before it prints in a large font. i.e. “Large Header Text/r Small Header Text”. To use a breakline, use the code @@.

These are mandatory fields and must not be left blank.

g) Text Size: This allows you to change the font size for the contents on the receipts. For more control, leave the default setting and change the font size from your MyPanel dashboard instead.

h) Prepaid Payment Option: This setting allows you to define all prepaid payment options. By selecting a payment option populated in the list box, it will raise a flag to mark your customer’s orders as ‘PAID’. If a customer chooses a payment option that you have not selected here, then their order will be marked as ‘NOT PAID’.

i) Delivery Options: You may have already set this up with WooCommerce, but this serves a slightly different purpose. Since websites can have different names for a delivery order, it gets a little tricky for our plugin to identify this and label your orders correctly. So, if your emergency home solutions inc. website has a delivery option labelled as “Deliver It”, then you’ll need to type that in here.

Failure to do this correctly may result in a mixup with labelling your orders as delivery or collection.

j) All Included?: A somewhat redundant setting but nonetheless. This is used to force all order details to be included on your receipt (i.e. Order ID, Order Time, Order Requested Time etc). However, enabling this will essentially disable the options you have on the printers to single out and disable certain order details. We recommend leaving this setting set to the default ‘No’.

k) Debug Mode?: If you require debugging, you’ll need to enable this option and then provide an email address to where you want the debug information to be sent to.

 Step 4 – Configure your receipt printer and send a test order
  1. Before you can send a test order from your WP-Pizza store, you need to configure and connect your PrinterCo receipt printer.
  2. Receipt printer set-up tutorial can be found here.
WP-Pizza - Step 4 - Integration with PrinterCo receipt printer
 

Your WP-Pizza online ordering system is now ready!

After you’ve configured these settings, your WP-Pizza website should be ready to print orders from your WP-Pizza order printer. Send a test order from your website and check to see if it is received by your receipt printer. If not, then make sure to check the WatchDog to see if you’ve missed anything.
 
If you’d like to change the text size and style of the receipt, then make sure you read our tutorial here.
 
If you need help with your WP-Pizza order printer then feel free to contact our support team. You can email support@printerco.net or reach us via live chat.

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