WP eCommerce Integration Notes

WPSSO Core Premium integration with the WP eCommerce plugin is extensive and handled automatically, but advanced users and developers may want to know about these additional customization features. ;-)

The following integration notes are for WPSSO Core Premium (version 6.2.0 and above), which includes a WP eCommerce integration module to fetch product information from the WP eCommerce plugin. If you use the Free / Standard version of WPSSO Core, you will need to purchase the Premium version of WPSSO Core.

WPSSO Core Premium will add complete product meta tags for Facebook, Pinterest, and other social websites — if you also need better Schema JSON-LD markup for Google’s Rich Results, you should pair the WPSSO Core Premium plugin with its WPSSO JSON Premium add-on. Together, they provide extensive, complete, and correct Schema product markup for Google, including additional product images, product variations, product metadata (brand, color, condition, EAN, dimensions, GTIN-8/12/13/14, ISBN, material, MPN, size, SKU, weight, etc), product reviews, product ratings, sale prices, pre-tax prices, VAT prices, and much, much more (see an example test product).

Additional WP eCommerce Product Information

WPSSO Core Premium reads all available product information from WP eCommerce automatically (prices, sku, sales, dimensions, variations, etc.), and can also read these additional WP eCommerce product metadata names if you create them in your WP eCommerce store (note that upper / lower case is important).

  • Brand
  • Color
  • Condition (possible values: Damaged, New, Refurbished, or Used)
  • GTIN-14
  • GTIN-13 (aka UPC)
  • GTIN-12 (aka EAN)
  • GTIN-8
  • ISBN
  • Material
  • MPN (aka Manufacturer Part Number)
  • Size
  • Gender
  • Volume (in ml)

Please note the limited selection of product condition values (Damaged, New, Refurbished, or Used), which are determined by Google’s Rich Search markup standard — do not use other values.

Google reports “missing a global identifier”?

If the Google Testing Tool reports that “This Product is missing a global identifier (e.g. isbn, mpn or gtin8)” for your WP eCommerce products, note that the global identifier referred to by Google is not the Schema ‘productID’ property, but a general term used by Google for a missing globally common product identifier like the ‘mpn’ (aka Manufacturer Part Number) or another globally common product identifier (ISBN, GTIN, etc.).

Unfortunately, the often used product ‘sku’ (aka Stock Keeping Unit) is a number that changes from one retailer to another, so is not valid as a globally common product identifier.

If the Google Testing Tool reports a missing global identifier for your Schema Product markup, make sure you have created one or more WP eCommerce product metadata names for the MPN, ISBN, GTIN, etc.

Customize Product Metadata Names

You can customize the default product metadata names that WPSSO Core Premium reads from WP eCommerce under the SSO > Advanced > Integration tab (click the “show these options” link if viewing the basic options list).

Modifying the defaults can be useful if you already have one or more existing WP eCommerce product metadata with different names — for example, using the “Colour” metadata name instead of “Color”. ;-)

The SSO > Advanced > Integration tab, which includes optional e-commerce product attribute names.

Product Prices with Value Added Tax (VAT)

WPSSO Core Premium provides WP eCommerce product prices in meta tags and Schema markup without tax by default. If you prefer your meta tags and Schema markup to include product prices with VAT, you can define the following constant in your wp-config.php file: