FAQs: How our Shop the Post plugin works

Built with the rewardStyle and ShopStyle Collective affiliate programs in mind, our  Shop the Post plugin displays affiliate shopping widgets alongside post summaries on the Home Page for most self-hosted WordPress themes. By doing this, readers can see and interact with your widgets from the Home Page, without having to click into posts! 

At present, the plugin does not offer functionality to upload your own own product images and links, though this is a planned future update for the plugin.

Please read on for more FAQs about Shop the Post:

Q: How does the plugin work?

After installation, Shop the Post provides you with two fields on your post editor pages. These fields provide space for you to insert your affiliate widget shortcode or HTML code, as well as customize the title of your widget. 

Q: Can I upload links/products/images from any retailer into Shop the Post?

At present, no. Shop the Post simply provides a field attached to each blog post, in which you can paste in any HTML or shortcode. For rewardStyle and ShopStyle users, this provides you a way to paste in shopping widget codes for display on your home page.

Below are examples of how this looks in our themes. Note that the slider functionality itself isn't what Shop the Post provides— it's simply giving you a way to feature these widgets directly on your Home Page (and in some themes, on Archival pages too).

In our Hayes theme:

In our Presidio theme:

In our Pearl theme:

In our Brevier theme:

Q: Will the plugin work with a theme not made by EmPress?

Shop the Post works on many WordPress themes not created by us, though not all. It is highly dependent on your theme code and theme vendor. In the event you purchased it and it was not compatible with your site, just let us know! We offer a full refund on all purchases if requested within 14 days of the original purchase date. 

Q: Is the plugin compatible with Gutenberg/WordPress block editor?

Yes, the plugin is compatible with the WordPress block editor. Info on where to add Shop the Post widget codes in block editor can be found here.

Q: How do I create widgets or code for the Shop the Post plugin?

Please read this article, which discusses where to build rewardStyle and ShopStyle codes, as well as alternate uses for Shop the Post.

Q: Can I embed more than one widget within the Shop the Post plugin? How do I feature multiple widgets within a blog post?

Technically, yes, you can embed more than one widget code within the Shop the Post plugin field, though we think it would look a little odd. Pasting multiple shortcodes into a single Shop the Post plugin field will mean those slider widgets simply stack on top of each other, which might look overwhelming within your blog feeds. Give it a try, and see if you like the way it looks.

Many customers ask about featuring multiple Shop the Post widgets within a single blog post. Remember, your Shop the Post widgets from rewardStyle (or Product Widgets from ShopStyle) function independently of the Shop the Post plugin. You can embed as many product affiliate widgets within your blog post as you wish — these do not interact with or impact the EmPress Shop the Post plugin.

Q: Will Shop the Post work with Amazon Associates?

While Shop the Post can technically work with Amazon HTML widgets, please note their widgets do not include a built-in slider feature at this time. We typically find Amazon's affiliate widget solutions don't look as clean or elegant within Shop the Post, as their products weren't intended for a use like this.

Q: Does the Shop the Post widget appear anywhere else within an EmPress theme, besides the Home Page?

Yes. In certain themes, Shop the Post code may also appear in archival blog feeds, such as on a category page. An example can be viewed here, in one of our Hayes theme demos—note that the "Shop" hover effect is active for the "Favorite Spring Perfumes" post on this Beauty category page, just as it is on the blog's Home Page.

If you have purchased and installed our Grid plugin, Shop the Post also integrates directly with Grid. Shopping widgets are viewable on all category pages utilizing Grid. View an example here.

Q: I'm new to rewardStyle. What's the difference between their Shop the Post widget and your Shop the Post plugin? Do I need both?

rewardStyle offers an "app" or widget that also happens to be named Shop the Post. 

With this application, you can create widgets featuring your desired products, each with an attached affiliate link that is unique to your account. Once your widget is built on the rewardStyle platform, you embed it with a WordPress shortcode (e.g. "[show_shopthepost_widget id="12345"]). This shortcode is what you paste into our Shop the Post plugin fields.

In other words: The rewardStyle widget piece provides the actual product slider widget; the EmPress plugin piece provides a way for you to ensure your widget appears on the Home Page of your site. Without the EmPress Shop the Post plugin, readers must click into a post to view your featured widget.

Q: I'm a rewardStyle member. Why do I need to install the rewardStyle plugin in order to use the Shop the Post plugin?

The rewardStyle plugin provides your theme with code so that it can read their widget shortcodes. Specifically, when you build a rewardStyle Shop the Post widget and select "WordPress" as your platform, it will output a shortcode (e.g. "[show_shopthepost_widget id="12345"]). Without the rewardStyle plugin, WordPress does not know how to read this code or feed in your specific widgets.

Q: Can Shop the Post be used for something other than shopping widgets?

Yes! Because Shop the Post can accept any HTML or shortcodes, you can certainly get creative with it. Here are some examples:

  • A podcast shortcode: If you are using a plugin to play your latest podcast episode, you can embed the player shortcode into the Shop the Post field so readers can listen directly on your site. Here's an example.
  • Write HTML text: Since Shop the Post accepts HTML text, if you know how to write this coding language, you can display links or other text. Here's an example:

*Note: again, you will need to know how to write and style HTML text and links to do this!

  • Embed your favorite plugin shortcode: Have another idea for Shop the Post? So long as the plugin or service you're utilizing outputs what you want to display as a shortcode or HTML, you can do it!