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How to Enable Smart Cart

Step by step process on how to disable your native cart and enable the smart cart.

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Written by Strauss Van Wagenen
Updated over a week ago

The purpose of this document is to provide you with instructions on how to disable your platform's default cart feature and enable Rebuy Smart Cart, which is a robust and adaptable cart solution.

If you want to learn more about the full capabilities of the Smart Cart, head over to our overview documentation to gain a better understanding of its power. Alternatively, you can book a demo with our team who can assist in an overview of the Smart Cart's capabilities!

Step by step walkthrough

Follow this straightforward step-by-step guide to create your smart cart! 🛒🚀✨

Enable Rebuy Smart Cart

To begin, go to "Smart Cart" in your Rebuy Admin and select "New Cart".

Your Smart Cart will be inactive on the site by default. To activate it on the live site, toggle the "Publish Cart" button.

You can customize your Smart Cart and activate/deactivate specific features before publishing it to your live site. To preview your Smart Cart before making it live, click the "Preview Cart" button. This will enable you to view the cart on your site without it being visible to your live customers.

When previewing your Smart Cart, you will notice that the URL contains "/?preview_smart_cart=". Each Smart Cart has its own unique identifier numbers associated with it.

Once you're ready to make your cart live, return to your Smart Cart admin settings, toggle the "Publish Cart" button to on, and click "Save." Your Smart Cart is now live and active.

After publishing the Smart Cart, you can confirm its activation by checking its status in both your site and settings. The Smart Cart should be live on your site, and the settings should indicate that it is published with a status of "yes."

Disable Native Cart

To get started, go to your Shopify Admin and find the "Online Store" section within the sales channel. Click on the "Themes" option, and then select the theme you want to customize. Once you have chosen your theme, click on the "Customize" button to begin making changes.

On the left-hand side of the customization screen, you will see a column with various options. Look for the "Theme Settings" option and click on it to access the settings for your chosen theme.

Within the "Theme Settings" section, look for the option labeled "Cart." It may also be titled as "Cart Drawer" or "Cart Page." Click on this option to access the settings related to your e-commerce store's shopping cart functionality.

Under the "Cart" section, you should see an option to set the "Cart Type." Select the "Page" option from the dropdown menu and then click on the "Save" button to confirm the changes. This will ensure that your e-commerce store's shopping cart functionality is displayed as a dedicated page rather than as a drawer or popup.


*There may be instances when your website's Product Pages “Add to Cart” button will automatically redirects customers to the Shopify “Cart Page” instead of opening the Smart Cart. If so, switch your Shopify theme’s cart settings to “Drawer”.

You’ll notice that the Smart Cart now opens however your theme’s native cart may appear in the background behind the Smart Cart. To remove the Native Cart from appearing, we have some troubleshooting tips that could help resolve the problem:

There may be instances when your website's theme automatically redirects customers to the cart page as soon as they click the "Add to Cart" button, regardless of the cart type setting that you have selected. If you're experiencing this issue, we have some troubleshooting tips that could potentially help resolve the problem.

However, it's important to note that if the redirect is occurring, it is likely hard coded within your website's theme. This means that the redirect is written directly into the theme's code and is not something that can be easily changed through a simple configuration setting.

In this case, it may be necessary to consult with a developer to modify the code and remove the redirect. Alternatively, you could consider switching to a different theme that does not include this automatic redirect feature.

For further information on possible troubleshooting methods, you can refer to our document titled "How To Debug The Smart Cart/Hide an Existing Cart Drawer".

Customize your cart

The default styling for your Smart Cart is based on your Rebuy theme, which means that it will inherit the colors, fonts, and other design elements from your theme.

If you want to make changes to the styling of your Smart Cart, you can do so by updating your Rebuy theme settings. This allows you to customize the look and feel of your cart to match your brand and website design.

Editing your Rebuy theme is a straightforward process, and there is a guide available to help you get started. The guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to customize your theme settings and make changes to your site's design.

If you have any questions or encounter any issues while editing your Rebuy theme, the Support team is always available to assist you. They can help you troubleshoot any problems you may encounter and provide additional guidance on how to make the changes you want.

In-cart product recommendations

In cart product recommendations refer to a type of personalized product suggestion that appears on an e-commerce website's shopping cart page. These recommendations are based on the items that a shopper has added to their cart and aim to encourage them to purchase additional items. In cart product recommendations can help increase average order value and provide a better shopping experience for customers.

Features and settings

The Smart Cart has a wide range of features that you can use to customize the cart and create the shopping experience you want for your customers.

If you want to learn more about how to use these features and what they do, there is a helpful guide available that provides detailed explanations and instructions. This guide covers everything from basic settings to the more advanced options.

Smart Cart app store

Integrating the Smart Cart with a variety of apps from the Shopify App Store can significantly enhance its functionality and provide even more value to your business. There are numerous apps available in the the Rebuy App Store that can help you with various aspects of your business, such as shipping, SMS, reviews, and more!

Multi-cart Functionality

What is it?

Multi-cart functionality is a feature that allows you to create and save up to nine separate Smart Carts simultaneously. This feature can be useful for businesses that want to create different carts for different purposes, such as seasonal promotions or campaign-specific carts.

Each cart can have a unique look and feel with distinct features. For example, you can customize the cart's design to match your brand's seasonal theme, and add features such as discount codes or product recommendations. By doing so, you can create a more engaging and seamless shopping experience for your customers.

One of the benefits of multi-cart functionality is that it is interchangeable. You can switch back and forth between carts with ease, depending on your business needs. For example, you can switch from your seasonal cart to your regular cart without losing any of the products or features you have added.

Overall, multi-cart functionality can provide a more flexible and stress-free platform experience for you, while improving your customers' shopping experience.

Add | Edit | Rename | Duplicate | Remove

To add a new Smart Cart, simply click the "New Cart" button and follow the prompts to set up your new cart.

To edit a Smart Cart, select the cart you want to edit and click the "Edit" button. From there you will be taken to the Cart settings page where you can make your adjustments.

To rename a Smart Cart, select the cart you want to rename from the list of available carts and click the "Rename" button. From there, you can change the name of the cart to whatever you like.

To duplicate a Smart Cart, select the cart you want to duplicate from the list and click the "Duplicate" button. This will create a new cart that is an exact copy of the original, allowing you to make changes without affecting the original cart.

Finally, to remove a Smart Cart, select the cart you want to remove from the list and click the "Remove" button. Keep in mind that deleting a Smart Cart will permanently remove all of its contents, so be sure to save any important data before proceeding.

Once you have your store set up, you can add an in-product recommendation widget. This widget will display a selection of related products to customers in the cart itself, making it easier for them to discover more items. You can customize the look of the widget to match your store's branding and style.

Finally, you can add additional features to Smart Cart, such as discount codes, shipping options, and loyalty programs. With these features, you can further customize your store and drive more sales.

If you have any questions about Smart Cart, send us those questions through the messenger on this page with your details in hand!

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