7. Cart and Checkout

In django-SHOP, the cart and checkout view follow the same idea as all other pages – they are managed by the CMS. Change into the Django admin backend and look for the CMS page tree. A good position for adding a page is the root level, but then assure that in Advanced Setting the checkbox Soft root is set.

The checkout can be combined with the cart on the same page or moved on a separate page. Its best position normally is just below the Cart page.


The Checkout pages presumably are the most complicated page to setup. Therefore no generic receipt can be presented here. Instead some CMS plugins will be listed here. They can be useful to compose a complete checkout page. In the reference section it is shown in detail how to create a Cart and Checkout view, but for this tutorial the best way to proceed is to have a look in the prepared demo project for the Cart and Checkout pages.

A list of plugins specific to django-SHOP can be found in the reference section. They include a cart editor, a static cart renderer, forms to enter the customers names, addresses, payment- and shipping methods, credit card numbers and some more.

Other useful plugins can be found in the Django application djangocms-cascade.

7.1. Scaffolding

Depending on who is allowed to buy products, keep in mind that visitors must declare themselves whether they want to buy as guest or as registered user. This means that we first must distinguish between visitor and recognized customer. The simplest way to do this is to use the Segmentation if- and else-plugin. A recognized customer shall be able to proceed directly to the purchasing page. A visitor first must declare himself, this could be handled with a collections of plugins, such as:


in structure mode. This collection of plugins then will be rendered as:


Please note that the Authentication plugins Login & Reset, Register User and Continue as guest must reload the current page. This is because during these steps a new session-id is assigned, which requires a full page reload.

After reloading the page, the customer is considered as “recognized”. Since there are a few forms to be filled, this example uses a Process Bar plugin, which emulates a few sub-pages, which then can be filled out by the customer step-by-step.


A fragment of this collection of plugins then will be rendered as: