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How to Configure Persistent Shopping Cart in Magento 1 & 2

What is Persistent Shopping Cart?

A persistent shopping cart keeps track of unpurchased items which are left in the cart, and saves the information for the customer’s next visit. Customers who are “remembered” can have the contents of their shopping carts restored the next time they visit your store.

Using a persistent shopping cart can help reduce the number of abandoned shopping carts and increase sales. It is important to understand that the persistent shopping cart does not expose sensitive account information at any time. While the persistent shopping cart is use, both registered customers and guest shoppers are required to either log in to an existing account, or create a new account before going through checkout. For guest shoppers, a persistent shopping cart is the only way to retrieve information from a previous session.

Configure Persistent Shopping Cart

During the setup of a persistent shopping cart, you can specify the lifetime of the cookies, and which options you want to make available for various customer activities. If the session cookie expires while the customer is logged in, the persistent cookie remains active.

To set up a persistent cart:

1. On the Admin menu, select System > Configuration. Then in the panel on the left, under Customers, select Persistent Shopping Cart.

2. Click to expand the General Options section.

To enable the persistent shopping cart and to display additional configuration options, set Enable Persistence to “Yes.”

a. Persistent Cart Configuration in Magento 1

Configure Persistent Shopping Cart
Configure Persistent Shopping Cart in Magento 1

Fields Descriptions

FIELD

SCOPE

DESCRIPTION

Enable Persistence

Website

Determines if the persistence is enabled.

Persistence Lifetime (seconds)

Website

Defines the lifetime of the persistent cookie in seconds. Maximum allowed value is 3153600000 seconds (100 years).

Enable “Remember Me”

Website

Defines whether the “Remember Me” checkbox appears on the login and registration pages of the store. Options include:

Yes

Displays the “Remember Me” checkbox.

No

Does not display the “Remember Me” checkbox, and the persistent cookie is used only for customers who already have it.

“Remember Me” Default Value

Website

Defines the default state for the “Remember Me” checkbox.

Clear Persistence on Log Out

Website

Defines whether the persistent cookie is deleted when a store customer logs out.

No matter how Clear Persistence on Log Out is configured, if a customer does not log out, but the session cookie expires, the persistent cookie is still used.

Persist Shopping Cart

Website

Defines whether using the persistent cookie gives access to the shopping cart data of the correspondent account. Options include:

Yes

The shopping cart contents are saved after the session ends.

No

The shopping cart contents are not saved after the session ends.

 

b. Persistent Cart Configuration in Magento 2

Configure Persistent Shopping Cart
Configure Persistent Shopping Cart in Magento 2

Fields Descriptions

FIELD

SCOPE

DESCRIPTION

Enable Persistence

Website

Determines if the persistence is enabled.

Persistence Lifetime (seconds)

Website

Defines the lifetime of the persistent cookie in seconds. Maximum allowed value is 3153600000 seconds (100 years).

Enable “Remember Me”

Website

Defines whether the “Remember Me” checkbox appears on the login and registration pages of the store. Options:

Yes

Displays the “Remember Me” checkbox.

No

Does not display the “Remember Me” checkbox, and the persistent cookie is used only for customers who already have it.

“Remember Me” Default Value

Website

Defines the default state for the “Remember Me” checkbox.

Clear Persistence on Log Out

Website

Defines whether the persistent cookie is deleted when a store customer logs out.

No matter how Clear Persistence on Log Out is configured, if a customer does not log out, but the session cookie expires, the persistent cookie is still used.

Persist Shopping Cart

Website

Defines whether using the persistent cookie gives access to the shopping cart data of the correspondent account. Options:

Yes

The shopping cart contents are saved after the session ends.

No

The shopping cart contents are not saved after the session ends.

Persist Wish List

Website

Determines if the state of customer wish lists is retained when the session ends. Options include:

Yes

The wish list contents are saved when the session ends.

No

The wish list is not saved when the session ends.

Persist Recently Ordered Items

Website

Determines if the state of recently ordered items is retained when the session ends. Options include:

Yes

The state of Recently Ordered Items is saved when the session ends.

No

The state of Recently Ordered Items is not saved when the session ends.

Persist Customer Group Membership and Segmentation

Website

Determines if the state of customers’ group membership and segmentation criteria are retained when the session ends. Options include:

Yes

The state of the customer’s group membership and segmentation data is saved when the session ends.

No

The state of the customer’s group membership and segmentation data are not saved when the session ends.

 

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