Set Up Your Online Ordering Menu

Learn how to set pricing and inventory for your online menu.

Updated over a week ago

Sociavore's Online Ordering Menu is an itemized menu with built-in online ordering capabilities.

Step 1 - Create an Online Ordering Menu

Go to [Menus] dashboard, then click [Create New Menu]. Select the [Online Ordering Menu] option from the popup.

Give your online menu a name, then click [OK].

An Extra Touch: Upload a Menu Cover Image

The system's default image will be displayed unless you upload a cover image to each menu. Assigning a unique cover image for each menu will help customers easily distinguish the menus displayed.

To assign a cover photo to a menu:

1) Hover over the 3-dot icon then click [Add Cover].

2) Upload a photo, hover over the image then click the [check] icon to select it.

Step 2 - Add Menu Sections

  1. Click the [Create a Section] button.

  2. Enter a section title.

  3. Add a note for the section (optional).

  4. Upload an image for the section (optional).

  5. Click [DONE] to save section settings.

You can re-arrange the menu sections by dragging the sections from the right-hand side of the page or by clicking the up and down arrows on the section itself.

Step 3 - Add Menu Items

Select a section to work on, then click [+ ITEM] to start adding menu items. Optionally, you can add [SUBSECTION] within a section (eg. seasonal items).

Enter the item name and description, then upload an image.

Step 4 - Add Menu Item Price

Select [Single] or [Multi] price option. Select the [Multi] price option if the item has multiple prices or sizes (eg. small or large portions).

Single Price Point

Multiple Price Point

Step 5 - Add Menu Item Tax

Before you can add tax, make sure you've set it up in your e-commerce settings. Click here to learn how to set up tax options for your online store.

Any tax that you set up on your e-commerce settings would "not" be automatically applied to all menu items. You need to add tax to "each" menu item.

To do that, toggle ON the [Tax] switch and select tax option(s). You can select more than 1 tax option (if necessary).

Step 6 - Limit Item Inventory (optional)

Click the [Limit inventory] checkbox, then enter the quantity. When a successful purchase happens, the value of the quantity automatically decreases and will be displayed on the quantity field. When the quantity reaches zero, the customer will be notified that the item is not available. To increase the quantity, simply enter a value on the quantity field.

You can also limit your daily inventory. This allows you to control your inventory for each day of the week or specific date on the current week. . Check off the [Limit daily inventory] box to enable it.

To mark a menu item sold out, click the 3-dot icon on the menu item, and select [Mark Sold out].

Menu items marked sold out will have a [SOLD OUT] label on the order page.

When a menu item doesn't have enough (or has zero) inventory but is not marked sold out, the customer will only be notified when the customer clicks [Add to Order].

To remove [SOLD OUT] label, click the 3-dot icon on the menu item, and select [Mark available].

Step 7 - Select Dietary Details (optional)

Click [Dietary Details] then check off applicable restrictions.

Step 8 - Add Modifiers (optional)

Menu modifiers allow your customers to modify or personalize their orders.

With modifiers, they can:

  • Choose from variations (e.g. soup - Clam Chowder, Mushroom Soup, etc.)

  • Add sides (e.g. Fries, Coleslaw, etc.)

  • Add or remove specific ingredients (e.g. no onions, add cheese)

  • Upgrade (e.g. if customer selects regular fries, he'll be given an option to upgrade to large)

  • Make it a combo (e.g. if customer selects solo burger, he'll be given an option to make it a combo with fries and drinks)

Step 9 - Add Sales Category (optional)

You can add a sales category to each menu item.

If you haven't added sales categories yet, go to Menus dashboard > Sales Categories tab and create a sales category.

Step 10 - Click [Done] to Save Settings

Changes in menu settings are not saved automatically. For "each" menu item or section you change, click [DONE] to save settings.

Step 11 - Enable Online Ordering

Make sure the [Online Ordering] and [Visibility] switches are toggled on so that the menu will be displayed on your website's menu page.

Step 12 - Add a Pickup or Delivery Schedule

Don't Forget - Activate Your Online Store

Make sure you've set up your online store. Click the button below to set it up now.

That's it! Here are some additional tips below:

To give your customers a direct order link to the menu item, click the 3-dot icon and select [Link to Item].

To display the menu items, click the menu name on your website navigation.

To do a test purchase, check out this article on How to Do a Test Purchase Using a Discount Code.

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