Shopping Cart Quick Start Guide

This article will show you a quick and easy way to get started with your Shopping Cart. Just a few steps are required before your shop can be used to sell online. We will show you how to quickly and simply create your online shop and enter the world of online business.

Note: The ten steps below describe the quickest way to open a functional shop. Please keep in mind that there are many options for making your shop even more user-friendly and appealing. For more information, please consult the user guide.
 

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Enter your shop's Internet address into your browser. It should have the following structure:
 
https://shops.iinethosting.net.au/epages/iinet.admin/?ObjectPath=/Shops/<shop name>
 
<shop name> represents the Shop Name you specified when first installing the Shopping Cart.
 
Enter your user name and password into the sign-in box. You either received them or you defined them yourself while creating your shop.
 
You can also sign-in via the Hosting Control Panel by clicking on Application and then Login to the ePages application.
 
After you sign in, the home page of your shop's administration area will appear onscreen.
 
Next, the Setup assistant will help you with the most important default settings in just four steps.
 
 
 
If the Setup assistant does not automatically open after you sign in, please access it as follows: Click on Settings in the main navigation bar to open the drop-down menu, then click on Setup assistant.
 
Image 1: Opening the Setup assistant
 
On the first page of the Setup assistant, choose the basic properties of your shop's appearance. Then select that design which best suits your industry, your products and your preferences. (see Image 2)

Image 2: Step 1 – Selecting a design
 
Click on Next to proceed to the next step.
 
Create your shop's initial pages. You will see suggestions for various pages (e.g. company pages, product-type pages). Pages required by law are labelled by means of green exclamation marks. (see Image 3)

Image 3: Step 2 – Pages and content
 
Click on Next to view the next page.
 
In the third step, you will be asked to specify your contact information, your shop's name and slogan, and required languages. You can also upload a logo; if you wish, its size will be optimised automatically. (see Image 4)

Image 4: Step 3 – Contact information and presentation
 
The assistant’s fourth step requires that you choose a tax model for your shop, specify the commercial register in which your company is listed, and opt for or against the collection of statistics (Web analytics) for your shop. (see Image 5)

Image 5: Step 4 – Shop settings
 
The assistant’s last step shares all settings with the system and creates your shop. To do so, click on Finish. You can modify your settings via the Back button.
 
After you create your shop, its name appears as a link in the administration’s uppermost menu bar. (see Image 6) If you click on this link, you can view the shop as customers see it.

Image 6: Accessing the shop view

 
After you complete the setup assistant, it is advisable to set up the layout of categories and pages. Depending on whether or not you have selected pages recommended to you, data will be available to serve as a foundation for you.
 
Click on Content/Categories in the upper navigation bar. Make your selections either in the visually oriented Preview mode (see Image 7) or in the Data Sheet mode. The Data Sheet mode displays your data in a list. (see Image 8)

Image 7: Creating a category in the Preview mode

Image 8: Creating a category in the Data Sheet mode
 
If it does not yet exist, please create a Products category into which you will later place your products. Click on the New symbol in Preview mode and enter the name of your category. In Data Sheet mode, use the text field and the drop-down menu as portrayed in Image 8. Save your entries. The category now appears in the list of pages.
 
Please make the category visible so that it appears in your shop. To do so, click on the Visibility symbol in Preview mode (see Image 9); in Data Sheet mode, activate the category above the checkbox and select Set visible in the drop-down menu beneath it (see Image 10).

Image 9: Making the Products category visible in Preview mode
 
Image 10: Making the Products category visible in Data Sheet mode
 
Finally, click on the Apply or Execute command so that your adjustments are visible in your shop.
 
Information on creating additional categories and complex structures is available in the user guide.
 
You can now create a product and assign it to a category. To do so, click on Products in the upper navigation bar, then on New and finally on Product. Afterwards, you see the product editing page. (see Image 11)

Image 11: Creating a new product
 
Enter at least one product number and its price, specify the tax class, and set Product visible status to Yes. These settings make the product visible in your shop.
 
Afterwards, click on the Description link and enter the product’s name as well as a thorough description into the text fields. You have the option of marking the product as New.
 
Texts are edited either in HTML or WYSIWYG mode. We advise beginners to use the WYSIWYG editor (“What you see is what you get”) (see Image 12), because it allows you to process text and images without relying on code. To do so, click on the Edit text button above the text fields.


Image 12: Entering a product description in the WYSIWYG editor
 
After you enter your information, click on Apply.
 
Finally, you must place the product into a category — in this case, the newly created Products category. Click on the Categories tab, select Categories/Products in the drop-down menu (see Image 13), and then save your selection.

Image 13: Assigning a product to the Products category
 
Follow this same procedure for all additional products.
 
Please consult your shop's user guide for descriptions of additional product-related functions, such as the creation of product variations and product bundles (several products are offered together as a bundle).
 
 
If you want your shop to handle multiple languages and currencies, click on Settings in the upper navigation bar and then on Country settings. You will then see a list of available languages. Depending upon your shop type, you can select additional languages or modify which languages are available — in addition to the default language. (see Image 14) You can see at the right of the list which language is the default.
 
Based on how you defined the page element for languages — under Design in the main navigation bar (e.g. drop-down menu, clickable flags) — languages can be chosen accordingly in your shop.

Image 14: Choosing languages and setting a default language
 
The activation of different countries for a common language (e.g. United Kingdom and Ireland for English) will affect the portrayal of numbers (date, currency, etc.). Click on the Currencies tab to display your default currencies. Use the drop-down Name menu beneath the Currencies tab to activate additional currencies. (see Image 15)

Image 15: Setting the default currency
 
Please consult the corresponding chapter in your shop's user guide for a detailed description of working with the country settings.
 
 
You must now create at least one delivery method and one payment method. Click on Settings, and then on Delivery and payment.
 
Click on the Delivery methods tab to display all delivery methods which have already been created. (see Image 16)

Image 16: Delivery methods
 
Please consult the shop's user guide to modify settings for delivery methods or to create new delivery methods.
 
Similarly, click on the Payment methods tab to display all payment methods which already exist. As soon as payment methods are specified, your shop is functional. Please consult the user guide if you wish to make modifications or create new payment methods.
 
You have now completed all of the key steps required to operate your shop!
 
In the next step, you can adapt your shop's design to match your preferences.
 
 
You have used the Setup assistant to specify your shop's basic design and to enter important data for identifying your shop. Ultimately, nothing more is required to impart an appealing design to your shop. There are, of course, many more ways of customising your shop in accordance with your personal needs. We have therefore provided you with appropriate design elements.
 
Below is an overview of the standard elements on a shop's home page (see Image 17) with additional information about them and how you can access them in the administration (see table):


Image 17: Default design elements of a shop's home page
 
No. Name Access path in the administration
1 Shop's logo Settings -> General settings -> Status -> Presentation or Setup assistant 
2 Shop's name Settings -> General settings -> Status -> Presentation or Setup assistant 
3 Slogan  Settings -> General settings -> Status -> Presentation or Setup assistant 
4 Link to home page Design -> Advanced design <Style> -> Insert page element -> Link to home page
5 Link to masthead Design -> Advanced design <Style> -> Insert page element -> Link to masthead
6 Link to the contact form Design -> Advanced design <Style> -> Insert page element -> Link to the contact form
7 Link to Terms and Conditions Design -> Advanced design <Style> -> Insert page element -> Link to Terms and Conditions
8 Link to customer information Design -> Advanced design <Style> -> Insert page element -> Link to customer information
9 Link to information on privacy policy Design -> Advanced design <Style> -> Insert page element -> Link to information on privacy policy
10 Flags for language selection Design -> Advanced design <Style> -> Insert page element -> Flags for language selection
11 Categories as boxes Design -> Advanced design <Style> -> Insert page element -> Categories as boxes
12 Shopping basket Design -> Advanced design <Style> -> Insert page element -> Shopping basket summary as box
13 Full-text product search Design -> Advanced design <Style> -> Insert page element -> Product search with link Advanced search
14 Home page text Content/Categories -> General
15 Sign-in Design -> Advanced design <Style> -> Insert page element -> Sign-in
16 Promotional products Content/Categories -> Create a Promotional products category -> Assign products
17 Products on the home page Content/Categories -> Products
18 Currency selection Design -> Advanced design <Style> -> Insert page element -> Currency selection via list
19 Informational text (user-defined navigation element) Design -> Advanced design <Style> -> Insert page element -> HTML
20 Messages on home page Content/Categories -> Create Content page elements -> Settings (Define visibility) / Texts (Insert Text)
21 Copyright (user-defined navigation element) Design -> Advanced design <Style> -> Insert page element -> HTML
 
Consult the "Navigation" chapter in the user guide for details on the positioning of links and functions via navigation elements. In addition, there is a detailed explanation on how to customise layouts and designs in the user guide’s "Design" chapter.
 
Note: All design changes become visible when the page cache is either deactivated or updated. To define cache settings click on the main menu item Settings, and then on General settings. Simply click on Page cache in the upper menu bar in order to delete the cache and actualise the page content during your design work. (see Image 18)


Image 18: Define cache settings and actualise page content
 
 
If you wish to continuously update customers on the status of their order or registration, use any number of e-mail events; you can select and modify them via Settings > E-mail settings. An e-mail should be sent automatically every time one of the following events occurs: new registration, password is changed, e-mail address is changed, access data is transmitted, order is received, order is dispatched. (see Image 19)

Image 19: Activate e-mail events
 
Then click on one of the activated events, enter informative texts into the corresponding fields, and enter a sender’s address. Save your entries.
 
 
Please test your shop before you publicise your online shop's Internet address. You can thus verify whether or not your settings and any modifications (logo, design, products, etc.) function properly and appear as intended. Click on several of your pages and products; place an order as a test; register as a customer and verify that everything functions without any issues and that e-mails contain the right information.
 
Note: If e-mails cannot be sent — even though all addresses have been entered correctly — please contact us.
 
 
If you are satisfied with the results of testing and you want to open a store then you can open your online shop for business. To
do so, click on Settings -> General settings -> Status -> Status -> Open. (see Image 20)


Image 20: Open your shop

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