• First Steps to setting up your online shop

    1. Where IS my shop?

    You uploaded your files to someplace like /home/myname/public_html/zencart

    Thus, the URL to view your site would be: www.mydomain.com/zencart
    The Admin URL would be: www.mydomain.com/zencart/admin

    To edit the files on your PC for customizing, you will need a text editor. A good free one with syntax highlighting is Crimson Editor or Notepad++.

    The FAQ articles on customizing will help you determine which files to change. Then you'll need to upload them to your site for changes to take effect.

    2. After installation, you'll want to address several ADMINISTRATIVE things to get your basic shop operational.

    WIKI REFERENCE: http://www.zen-cart.com/wiki/index.php/Basic_Checklist

    One suggested order of operations is the following:

    System Setup / Settings
    Admin | Configuration | My Store
    -- Basis of Product Tax -- choose what level tax is calculated at
    -- Basis of Shipping Tax -- choose what level tax is calculated at for shipping
    -- HTML Editor -- select your editor for product descriptions and emails/newsletters

    Admin | Configuration | Images
    -- verify that the image sizes are acceptable for your setup

    Admin | Configuration | Customer Details
    -- choose whether various components are displayed/requested or not
    -- If you require authorization for customers to access your store, choose those settings here as well

    Admin | Configuration | Shipping/Packaging
    -- verify the Country of Origin
    -- Set the Postal/ZIP Code (if you don't, your shipping quotes won't work)

    Admin | Configuration | Email-Options
    -- if you want to send HTML-based emails, turn on Use MIME HTML when Sending...
    -- set the format of emails for Admin to receive
    -- set the email address and status for all "extra" emails. These are copies sent to the admin when various messages are sent to the customer.

    Admin | Configuration | gzip Compression
    -- enable gzip Compression if your server supports it... this makes page display much faster, in most cases

    Admin | Catalog | Manufacturers
    -- Enter the manufacturers that your products will be linked to

    Admin | Configuration | Credit Cards
    -- choose which cards to enable acceptance for. This does NOT turn on payment processing. Just a check for later.

    Admin | Modules | Payment
    -- select and configure any desired payment methods

    Admin | Modules | Shipping
    -- select and configure any desired shipping providers

    Tax Setup
    Admin | Locations/Taxes | Zones Definitions
    -- Insert applicable tax zones for the regions in which you must collect tax
    Admin | Locations/Taxes | Tax Classes
    -- Create classes for the varying tax combinations you must assign to a product.
    In most cases, you only require one category.
    Admin | Locations/Taxes | Tax Rates
    -- Link tax classes and zones and enter the tax rate for those combinations here.

    Admin | Localization | Currencies
    -- configure the various currencies your shop will accept/process.

    Admin | Localization | Languages
    -- Set up the languages you wish to support in your shop.
    Note that to enable a language requires that you upload the language-pack to your webspace.
    Be sure that the language pack you load is suitable for the Version of Zen Cart you're running.

    Now that you've done basic setup, you can enter your categories and products

    Admin | Catalog | Categories/Products
    -- Add new categories to hold your products
    -- Add new products within relevant categories

    - if you have multiple languages defined, you'll be able to enter product names and descriptions in various languages.

    - To add images, click on the Browse button beside the category/product image field, and select the file on your PC.
    - Then choose the "upload to directory" folder to store the image in on your server.
    (If the folder you wish to use isn't there, you'll need to go and create it with your FTP program)

    - The Products URL is an external link where the customer can go to see more information about this product. If it's a link to an HTML page on your site, enter the full URL to that page.
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