Start An Online Store A to Z Guide - OpenCart 1.5 Ecommerce

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This course teaches you all you need to know about starting an online store which can easily be integrated with your eBay, Amazon, Etsy and Facebook marketplaces meaning you can populate any/all these marketplaces from your own online store saving you countless hours having to manually upload your products across four different sales channels. Over 12'000 Students and counting are getting the know how to start their businesses online today so please take action now and join them! If you are selling physical products or thinking of selling physical products don't miss the golden opportunity of a potential flood of customers by not having your own online outlet. This shopping cart is the business. You Will Learn the following; How to get a FREE Domain Name for life, How to set up hosting so you maintain full control of your website, How to set up a domain relevant email address, How to set up subdomains, How to personalise your store, How to set up categories and subcategories, How to set up geo zones for shipping and tax purposes, How to set up manufacturers for brand name search, How to set up your products for refine search options, How to set up downloadable products, How to insert product options and attributes, How to add products optimised for search, How to add images and a short-cut for adding bulk images in one go, How to integrate your store with eBay and Amazon, How to set up recurring payments, How to set up wholesale accounts alongside your retail store, How to customise your store with slideshows, banners, featured products etc., How to set up affiliate accounts for your store, How to set up discount coupons and gift vouchers, How to use customer product reviews, How to handle returns, How to set up multiple languages, How to set up multiple currencies that auto update, How to set up five different shipping methods, How to customise the checkout of your store, How to set up various payment methods e.g. PayPal, Bank Transfer, Cheques, How to add on additional functions to your store, How to set up additional users for your stores backend, How to install themes which can be changed at the click of a button, How to submit your stores sitemap to Google in a few clicks, How to backup and restore your store, How to use reporting functions, How to bulk email your clients directly from your store, How to upgrade your store if new functions and features become available and much much more. With hours and hours of video to watch at your leisure your sure to create a stunning website for your retail or wholesale customers to use. With the Step By Step guide and Stop Start flexibility of video learning you can master your store in this home study course in one day if you really wanted to.
  • Introduction
    • Overview
  • Security
    • General Advice On Protecting Your Device And Website
  • Hosting, FREE Domain Name For Life and FREE Cart
    • Website Hosting, Domain Name and Shopping Cart
    • Installing Shopping Cart From The Control Panel
    • Manually Installing Shopping Cart Software
  • Your Stores E-mail Account
    • Setting Up A Domain Specific E-mail Account

      VIDEO CONTENTS: You will be shown how to set up a domain relevant email account e.g. ‘’ or ‘’

  • Software Tour
    • Shopping Cart Walk Through
    • Admin Area Walk Through
  • Demo Store
    • Removal Of Pre-populated Demo Store
    • Setting Up Your Own Demo Store
  • System Setup
  • Catalog Setup
    • Categories and Subcategories

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to set up Parent Product Categories and Subcategories. Now you can add a product category but as there are some optional options for the category that may need to be set up you can revisit the category later on via the relevant training video. TIP: Just create one category for now as we may have to come back to the category to set up filters (refine search options) and a layout override.

    • Manufacturers

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to add brand names and logos to your site. If you want you can add your suppliers/manufacturers brand name to your products which will enable your users to search your shop by brands.

  • Putting The Cart Before The Horse
    • Countries

      VIDEO CONTENTS: Setting up Countries. When building any ecommerce website you sometimes have to ‘put the cart before the horse’ by this I mean before you upload your products you may need to set up various options and settings such as size, colour, applicable taxes etc. depending on your specific product requirements. Also some of these settings & options may depend on other settings & options being done first such as the first option we need to select on our product upload page ‘Tax Class’ which would only be applicable if you were charging any taxes on your product. In order to set up your tax class you first need to set up your GEO Zones which needs to have Countries and Zones up to date prior to setup.

    • Zones

      VIDEO CONTENTS: Setting up Zones. Zones are primary subdivisions within a country and a country must be first set up as per the previous lecture before you can add zones. Examples of primary sub divisions are states, counties, shires etc.

    • Geo Zones

      VIDEO CONTENTS: Setting up customised Zones for calculation of shipping and taxes known as GEO Zones. *** *Please seek independent tax advice for your jurisdiction as I am NOT a tax advisor and the information in this video is for general training purposes only. ***

    • Taxes

      VIDEO CONTENTS: Setting up relevant tax rates e.g. V.A.T., Recycling Fees etc. When you have set up your GEO Zones you then can set up your applicable taxes. Generally you will probably be ‘to-ing and fro-ing’ from various settings until you get the configuration that best suits your store and products therein. *** *Please seek independent tax advice for your jurisdiction as I am NOT a tax advisor and the information in this video is for general training purposes only. ***

    • Stock Statuses

      VIDEO CONTENTS: Setting up of Stock Statuses and showing you where to use them. Some settings are already pre-populated with options that may suit you such as Stock Statuses but you can always edit these if necessary.

    • Length Classes

      VIDEO CONTENTS: Setting up of Length Classes and showing you where they are used.

    • Weight Classes

      VIDEO CONTENTS: Setting up of Weight Classes and showing you where they are used.

    • Filters

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to set up filter groups for refine search purposed and how to set the filters up in your category pages. Along with categories as a method of cataloguing your products you can set up refine search options for your users, particularly useful if you have a lot of products

    • Filter Modules

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to set up filter modules (refine search box) on assigned pages and how to assign filters to products. After you set up filters you will need to display a 'Refine Search' box for visitors to your site to avail of the search options so you will need to place a filter module on the page that you want the refine search options to be displayed.

    • Downloads

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to upload a downloadable product to your website and make it available as a product to your customers. If you are selling a downloadable product or just supplying an instruction book etc. with your product you can make it a product or add it to your product catalog.

    • Attributes

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to add Attributes for your products. Adding product attributes can enhance your users experience of your website especially for comparing products and well worth doing especially for preputial products.

    • Options

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to add Options for your products e.g. size, colour etc. If applicable to your products adding options such as colour, size etc. can easily be done in various formats such as drop down menus, radio buttons, check boxes etc.

    • Layouts

      VIDEO CONTENTS: Setting up Layouts and applying them to pages of your website. Setting up layouts for the various pages on your store can be a great way to standardise the look of your shop and to minimise the effort it takes to change the look if you revamp at a later stage.

  • Adding Products
  • Customers
    • Customers, Customer Groups and Banned IP
  • Customising Your Website
    • Welcome Module

      VIDEO CONTENTS: Setting up a ‘Welcome’ message area on your site for text, images, video etc. Customising your website with Opencart’s core modules will also enhance the user experience and are easily editable especially if you assign them to layouts. Not all modules may be required or relevant to your store but some are a must such as the Welcome Module.

    • Banners

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to create Banners with or without links. Banners are another great way of making your store look professional and by creating banners you can speedily direct your customers to a specific product/s by assigning product links to the banner.

    • Banner Module

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to place Banners on your site.

    • Account Module

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to the Account Module to display on your site pages.

    • Bestsellers Module

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to set up the Bestsellers Module to display on your site pages.

    • Carousel Module

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to set up the Carousel Module to display on your site pages.

    • Category Module

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to set up the Category Module to display on your site pages.

    • Featured Module

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to set up the Featured Module to display on your site pages.

    • Latest Module

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to set up the Latest Module to display on your site pages.

    • Slideshow Module

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to set up the Slideshow Module to display on your site pages.

    • Specials Module

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to set up the Specials Module to display on your site pages.

    • Store Module

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to set up the Store Module to display on your site pages.

    • Affiliates

      VIDEO CONTENTS: Viewing Affiliates sales and adding Affiliates commissions.

    • Affiliate Module

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to set up the Affiliate Module to display on your site pages. If you intend to promote your store with the help of affiliates then you may also want to install the Affiliate Module to highlite the fact to site visitors.

    • Information

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to set up Information pages that can be used for any non product use within the site. Information pages such as ‘About Us’, ‘Privacy Policy’, ‘Terms & Conditions’ etc. are something that get overlooked as unimportant on a lot of websites but don’t underestimate their value in terms of the amount of users that actually read them. If nothing else they may save you time replying to queries from users by having any relevant queries addressed in advance but if you do get any queries simply update your information pages with the information.

    • Information Module

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to set up the Information Module to display on your site pages.

  • Discounts And Gift Certificates
  • Customer Reviews
    • Reviews

      VIDEO CONTENTS: Looking at customer product reviews and moderating them before letting them go live on your site. Setting up reviews so your customers can leave product reviews, which you can moderate before being made visible on your site will help future customers decide on products so well worth having.

  • Product Returns
    • Returns Settings

      VIDEO CONTENTS: Configuring your system for product Returns. You will most likely need to offer your customers a facility to return products that may be faulty etc. so you need to set up the system to handle returns.

    • Sales Returns

      VIDEO CONTENTS: Looking at customer product Returns and how to deal with them.

  • Display Your Site In Different Languages
  • Multiple Currencies
    • Currencies
  • Shipping Setup
    • Weight Based Shipping
    • Flat Rate Shipping
    • Free Shipping
    • Per Item Shipping
    • Pickup From Store
  • Checkout Setup
    • Order Totals

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to configure your Order Totals including Handling, Klarna and Low Order fees. If you haven’t done-so already via the previous instructions in the various videos you will now need to set up your Order Totals to best suit your store needs.

    • Order Statuses

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to set up your Order Statuses. Before setting up your payment method you will need to make sure that your order statuses are as per your stores requirements

  • Payments Setup
  • Add On's
    • vQmod
  • Users
    • Users And User Groups
  • Further Customisation
    • Installing Website Themes

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to Install Themes for your Opencart store. You are now almost there. You may feel the need to customise your shop a little more by getting a Theme for it. You can add several themes if you like and switch between them very easily e.g. Christmas, Valentines Day, St. Patrick’s Day etc.

  • Google
    • Google Sitemap

      VIDEO CONTENTS: Get your site in Google by submitting a Site Map which will auto update. Having an online shop is no good if you cannot be found in Google so add your site map to Google.

    • Google Base

      VIDEO CONTENTS: Using Google Base to feed your stores information and products to Google via the automatic feed.

  • Basic Essentials
  • Orders Received
    • Orders

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to view and edit your Sales Orders. Post sales, you will need to view your sales orders and you may want to edit them.

    • Reports

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to view your Reports and various filters and actions from here.

    • PayPal Search

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to search PayPal transactions from within your site.

  • Keeping In Touch
    • Mail

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to bulk email your customers and newsletter subscribers. You can keep in contact with your customers via email e.g. if you were having a sale or running a new promotion etc. Also you can integrate Aweber or Mailchimp with your Opencart store here.

  • Troubleshooting
    • Error Logs

      VIDEO CONTENTS: View your Error Logs and take any necessary actions that may be requires. Sometimes no matter how right we do things something goes wrong and more often than not it’s not our own fault. With anything internet based there is the possibility of getting a virus or malware etc. Our first step is to find out what went wrong so the Error Logs is the place to start.

    • Help

      VIDEO CONTENTS: Overview of the Help links of your Opencart store. If we get an error a support ticket to our hosting company may be in order. Alternatively we can try to resolve the issue ourselves or seek advise via the links on our help tab.

  • Upgrading Your Store
    • Upgrading via Control Panel

      VIDEO CONTENTS: Updating your store via your control panel. Opencart are constantly trying to make the software better and give us more options and features so from time to time they release new and improved versions of the cart and you may feel you must have the new feature or the latest edition and if so you will need to upgrade. Also there may be bugs in a new edition so Opencart sometimes release uopdates with the bug fixes included and because of this I dont recommend rushing to upgrade to the latest versions until they have been tested.

    • Upgrading via FTP

      VIDEO CONTENTS: How to manually update your store via FTP.

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