Quick Start Guide - eCommerce

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Last updated: 18 Feb, 2014

Quick Start Guide - eCommerce

When you receive your Magicdust website with eCommerce, you will need to address the following things before your shop is ready to go.

Before reading, make sure you have read the regular Quick Start Guide for instructions on how to do the basics on your website. 

Begin by accessing your eCommerce settings. Do this by going to WooCommerce Settings from your Dashboard.

1. General Settings

On the first screen are your General Settings. Most of these will be set up for you by Magicdust, however there are several you will want to check before you're ready.

  • Under General Options make sure that 'Allowed Countries' is set only to the countries you want to sell to. By default, and for most people, this will only include Australia.
  • Under Product Enquiries make sure that the 'Product enquiry email' is the email address you wish to receive product enquiries at.

Once you're happy, press 'Save Changes' at the bottom of the page

2. Inventory Management

Click on the 'Inventory' tab at the top of the screen. If you plan on managing the stock levels of your products on the store, make sure that 'Manage stock' is checked. Otherwise switch it off. Having it turned on allows you to display Low Stock and Out of Stock messages and automatically show and hide items when in and out of stock. Click 'Save Changes' when satisfied.

3. Taxes

Click the 'Taxes' tab at the top of the screen to manage your tax settings. When you get your website, GST will be set up for you, but if you plan on selling in other locations with different tax rates, you can manage them here.

4. Shipping

Under the 'Shipping' tab is where you can set up your shipping methods. On the first screen you can click and drag the various shipping methods to choose in which order they will be displayed to the customer. The top method will be the default choice.

You will notice that not every shipping method is 'active'. Active methods are indicated with a purple tick. To enable and disable shipping options, click the method's name in the row of links along the top of the page, beneath the tabs.

If shipping with Australia post, you will need to click 'Australia Post'. Make sure that 'Enable Australia Post shipping' is checked and be sure to enter your Origin Postcode, so that shipping charges can be calculated correctly. Set any other settings you need and click 'Save Changes'. Repeat this for every shipping method you intend to offer as an option to your customers.

5. Payment Gateway

A payment gateway is a service you will use to take payments from your customers, as such it is the most important part of running an online store. Magicdust websites use PayPal for taking payments from customers, therefore you will need to set up a PayPal account to receive payments at.

To set up your PayPal settings for your shop, click the 'Payment Gateways' tab at the top of the screen and click PayPal in the row of links underneath the tabs.

Here you will need do the following:

  • Make sure that 'Enable PayPal standard' is checked.
  • Enter your PayPal account email address in the 'PayPal Email' field. This is the account the shop will send the payment to.
  • Turn off 'Enable PayPal sandbox'. This sandbox mode is for development purposes and ensures that no real payments are made. Once you have entered your real details you will need to turn this off to receive payments.
  • There are also other options you can change to suit your business, like your invoice prefix and whether to send PayPal the customer's Shipping or Billing address.

Once your details are entered, click 'Save Changes'.

6. Emails

When you receive orders or inventory notifications the shop software will email you. Before going live you will want to make sure that you are receiving these emails at your chosen addresses. You can choose where notifications go by clicking the 'Emails' tab at the top of the screen.

As well as choosing where you will receive emails, you can also choose what address your emails to customers, such as order confirmations, appear to come from.

There are also some customisation options for your shop's email Template. You can choose the basic colours and include your logo. There is a link to preview your shop's emails if you want to see what your customers will receive when placing an order.

Click 'Save Changes', when this section is set up the way you want.

7. Add Products

Now that you are ready to receive payments, take orders and calculate shipping, it's time to start adding products. Magicdust websites come with a very handy series of video tutorials that will teach you how to add products, product categories, shipping classes and a whole lot more. Just go to Manual Videos from your Dashboard and scroll down to WooCommerce and WooCommerce Products.

There are many more ways to configure the Commerce functions of your website, but address all of the areas outlined in this article and your shop will be ready to start taking orders.

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