PacktLib: OpenCart 1.4: Beginner's Guide

OpenCart 1.4 Beginner's Guide

Credits

About the author

About the reviewers

Preface

Installing OpenCart

System requirements

Installing OpenCart

Downloading OpenCart

Time for action – downloading OpenCart

Uploading OpenCart files

Time for action – uploading OpenCart using cPanel File Manager

Time for action – uploading OpenCart using an FTP Client

Time for action – setting file permissions

Time for action – creating a MySQL database and user

Time for action – using OpenCart Installation Wizard

Summary

Categories, Products, and Options

Category, product, and option

Pre-installed store categories, products

Time for action – deleting pre-installed store data

Categories and subcategories

Time for action – adding a category and subcategory under it

Have a go hero – adding more categories and subcategories

Adding manufacturers (brands)

Time for action – adding Reebok as shoe brand

Adding products

Time for action – adding a Reebok shoe model as a product

Time for action – adding purchase options for customers

Time for action – adding additional images for Reebok shoe

Summary

Tax Management

OpenCart tax system

Understanding Geo Zones

Time for action – adding Germany as a Geo Zone for taxes

Tax classes

Time for action – adding the Germany Geo Zone to the default tax class

Time for action – setting the tax class for a Reebok shoe

Time for action – displaying prices without tax

Summary

Configuring Store Settings

General Store Information

Time for action – configuring General Store Information

OpenCart and SEO

Time for action – applying SEO for product pages

Time for action – applying SEO for categories

OpenCart and templates

Time for action – installing an OpenCart template

OpenCart modules

Time for action – installing Google Talk module for Online Help

Information module

Time for action – updating Privacy Policy module information

Running Multiple Stores in a Single Installation

Summary

Setting Payment Models

Shopping cart system

Merchant account

Payment gateway

Understanding online credit card processing

OpenCart payment methods

Time for action – configuring PayPal Website Payment Standard

Time for action – configuring PayPal Website Payment Pro

Time for action – accepting bank transfer on orders

Summary

Setting Shipping Methods

Accepting orders from certain countries

Time for action – shipping items to selected countries only

Choosing a shipping method

Time for action – configuring free shipping for all UK customers with orders of more than $100

Time for action – configuring flat rate shipping for addresses in Germany

Time for action – applying weight-based shipping method for US customers

Activating multiple shipping methods

Summary

Offering Coupons Discounts

Coupons on OpenCart

Time for action – defining a 10 percent discount coupon code for orders more than $200

Time for action – defining $5 discount coupon code for certain items and free shipping for orders more than $150

Setting special discounts for selected products

Time for action – applying a special low price for a product for a certain period

Time for action – decreasing item price to $10 for order quantities more than 40 for special wholesale customers

Summary

Understanding Order Lifecycle

Order flowchart

Placing the order

Time for action – processing the order

Summary

Managing Customers and Users

Advantages of customer registration

Important customer settings

Classifying customers in groups

Time for action – creating a new customer group and assigning a customer to it

Sending email newsletters

Adding customers manually

Users, user groups, and permissions

Time for action – creating a new user group, Product Entry

Time for action – creating a new user and assigning to a group

Reports

Summary

Localization

OpenCart language packs

Time for action – installing a new language pack

Time for action – editing the text in a language file

Currency

Time for action – adding a new currency option

Summary

Upgrading OpenCart

Making backups of the current OpenCart system

Time for action – backing up OpenCart files and database

New OpenCart version

Time for action – downloading the latest Opencart files, uploading them to the server, and upgrading

Restoring to the original OpenCart version

Time for action – restoring OpenCart system if upgrade fails

Summary

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