After you set up Quick Shopping Cart®, you need to configure several aspects of your online store. These areas display as buttons along the top of your screen and display check marks once each area is complete.
We created three walkthroughs to guide you through creating your online store. The first walkthrough is Designing Your Store.
Time to Complete: 1 hour.
Your customers' first impressions often come from the design of your storefront. Quick Shopping Cart can help you create a positive impact with a well-designed store. While Quick Shopping Cart offers many options for customizing your Website's appearance, these tools create the basis of your storefront:
In this walkthrough, we are going to set up a shirt company's storefront. We want something bright and eye-catching to attract our customer's attention.
In Quick Shopping Cart, you can easily change your template at any time. New templates let you experiment with different combinations of designs and colors, which can completely change the look and feel of your online store.
To view your active templates, which display live on the Internet, go to the My Templates tab.
All of Quick Shopping Cart's templates come with a set of default images, known as Template Images. If those images don’t fit the look and feel of your store, they can be changed. Like the other media-based options, your Template Images use the Media Gallery. For more information, see Using the Media Gallery in Quick Shopping Cart.
Rather than using the default Template Image of the dancing man, we can use our own image of hanging shirts.
If you have already uploaded the image you want to use, select the thumbnail in the Gallery.
TIP: The available space displays below the thumbnail. Use this information when selecting a formatting option:
In our example of the shirt store, our store will now have a picture of hanging shirts instead of the man listening to music.
Any changes you make do not display live on the Internet until you publish your storefront. For more information, see How to publish .
Once you've chosen a template, you need to provide information about your business to customers. The information you provide will display on your storefront.
Here's the information for our t-shirt company, as an example. You would fill these fields with your own company's information:
The invoice images show on our customer’s receipts. We use our logo here, but you could choose something different for your personal store.
Here is what the t-shirt storefront looks like after completing this information.
Selecting the display style of your products and categories pages is the last step in designing the basis of your storefront.
Category Page Style
The Category Page Style defines how the products and categories display on your Website.
Product Page Style
The Product Page Style defines the product’s display when a customer clicks on a product for more information.
If you don't have time to add images to each of your products and categories, you can add a placeholder image that will display for all of your products and categories until you have time to add individual product images. You can access them from the Set Up menu, under the Design option, by clicking Default Product Images.
To preview a particular product page style, click the style thumbnail. The current layout style is shown in the Current Selection menu.
For the t-shirt example, we selected the Category Page Style "3 Column No Border".
Since each shirt will have multiple ordering options, we selected "Style 2" for the Product Page Style.
Now that you designed your storefront, it needs products.
Continue to article two: Setting Up Products.