Online Sales Channel

Manage Store

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Introduction

This guide’s purpose is to provide a basic guide to using the admin area of Opencart, it willhighlight how to add, delete and amend categories, products and attributes. it will act as asimple guide to help assist use in using Opencart, please do note our technical support team isalways available for you to ring if you have any concerns, or issues with your Opencart site thatare not answered in this guide.

Geeting Started:

To log in to the backend of your Opencart site you must add “/admin” on the end of your websiteaddress, like this “http://www.yoursitename.co.uk/admin”. This will then take you to a loginscreen; from here you must enter your User details into the login boxes to access the admin area.The below content will explain what each of the sections do in order to set up new categories,products and information pages.

Store Setting

To update store setting go to System tab and click on settings for open settings page:

System->>Settings.

When on the Settings page setting >store open click on the Edit button next to your store:

On this page click on the Store tab:

On this page click on the Image tab:

Select on this hight and width


Catalog

Categories

1. Catalog -> Categories:

Categories are a way of organising your products by placing them in a specific category. Tomake a new category you click on Catalog -> Categories, this will take you to a page which showsall of the categories you have requested us to create during the design stage of the project andall of their sub categories and so forth.
If you choose to create a new category, click on Insert. From this screen you will be presentedwith 3 tabs at the top (General, Data and Design).



General:


  • Category Name: The name of the category.
  • Meta Tag Description: Meta Tag Descriptions are used by search engines to describe the content of your web site.
  • Meta Tag Keywords: Meta Tag Descriptions are used by search engines to describe thecontent of your web site.
  • Description: A description of the category.

Data:

  • Parent Category: If you have a number of products that sit under one category you canarrange them into sub categories, then choose what you want the parent category to be.For example, if you had ‘Sports’ as a category, then ‘Football’ or ‘Tennis’ would be the subcategories of ‘Sports’ and sports would be the parent category.
  • Stores: If you have set up multiple stores in System - Settings, select the store name(s)in which you want this product to display here, the products will only display in the storesselected here.
  • SEO Keyword: The keyword used for search engine optimisation. This must be globallyunique to the category.
  • Image: Select the main category image. Click the photo to bring up the Image Manager,then select photo from your computer files.
  • Top: If you want this category to display in the menu bar, then click the selection box. Thisonly works for the top parent categories.
  • Columns: Number of columns to use for the bottom 3 categories. Only works for the topparent categories.
  • Sort Order: Sort order determines what order the categories are displayed in the menu.
  • Status: Enabled for category to display in the online store or Disabled to hide category.

Design:

Select a different layout that will override the main template for the following pages; Account,Affiliate, Category, Checkout, Contact, Default, Home, Information, Manufacturer, Product,Sitemap. There is never any real need to change this, unless you know what you have knowledgeon how Opencart works in terms of development.

Once you have gone through all the tabs in this section, and are happy with the selection choicesthat you have made for the category, then click Save at the top of the screen.


Products

2. Catalog -> Products:

To insert your first product you need to go to the Products section which is under ‘Categories’.Once you’ve clicked here, you will be taken the products section, which is where all of theproducts that your site sells are listed. In this section, you can add, edit, and delete products.
To insert a new product, you can simply click on “Insert” which is located on the right of yourscreen. Upon clicking that, you are then presented with a range of text fields which need to befilled out accordingly. Each section is divided up accordingly in their appropriate tab at the top ofthe screen:


General:

  • Product Name: Name of the product.
  • Meta Tag Description: Meta Tag Descriptions are used by search engines to describe thecontent of your web site.
  • Meta Tag Keywords: Meta Tag Descriptions are used by search engines to describe thecontent of your web site.
  • Description: A description of the product.
  • Product Tags: These are words that customers may use to describe this product, or to findthe product in your store.

Data:

  • Model: A unique model number for this product.
  • SKU: SKU stands for “Stock Keeping Unit”, which is a unique, arbitrary number for thisproduct.
  • UPC: UPC stands for “Universal Product Code”, which is a unique code and manufacturernumber assigned by http://www.gs1.org.
  • Location: The location of where the product is kept.
  • Price: The price that you want to sell the product for.
  • Tax Class: If the product is taxable to charge tax or none if you don’t want the customer topay tax.
  • Quantity: If you wish to track stock levels, then you need to specify the amount that iscurrently in stock. The stock total will deplete naturally as customers purchase the product.
  • Minimum Quantity: If you wish to force customers to have to purchase a minimum amountof the product, then you need to specify the value of what you wish that to be.
  • Subtract Stock: If you wish to track stock levels, then chose “Yes”, otherwise choose “No”.
  • Out of Stock Status: Sets the stock status message customers will see when the stockquantity reaches 0.
  • Requires Shipping: Sets if the product requires shipping. Set to no if the product isdownloadable or if customers will pick up.
  • SEO Keyword: The keyword used for search engine optimisation. This must be globallyunique to the product.
  • Image: Select the main product image. Click the photo to bring up the Image Manager, thenselect photo from your computer.
  • Data Available: Sets the date when you want the product to show on the front of your siteto customers.
  • Dimensions: If you ship by a method that charges by package dimensions, the length, widthand height of the product.
  • Length Class: Whether the numbers you entered in Dimensions are inches, millimetres etc.
  • Weight: If you ship by a method that charges by weight, the weight of the product.
  • Status: Select Enabled for product to appear in your store, or Disabled to hide.
  • Sort Order: Sort order determines what order the products are displayed in this product’scategory. Leave blank for alphabetical order.

Links:

  • Manufacturer: If you have specified manufacturer or brand names in “Catalog ->Manufacturers”, then you can select the manufacturer or brand name you want to displayhere.
  • Categories: If you have specified category names in “Catalog -> Categories”, then select thecategory name you want to display here.
  • Stores: If you have set up multiple stores in System - Settings, select store name(s) in whichyou want this product to display here.
  • Downloads: If you have uploaded a file for customers to download after purchase, such asan eBook or music file, select the file name from this box.
  • Related Products: To suggest related products when customers are viewing this product,begin typing the product name in the box, then select the related product from the dropdownlist that appears.

Attribute

Attributes are features of the product that can be used to compared products side by side bythe customer; this is used when deciding on which item to choose using Product Comparison.Attributes must be previously set up in “Catalog -> Attribute Groups and Attributes.”

Attributes for a product could be for example, the type of material that the product is.

To assign an attribute to a product you must enter the name of an attribute that has beencreated already in the Attribute box, and then in the ‘text’ box, you need to type what theattribute is. An example would be choosing ‘Material’ as the Attribute, and then typing in Glass as the attribute text.


Option:

  • Option Name: Begin typing the name of the option for this product, and a drop-down list willappear with all the options that match.
  • Required: Choose Yes if you want the customer to be forced to select an option, or No to letthem check out without choosing.
  • Option Value: Examples could be the size of the product so, small, medium or large.
  • Quantity: If you are tracking stock, how many of this option you have.
  • Subtract Stock: If you wish to track stock levels of this item, leave at Yes. Otherwise selectNo.
  • Price: If you wish to charge extra (or less) for this product, enter the amount here. Example:Men’s extra-large t-shirts cost £2 more from the manufacturer. The “+£2.00” will appear inthe option box of your store.
  • Price +/-: If you wish to Add the extra amount, i.e. £2 more for this option, select “+” If youwish to discount this option, select “-”.
  • Reward Points: If you wish to give Reward Points for purchasing this option, which customerscan redeem for additional merchandise, enter the number of points. Turn Reward Points Onor Off in Extensions- Order Totals - Reward Points.
  • Weight: Enter the weight of this option IF it is significantly heavier or lighter than the normaloption to charge extra (or less) in shipping this option.

Discount:

You can offer a discount on chosen products to all customers, to only customers in a customer group you created in Sales -> Customers -> Customer Groups, or to customers who purchase at least a minimum quantity that you specify.

Discounts for a customer group will display the special price only if the customer is logged in as that group.

An example would be:

Price: 100.00
Quantity: 5
Discount: 10
New Price: 90.00
Click the Add Discount Button, then optionally select a customer group you want this special toapply to.

  • Quantity: If you want to require a minimum purchase for the customer to get this discount,enter the minimum number of items.
  • Priority: If you will offer multiple discounts and/or specials, enter 1 for this to be applied first,2 for this to be applied second.
  • Price: The price you want the customer to see.
  • Date Start: When you want this special price to appear.
  • Date End: When you want this special price to disappear.
  • Special: Special prices change the value of the product price to the new special price. Specialsfor a customer group will display the special price only if the customer is logged in as thatgroup.


Click the Add Special Button, then optionally select a customer group you want this special toapply to.

  • Priority: If you will offer multiple specials and/or discounts, enter 1 for this to be applied first,2 for this to be applied second.
  • Price: The price you want the customer to see.
  • Date Start: When you want this special price to appear.
  • Date End: When you want this special price to disappear.

Image:

This area allows you to add additional product images in addition to the main product image.These images will appear on the product page in the Images tab.

To add additional images, click the Add Image Button to bring up the Image Manager, andselect the additional image from your computer.

To replace an additional image, click the picture and select the photo from your computer.

To remove an additional image, click the Remove Button.


Reward Points:

Customers can earn loyalty points for buying products from your store, then redeem them afterthey have accumulated sufficient points. Customers can check the number of points awardedin your store by logging onto My Account and clicking the Reward Points Link. After a customermakes a purchase, activate that number of points in the customer order page Sales -> Orders -order number.

Turn On or Off in Extensions - Order Totals -> Reward Points - Uninstall.

  • Reward Points: Specify the number of points this item will cost a customer who wants topurchase it using rewards points.
  • Customer Group: Set a different number of points a member of a customer group will earnfor purchasing this product.

Design:

Select a different layout that will override the main template for the following pages; Account,Affiliate, Category, Checkout, Contact, Default, Home, Information, Manufacturer, Product,Sitemap. There is never any real need to change this, unless you know what you have knowledgeon how Opencart works in terms of development.

Once you have gone through all the tabs in this section, and are happy with the selection choicesthat you have made for the product, then click on Save at the top of the screen. From that, yournew product has just been added, and will now appear on your site under the category specified.

Filters

3. Catalog -> Filters

Log in to your OpenCart admin panel and go to the top menu Category > Fliter >


There are list of Fliter.
click on blue edit button:


First name of filter group, Secend name of filter and Then click on save button.


Attribute Groups

3. Catalog -> Attributes->Attribute Groups

Attribute Groups allow you to ‘group’ a range of similar attributes together.

To insert a new Attribute Group, go to Catalog -> Attributes -> Attribute Groups and click the topright Insert Button.

Give your new attribute group a name, and if your products have multiple attributes and theyneed to be displayed in a particular order, then simply type in the number (so 1 for first and soforth) this will prioritise the ordering of your attributes.

When you have finished, click the Save Button.


Attribute

3. Catalog -> Attributes->Attribute

Now that you have made an attribute group, you need to actually define the attributes thatbelong to this group. To create an attribute, if you go to Catalog -> Attributes -> Attributes and click the top right Insert Button.

Attribute Name: The name of this attribute.
Attribute Group: The group that this attribute belongs to.
Sort Order: If there needs to be a particular order, then you can configure the sort order for theattributes within a group.

Once you are happy with the attribute, just click Save at the top of your screen.


Options

3. Catalog -> options

Options are choices that customers have to select to personalise a product during the checkout,an example of an Options would be the Size and/or the Colour of the product.

To create an Option click on Catalog - > Options, you will be presented with a list of optionscurrently available like, ‘Checkbox’ and Date. These are already predefined for you to use, butmost of the time, you would need to have your own options available for your stores products.

To create a new option, just click Insert at the top of your screen.

From here you will be taken to a screen which allows you to create a new Option for yourproducts by filling out the required sections:


  • Option Name: Give the option a name (Colour, Size is examples).
  • Type: This is what type of options are allowed to be chosen, so for instance, if it was Colour,and you had Red, Blue, Green, you could choose it to be a Dropdown, and it will displaythose options as a dropdown selection choice.
  • Sort Order: If there needs to be a particular order of your options, then you can specify.
  • Option Value Name: If you click on the Add Option Value, you will then be presented with 3more fields to fill out for this value. The fields to fill out are:
  • Option Value Name: The name of the option value (Red or Blue for example).
  • Image: You can choose an image for this option to be displayed when they choose it as aselection.
  • Sort Order: If the Option Values need to be in a particular order, then you can specify.
When you are happy with the Option you can now click Save at the top of your screen

Manufacturers

3. Catalog -> Manufacturers

In some instances, you may want to show who the manufacturer is for particular product(s). Tocreate a new Manufacturer, all you have to do is go to Catalog -> Manufacturers, and then clickInsert at the top of the screen.

This will then present you with some fields to fill out to define the manufacturer and itsproperties. The following fields are:



  • Manufacturer Name: The name of the Manufacturer
  • Stores: If you have multiple stores, then you can select which stores the manufacturer willappear on.
  • SEO Keyword: The keyword used for search engine optimization of the manufacturer.
  • Image: Sets the image to use for the manufacturer. Click image to start Image Manager,then select the image from your computer.
  • Sort Order: Determines what order the manufacturers are displayed in.
Once you are happy with the manufacturer you have created, simply click Save at the top of thescreen.

Downloads

3. Catalog -> Downloads

If your product comes with a download upon purchase, this is where you can create thedownload for a product.

To create a download, you can click on Catalog -> Downloads, and then click Insert.

On clicking that you will be presented with fields to fill in which are as follows:


  • Download Name: The name of the Download.
  • Filename: This is where you would upload the file for them to download, if you click onUpload then you can choose a file (or files, but if it is more than 1 file, then they need to bein a ZIP folder) from your system to upload.
  • Mask: What you want to be displayed as the text for the download
  • Total Downloads Allowed: This sets the total amount of downloads a customer is allowedin a single order. If however, more than one download is made, or if the quantity of adownloadable product is higher than one, then the number of the number of downloadspermitted will be added together.
Once you are happy with your download, click the Save button at the top of your screen.

Reviews

3. Catalog -> Reviews

On your Opencart site, you might have reviews of a product enabled, which allows customers toleave reviews of a particular product. To Insert a new review for a product, you can click Catalog-> Reviews.
Upon clicking that you will be presented with either a list of all the reviews that people havemade, or an empty list if no reviews have been made. If you want to add a review, you can clickInsert at the top of your screen.

Clicking on insert will take you to a page where you can insert the data related to the review. Thefollowing fields are:


  • Author: The author of the review.
  • Product: The product related to the review.
  • Text: The actual review itself.
  • Rating: You can rate the product using the buttons to score how highly, or lowly a product is.
  • Status: If you want the review to be published, then choose enabled. If for whatever reasonyou need to disable it, then simply choose the disable option.
Once you are happy with the review, you can simply click Save, and the review will be saved.

Information

3. Catalog -> Information

On your Opencart site you may have pages that are not related to the products, and onlydisplay information related to your site. For instance, you will most probably have a Terms andConditions page for customers. As this page isn’t actually a product as such, it needs its owninformation page.

To create a new Information page, simply go to Catalog -> Information, and click Insert. Uponclicking that you will be taken to a page with tabs at the top (General, Data, and Design) whichall have fields that need filling out. They are as following:


General:


Information Title: What you want the title of this information page to be called.
Description: This is where all the text would go regarding the information page you are creating.


Data:

  • Stores: If you have multiple stores set up, and you only want the information page to beshown on certain stores then you can easily choose which stores to display the informationpage on.
  • SEO Keyword: The SEO keyword for the page would go in here.
  • Bottom: If you want this link to be placed in the footer of your site, then you can select it to.
  • Status: You can choose if this page is enabled, or disabled.
  • Sort Order: If you have multiple Information pages, and they need to be in a specific order,then this is where you can specify.

Design:


Layout Override: If for whatever reason you need to choose a different template that has beenset up, then this is where you can choose on from. If you don’t need too at all, or aren’t sure onthis, then simply leave it as it is.

Extensions

Modules

To add modules go to Extensions tab and select Modules:

Extensions->>Modules.

Modules Installation

There are list of Modules and click on the Green install button to add Module:

click on the blue edit button to Editing Modules.

Payments

Extensions->>Payments.

To add Payments go to Extensions tab and click on Payments for open Payments page:

There are list of Payment and click on the Green install button to add Payment method:

click on the blue edit button to Editing Payment method.

Design

Layouts

System->>Design->>Layouts

List of available layouts.

Layout for Home page

To set layout for homepage.Select home layout and click on blue color edit button

Here you can set layouts for those module those you want to show on home page

Layout for Product Page

Here you can set layout for those module those you want to show on product page

Layout of Category Page

Here you can set layout for those module those you want to show on category page

Banners

System->>Design->>Banners

Click on this add new banner

There you will see the existing banner section(s) (that came with the template sample data). Click on blue color add button to add new banner.

Users

System->>users->>User Groups

select edit option of Top Administration : that is shows as below:-

Localisation

System->>Localisation->>Store Location.

To add store Location go to System tab and click on Localisation for open Store Location page:

When on the Store Location page click on the add new button to add store Location:

here you can add store locations and click on save button.

System->>Localisation->>Languages.

To add Languages go to System tab and click on Localisation for open Languages page:

When on the language page click on the add new button to add language:

here you can add language details and click on save button.

System->>Localisation->>Currencies.

To add Currencies go to System tab and click on Localisation for open Currenices page:

When on the Currencies page click on the add new button to add Currencies:

here you can add Currencies details and click on save button.

System->>Localisation->>stock statuses.

To add stock status go to System tab and click on Localisation for open stock statuses page:

Click on add new button.

here you can add stock name and click on save button.

System->>Localisation->>order statuses.

To add order statuses go to System tab and click on Localisation for open order statuses page:

Click on add new button.

here you can add order statuses name and click on save button.

System->>Localisation->>Returns->>Return statuses.

To add Return statuses go to System tab and click on Localisation->>Returns for open Return statuses page:

Click on add new button.

here you can add Return statuses name and click on save button.

System->>Localisation->>Returns->>Return Actions.

To add Return Actions go to System tab and click on Localisation->>Returns for open Return Actions page:

Click on add new button.

here you can add Return Actions name and click on save button.

System->>Localisation->>Returns->>Return Reasons.

To add Return Reasons go to System tab and click on Localisation->>Returns for open Return Reasons page:

Click on add new button.

here you can add Return Reasons name and click on save button.

Localisation->>Countries

To add Countries go to System tab and click on Localisation->>Countries for open Countries page:
Click on add new button.

here you can add Country name and click on save button.

Localisation->>Zones

To add Zones go to System tab and click on Localisation->>Zones for open Zones page:
Click on add new button.

When page open add detail and click on save button.

Localisation->>Geo Zones

To add Geo Zones go to System tab and click on Localisation->>Geo Zones for open Geo Zones page:
Click on add new button.

on this page click on blue add new zone button for add next geo zone country name.
click on save button.

Localisation->>Taxes->> Tax classes

To add Tax classes go to System tab and click on Localisation->>Taxes for open Tax classes page:
Click on add new button.

on this page click on blue add rule button for add next tax rate rule.
click on save button.

Localisation->>Taxes->>Tax Rates

To add Tax Rates go to System tab and click on Localisation->>Taxes for open Tax Rates page:
Click on add new button.

Here add tax rate detail and click on save button.

Localisation->>Length Classes

To add Length Classes go to System tab and click on Localisation->>Length Classes:
Click on add new button.

Here add Length Classes detail and click on save button.

Localisation->> Weight Classes

To add Weight Classes go to System tab and click on Localisation->>Weight Classes:
Click on add new button.

Here add Weight Classes and click on save button.

Theme

Theme->>Theme

To upload Theme setting click on Theme tab and select Theme.

There are list of Theme and click on the add new button next to add Theme:

On this page Select name for theme and click on the blue upload button for upload Zip file.

Template

Email->>Template

To add Template click on Email tab and select Tamplate.

There are list of Template and click on the add new button to add Template:

click on the blue edit button for editing template.

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