This guide will show you how to setup and customize your new store.
Accessing Your Control Panel
Login to the control panel with the username and password that you chose during the installation.
Setting Up Categories
When you are logged in, you can use the “categories” menu to add new categories. The only required field is the “Title” – the other fields are auto generated but can be overwritten if you prefer.
Category groups allow you to separate categories into boxes in the left hand menu of your site. For example, you could have a category group for “Girls Clothes” and one for “Boys Clothes”.
From the category list you can see the current status of your categories including number of products and sort order.
You can add sub-categories by either clicking choosing the “parent” category when adding. For example, you can have a main category of “Digital Cameras” and then sub categories of “Digital SLR Cameras”, “Point and Click Cameras”, “Memory Cards” etc.
Here is a guide to all the fields you see when creating or editing a category:
- Title – This is the main title used on the actual category page
- Link Title – This is the text used to link to the category from the side bar or elsewhere in the site
- Logo Text – This replaces the alt text on the logo for the category page
- Meta Title – This appears in the browser title bar and is important for SEO
- Page Name – This is the url for the category and should be letters, numbers and hyphens only
- Parent Category – This makes the category a child of that category
- Category Group – Allows you to have seperate category “groups” in the sidebar
- Sort Order – Changes the position of the category in the sidebar
- Meta Description – Shows in the Google Search Listings and is important for SEO
- Meta Keywords – Keywords relating to the page. Ignored by Google but still slightly used in other search engines.
- Top Description – Text that appears at the top of the category page.
- Bottom description – Text that appears at the bottom of the category page.
- The fields with a “green” label are autogenerated, if you leave them blank. e.g. the Meta Keywords is generated from the content you put in. This can save time but make sure you do a quick check after.
It is recommended that you add pages of content, terms & conditions and guides to your store. This helps the visitors trust your store and helps Google understand that your store is not a “Thin Affiliate” site.
To add a page simply choose the option in the “content” top menu in the admin area. You can also optionally add a page to a “sidebox” – this makes a link to your page appear in the side menu. Add a sidebox (e.g. “Site Information” or “Product Guides”) from the “content” menu also.
Make sure any articles and information you add to your site are unique! This is essential for good performance in the search engines. See our “Adding Content and Value” section for more information on adding content.
You may have noticed that your site already has a number of pages already set up. These are known as core pages and are linked to areas of your site such as the “homepage” or the “contact us” page.
Be sure to add some unique content to these pages, particularly the home page, to customise your site and give it a bit more unique content.
Populating your Store
Once you have added the category structure to your site you are now ready to populate your store with products. You can add products singularly, by browsing through relevant products or you can auto populate from a product search or a browse node.
Categories Training Video
We also have a video that shows setting up categories and sub-categories that you might like: