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Get Started

To sell your products using LiteCart. We have provided a checklist to help you get you started. This list assumes you have already successfully installed LiteCart. If not go to How To Install.

Step List

  • Protect your store until it's ready for the big audience by making use of the existing .htpasswd file in the admin folder. Handy for development platforms. What is htaccess?

Edit the ~/.htaccess file in the root folder.

# Password protection
<IfModule mod_auth_basic.c>
  AuthType Basic
  AuthName "Restricted Area"
  AuthUserFile /fullpath/to/admin/.htpasswd
  Require valid-user
</IfModule>
  • Edit your store information by going to Admin → Settings → Store Info. To set head title and meta description go to Admin → Translations and search for index:head_title and index:meta_description. In earlier versions these translation keys are named “index.php:xxxxx”.
  • Install any extra languages by going to Admin → Languages → Add New Language. Don't forget to complete missing translations by going to Admin → Translations → Show only untranslated
  • Add translations for new languages. Translation packs are available in the LiteCart Add-ons Store. See Admin → Translations. Don't forget to manually translate some database related objects:
    • Admin → Catalog → Delivery Statuses
    • Admin → Catalog → Sold-out Statuses
    • Admin → Orders → Order Statuses
  • Install any extra currencies by going to Admin → Currencies → Add New Currency.
  • Go to Admin → Countries and disable any countries to which you are not selling.
  • Set up some geographical zones by going to Admin → Geo Zones. These will be used for tax and shipping and it's best to keep them separate, example: My Shipping Zone, My Tax Zone, etc. LiteCart Add-ons
  • Go to Admin → Tax and set up some tax classes and rates. Assign the rates to your Geo Zones.
  • Now you are ready to start creating your products under Admin → Catalog → Add New Product.
  • Install and configure some shipping and payment modules under Admin → Modules. More modules are available in the LiteCart Add-ons Store.
  • Create some information pages e.g. Privacy Policy, Terms of Purchase, Shipping and Returns. Admin → Pages
  • If you migrated to LiteCart from another system make sure old URLs are redirected to their new destinations. This can be done inside .htaccess or LiteCart's own routing modules. Redirect Links From Another Platform

Do some testing and browsing around making sure everything seems okay. Get some good advice from other merchants in the LiteCart Forums.

If you are going to modify the platform. Consider virtual modifications (vQmod technology) rather than permanently changing core files. Otherwise you will loose your changes when upgrading to new versions. How to Create A vQmod

Extras

When you are ready to go live

  • If you enabled the HTTP Auth protection for the catalog, disable it so guests are allowed entrance.
  • Turn on system cache for boosted performance. Go Admin → Settings → Advanced → System Cache.
  • Activate the error reporter in Admin → Modules → Jobs → Error Reporter. You wanna be the first to know if something is up.
  • Sign up for a Google Analytics account and insert the tracking code into ~/includes/yourtemplate.catalog/layouts/default.inc.php. Google should automatically start indexing your website.
  • Keep an eye on your search engine rank position. There are several tools out there. Wincher

Now begins a great journey.

Wish you the best of luck!

get_started.txt · Last modified: 2017/07/03 12:43 by admin