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Get Started

We tried to think of everything, so you don't have to. Here is a checklist to get you up and running quickly.

  • Install LiteCart by uploading the files via FTP and point your browser to http://www.yourdomain.com/install/. Follow the instructions on the page. If you instead would like to benefit from our software channel via Softaculous, visit http://www.softaculous.com to install LiteCart. Softaculous is also available available through many web host providers as a service.
  • Protect your store until it's ready by uncommenting the HTTP Auth protection in /.htaccess
# Protect catalog using admin .htpasswd, handy for development platforms
<IfModule mod_auth_basic.c>
  AuthType Basic
  AuthName "Restricted Area"
  AuthUserFile /fullpath/to/admin/.htpasswd
  Require valid-user
</IfModule>
  • Go to Admin → Settings → Store Info and edit your store information by . 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”.
  • Go to Admin → Languages to install any extra languages.
  • Go to Admin → Translations to upload or complete missing translations for your languages. Don't forget to first scan your platform for untracked translations Admin → Translations → Scan Files.
  • Translate some database related objects:
    • Admin → Catalog → Delivery Statuses
    • Admin → Catalog → Sold-out Statuses
    • Admin → Orders → Order Statuses
  • Go to Admin → Currencies to install any extra currencies.
  • 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.
  • Go to Admin → Catalog → Add New Product when you are ready to start creating your first products.
  • Go to Admin → Modules → Shipping or Payment to install and configure your shipping- and payment modules. More modules are available on the official website.
  • Go to Admin → Pages to create some information pages e.g. privacy policy, conditions, shipping and returns. Then assign them under Admin → Settings → Legal.

Discover our add-ons on the official website. Get help from other merchants in the LiteCart forums. LiteCart Add-ons

Make sure you have all shipping and payment modules you need. Do some testing by browsing around making sure everything looks okay.

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 while upgrading to newer versions. How to Create A vQmod

Extras

  • Give your site a custom favicon under Admin → Appearance → Favicon. If you need a third party converter try Favicon Converter form DynamicDrive.
  • Install an SSL certificate if you haven't already. Talk to your web host if you are uncertain how to enable SSL. Once done you can force redirects for all unsecure routes by uncommenting the following in .htaccess:
  • 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
  # Force HTTPS (Standard SSL)
  RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_METHOD} !=POST
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^\.well-known/
  RewriteRule ^ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]

When you are ready to go live

  • If you enabled the HTTP Auth protection for the catalog, disable it in .htaccess so guests are allowed entrance.
  • 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.
  • Sign up for a Google Search Console account (formerly Webmaster Tools) and add your sitemap: http://www.yoursite.com/feeds/sitemap.xml
  • Keep an eye on your search engine rank position. There are several tools out there. Wincher

Now begins a great journey.

We are wishing you the best of luck!

See also

get_started.txt · Last modified: 2021/12/30 22:50 by tim