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 ====== Get Started ====== ====== 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 LiteCartIf not go to [[how_to_install|How To Install]].**+So you want to become a merchant selling products using LiteCart. Here is a checklist to get you started...
  
 ===== Step List ===== ===== Step List =====
  
-  * Protect your store until it's ready for the big audience by going to Admin -> Settings -> Listings and turning on Maintenance ModeWhen you are logged in to the admin panel you will be able to see the whole frontend.+  * Install LiteCart by uploading the files via FTP and point your browser to http://www.yourdomain.com/install/. Follow the instructions on the pageIf you instead would like to benefit from our software channel via Softaculous, be sure to visit http://www.softaculous.com to install LiteCart. Softaculous is also available available through many web host providers as a service.
  
-  * 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**.+  * Protect your store until it's ready by uncommenting the HTTP Auth protection in /.htaccess 
 + 
 +<file> 
 +# 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> 
 +</file> 
 + 
 +  * 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   * 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 [[https://www.litecart.net/addons|LiteCart Add-ons Store]]. See Admin -> Translations. Don't forget to manually translate some database related objects:+  * Add translations for new languages. See Admin -> Translations. Don't forget to manually translate some database related objects:
     * Admin -> Catalog -> Delivery Statuses     * Admin -> Catalog -> Delivery Statuses
     * Admin -> Catalog -> Sold-out Statuses     * Admin -> Catalog -> Sold-out Statuses
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   * 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. [[https://www.litecart.net/addons?category_id=24|LiteCart Add-ons]]   * 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. [[https://www.litecart.net/addons?category_id=24|LiteCart Add-ons]]
  
-  * Go to Admin -> Tax and set up some tax classes and rates. Assign the rates to your Geo Zones.+  * Go to Admin -> Tax and set up some tax classes and rates.
  
   * Now you are ready to start creating your products under Admin -> Catalog -> Add New Product.   * 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 [[https://www.litecart.net/addons|LiteCart Add-ons Store]].+  * Install and configure some shippingand payment modules under Admin -> Modules.
  
-  * Create some information pages e.g. Privacy PolicyTerms of PurchaseShipping and Returns. Admin -> Pages+  * Create some information pages e.g. privacy policyconditionsshipping 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|Redirect Links From Another Platform]]   * 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|Redirect Links From Another Platform]]
  
-  * Set up email delivery by going to Admin -> Settings -> Email and provide your SMTP credentials. Do not trust the mail pipe on the serverDo not use GMailWe recommend signing up for a free [[https://www.mailgun.com/|Mailgun]] account.+Discover our add-ons on the official websiteGet help from other merchants in the LiteCart forums. [[https://www.litecart.net/addons|LiteCart Add-ons]]
  
-Do some testing and browsing around making sure everything seems okay. Get some good advice from other merchants in the [[https://www.litecart.net/forums|LiteCart Forums]].+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 when upgrading to new versions. [[how_to_create_a_vqmod|How to Create A vQmod]]+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|How to Create A vQmod]]
  
 ==== Extras ==== ==== Extras ====
  
-  * Give your site a custom favicon by replacing /favicon.ico. [[http://tools.dynamicdrive.com/favicon/|Favicon Converter from DynamicDrive]] +  * Give your site a custom favicon. [[http://tools.dynamicdrive.com/favicon/|Favicon Converter form DynamicDrive]] 
- +  * Install an SSL certificate if you haven't already. [[http://www.letsencrypt.com/|Let's Encrypt]] [[http://www.cloudflare.com/|CloudFlare]]
-  * Install an SSL certificate (http:// to https://if you haven't already. [[http://www.letsencrypt.com/|Let's Encrypt]] [[http://www.cloudflare.com/|CloudFlare]] +
 ===== When you are ready to go live ===== ===== When you are ready to go live =====
- +  * If you enabled the HTTP Auth protection for the catalog, disable it so guests are allowed entrance.
-  * If you enabled Maintenance Mode, disable it so everyone is allowed entrance. +
- +
-  * Turn on system cache for an extra boost of 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. +
- +
-  * If you have access to cron on the webserver. Set up a pusher for background tasks. [[admin:modules_jobs|Modules: Background Jobs]] +
   * 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 Analytics account and insert the tracking code into ~/includes/yourtemplate.catalog/layouts/default.inc.php. Google should automatically start indexing your website.
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   * Sign up for a [[https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools|Google Search Console]] account (formerly Webmaster Tools) and add your sitemap: http://www.yoursite.com/feeds/sitemap.xml   * Sign up for a [[https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools|Google Search Console]] account (formerly Webmaster Tools) and add your sitemap: http://www.yoursite.com/feeds/sitemap.xml
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   * Keep an eye on your search engine rank position. There are several tools out there. [[https://www.wincher.com|Wincher]]   * Keep an eye on your search engine rank position. There are several tools out there. [[https://www.wincher.com|Wincher]]
  
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