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2.6 Configuring the Online Store Settings

In order for the online store to work properly, there are certain settings we need to take care of, like payment providers, shipping, and so on. In this lesson we’ll quickly go through the most important settings.

2.6 Configuring the Online Store Settings

Now in order for your online store to work properly, it's not enough that you just add products in categories, collections, and be done with it. There are certain settings you need to take care of like payment providers, shipping information, stuff like that. So in this lesson, let's quickly go over what I consider to be the most important settings in your store. So back in the administration interface, you would go to settings, and that all of these are grouped in these categories. So let's go to General, here we can specify the store name and the account email that you use. Also, the address that will appear on your invoices, this is very, very important. You will set the legal name of the business which I encourage you, you do have a legal business, phone, address, all the other normal stuff for an address. And then you have access to the standards and formats that you can use like the metric system or the imperial system. Or, actually, I should have said the units system, which would have been [LAUGH] much easier. The weight unit, you can choose between kilograms and grams, the time zone, the currency. These are currently set to my local information. Then you have access to one of the most important sections, payment providers. This allows me to set how you accept payments. You have access to PayPal, and PayPal Express Checkout is available in my country, but this drop down could look totally different for you, depending on where you create your store. And then you have the option to accept credit card payments. Again, in my country, these are the credit card payment providers that you can use. And then you also have access to some alternative payment methods, like for example BitPay, GoCoin just in case you wanna pay in crypto coins, this is where we set those options. And then, you have the option to select manual payments, like, for example Bank Deposit, Cash on Delivery, or a Money Order. Going back to the settings, also, you need to set, how the checkout works. So do you allow customers to check out as guests, or do they need to register for an account? This is the section. Then, how do you contact your customers? Using the email or using their phone number or email. And then you also have some form options. You basically specify whether or not required a full name or last name only, this is basically how you control the contents of the check out form. Really, really cool. Back here at the end, a very important section for the statements for refund, privacy policy and terms of service. So you can generate a sample file, or you can include your own policies, depending on your business, of course. And then, you would save, and those will be accessible on the main website. A very important part of your online store is shipping. So you basically set the shipping origin. So where are you sending your products from and then you can define the shipping zones. Then you manage how your store handles taxes. So are the taxes included in the prices or not? Then you also have the option to charge taxes on shipping rates. Again, depending on where you're from, you'll have different taxes. Finally, one other section I would pay close attention to is billing. Here, you can add credit cards that you can use to pay your invoices and you can see a list of all the invoices. Currently, of course, we don't have any. So that's how you can configure your online store. Now, obviously, you should spend a lot more time getting everything set up properly for your own store. Mine is just a demo. So I just glanced through these settings. But if you've been following along and setting everything properly, you should now have a fully functional store. Now, an additional step you would probably always take, is to customize your theme or essentially your storefront. We're gonna have a look at how we can do that in the next lesson.

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