Now that you have installed PrestaShop and that your you are properly logged-in to your administration area, you must spend a good amount of time making sure every part of your future online shop is properly set up, secured, validated and ready for business.
While PrestaShop makes it easy for you to install it and build you your business online, it cannot possibly be 5-seconds work: you are dealing with products, customers, and most importantly with real actual money that will be flowing from your customers to your bank account. We dare say you want to make sure nothing fails in the process of validating an order, have the products be found on your storage location, packaged, and shipped to your customers without a single glitch, or even without anything unpredicted happening without your knowledge.
At the top of the back-office is a black bar containing a handful of links:
- (name of your shop): from any page, takes you back to your Dashboard.
- Cart icon: opens a tooltip presenting the new orders since you clicked that icon. A red tooltip indicates the number of new orders. From there on, you can either display one of the new orders, or go to the list of orders.
- People icon: opens a tooltip presenting the last registered customers. A red tooltip indicates the number of new customers. From there on, you can either display one of the new customercustomers, or go to the list of customers.
- Speech bubbles icon: opens a tooltip presenting the last customer service message. A red tooltip indicates the number of new messages. From there on, you can either display one of the new messages, or go to the list of messages.
- Search field with "Everywhere" dropdown list: allows you to search within the content of your shop – even within your administration page, if you can't remember where an option is set.
- Quick Access: this is the quick links menu, presenting the most useful links, as set in the "Quick Access" option of the "Administration" tab.
- (your name): a simple reminder of which account you are currently logged-in with.
- "My Preferences" link: takes you to your account's preferences page, where you can set some personal options (for instance, the back-office language or your password).
- "Logout" link: logs you out of the current user account.
- "View My Shop": opens a new browser tab with your shop's front-end.
Each of the default standard tabs (along with the "Stock" tab) are is explained in depth in this user guide.
Below the introductory video and text are a handful of quick links, which lead some of the most useful pages at this stage of your exploration of PrestaShop. These buttons should help you get going with your daily task quicker, as they are some of the most accessed features of PrestaShop.
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The default installation features a handful of products – mainly Apple products, along with a couple third-party accessories. Their only use is to help you explore the set up setup of a functional store. After you've learned the intricacies of the ties between products, categories, orders and customers, you should delete all these items in order to start your shop with a clean slate.
- products and their...
- image mappings
- order messages
- customers shopping carts
- price ranges
- weight ranges
- contact & stores
The This means browsing through the many various screens of the back-office and deleting content one page after the other.
By default, PrestaShop is only installed with one language: English. You can easily enable more languages: open the "Localization" menu, choose the "Languages" item, and the page opens, with a table of all 5 available languages: English, German, Spanish, French, and Italian. The currently enabled language(s) have green check mark, while the others have a red "X". Click on any of the red "X" in order to enable its language.
To assign permissions to an employee profile, go to the "Employees" menu, select "Permissions", and select the profile you just created. A long list of permissions appearappears. By default, a new profile cannot do much. It is up to you to set exactly the parts of your shop which that employee profile should have access to. It can be a tedious task, but it is an important.
Whether you are sending your products yourself by mail, or you have set up a contract with a carrier, you should set these this information within PrestaShop.
You can and should customize some of the theme's aspects, most notably its logo in various situations (header, mail, invoice, ...). This is done using the "Themes" preferences page, which you can find under the "Preferences" tab.
If you haven't done this already, you should take the time to write the content for the various CMS that pages which are either already present available in the your PrestaShop installation, or that create the ones you feel should be createdare needed.
Some page pages already exist, but their content should really be triple-checked, as they can have a lot of impact on your shop's legal status, among other things.
This is done using the "Top horizontal menu" module: go to the "Modules" page, type "menu" in the module search form, and you should find the module. Enable it if it is disabled, then configure it: remove the pages or categories you deem unnecessary, add other pages, and move the content around, until you are satisfied with your menu's hierarchy.