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Many of the back-end pages have an a button bar between the menu bar and the actual content of the page. For instance, the product edition page can have 8 buttons available.

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The modules list is a new feature brought by PrestaShop 1.5.4, which makes it possible to see modules which apply to the current context. For instance, in the "Shipping > Carriers" page, it will display  display the modules from the "Shipping & Logistics" category of modules. This is very helpful when you need to quickly find which module to install and configure in order to get a given result.

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Tip
titleDeleting the iPod Touch... and the sample order

The iPod Touch from the default installation is tied to the sample order (made by sample customer John Doe), and thus cannot be deleted until the order is deleted.

Therefore, in order to delete this product, you first need to delete this sample order.

To safely delete the default order (and thus be able to delete the iPod from your catalog), install the "PrestaShop cleanerDatabase Cleaner" module (which is available in the default installation since v1.5.4), open its configuration screen and check the "Orders and customers" box before you click on the "Check Delete orders & fixcustomers" button.

Tip
Reinstalling rather than deletingReinstalling rather than deleting

While deleting all this data takes only a handful of minutes, you might prefer to not have to do it at all. In this case, you can install your shop again and choose not to install the sample data during the installation process: simply relaunch the installer, and in the "Shop Configuration" screen, choose "No" for the "Install demo products" option. ONLY DO THIS IF YOU HAVEN'T CUSTOMIZED ANYTHING YET.

Note that you will also lose some useful content, such as the default contacts, administration profiles and CMS content, which you will have to recreate by yourself. In short: you'd be better off deleting the sample content by hand.

Configure your shop's information

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Setting

Description

Where to find it

Shop name

Defines your brand, most notably on search engines (Google, Yahoo!, Bing...).

"Preferences" menu, "Store Contacts" page, then in the "Contact details" section, click the shop name.

Shop logo

Defines your brand , visually and on your invoicesvisually. The default logo says "YourLogoHere" as an incentive to use yours.
Displayed at the top left of every page of your store, as well as in your invoices and other automatic e-mails.

"Preferences" menu, "Themes" page, "Appearance" section, then change the various default images to your logo.

Default shop currency

The currency in which you want to set the default price for your products.

"Localization" menu, "Localization" page, "Configuration" section.

Customer service info

A block presenting the phone number for your customer service, and a button to send you an e-mail.
Displayed in the front-office, 's right column.

"Block contact" module.

Company info /
Contact info

A block presenting your contact address, the phone number for your customer service, and a link to send you an e-mail.
Displayed in the front-office, 's footer.

"Block contact infos" module.

Advertising

Image displayed A block presenting an image with a link to another site.
Displayed in front-office, left column.

"Block advertising" module.

Image slider

The slider is usually placed front and center of the homepage, and therefore presents several images, scrolling one after the other. It is a strong visual signature for your shop store and products.
Usually placed front and center of the homepage

"Image slider for your homepage" module.

CMS pages

The content of static pages, such as "About Us", "Delivery", "Legal Notice", "Terms and Conditions", and "Secure Payment". Some of them have default content, which you should adapt to your business; some others are empty, and you should paste your own text.
Displayed in the "Information" block in the left column, and in the "Information" section of the footer.

"Preferences" menu, "CMS" page, then edit each page at will.

Social networks

A block presenting three links: your company's Facebook page, your company's Twitter account, and the RSS feed for your company's blog (or "current events" site).
By default, all these links lead to the PrestaShop company. It is important that you change it to your own.
Displayed in the "Follow us" section of the footer.

"Social networking block" module.

These are the most visible default settings on your front-end – at least with the default theme.
The "Where to find it" column enables you to see where you can find the interface to change these aspects of your store. This user guide will provide you with more details for each interface.

Shop languages

PrestaShop is able to work with many languages, both on the front-office and the back-office. Each back-office text-field is accompanied with a flag icon, which indicates the current language, and which you can click in order to choose another language in which to write that field's content.

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See the "Payment" section of the "Making The the Native Modules Work" chapter of this guide in order to learn about them all.

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You can also choose to create your own theme, or have it created for you by a developer. Refer to the online Designer Guide for help, at Designer guideGuide.

Once your theme is installed, you should explore it fully in order to know it by heart and be able to help customers out of a situation.

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