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First steps with PrestaShop 1.5
You are now getting a pretty good idea of how complete PrestaShop can be, and the number of possibilities can feel overwhelming. We This first guide will therefore guide lead you through some basic actions to set up your shop before the big launch. A lot can be done before you launch your shop, but these steps are the essential configuration steps of any shop.
We'll consider that you are still within the first hour following your installation of PrestaShop, in a single-shop instance.
Deactivating your shop means making sure that no one can access it while you are busy making changes, creating products, settings prices and taxes, installing payment modules and a new theme, setting carriers... This is called putting your shop in maintenance mode.
In your back-office, go the "Preferences / Maintenance" page. This page features two simple options:
- The "Enable Shop" option: simply set it to "No", and your front-page will display the maintenance page.
- The "Maintenance IP" is where you must put your own IP address, so that you can still get access to your front-page, and browse your shop as if it was available to all. This is a must-do every time you put your shop in maintenance mode, as you will always need to browser your front-end so as to make sure everything is in place as intended.
If you are already decided on your theme and products, you can simply put your shop in Catalog mode. This means that customers can browse your shop, but no price will be displayed, and they won't be able to add anything to their cart until you disable the Catalog mode.
You can activate the Catalog mode by going to the "Preferences / Products" page, where it is the first option.
Delete the content of the shop
The default installation features a handful of products – mainly Apple products, along with a couple third-party accessories.
- Create a category
- Create a product
- Payment configuration
- Carrier configuration
- Managing orders
- Template choice