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Entdecken der Administrationsoberfläche

Nun haben Sie PrestaShop 1.6 erfolgreich installiert und Sie sind im Backend eingeloggt. Nun sorgen wir dafür, dass Sie sich schnell und sicher zurecht finden. 

Das Design des Backend wurde mit PrestaShop 1.6 komplett überarbeitet um noch bessere, intuitive Bedienung zu schaffen und um besser mit Mobilen Endgeräten zu arbeiten.

Die meisten 1.5 Funktionen sind noch dort wo sie waren. Aber evtl. benötigen Sie etwas Zeit um sich in der neuen Umgebung zurecht zu finden.

Wir haben dieses Kapitel erstellt um Ihnen dabei zu helfen, das PrestaShop Backend bestens kennen zu lernen. Es ist so entworfen das es einfach und ergonomisch zu nutzen ist, aber wir raten Ihnen das komplette Benutzerhandbuch zu lesen damit Sie wirklich perfekt mit Ihrem neuen Online Business Tool umgehen können.

Überblick über den Hauptbereich

Nehmen wir uns die Zeit und schauen uns die Übersicht etwas genauer an - Dis ist die erste Seite die Sie sehen wenn Sie sich in das Backend einloggen. Es zeigt Ihnen eine Zusammenfassung aller wichtigen und relevanten Daten über Ihren Shop. Außerdem gibt es Ihnen Tips was Sie als nächstes zu tun haben. 

Die Top Bar

Am oberen Rand des Backends ist immer eine schwarze Leiste die Ihnen eine Hand voll nützliche Funktionen bietet:

  • (Name Ihres Shops). Wenn Sie hier drauf klicken kommen Sie immer zur Übersicht Ihres Backends.
  • Warenkorb Icon. Eine Anzeige aller noch nicht bearbeiteten Bestellungen. Klicken Sie darauf um eine Liste der Bestellungen zu erhalten.
  • Personen Icon. Eine Anzeige neuer Kunden. Klicken Sie darauf um eine Liste der Kunden zu erhalten. 
  • Nachricht Icon. Eine Anzeige neuer Nachrichten. Klicken Sie darauf um eine Liste der Nachrichten zu erhalten.
  • Orden Icon. Sie erhalten Abzeichen bei PrestaShop. Sie sehen was für Ziele Sie erreichen müssen für ein neues Abzeichen. Lassen Sie sich Ihr Handelsabzeichen anzeigen. 
  • Schnellzugriff. Dies ist das Schnellzugriff Menü. Klicken Sie darauf und fügen Sie weitere, für Sie nützliche Seiten/Funktionen hinzu.
  • "Not connected to PrestaShop Addons" Link. Über diesen Link können Sie sie Sich direkt mit dem Addon Store verbinden. 
  • "Mein Shop" Link. Öffnet Ihren Shop (Frontend) in einem neuen Tab.
  • (Ihr Name) Link. Ein Dropdown-Menü mit allen wichtigen Funktionen für Ihren Account. 
    • "Mein Profil" Link. Hier können Sie Ihr Profil bearbeiten. Z.B. Ihren Namen oder Ihr Passwort ändern.
    • "Ausloggen" Link. Damit loggen Sie sich aus dem Backend aus.

The menus

All along your daily activities administrating your shop, you will have to browse through the many pages and options of the back-office.


By default, the menu system in PrestaShop 1.6 is displayed on the left side of the page. You can switch the menu to the top of the page by using the "Display admin menu" option in your user preference page (which you can access through the link bearing your name in the top bar).

In either vertical or horizontal format, the content of each menu is displayed when the mouse hovers the menu label, thus reducing the necessity to load new screens just to access menu options. 

In addition to that, the vertical format can be minimized to only its icons by clicking on the "parallel lines" icon at the bottom of it.

Each menu applies to a given set of tasks and contexts:

  • Search field with dropdown list. Enables you to search within the content of your shop.
  • Catalog. This is the heart of your shop, where you will add products, create categories, set up carriers and suppliers, etc.
  • Orders. Once clients start adding products in their shopping carts, you will see orders in this menu, with the resulting invoices. This is also where you handle merchandise returns, credit slips and per-order customer service, among other things.
  • Customers. Here you can access all the information about your clients, and edit their addresses, create groups of customers to which you can apply special discounts, handle customer service, and even manage social titles if need be.
  • Price Rules. A very specific menu, enabling you to easily create vouchers and price reductions through a set of rules.
  • Modules. Extend the power and usefulness of your shop by adding and activating modules: more than a hundred are available by default, and many more are available to buy on the Addons marketplace ( This is also where you handle themes, and where you can position the blocks of content from your module on the theme (including the Live Edit feature). One last menu page enables you to apply global settings to payment modules.
  • Shipping. Everything pertaining to carriers and shipping costs, as well as marketing.
  • Localization. Helps you customize your shop with local values, such as language and translation, currency, units, taxes and tax rules, and geographical entities (regions, countries, etc.).
  • Preferences. PrestaShop is a very configurable e-commerce solution, and you can edit just about any of its behaviors using the full-featured preferences.
  • Advanced Parameters. This menu contains links to tools and informational pages that are too specific to fit in other menus, such as the Web service settings, the database backup tool, or the performance page, among others.
  • Administration. Here are the settings pertaining to the back-office itself; for instance, the content of the Quick Access menu, the employees list and permissions, or the menu order, among others.
  • Stats. This menu gives you access to all the numerous statistics and graphics that are gathered and generated by PrestaShop.

These are the default menus. Note that modules can add new options to the existing pages, new pages to the existing menus, and even new menus.

Also, one menu is only available when the proper option is set:

  • Stock. This menu gives you access to stock management feature, where you can handle warehouses, stock movement and supply orders.
    It can be made available through the "Products" preference page: simply activate the "Enable advanced stock management" option (in the "Products stock" section) and save your change to see the menu appear.

All the default standard menus, including the "Stock" menu, are explained in depth in this user guide.

The buttons

Many of the back-end pages use recurring buttons, either at the top or at the bottom of the screen. For instance, the product edition page can have up to 8 buttons available at the same time.

More than simple shortcuts, they open actual features that you will use very often.

The available buttons vary a lot depending on the context, and therefore two different pages might not feature the same set of buttons. Still, there are a few that you will often see:

  • Add new. Opens the creation page of the current context.
  • Recommended modules. Open a pop-in window containing the modules available in the current context.
  • Help. Opens the online documentation for the current page.

The "Recommended modules" button presents you the modules which apply to the current context. For instance, in the "Shipping > Carriers" page, it will 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.

Many of the back-office forms are validated with buttons at the bottom of the screen:

  • Save. Saves the content of the current page and returns to the list of existing items.
  • Save and stay. Saves the content of the current page and keep the page open.
  • Cancel. Returns to the list of existing items.

Contextual help

Since version of PrestaShop, the software's documentation is directly embedded into administration interface: clicking on the "Help" button from any back-office page reduces the main interface's width in order to add a new column on the right, which contains the documentation for that section of the back-office.

Another click on the "Help" button closes the contextual help. If you do not close the help column, PrestaShop understands that you want it displayed on every page of the back-office, and thus will maintain the column open until you have clicked to close it.


If the browser's display zone is lower than 1220 pixels width, then PrestaShop will open the contextual documentation in a new browser window rather than reducing the screen space dedicated to the main interface.

At the bottom of the help column, a small form enables you to tell the PrestaShop team whether the help section has been helpful to you or not. Rate the help page by clicking on one of the 5 levels of satisfaction. If you click on one of the two lowest levels, PrestaShop will open a short form allowing to detail your thoughts? You can either fill it and click on the "Submit" button, or close the form by clicking on the cross, in which case only your rating will be sent to our server.

The Dashboard

Let's now explore the content of the Dashboard itself. It can feel crowded to a first-time user, but you will find that it gives an excellent summary of your shop's daily activities at a glance.

The Dashboard is divided in 4 main areas: a horizontal bar, and three columns.

Demo mode


By default, the Dashboard uses fake data so that you can better visualize what the various stats are for.

When using PrestaShop for a real online store, you must disable this fake data so that your real data is used: click on "No" in the "Demo mode" block at the bottom right of the screen.

The horizontal bar

At the top of the Dashboard is a single bar which helps you choose the period of time for the currently displayed dashboard statistics. Three sets of options are available:

  • Current day, month or year.
  • Previous day, month or year.
  • Precise date selection (the button on the right, which opens a date selector).

Choosing an option updates all the blocks of content that are on the Dashboard so that they display data for the chosen period of time only. Blocks that are not stats-based do not change.

In order to choose a period of time, you can either click the first and last date of that period in the calendar (the clicking order does not matter), or you can type the dates in the YYYY-MM-DD format in the text boxes. Click "Apply" to see the Dashboard change according to your settings.

You can also compare two periods of time together by checking the "Compare To" box. Select the second period as would do for the first one (the two can even overlap), then click on the "Apply" button. 
When comparing two periods, some of the content blocks will update to indicate the evolution of the data (see for instance the main "Dashboard" block, which presents data from the Dashboard Trends module).

The left column

By default, this column presents you with data from the Dashboard Activity module, which gives the main figures from your database in a quick glance:

  • Online visitors in the last 30 minutes.
  • Active shopping carts in the last 30 minutes.
  • Currently pending orders, return/exchange inquiries, abandoned carts and out of stock products.
  • Notifications for new messages, order inquiries and product reviews.
  • New customers and new newsletter subscriptions.
  • Traffic statistics: visits, unique visitors, traffic sources and direct links.

The central column

The central column is where the term "dashboard" takes its importance: this area of the Dashboard presents the user (you) with the most important numbers pertaining to his shop's daily activities, along with a graph of sales and a list of the latest orders. Every time you log into your shop's administration area, you will be first and foremost looking at the evolution that these numbers take. This is where you see your shop live and breathe.

By default, there are three blocks of content in this column, which are handled by modules:

  • Dashboard (Dashboard Trends module). This is the main block of information on the dashboard. With its various graphics, it really helps you see if your shop is headed in the right direction or not. Click on one of the graphic type to display it. Additionally, when comparing two time periods, it displays the evolution of each figure in percentages. Hover the graphic with your mouse to see the details.

    Clicking on its configuration icon (top right) open a new page where you can set various expenses that your shop has (bank wire fee, average shipping fee, hosting expenses, etc.), in order to better indicate your trends.
  • Your Forecast (Dashboard Goals module). This block presents you with the goals you have for the coming months, and how your shop is doing as compared to them. Hover the graphic with your mouse to see the details.

    Depending on your monthly results, you should update your forthcoming goals. You can set your goals in the block's configuration form (top right of the block), and fill in your expectations month per month in terms of traffic, conversion rate, and average cart value. The "Sales" column will be updated according to the goals set in the other columns (for instance, for a 1000 visitors with a 2% conversion rate and a $10 average cart, you would get 1000*(2/100)*10 = $200). You can change the currency in the "Currencies" page under the "Localization" menu.
  • Products and sales (Dashboard Products module). This block presents you with a table of your latest orders and a ranking of your products: best sellers, most viewed and top searches (as searched in your shop's search form, not from search engines).

    You can set the number of items to display in each by opening the block's configuration form

The right column

This last column is an informational one: it gives you the latest news from, notifications about new PrestaShop versions, and useful links.

It also features the "Demo mode" block, from which you can disable the fake data used by default on the Dashboard and use your own data (as gathered by PrestaShop's statistics system).

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