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Getting Started with Magento

Learn how to use the world's #1 eCommerce platform and set up your own online store
Packt Publishing
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Understand the entire process of installing Magento with and without sample data
Set up your store with a deep understanding of the available options and menu layouts
Categorize and create product types to organize your store’s inventory
Create simple, complex, configurable, tangible, and virtual products to fill out your store’s inventory
Enhance your product pages with descriptions, images, and inventory information
Take control of your content and customize your product page's layout
Use tax and shipping rules along with payment gateway integration to generate revenue, and understand the order process to manage and ship your sales
Manage every aspect of your store, including ratings, reviews and tags

This video will guide you through the daunting world of setting up, customizing, and running your own online store with the world's #1 eCommerce platform. It covers everything from installation to configuration, customization and managing every aspect of your store's frontend and the customer's experience.

Beginning with the very basics of installation, we’ll cover everything you'll need to get your web store up and running. Getting Started with Magento will cover everything you need to know; from populating your store with products to creating custom product types, and the addition of simple or complex product types. You’ll also learn how to configure your store to accept payment, process taxes, and handle shipping. In addition to managing your products, this course will also show you how to modify and add pages, and change their layout and theme.

Once you’ve completed this course, your web store will be fully functional and ready for business online.

About the Author

Scott Tolinski graduated from the University of Michigan’s Performing Arts Technology Program, and is currently the senior frontend developer for Q LTD in Ann Arbor, MI. He has worked actively in the fields of web creation and production for over 10 years. In 2012, Scott Tolinski created Level Up Tuts, providing free web development tutorials on Youtube. A breakdancer, hip hop expert, founder of a competitive Bboy dance crew, and lover of all things kung fu, Scott is inspired by a glass of fine wine or a steaming hot cup of green tea.

Installation and Setup

Series Overview

We need a store online to sell things. Magento is a powerful and widely used solution.

Creating the Database & Installing the Sample Data

Before we can install Magento, we need to create a database and install the sample data.

Setting File Permissions

File and folder permission restrictions can prevent Magento from working correctly. By setting correct permissions, we can ensure that the system can properly use all files.

Installing Magento

Before we can use Magento, we need to install the software.

Post-Installation Configuration

Install the finishes and Magento is now ready to go. Understand what happens after installation.

Setting Up Your Store

Admin Panel Introduction

The admin panel is large. We give an overview of what to do there.

Overview of Dashboard, Sales, and Customers

The admin panel is large. We give an overview of the Dashboard, Sales, and Customers sections of the admin panel.

Overview of Promotions, Newsletter, CMS, and System

The admin panel is large. We give an overview of the Promotions, Newsletter, CMS, and System sections of the admin panel.

Configuration Menu

The configuration menu is long and daunting. Here we go over everything there is to see.

Creating Users and Roles

Magento allows the creation of many users with many different roles. This allows you to set permissions for all new users.

Changing Your Theme

Magento offers custom themes. This allows us to change the themes from the available options.

Attributes and Categories

Creating Categories

Categories for our products don't exist in a blank store. We need to create categories to add products to.

Modifying Categories and the Category Tree

Our categories are out of order and missing information. We edit and rearrange them.

Introduction to Attributes and Attribute Sets

Attributes and sets can be a confusing concept. Create sets and add attributes to them to describe products.

Creating an Attribute

Magento only comes with a limited number of premade attributes. Here we create our own.

Creating Attribute Sets

Magento only comes with a limited number of premade attributes sets. Here we create our own and add attributes to the set.

Creating Products

How to Create a Simple Product

You need products in your store to sell. Here we create a basic product.

Custom Product Options

Some products need special options.

Creating a Configurable Product

When many products need to have options, creating a configurable product allows building products with options.

Grouped Product

Need to have multiple products within one? Grouped products allow for grouping products together on one product page.

Virtual Products

Some products don't exist physically. Here we create virtual products.

Bundle Products

Products such as computers are made up of many components. Bundled products allow your products to have smaller component products.

Downloadable Products

Some products can be downloaded. Here we create products that can be downloaded.


Sometimes you think you did everything correctly and products still don't show up. Here is what you need to check to make sure you didn't miss something.

Customizing Your Store

Adding CMS Pages

Magento offers CMS pages for non-product informational pages. Learn how to create and edit CMS pages.

Creating Static Blocks

Magento allows for adding content in small reusable blocks. Here we create static blocks.

Using Widgets

Static pages and blocks are both static. Widgets are used in order to have dynamic content added to the site.

Adding Polls

User input can make your store better. Add a poll for the user input.

Changing Page Layouts

All pages needn't have the same layout. Change the page layout based on what layouts are available in the theme.

Modifying Store e-mails

Magento stores various e-mails for dynamic use. We can modify and add our own e-mails.

Shipping, Tax, and Accepting Payment

Setting Up Tax

Depending on what state your products are sold in, you need to have proper tax rules. Here we show you how to set up your tax rules.

Shipping Methods Overview

There are many options in the shipping methods. Here we detail the sections.

Table Rate Shipping

Need to set up table rate shipping. Configure values and enable table rates.

UPS Shipping

Need to set up UPS. Shows how to connect to UPS for shipping rates.


Need to set up USPS. Shows how to connect to USPS for shipping rates.

Introduction to Payment Methods

Need to accept payment. Here we show payment options and settings.

Setting Up PayPal Express

Need to accept payment. Here we set up the PayPal Express to accept payment.

The Order Process

Placing an Order

We need to understand the ordering process. We place an order.

When an Order Has Been Placed

An order has been placed. We explain what to do next.

Managing Orders in the Backend

Orders need to be managed. We navigate and understand order management.

Modifying an Order

An order needs to be modified. We edit and save an order.

Creating an Invoice

An order is ready to be invoiced. We create the invoice.

Shipping an Order/Completing the Process

An order is ready to be shipped. We ship the order.

Managing Your Store

Managing Customers and Customer Lists

Many people will create customer accounts on your site. Here we manage them and show how to create lists of customers.

Managing Search

Each time people search, it's logged. Manage and see the most-used search terms.

Managing Ratings

Customers can rate products. We approve and manage them.

Managing Reviews

Customers can review products. We approve and manage them.

Managing Tags

Customers can tag products. We approve and manage them.

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