Getting Started with Magento
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
We need a store online to sell things. Magento is a powerful and widely used solution.
Before we can install Magento, we need to create a database and install the sample data.
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.
Before we can use Magento, we need to install the software.
Install the finishes and Magento is now ready to go. Understand what happens after installation.
Setting Up Your Store
The admin panel is large. We give an overview of what to do there.
The admin panel is large. We give an overview of the Dashboard, Sales, and Customers sections of the admin panel.
The admin panel is large. We give an overview of the Promotions, Newsletter, CMS, and System sections of the admin panel.
The configuration menu is long and daunting. Here we go over everything there is to see.
Magento allows the creation of many users with many different roles. This allows you to set permissions for all new users.
Magento offers custom themes. This allows us to change the themes from the available options.
Attributes and Categories
Categories for our products don't exist in a blank store. We need to create categories to add products to.
Our categories are out of order and missing information. We edit and rearrange them.
Attributes and sets can be a confusing concept. Create sets and add attributes to them to describe products.
Magento only comes with a limited number of premade attributes. Here we create our own.
Magento only comes with a limited number of premade attributes sets. Here we create our own and add attributes to the set.
You need products in your store to sell. Here we create a basic product.
Some products need special options.
When many products need to have options, creating a configurable product allows building products with options.
Need to have multiple products within one? Grouped products allow for grouping products together on one product page.
Some products don't exist physically. Here we create virtual products.
Products such as computers are made up of many components. Bundled products allow your products to have smaller component 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
Magento offers CMS pages for non-product informational pages. Learn how to create and edit CMS pages.
Magento allows for adding content in small reusable blocks. Here we create static blocks.
Static pages and blocks are both static. Widgets are used in order to have dynamic content added to the site.
User input can make your store better. Add a poll for the user input.
All pages needn't have the same layout. Change the page layout based on what layouts are available in the theme.
Magento stores various e-mails for dynamic use. We can modify and add our own e-mails.
Shipping, Tax, and Accepting Payment
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.
There are many options in the shipping methods. Here we detail the sections.
Need to set up table rate shipping. Configure values and enable table rates.
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.
Need to accept payment. Here we show payment options and settings.
Need to accept payment. Here we set up the PayPal Express to accept payment.
The Order Process
We need to understand the ordering process. We place an order.
An order has been placed. We explain what to do next.
Orders need to be managed. We navigate and understand order management.
An order needs to be modified. We edit and save an order.
An order is ready to be invoiced. We create the invoice.
An order is ready to be shipped. We ship the order.
Managing Your Store
Many people will create customer accounts on your site. Here we manage them and show how to create lists of customers.
Each time people search, it's logged. Manage and see the most-used search terms.
Customers can rate products. We approve and manage them.
Customers can review products. We approve and manage them.
Customers can tag products. We approve and manage them.