How to Configure Downloadable Products
Downloadable products are those products which after purchased can be downloaded by the customers of your online store. Usually such products are digital goods such as movies, videos, high-quality graphics or just a text file with an important essay. In the next few lines of this tutorial we will show you how to add a downloadable product type to your Online Store.
To configure Downloadable Products in AbanteCart, you need to:
- Step 1: Access the Products Menu
- Step 2: Edit the Product Configuration
Step 1 Access the Products Menu
Every product on your store no matter new or already existing have the option to be extended with a downloadable files functionality. Thus we will present you with the common way of configuring a downloadable product which can be used for both new products and already existing.
In order to access the configuration you will need to edit a product once added to your Online Store. This can be achieved by logging into the admin area of your AbanteCart and then by navigating to the Catalog>Products menu.
Next you will need to find the product that needs extending with a downloadable functionality. This can be done quite easily if you use the search tools on top of the Products page.
Step 2 Edit the Product Configuration
Once you find the product you would like to convert to downloadable you will need to click on the small Edit icon.
This will present you with a drop-down menu where you will see the available options for editing related to this product. The one you will need to choose is called Files.
If you click on that menu item you will be taken to quite a simple page where you will be able to manage all the downloadable files added for this product. Now let’s add a new file. In order to do that please click on the small “+” like button at the top left section of this option menu.
You will be then presented with a modal box where you will need to configure the new product you are adding currently. The available configuration options are:
- Resource – The actual file from your local computer
- Status – If the file should be allowed for downloads immediately
- Shared Download – If the download of the file should be shared
- Name – The name of the downloadable file
- Download mask – The filename which the file will have when downloaded by the customer
- Activated – When the download option should be activated
- Sort Order – The sort order of this file based on the other files you add for the same product
- Max Downloads – The maximum amount of downloads for this product
- Expire Days – The amount of days after which the downloadable file will expire
Once you configure these all please click on the Add button and the file will be uploaded and added to the list of files for that product.
You can now add and convert as much as products you would like to in order to make them Downloadable!
How to Create and Manage Product Categories
In order to provide a more easier and convenient way of your customers browsing the products of your website you probably would like to at least consider creating product categories. This structure is used often when you would like to categorize all the products you sell based on a common criteria. In the next few lines of this tutorial we will show you how to fully manage the product categories in AbanteCart.
To fully manage your product categories in AbanteCart, you need to:
- Step 1: Add a New Product Category
- Step 2: Edit and Delete Categories
Step 1 Add a New Product Category
In order to add a new product category you will need to login into the admin area of your AbanteCart and then to navigate to Catalog>Categories.
This will redirect you to a brand new page where you will see a table view for all of the currently configured categories on your online store. From there you can manage all of them but more for that in the next step of this tutorial. Now let’s add a new category. To do that, please click on the small “+” like button located at the top left side of the page.
This will take you to a new page where there are few things you will need to configure for the newly created category. Let’s begin with the General section of settings. The configuration options you will find there are:
- Category Status – If the category should be available for usage immediately
- Parent Category – If this category is an actual child of other already existing category referred as parent
- Category Name – The name of the category
- Description – Few words of information describing this category
The second section of configuration options is the Data section and there you will be able to find the following:
- Meta Tag Keywords – The keywords usable for this category
- Meta Tag Description – The description which will be displayed in the search engines for this category
- SEO Keyword – If you would like AbanteCart to automatically generate some SEO keywords for your category
- Stores – In which of your stores this category should be included
- Sort Order – The default sorting order of this category.
Once you are ready with all these settings click on the Save button located at the bottom of the page so all the information can be saved.
Step 2 Edit and Delete Categories
If you have added the categories you would like to on your AbanteCart based online store then you might reach a moment in which you would like to remove or edit any of those. This is pretty easy and in order to take these actions you will need to access the home page for the categories located in your Admin area>Catalog>Categories. Then you should find the category you would like to edit and use the actions depending on your needs.
The editing of a category can be achieved with the first icon in the Action column of the categories table view.
The edit button will prompt you with options to edit the General category options, the Data category options and the Layout of the category. Please chose the configuration options you would like to edit and do the edits according to your needs.
In order to delete a category, you will need to use the last option from the Action column. It is a small trashcan like icon which if you click will delete a category upon confirmation.
You can now fully manage the Categories of your AbanteCart based online Store!
How to Import products using a CSV file
If you are migrating from other platform to AbanteCart or if you have just a large quantity of products to be imported this can be easily achieved if you use the integrated import tool for AbanteCart. In the next few lines of this tutorial we will show you how to import a CSV file with products in AbanteCart.
To begin, please login into the admin area of AbanteCart and navigate to System>Data>Import/Export.
This will direct you to the Import/Export page with the default option Export being displayed. Since we will be importing products into AbanteCart you will need to switch to the Import tab from the bottom of the page.
This will present you with a simple interface where you will need to upload the CSV file you have on your local computer. To do that you will need to click on the Browse button located in the File to import option.
The next few options before initiating the importing process are:
- CSV/TXT delimiter – Here you should specify the delimiting symbol of the CSV data
- Run in a test mode – This option will allow you to check all the importing process in order to ensure that there will be no issues with the same
Once you are ready with the configuration of these options you can click the Import button so the importing process can be initiated.
If there are no errors with the upload you will be presented with a Successful message indicating that the upload was successful. If there were any errors with the import, all of those will be presented and you will need to address them before importing again.
You now know how to Import multiple products in AbanteCart!
How to Configure Taxes in AbanteCart
Tax Classes or also referred as Taxes are simple rules which are applied to concrete products or to all of them if the customer is from the defined in the Tax Class location. In the next few lines of this tutorial we will provide more information on how to configure your Tax Classes before those are applied to products.
To configure the Tax Rates in AbanteCart, you need to:
- Step 1: Access the Tax Classes page
- Step 2: Add a New Tax Class
Step 1 Access the Tax Classes page
All of the globally used tax classed for your AbanteCart based website are stored in a dedicated page which you can access by logging into the admin area of AbanteCart and then navigating to System>Localization>Tax Classes.
There you will be presented with a list of all the currently configure Tax Classes so you can be able to manage those easily.
Step 2 Add a New Tax Class
In order to add a Tax Class you will need to simply click on the “+” labeled button at the top left corner of the Tax Classes page.
Then you will be redirected to a new page where you will need to configure the Tax Class title and the Description visible to customers using both of the provided fields.
When you are ready, you should click on the Save button so you can be able to save these configurations and move forward with the setup of the tax.
The next Screen will provide you with some additional options to configure for the just added tax.
- Location – The location this Tax will apply for
- Location zone – Here you can define concrete zone this tax should apply for
- Description visible to customers – The description of this tax visible to the customer
- Tax Rate – Here you can define if the tax should be percentage of the price or absolute value
- Apply this tax only if, taxed amount (product, shipping, subtotal, etc.) is ... – Here you can define when should this tax be applied in relation to the product’s overall pricing
- Priority – The priority of the tax
Whenever you are ready, please click on the Save button and the tax will be added to the Tax Classes.
You now know how to properly configure new Taxes in AbanteCart!
How to Add a New Product in AbanteCart
Adding products to your E-Commerce website is probably the thing you need to do the most. The process itself is rather simple and in the next few lines of this tutorial we will show you how to add a product into your AbanteCart based website.
To Add a New Product in AbanteCart, you need to:
- Step 1: Access the Product section
- Step 2: Configure your New Product
Step 1 Access the Product section
In order to add a product first and foremost you will need to login into the admin area of your AbanteCart website. Once logged you will find a vertical menu located at the left side of your screen. Then you will need to click on Catalog>Products.
You will be presented with a list of all the products you have added until now. If you are accessing this page for your very first time then most probably you will see all the sample data products added with the installation procedure.
Now you will need to click on the small “+” sign at the top left corner of the Products page.
This will redirect you to the product configuration page where you will be able to configure the new product you will be adding. We will discuss the configuration process in the next step of this tutorial.
Step 2 Configure your New Product
Assuming that you have reached the product configuration page you will need to configure several groups of settings. Now most of the settings are quite straight and we will not discuss them.
Let’s begin with the first group of settings called General. At the top of the page you will find that group and respectively in the group you will find the following settings:
- Status – The status of the product
- Featured Product – If the product should be featured on the home page
- Product Name – The name of your product
- Description – The description of the product
- Meta Tag Keywords – The keywords which will be used by the search engines to index your product
- Meta Tag Description – The description which will be shown in the search engines for your product
- Product Tags – The tags this product will be associated
- Categories – The categories your product will be included into
- Stores – The stores this product will be added to (in case of multistore setup)
The next section of settings is the Data section and there you will be able to find the following related settings:
- Manufacturer – The brand of the manufacturer for this product
- Model – The model of the product
- Block Product From Ordering – If the product should be blocked for orders
- Price – The price of the product
- Cost – The cost of the product
- Tax Class – The tax class that should be applied to this product
- Track Stock – Here you can define if the stock for this product should be tracked
- Quantity – How much of this product can be ordered
- Minimum Quantity – If a minimum amount of this product should be purchased
- Maximum Quantity – If the maximum amount of this product should be limited
- Out Of Stock Status – The status of the product if it is “Out of Stock”
- SKU – This is the unique identification number for your product
- SEO Keyword – The keywords you would like to specify for the search engines to index this product
- Date Available – The date this product will be available from
- Sort Order – The sorting order of this product
- Requires Shipping – If the product will require shipping
- Free Shipping – If the shipping for this product should be free
- Ship Product Individually – If the product should be shipped separately from the others
- Fixed Shipping Price – If there should be a fixed shipping price applied
- Length – The length of the product
- Width – The width of the product
- Height – The height of the product
- Length Class – The metric class that should be used when measuring this product
- Weight – The weight of the product
- Weight Class – the metric class which should be used when measuring the weight of the product
If you are done with all these settings then you can click on the Save button located at the bottom of the page.
Now you have your product added to your AbanteCart. However there are few things that should be done additionally. Most probably you have noticed that you got redirected to a Product Summary page. On that page there are few tabs we would like to discuss.
The first one is the “General” tab and there you have configured the above discussed options for your product. The second tab is called “Media” and there you can add any media contents related to this product.
If you click on the “+” sign under the Images section you will be able to add the type of content you would like to.
The next tab is called Options and there you will be able to add different options for your product like for example adding a color option.
Next you will notice the Files tab where you will be able to upload and configure files if for example your product is downloadable type of product.
The next tab is called Relations and there you will be able to configure the relations of this product with other products or categories.
The next tab is called Promotions. There you will be able to configure different discounts or specials for your product.
The last tab is called Page Layout and there you will be able to configure the actual layout of the page for this product.
Every single one of these tabs have the option to save the content you have created so whenever you change something it is recommended for the change to be saved.
You now know how to add products to your AbanteCart based website!
How to Configure the Global Attributes
Product Attributes are different additional fields that can be added to a product. Their main purpose is to specify concrete product descriptions like for example size, color or any other specification you would like the client to choose before the product is purchased. AbanteCart provides you with the option to add such attributes exclusively for any product or globally in the configuration of the application. In the next few lines of this tutorial we will provide you with more information on how to configure the Global Attributes.
To configure Global Attributes in AbanteCart you have to:
- Step 1: Access the Global Attributes Page
- Step 2: Add a New Global Attribute
Step 1 Access the Global Attributes Page
As mentioned before you can configure some common Global Attributes which can be used by as many as products you would like to. In order to access the page where you can perform the configuration of these you will need to login into the admin area of AbanteCart and navigate to Catalog>Global Attributes.
This will redirect you to a separate page where you will be able to see all of the currently added Global Attributes.
Step 2 Add a New Global Attribute
In order to add a new Global attribute to AbanteCart you will need to click on the small “+” labeled button at the top left corner of the page and select Product Option.
This action will redirect you to a brand new page where you will see a common configuration interface for the new Global Attribute you will be adding. The interface contains the following options you will need to configure:
- Status – If the attribute you are adding should be on or off
- Name – The name of the attribute
- Attribute Parent – If this attribute should be a child attribute, here you can specify the parent one
- Element Type – The HTML type of this attribute
- Sort Order – Where this product should be displayed within the html blocks on the product
- Required – If this attribute should be marked as required when the product is purchased
- Regular Expression Pattern for Validation of Values – regular expression which should be used when the values of this attribute are validated
- Error Message of invalid Value – If an invalid value is set, you can configure the error message which will be presented to the customer
When you are done with the configuration of these fields please click on the Save button so the configuration of this new attribute can be saved. Note that depending what you choose in the Element Type field you will be presented with different additional configuration options which you will need to also configure. Those however are absolutely intuitive so you will work the way around quite fast.
You now know how to add Global Atributes for your AbanteCart based webstite!
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What are the Advantages & Benefits
Key Benefits of using AbanteCart for the Store Owners
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