So, you've created an online store at www.x-cart.com and need to know what to do next. Follow the steps below, and you can easily start selling within a day!
Step 1: Sign In
Actually, the system should automatically sign you into the X-Cart Admin area right after your store has been created. So the very first page you will see will be a "Welcome to X-Cart!" page:
This page offers you to use the X-Cart Onboarding Wizard for the store set-up.
However, if you ever need to sign in, use the Admin area URL and your original login and password from the welcome email, you should have got after the trial creation. The Admin area login page will look as follows:
Here you will need to enter your email and password to log in. After that, you will be taken to the Admin area to configure the store and manage your products and orders. Inside the Admin area, you can also get customer support via chat.
Step 2: Add Business Information
Once you are in your X-Cart Admin area, it is time to configure it. Before you stock your store with products, you need to enter some business information about yourself and your store (company name, address, contact emails).
Use the Store profile page within the "Store setup" section of the store Admin area to enter this information:
Entering all of this information is critical for both you and your customers. For example, your name and email will automatically display in customer email notifications. Setting up a timezone allows you to receive orders correctly if you offer in-store pickup. You will need to give your customers access to your policies for refunds, privacy, and service terms before they buy a product.
Currency and country standards set-up can be done on the Localization page in the "Store Setup" section of your store Admin area:
You can organize company legal pages (return policy, customer care policy, etc.) via the Pages section of your store Admin area (Content -> Pages):
Step 4: Brand Your Store Design
An important part of your online store setup process will be deciding what your store should look like.
X-Cart comes with a default skin where there are many elements that you can personalize: header image, logo image, page layout, etc. With so many possible variations of design, you can create a very personalized and unique store. In addition, the default skin is responsive, making your store look good on any screen size.
The store layout management is done via the Layout page of the "Look & Feel" section of your store Admin Area:
Store logo and favicon can be changed on the Logo & Favicon page of the "Look & Feel" section of your store Admin Area:
If the default skin does not suit you, check for extra design templates in the X-Cart App Store.
Use store general settings to define the rules for product info representation and common customer behavior in the storefront. They can be configured in the Store setup -> Cart & Checkout section of the Admin area:
Alongside general settings also allow choosing the preferred type of checkout for your store, configure customer profile fields, and set a default customer address.
Step 4: Populate Your Store with Products
Each X-Cart store comes with a set of demo products aimed at testing purposes. When all the tests are done, you can delete the demo products and populate the store with real products instead.
To delete demo products from your store, use the Remove data page in the "System tools" section of your store Admin area:
When you are ready, add real products to sell. Depending on how many products you plan to offer, adding and organizing your product listings can be the most time-consuming step of setting up your X-Cart store. So be sure to give yourself plenty of time to add your products and organize them.
X-Cart allows selling physical or digital products, services, and anything in between.
To add products to your store, use the Add product button on the product listing page of your store Admin area (Catalog -> Products):
If you don't want to add products one by one, use the import tool in your store Admin area (Catalog -> Import):
To organize products in categories, use the Categories page of your store Admin area (Catalog -> Categories):
Step 5: Configure Payment Options
X-Cart supports both online and offline payment methods and allows configuring several payments at once to give your customers more options.
Set up at least one payment method to be able to collect sales revenue. Use the payments listing page in your store Admin area (Store setup -> Payment methods) for the purpose:
Step 6: Configure Taxes
It is also important to configure taxes correctly before you start selling.
Taxes management is done on the Taxes page of the "Store setup" section of your store Admin area:
Taxes set-up will also require the related zones to be configured properly. You can do this on the Countries, states, and zones page:
Step 7: Define Shipping Options
If you sell physical products that require shipping, you must decide how to distribute your products to your customers. X-Cart supports various shipping methods, both offline and online, that you can choose from and combine. Shipping related settings can be accessed by selecting Store setup -> Shipping in your store's Admin menu:
More information on the setup of shipping in X-Cart can be found in the Shipping Setup.