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How to configure the store settings in Auctiva Commerce

The Auctiva Commerce store settings control many different aspects of how the store behaves in administration as well as how some key features appear in the storefront. It's important to configure the Auctiva Commerce store settings before you take your first order. This tutorial will explain what each of the setting are and how to edit them if necessary.

How to configure the store

A quick and easy way to configure the basic store settings is to use the Store Setup wizard. In the Auctiva Commerce administration, go to the Dashboard and click on the Store Setup wizard in the Welcome box. Or, follow the steps in this tutorial for a more detailed explanation of the store settings.

Step 1. Edit General settings.
  • Go to Store> Configure> Store Settings.
  • Locate the General box.
  • Store Name: This the display name of your store. It will appear in different areas of the storefront. Your store name will also appear in emails sent to your customers. Additionally, if you plan to use the Mail Payment Method (i.e., the Payment Method that prompts customers to mail checks to you), the Store Name is the "write checks to" name.
  • Store URL: This is the URL of your store.
  • Domain: This is the domain name of the store.
Step 2. Edit Store Logo settings.
  • Locate the Store Logo box.
  • Click on the Browse button.
  • Find the image to upload and select it.
  • Click the Open button.
  • Click the Upload button. The image you've selected is now uploaded. If your store logo does not need to be resized, you can skip to the next step.
  • Custom Logo Size: In this section, you can adjust the store logo size by entering a new dimension in either the Width or Height fields. The aspect ratio of the store logo will not change.
  • Click on the Resize Logo button. The store logo has now been resized.
  • Store Logo changes are not applied until you click the Save button on the Configure Store page.

    Step 3. Edit Locale settings.
    • Locate the Locale Settings box.
    • Unit of Weight: Choose which unit of weight will apply to all shipping weights. Every product has a shipping weight that is used when shipping charges are calculated.
    • Unit of Measurement: Choose which unit of measurement will apply to all shipping measurements. Every product will have shipping dimensions that are used when shipping charges are calculated.
    • Time Zone Offset: Choose which time zone to offset all display times. If you choose the time zone you live in, all time-stamped information in the administration will display in your time zone.
    • Postal Code Countries: Enter in the two letter country codes for countries that will require a Postal Code.
    Step 4. Edit Inventory settings.
    • Check off the Enable Inventory Management option if you wish to track individual products. When you select this option, an Inventory Tracking option appears in the product's Details page for every product in your inventory. Inventory Tracking enables you to enter In Stock values for every product and set a Low Inventory value that sends email alerts to you when that stock level is reached.
    • Display Inventory: Choose "Yes" if you wish to display the stock levels of products on the storefront. This will allow your customers to see if an item is in stock. Choosing "No" for this option will hide this information.
    • In Stock Message: If you choose "Yes" for Display Inventory, enter in the message that displays on the storefront when items are in stock. In the default message, the "{0}" string is the place holder for the current stock level.
    • Out of stock message: If you choose "Yes" for Display Inventory, this field is the message displayed when an item is out of stock.
    Step 5. Edit Volume Discounts settings.
    • Discount Mode: The Volume Discounts feature looks for either Quantity or Total Price to qualify a discount. When using Line Item mode, Volume Discounts will look at each product individually and assess if either the Quantity or Total Price of the line item meets the discount's requirements. If an item is eligible, the discount is applied to only that line item. When using the Group by Category mode, Volume Discounts will look at the basket as a whole and asses if either the Quantity or Total Price of all the line items meets the discount's requirements. If the basket is eligible, the discount is applied to that entire order.
    Step 6. Edit Suspend Purchasing settings.
    • Suspend Purchasing mode: Enabling Suspend Purchasing mode will hide the Add to Cart buttons on your storefront, which inhibits your customers from ordering items on your store. You should only enable this mode if for some reason you need to cease all incoming orders. This can be a useful feature when problems occur and you need time to fix them. It's also useful if you are making significant changes to the store and you don't want to accept orders until those changes are complete. To enable Suspend Purchasing mode, simply check the Suspend Purchasing box.
    • When finished, click on the Save button.

    The basic Store Settings have been set. You can return to the Store Settings anytime to make changes as necessary.

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