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What to start with to get your first sale? The checklist below outlines all of the steps that you need to take to get started with X-Cart.
- Before You Start
- X-Cart Installation
- First Steps
- Basic Store Setup
- Store Testing
- Sales Channels (If Applicable)
- SEO and Promotion
Before You Start
Before you start setting up your X-Cart store, it’s important to find a reliable hosting for your store that whould meet the sofware system requirements and set-up a memorable and easy to type store domain so that your customers can find your store online.
X-Cart installation is an easygoing and straightforward process that won’t take much time. Just follow the steps from the installation guide and you’ll get a store ready for set-up and launch in minutes:
Before you stock your X-Cart store with products, you need to enter some business information about yourself and your store. You need to decide on some basic standards for your product listings and storefront options representation.
- Name your store, define the store address and contact info
- Localize your store: set the default store currency and weight units
- Staff your store if necessary
- Configure the store general settings
Basic Store Setup
The most important parts of your online store are the way your store looks and the kinds of products that you’re going to sell. Try a few different themes to see which one looks best. If none of the default themes suits you, check for extra templates in the Marketplace.
Add some 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 an X-Cart store. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to add your products, to organize them, to configure payments and to set the necessary tax and shipping options.
- Choose a theme for your store
- Add and organize your products
- Choose a payment processor
- Configure zones and taxes
- Set up shipping options
- Set up e-mail notifications
Test your store before launching. Place and process some test orders to see how the checkout process works. Check whether the e-mail notifications are working properly. Check the storefront and overall store security.
- Test your store security
- Test both succesfull and failed transactions
- Test orders maintenance, refunds and cancellation
- Test e-mails transfer
- Test customer experience in the storefront
Sales Channels (If Applicable)
After you launch your online store, your business might benefit from adding some other online sales channels to your X-Cart store. There are several online channels that you can add to X-Cart when selling online. These channels are optional, but each can be used to maximize your store’s audience.
SEO and Promotion
After you launch your online store, you need to promote it. You can improve your store’s visibility by thoughtfully defining your home page metadata and by promoting your store in all of the appropriate spaces.
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