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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 is important to find a reliable hosting provider for your store that will meet the X-Cart sofware system requirements. Be sure to set up a memorable and easy to type store domain so your customers can find your store online.
X-Cart installation is a straightforward process that will not take much time. Just follow the steps from the installation guide, and you will get an ecommerce store ready for setup and launch in minutes:
Once your X-Cart store has been installed, it is time to configure it. 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
An important part of your online store setup process will be deciding what your store should look like and what kinds of products you are going to sell.
X-Cart comes with a few design themes, and you can try them all to see which one looks best. If none of the default themes suits you, check for extra design templates in the X-Cart App Store.
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 your X-Cart store. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to add your products, to organize them, and to configure the necessary payment methods, tax rates 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 email notifications
Test your store before launching. Place and process some test orders to see how the checkout process works. Check whether the email 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 one 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 your target markets.
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