The Zen Cart Manual provides step-by-step instructions for anyone wanting to create a stand-alone online store using the free Zen Cart 1.5 store creation software.
The manual takes you through the process of downloading the software, finding a hosting company, installing the software, configuring it, and adding your first physical or downloadable products.
The manual provides all the information you need to get started if you have never created an online store before, or if you have never used Zen Cart before. No previous knowledge is assumed or anticipated.
The manual assumes no prior knowledge, either of hosting or of software or coding, and takes you step-by-step from start to finish whether you want to set up a store selling intangible goods (such as downloads) or tangible goods (such as physical goods you need to send by post).
Starting with first principles, the book explains how websites are hosted (on a server which serves the website up when requested by a browser) and what you need to host a website of your own.
The manual then explains how to select a hosting company, how to prepare a website for Zen Cart, and how to install the free software onto the site.
Once installed on the website, the manual then explains all the basic software settings to ensure your store will work correctly, and then it takes you step-by-step through the process of adding the first goods you will be selling.
The Zen Cart Manual For Complete Beginners leaves nothing to chance. You will learn how best to display your goods, how to set up intangible goods such as downloadable memberships, eBooks, or any other type of goods that do not have to be posted or shipped.
Once you have finished learning about how to add intangible goods, the manual then moves on to tangible goods that need to be posted or shipped. It takes you step-by-step through the shipping process, how to charge different amounts for different countries or different weights or price of products.
Once your products are ready for sale, the manual takes you through the process of how to accept payments through payment gateways such ad PayPal, and how to add any required taxation classes to your goods. You can even, set up free products, or special discounts or sales.
Once you get this far, you are almost ready to go, but it would be a shame if something went wrong and your website became unavailable. To ensure this doesn’t happen, the manual then takes you through the process of how to take a backup of your website so, if the worst does happen, you can get up and running again straight away.
You will want your online store to be as attractive to potential buyers as possible, so the manual also takes you step-by-step through the process of changing colour schemes, adding images and logos, and all the steps necessary for your site to stand out from the crowd.
The Zen Cart Manual For Complete Beginners takes you through the whole process of hosting your own online store with no previous experience, and provides all the information you need.
This version of the Zen Cart Manual was written for Zen Cart 1.5.5 and should apply to all versions of Zen Cart 1.5.
You may find some differences between the 1.5.5 version of Zen Cart and the current version of Zen Cart.