E-store Kit-2 Help

This help file describes how to operate your e-commerce web-catalog using the Control Panel. There are 3 main modules:
  1. General Settings
  2. Category Manager
  3. Product Manager
  4. Sales Manager

Overview of Functions


1. General Settings

  • Change administrator's password
  • Set number of products displayed per page in your Catalog and on Control Panel
  • Set number of pages shown on the navigation bar
  • Set parameters for a pop-up window
  • Your PayPal account settings
2. Category Manager
This module consists of 2 parts:

A) Manage Catalog Categories:

  • “New Category” button - Add categories 
  • “New Subcategory” button - Add subcategories
  • "Delete" button - Delete current category
  • “Category” link - Update current category 
  • “Subcategory” link - Update or delete subcategory 
  • “Product List” link – Display product list in current category/subcategory
B) Update Or Delete A Product Or Move A Product To Another Category

  • Click on any product, displayed as a result of clicking on the “Product List” link to see the product update/delete/move dialogue
3. Product Manager
This module consists of 3 parts:

A) Search For Product:
  • View a list of products from a particular category and subcategory or keyword search
  • Update, delete or change category and/or subcategory of a product through the “Product List” button
B) Update, Delete, Or Move A Product To Another Category
  • Click on any product, displayed as a result of clicking on the “Product List” button to see the product update/change/move dialogue
C) New Product Form:
  • Add a new product to the catalog
4. Sales Manager

This module allows you to control and manage sales of products and trace errors.
 

1. General Settings

        This module allows you to set major parameters of your online catalog.

 

 


General Settings:
  • "Admin's Password" - Change the default password ASAP and memorize it.
  • "Products per Page" (Catalog) - Put a number of products that should be shown on one page of your Catalog.
  • "Products per Page" (Control Panel) - Put a number of products that should be shown on one page of the Control Panel.
  • "Number of Shown Pages" (Catalog's navigation bar) - Put a number of maximum of shown pages on the navigation bar of your catalog:
  • "Number of Shown Pages" (Control Panel's navigation bar) - The same as above, but applicable to the Control Panel.
View Details and Pop-up Window Settings:
  • If you would like to display details and a bigger image of your products in a pop-up window - put checkmark in "Use" Pop-up window" field.
  • "Resizable" - Put checkmark if you would like to use a resizable window.
  • "Scrollable" - Put checkmark if you would like to use scrolling in a pop-up window.
  • "Pop-up Window Width" and "Pop-up Window Height" - Set the size of pop-up window in pixels.

 

PayPal Settings:
  • "Currency" - Select from currency drop down menu.
  • "E-mail (PayPal ID)" - Enter an e-mail address that you use as your PayPal ID to receive money.
  • "PayPal Return URL" - The URL of the Download Page that should be shown to your customers after they complete their payment on PayPal. Enter here your actual absolute URL of downloadForm.asp file (example: http://www.yourdomain.com/catalog/downloadForm.asp).
    Please note: you should visit your Profile on PayPal and turn "Instant Payment Notification" on (the procedure is described in E-commerce Kit-2 Manual).
  • "PayPal Cancel URL" - The URL of the page that should be shown to your customers if they cancel payment process on PayPal.
  • "Confirmation e-mail" - Text that will be automatically emailed to your customers when  they complete their payment on PayPal. This text contains the following meta-variables:
    ###1name### - customer's first name
    ###2name### - customer's surname
    ###URL### - location where your customers can download purchased products if instant download failed by any reason (customer accidentally closed his browser, PayPal IPN failed to respond within reasonable period of time etc.)
    ###myID### - your email address.

    This e-mail also contains PayPal transaction number for each purchased product that your customer can use to download later if instant download failed by any reason (due to technical or other problems).
For more information on how to use PayPal to sell your products on the Internet please visit PayPal.

2. Category Manager

    This module allows you to add Categories, Subcategories and Products and to delete Categories.

 

New Category Button: Allows you to add a new Category
  • When you click the button the dialogue box shown below appears and you simply fill in the name of a new category you wish to add and then click the “Add” button to create a new category or you can cancel the process by clicking "Cancel".

 

New Subcategory Button: Allows you to add a new subcategory
  • When you click the button the dialogue box shown below appears and you simply fill in the name of a new category you wish to add and select its parent category from a pull-down menu box "Select Category", then click the “Add”  button to create a new subcategory or you can cancel the process by clicking "Cancel".

 

 

Delete Category Button: Allows you to delete a category
  • When you click this button the current displayed category will be deleted. You should be CAREFUL using this button.

 

Other Options On The Category Manager Screen

 

Link Code
  • Use these link codes if you would like to link directly to the specified category or subcategory from a text link or a button on your web site.
To update a category name:
  • First select a “Category” from the drop down menu at the top of the screen. In this example we clicked on the drop down menu and selected “Administration” as a category.
  • Then type a new name in and click "Update" button - a new name for this category will be stored in the database.


To update/delete/move a subcategory:
  • First select a “Category” from the drop down menu at the top of the screen. In this example we clicked on the drop down menu and selected “Administration” as a category.
  • Then click on the subcategory name itself to get the "Edit Subcategory" dialogue box

  • You can update the name of the subcategory, delete a subcategory or move it to a different category by simply selecting a different category from the drop down menu and clicking the update button.
View or update product info (same as in Product Manager):
  • First select “Category” and “Subcategory” from the drop down menus at the top of the screen.
  • Next click on the “Product List” button to display a list of products for that category and subcategory.
  • You can sort the list alphabetically or by price by clicking on "Product Number", "Title" or "Price".

  • Then click on the product link to display the product update/delete/move dialogue.

3. Product Manager

 


A) To use Search for Product:
  • First select a “Category” and “Subcategory” from the drop down menus (or use "Search" to find the product by "Product ID/Number", "Title" or by keyword).
  • Next click on the “Product List” button to display a list of products for that category and subcategory.

  • Then click on the product link to display the product update/delete/move dialogue
B) Update, Delete, Or Move A Product To Another Category

 

  • From this dialogue you can update product information, delete a product, move a product to a new category and subcategory or check thumbnails and images via the “Current file" links.


C) To use “Add New Product” form fill out the fields for:
  • Product ID/Number: a unique alphanumeric identifier for your product.
  • Title: Product name.
  • Description: Product description.
  • Preview Type: Select type of preview you want to use for your product.
    IMAGE - to display a bigger image with or without additional information that you can specify in viewDetailsTemplate.htm file.
    FLASH - to display a flash movie with or without additional information that you can specify in viewDetailsTemplate.htm file.
    URL - to redirect/show specified URL of your Demo Page or media file (PDF, MP3, WMV, ASF, etc.)
  • Category: Select from category drop down menu.
  • Subcategory: Select from subcategory drop down menu.
  • Keywords: Make your product searchable by specified keywords.
  • Price: Product price.
  • Sample URL/Flash Size: If you wish to show your visitors Demo Page of your product or sample media file (PDF, MP3, WMV, ASF, etc.) you can put its URL here. This field also can be used to specify the size of Flash movie (width,height separated by coma. For example: 600,400).
  • Thumbnail: Here you can upload a small graphic image from your computer to be used in the product display. Click on “Browse” and then go to the image on your hard drive and double click on it to upload it to your website.
  • Image/Flash: Here you can upload a bigger image or flash movie to use in detailed preview of your product. If you upload a flash movie use "Sample URL/Flash Size" field to specify its size (width,height separated by coma. For example: 600,400).
  • Please note: thumbnail and image file names should be unique for each product.
  • Download: Here you can upload your product file (8 MGB per file limit) that your customers will be able to download after their PayPal payment process is completed. If you don't want to allow an instant download of your product just don't upload anything (in this case use "Confirmation e-mail" text in General Settings to explain to your customers how you are going to deliver purchased product).
  • Once the form is filled out click on “Add new product” to add the product to your catalog.
Please note:
  • Default MySQL server settings for maximum file size that can be stored in database is limited to 1 megabyte (for more info please visit MySQL official site).
  • Default PHP web server settings for maximum size of uploaded file is limited to 2 megabytes (for more info please visit PHP official site).
  • If you need to bypass these limitations ask your server administrator (web host provider) to increase values for the following server variables: max_allowed_packet (for MySQL) and upload_max_filesize (for PHP).

3. Sales Manager
 


This module displays the list of successful sales stored in database.

Please note: Your customers will be able to download their purchased products while you keep the corresponding record in Sales Report table.

If you wish to delete some record, just put a corresponding checkmark and press Delete Selection button.

"Transaction#" - is the number of PayPal transaction. If you click on the number it will open a new window with details of this transaction:
 

 
Please note: If you do not allow instant download of some of your products you will see
E-mail
in Delivery column, it means that you should email this product to your customer ASAP.