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AFCommerce Shopping Cart Tutorial

This tutorial will guide you through the basics of setting up your AFCommerce Shopping Cart. As you become more familiar with our system, you can figure out your own way to edit your website and shopping cart. For now, we suggest that you follow our instructions, in the same order that this tutorial list them. If you jump ahead, you may find that you will have to go back and do certain tasks twice.

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Step One - Product Categories


The first step is to add categories which will separate your products in to groups. You will see that each of these categories will create a new link, on your website. Every product needs to be listed under a category or you will not be able to see the product in your online store. For this step, you only need to add all of the 'Main' categories of your website. Later you can add sub categories which will not be displayed as links on every page of your website but will be displayed if a visitor clicks on a category that has sub categories assigned to it.

  1. Click on the 'Edit Categories' icon on the administration home page
  2. Click the button at the bottom of the page that says, 'Add New Main Category'
  3. Enter the category name
  4. Click the 'Upload Image' link at the top of the page to add an image to your category
  5. Click the 'Update Category' button and the category will be added to your website
Repeat this step for each category you wish to add.

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More Detail

There are two different types of categories. We have just explained how to add a 'Main' category. You can also add 'Sub-Categories', which is simply a category within another category. Most of the time, you will not need to worry about sub categories, and we suggest that you do not use them unless you have to. To explain the purpose of a sub category, we will give you a real life example of the need for sub categories. Let's say that your website sells all types of cars. You may have main categories such as, 'Ford', 'Buick', and 'BMW'. After you click on 'BMW', you will see more categories that have the different types of BMWs, like '323 Series' and '328 Series', which would be the different models of BMW. The second set of categories would be sub categories, and in this example, they would be necessary to organize the types of cars being sold. You can even add sub categories for a sub category, but remember that the more you sub divide your store the more complex it becomes to administer.

  1. Click on the 'Edit Categories' icon on the administration home page
  2. Click on the category name that you would like to add a sub-categories in
  3. Enter the category name
  4. (optional) Click the 'Upload Image' link at the top of the page to add an image to your category
  5. Click the 'Add New Sub-Category' button and the sub-category will be added to the main category that you selected in the beginning
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