Quick Start Guide

This article provides you an overview of the first steps in setting up your Hostpoint Webshop.

The administration area at a glance

The administration area is the core of your shop. Here you enter your products, manage your orders and customize the design however you like. You can also expand your shop with numerous apps offering various features.

Webshop administration area

The screenshot shows the home page for the administration area of your shop.

At the left you will see the menu that allows you to access the different areas of your web shop.

In the menu bar at the top, you will see the «Show my web shop» function, which opens your shop in a new browser window.

The workspace takes up most of this window. Here you will see the selected menu items that allow you to quickly and easily manage your shop.

Theme selection

Each design template for your shop has a «theme» and each theme has various properties, such as the arrangement of elements or the font.

You can further customize the selected theme, for example, by changing the background color.

You can easily change the theme at any time to give your shop a new look.

Editing content: the Editor

The Editor offers an easy, convenient way to manage and edit the pages for your shop. You do not need any programming knowledge to work with the Editor.

In the main menu of your shop, click on «Editor» to open the Editor.

The shop has various pages that are explained in more detail below:

 Page Description Icon
 HomeThis is the landing page for your shop visitors. It shows any description you have created for your shop and the products on offer. 
 Content pages Content pages usually consist of text and images. This type of page mainly provides general information about the shop.
 Category pages Category pages list all products belonging to a certain category in your shop.
For example, categories in a clothing shop might include «Hats» or «Pants».
Product pages Product pages present individual products that can also be ordered here. However, no other content elements can be displayed on the product pages.  
Legal pages  For legal reasons, every online shop requires this type of page. Legal pages consist only of text, such as the legal notice or cancellation policies.

The Editor is divided into different sections: Content elements, Pages, My shop and Customization

You can drag and drop content elements to the desired location in the content area.

Content elements can include product sliders, various text boxes, images and videos.

Under «Pages» you will see all of the pages that have been created for your shop. You can also add new pages and edit their content.

Selecting «My shop» opens a separate browser window for the page you are currently editing. There you will see the shop page displayed just as your customers see it.

The editor bar at the lower edge of the screen lets you edit the currently selected page in a different language, make changes to the design and much more.

Categories & products

You can assign the products offered in your shop to categories (e.g. «Hats» or «Pants»). Make sure that each product is assigned to at least one category.

The main menu for your shop contains the categories you have created and set to «visible».

You can edit the categories in the shop by going to the administration area and then to «Products» → «Manage categories».

Clicking the «+ Add» button lets you add new categories. You can then assign products to these categories.

Manage categories

To assign products to one of the categories you have created, go to «Products» and then click «+ Assign products». Select the desired product and confirm by clicking «Apply».

Payment methods

You can offer your customers several payment methods in the shop.

The following payment methods are currently supported:

  • Klarna
  • PayPal (not PayPal PLUS)
  • Skrill
  • Ingenico
  • Stripe
  • PostFinance
  • Standard payment methods, such as invoice, cash on delivery and prepayment are supported as well

You can create new products in the main menu under «Products», «Show products» and then «+ Add».

Shipping methods

As with payment methods, you can also offer several shipping methods in your shop.

You can even define which shipping methods to make available for certain products or for delivery to certain countries.

Orders

You can view and process incoming orders by selecting «Orders» from the menu.

For example, you can quickly update the order status, create documents like invoices and delivery slips, and monitor incoming payments. This ensures the order process runs smoothly.

The search function allows you to quickly locate specific orders.

 

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