How to download and install OpenCart

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How to download and install OpenCart

OpenCart is a free shopping cart system. Before you can begin installing it, you will need to go to http://www.opencart.com

1) Click Download.

2) Click Download next to the version you want. Unless you need an older version for some reason, you should always download the latest release.

3) Choose to Save the file and click OK.

4) Once the download has completed, browse to where the file is located and unzip the folder.

You will now need to upload the entire folder to your server. For this tutorial, we will use FileZilla.

You will need to enter the host name and your username and password, then browse to the folder where you want to upload OpenCart.

5) Double click the folder to open it.

6) Press Control + A to select the entire contents of the upload folder.

7) Now drag and drop the files into FileZilla.

8) Once all the files have been uploaded, go to your web browser and enter the address where you uploaded OpenCart.

Now, we will go through the steps to install OpenCart.

9) You must agree to the license conditions in order to install OpenCart.

10) Click Continue.

This page shows a list of your server’s settings compared to the recommended. If any are red, you will need to fix them before proceeding.

11) Click Continue.

12) The database host is entered by default. If it is different than the information shown, you can change it now.

13) You will also need to create a database on the server before continuing.

14) Enter the username, password, and database name you created.

15) Type a password and e-mail address for the admin user.

16) Click Continue.

If you see this page, OpenCart has been successfully installed. You now have the choice to view your store front or go to the admin panel to begin setting up your store. Don’t forget to delete or rename your installation directory.

That’s it! Now you know how to download OpenCart and install it on your server.

How to setup special promotions in OpenCart

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How to setup special promotions in OpenCart

Now let’s see how to setup sales and promotions in OpenCart.

1) Go to Sales.

2) Click Coupons.

3) Click Insert.

4) Enter the Coupon Name.

5) Type the Coupon Code the customer will need to enter to get the discount.

6) Choose if the discount should be a percentage or fixed amount.

7) Enter the Discount.

8) Set the Total Amount that must be reached before the coupon is valid.

9) Choose if the customer must be logged in to use the coupon.

10) Set whether this coupon should include free shipping. Also you can choose specific products to which the coupon will apply.

11) Click in the boxes and use the pop-up calendar to set the start and end dates this coupon will be active.

12) Enter the maximum number of times the coupon can be used by any customer. Leave the box blank for unlimited.

13) In this box, set the maximum number of times the coupon can be used by a single customer.

14) Click Save.

That’s it! Now you know how to setup special promotions in OpenCart.

How to manage your customers in OpenCart

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How to manage your customers in OpenCart

This tutorial will show you how to approve and add customers and customer groups.

1) Go to Sales.

2) Then hover over Customers.

3) And click Customer Groups.

4) Click Insert to add a new group.

5) Type the Customer Group Name.

6) Click Save.

7) Now, go back to Sales.

8) Hover over Customers.

9) And click Customers.

Here is a list of all registered customers. We can see that this one hasn’t been approved.

10) Select the customer.

11) And click Approve.

12) Click Insert to add a new customer account.

13) Enter the customer’s first and last name.

14) Now enter the customer’s e-mail address and phone number.

15) Enter a password.

16) Choose the Customer Group.

17) Click Save.

That’s it! Now you know how to manage your customers in OpenCart.

How to send and manage newsletters in OpenCart

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How to send and manage newsletters in OpenCart

OpenCart allows you to send out a newsletter to which your customers can choose to subscribe.

1) Go to Sales.

2) Click Mail.

3) Select the customer group that should receive a copy of this message.

4) Type the Subject.

5) Type the Message here.

6) Click Send.

That’s it! Now you know how to send newsletters in OpenCart.

How to manage product reviews and ratings in OpenCart

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How to manage product reviews and ratings in OpenCart

Product reviews and ratings can help give your customers an idea of what people think of the product before buying.

1) To view all product reviews, go to Catalog.

2) Click Reviews.

This list of reviews shows the product name, author, rating, and the date added.

3) To add your own review, click Insert.

4) Enter your name in the Author field.

5) Begin typing the product name.

6) When the product shows up, select it from the list.

7) Type your review text.

8) Select a rating between 1 and 5.

9) Enable this review to make it show up.

10) Click Save.

That’s it! Now you know how to manage product ratings and reviews in OpenCart.