Help Version: 2.12
Last Update: 05/29/01

QuikStore Shopping Cart Software

QuikStore now contains a Main Menu for all of the local (pc) programs.  This menu walks you through the steps necessary for creating your online store. 

Because the Quikstore program has a lot of functions and alternatives for building your store, we strongly recommend that you initially follow these steps to create the basic store. You can then customize things later once you get a feel for how the overall system works.  



Step One:

Install the QuikStore files to the server.

During this step the Installation Wizard will walk you through the web server installation process.  You will need to enter your FTP (File Transfer Protocol) login information for your server and you will need to know the paths to certain directories on your server, such as the document root and cgi-bin. You will also need to know the URLs to these directories.  Once you have entered all of the necessary information, the Installation Wizard will attempt to upload the QuikStore files to the server. For details on this process, see the Installation section of the help file for more information.

After all of the files have been uploaded, you will be asked if you would like to run the default demo store.

NOTE: It is always a good idea to run the demo store before changing any of the information or entering your own products.  This allows you to check and make sure that the QuikStore program is installed properly.  

Run the sample demo store and simply add a few things to your cart. Then modify the cart on the 'view cart' page.  After that, simply continue to the 'shipping' page and then to the 'order form' page.  Enter the required information then, if you are using the credit card page, you can enter the test number '4007000000027' into the card number field.  Once you have entered all of the required information submit the order.  You should then get a 'receipt' page, and if everything installed properly, you should get an email after you submit your order.  The email will be sent to the email you defined in step one of the Installation Wizard. 

NOTE: The store email address you entered during the installation MUST be a valid email address for the web site you are installing the program to or you will get an error on the bottom of the receipt page.


Step Two:

Set the basic configuration parameters for your store.

The Configuration Editor allows you to change a few of the basic parameters in the configuration file.  These parameters include basic store information such as store email address, encryption settings, and server information such as operating system and URLs.


Step Three:

Enter the product data for your store.

There are two basic store types that QuikStore supports.

The first store type is an 'HTML' store.  The product information is stored on the HTML page that contains the product description.  This type of store works best for a store that has a small amount of products or for existing web sites where you already have product pages designed.  The QuikCode Wizard program is used to help you define product data for an 'HTML' store.

The second store type is a 'Database' store.  The product information is stored in a pipe delimited, text file database, called products.dat.  This also allows the customer to search for specific products on your web site by entering keywords or selecting a specific category from the search page. This type of store works well when there are hundreds or thousands of products. The Catalog Wizard is used to help you enter product data for a 'Database' store.  

NOTE: If you have an earlier version of the QuikStore Catalog Builder, you can import your existing data into the new format by selecting 'Update from Catalog Builder' from the 'Tools' menu in the new Catalog Wizard.


Step Four:

Order Calculations - Shipping, Discounts and Sales Tax Logic.

The Logic Wizard helps you to define and edit the shipping and discount logic sections of the configuration file.

NOTE: The Logic Wizard contains examples of common types of shipping logic.  You can load these into the Logic Wizard to see how different types of shipping logic combinations are entered.

Once you have entered the necessary information, click the 'Update Shipping Logic' button.  This will update the 'SHIPPING_LOGIC' section in the configuration file as well as the shipping template page.  

NOTE: Make sure you remove or comment out the Shipping Method section on the shipping.html template page if you are not allowing the user to select a shipping method.  The shipping.html template page is located in the 'C:\QuikStore\server_files\cgi-bin\templates' folder.

The discount section allows you to enter discount by quantity, subtotal, and coupon values.  Once you have entered the necessary information, click the 'Update Discount Logic' button.  This will update the 'DISCOUNT_LOGIC' section in the configuration file.

Additional Help for the Logic Wizard can be found inside the program. Just click the help button on the menu.


Step Five:

Changing the design of the store - Editing the template pages.

The QuikStore template pages are located in the 'C:\QuikStore\server_files\cgi-bin\templates' folder.

NOTE: You may edit any of these pages, just be careful not to delete any of the QuikStore variables. See the Editing Templates section of the help files for more detail on this.

Again, we suggest using the default templates until you have gone through all of the initial steps in the Main Menu. 


Step Six:

Make Encryption/Decryption Keys.

The Encryption Tool allows you to create the public and private keys necessary for encrypting your orders.  After you make the keys, the next time you publish your site the public key will be uploaded to the server.  If you set 'use local encryption' to 'yes' in Step Two, then all of the orders that occur after you publish the site will be encrypted.  To decrypt an order just highlight the order, copy it to the clipboard, paste it into the Encryption Tool, and click the 'Decrypt' button. See the Encryption Tool section of the helps files for more detail on this.


Step Seven:

Publish the files to the site.

When you have finished all of the previous steps, you can publish your changes to the server.  If the Installation Wizard was successful in uploading all of the default QuikStore files in Step One, then you should be able to click the 'Publish Files' button to upload the files without going through all of the configuration screens.  

NOTE:  If any of your settings change, you will need to go through each step in the Installation Wizard to update its settings.

Continue to the Installation Wizard.
 


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