Series: Showme Guides
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Revised edition (March 16, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #320 in Books > Computers & Technology > Internet & Social Media > E-Commerce #2839 in Books > Business & Money > Processes & Infrastructure > E-Commerce
I have the electronic version of this book, and I really like it and recommend it. I am a web designer who is always looking for a great e-commerce package for my clients. Most of my clients are extremely non-technical, so it must be easy to use and intuitive. I myself am a designer, not a programmer, so I want a package that is pretty easy to install and set up.I was really pleased at how this book simplifies the task of getting the online store up and running. It gives you several ways to do it. If you really want to, you can install the store yourself; but it also has a list of web hosts that specialize in this software that will install it for you. All you do is login, upload your logo and fill in your store name and simple things like that, and then start putting in your products. It couldn't be much simpler.If you have been wanting to get into e-commerce and set up your own store, but don't want to pay some of the crazy up-front and monthly fees that some charge, you should consider using this free open source software, and get this book to fill you in on how to use it. Although Open Cart is free, the "catch" is that you need some instructions on getting it set up correctly and securely. The book has excellent graphics that alert you to things like time-saving tips, cautions, and add-ons you can get for the store.As a bonus, the book goes into security. You need to know how to make your store more secure, because you can be liable if you don't secure it and someone hacks into your customer database.Stop making excuses about how you are going to set up your online store "someday," and get this book!
Overall I am very impressed by this guide. It covers everything required to install, configure and administer your OpenCart store in an easy to use format. There are also numerous hints and tips that should be of benefit to both new and more experienced users.Some of the content is specific to U.S. implementations, e.g. PayPal configuration, but this is not a big enough issue to downgrade the rating.I am sure that this guide will continue to be invaluable to me once our online store has been launched.
I am in the process of starting a new eCommerce website. After researching all the latest Open Source eCommerce options currently on the market I became very interested in the Open Cart package. Open Cart appears to offer me all that I am looking for for my online shop, so I was looking for an informative guide to assist me in setting up my store with the minimum of problems. Thankfully in my searching I came across this up-to-date guide which explains the processes in very accessible terms. Initially I found details of the book on OSCmanuals.com, and from there decided to purchase the book through . The guides are very easy to follow and I am feeling a whole lot more confident about setting up my online store now. Many thanks for such a good guide!
I first purchased the e-book of this manual but found it very hard to use. So I ordered the printed book and that it what I recommend to others.I have spent several hours with the book and find that it does the job. The explanations and directions are clear. The organization of the book is logical. The result of using it is a fast and successful implementation.One weakness of the book is that it doesn't tell what can't be done with OpenCart. I know this because I want to do a few relatively minor things that are not mentioned in the text. I don't know if that's because I'm looking in the wrong place for the information, or if the edits I want to make require coding skill (i.e. advanced users), or if the configuration just can't be edited the way I want.But that's quibble. The book is good.
The ShowMe Guides take the guesswork out of setting up an online storefront. These guides are aimed for the non-coder. If you're an experienced programmer, you probably don't need a guide. This is for people who want an experienced person "over their shoulder" helping them.Kerry Watson, who used to work for Netscape, has written manuals and guides on many, many e-commerce systems, and has set up dozens of storefronts for her clients. She knows what she's talking about, and along with the step-by-step setup walkthrough, you're getting great advice on not-so-straightforward issues like where to host your store, handling security, which payment options to choose, and so forth.If you're not sure - go to their website and download some free materials. I'm sure you'll be convinced that the cover price is well worth the investment in the amount of time it will save you, and give you that extra confidence in what you're doing.
This book has answers to questions some "Pros' " haven't thought of yet I'm sure! This book really does it's level best to get the user off on the right foot the very first time around. Even the illistrations mated what I was seeing on my sceen!
A quite good manual for those who is first time using an eCommerce template. But this manual is lack of some in depth discussion for some topics. For example, the default setting in the OpenCart Shipping option is for all 240 countries, obviously a lot of people need this manual will be shipping to only a few of them or even just within the United States. Of cause you can always Google it yourself to find a way to reset it or to find someone do it for you for a fee.Will recommend this book for most people.
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