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Start An Online Store A to Z Guide - OpenCart 1.5 Ecommerce

The complete D.I.Y. guide to setting up an online shop from scratch integratable with eBay, Amazon, Etsy & Facebook 5in1
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What Will I Learn?
By the end of this course you will be able to set up your own customised online store, add unlimited products and take payments for your products or services.
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  • Basic computer skills.
  • If you dont already have a hosting account, you will need to get a hosting for your website but dont worry I'll show you where to get it from as little as $4 per month.

This course teaches you all you need to know about starting an online store which can easily be integrated with your eBay, Amazon, Etsy and Facebook marketplaces meaning you can populate any/all these marketplaces from your own online store saving you countless hours having to manually upload your products across four different sales channels.


Over 12'000 Students and counting are getting the know how to start their businesses online today so please take action now and join them!


If you are selling physical products or thinking of selling physical products don't miss the golden opportunity of a potential flood of customers by not having your own online outlet. This shopping cart is the business.


You Will Learn the following;

  • How to get a FREE Domain Name for life
  • How to set up hosting so you maintain full control of your website
  • How to set up a domain relevant email address
  • How to set up subdomains
  • How to personalise your store
  • How to set up categories and subcategories
  • How to set up geo zones for shipping and tax purposes
  • How to set up manufacturers for brand name search
  • How to set up your products for refine search options
  • How to set up downloadable products
  • How to insert product options and attributes
  • How to add products optimised for search
  • How to add images and a short-cut for adding bulk images in one go
  • How to integrate your store with eBay and Amazon
  • How to set up recurring payments
  • How to set up wholesale accounts alongside your retail store
  • How to customise your store with slideshows, banners, featured products etc.
  • How to set up affiliate accounts for your store
  • How to set up discount coupons and gift vouvhers
  • How to use customer product reviews
  • How to handle returns
  • How to set up multiple languages
  • How to set up multiple currencies that auto update
  • How to set up five different shipping methods
  • How to customise the checkout of your store
  • How to set up various payment methods e.g. PayPal, Bank Transfer, Cheques
  • How to add on additional functions to your store
  • How to set up additional users for your stores backend
  • How to install themes which can be changed at the click of a button
  • How to submit your stores sitemap to Google in a few clicks
  • How to backup and restore your store
  • How to use reporting functions
  • How to bulk email your clients directly from your store
  • How to upgrade your store if new functions and features become available

With hours and hours of video to watch at your leisure your sure to create a stunning website for your retail or wholesale customers to use. With the Step By Step guide and Stop Start flexibility of video learning you can master your store in this home study course in one day if you really wanted to.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is intended for everybody who wants to have their own online store with particular emphases on complete beginners.
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Curriculum For This Course
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1 Lecture 03:38

I would love to hear from you and I can be contacted via email if you have any queries or want to give me any feedback -

Preview 03:38
1 Lecture 05:39

VIDEO CONTENTS: Advice on protecting your device, advice on protecting your website and general security advice.

Before you begin any project that involves downloading software, tools and transferring files between your PC and the Internet etc. I would highly recommend you watch this video for some helpful advice.

Preview 05:39
Hosting, FREE Domain Name For Life and FREE Cart
3 Lectures 23:06

VIDEO CONTENTS: Hosting account sign-up. Registering a FREE domain name, transfer existing or point an existing domain name to your hosting account. Automatically installing the FREE shopping cart software on your hosting.

*When selecting a hosting service, you should check to see that these server requirements are provided and installed on their web servers; Web Server (preferably Apache), PHP (at least 5.2), MySQL, Curl. These extensions must be enabled for Opencart to install and work properly on the web server.

Preview 08:21

VIDEO CONTENTS: In this video I’ll show you how to Install Opencart via your control panel.

If you have hosting already and just want to install Opencart, your hosting provider may have an Application Installer or App Installer as its commonly referred to, available to you via your control panel. This video tutorial shows how to install Opencart from Arvixe’s Control Panel or CPanel as its commonly referred to. This option would also apply to you if you forgot to click the auto install of Opencart when you opened your hosting account with Arvixe.

*When selecting a hosting service, you should check to see that these server requirements are provided and installed on their web servers; Web Server (preferably Apache), PHP (at least 5.2), MySQL, Curl. These extensions must be enabled for Opencart to install and work properly on the web server.

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VIDEO CONTENTS: How to install Opencart manually using FTP.

*When selecting a hosting service, you should check to see that these server requirements are provided and installed on their web servers; Web Server (preferably Apache), PHP (at least 5.2), MySQL, Curl. These extensions must be enabled for Opencart to install and work properly on the web server.

Preview 11:23
Your Stores E-mail Account
1 Lecture 02:51

VIDEO CONTENTS: You will be shown how to set up a domain relevant email account e.g. ‘’ or ‘’

Preview 02:51
Software Tour
2 Lectures 08:44

VIDEO CONTENTS: Walk through the front end of the demo store that comes down with your Opencart software.

Now that you have installed Opencart’s free shopping cart software on your hosting account, lets have a walk through the pre populated demo store so we can get to grips with the basics. In this video you will learn the basic layout and features of Opencart.

Preview 04:31

VIDEO CONTENTS: Brief tour of Opencart’s Back-end or Admin Panel as it’s commonly referred too.

Preview 04:13
Demo Store
2 Lectures 07:45

VIDEO CONTENTS: Removal of the demo store including categories, products etc. that comes down with Opencart when we first install the software.

When you have explored the pre loaded Opencart demo store sufficiently and if you are like me you will be itching to get started with your own online store so what I’ll be doing is completely removing the contents of the demo store and starting with a blank canvas.

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VIDEO CONTENTS: Setting up a subdomain on your hosting account and installing an Opencart demo store of your own.

A great way to practise if your in unfamiliar territory is setting up your own demo store to run alongside your online shop so that you can play around with it, test functions and features etc. before applying the changes to your new store. This process involves setting up a subdomain so it’s really worth while looking at the video here Miscellaneous

Setting Up Your Own Demo Store
System Setup
1 Lecture 28:52

VIDEO CONTENTS: Setting up store details, description & defaults including language, currency etc. Store banner/logo and general configurations.

Lets start making your website. Not every setting here is essential for now as you can revisit your system settings at any time and make changes as required. As each video is a stand alone tutorial we will be visiting the settings relevant to each lecture as we go along.

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Catalog Setup
2 Lectures 10:32

VIDEO CONTENTS: How to set up Parent Product Categories and Subcategories.

Now you can add a product category but as there are some optional options for the category that may need to be set up you can revisit the category later on via the relevant training video.

TIP: Just create one category for now as we may have to come back to the category to set up filters (refine search options) and a layout override.

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VIDEO CONTENTS: How to add brand names and logos to your site.

If you want you can add your suppliers/manufacturers brand name to your products which will enable your users to search your shop by brands.

Preview 01:48
Putting The Cart Before The Horse
13 Lectures 01:06:38

VIDEO CONTENTS: Setting up Countries.

When building any ecommerce website you sometimes have to ‘put the cart before the horse’ by this I mean before you upload your products you may need to set up various options and settings such as size, colour, applicable taxes etc. depending on your specific product requirements. Also some of these settings & options may depend on other settings & options being done first such as the first option we need to select on our product upload page ‘Tax Class’ which would only be applicable if you were charging any taxes on your product. In order to set up your tax class you first need to set up your GEO Zones which needs to have Countries and Zones up to date prior to setup.


VIDEO CONTENTS: Setting up Zones.

Zones are primary subdivisions within a country and a country must be first set up as per the previous lecture before you can add zones. Examples of primary sub divisions are states, counties, shires etc.


VIDEO CONTENTS: Setting up customised Zones for calculation of shipping and taxes known as GEO Zones.

*** *Please seek independent tax advice for your jurisdiction as I am NOT a tax advisor and the information in this video is for general training purposes only. ***

Geo Zones

VIDEO CONTENTS: Setting up relevant tax rates e.g. V.A.T., Recycling Fees etc.

When you have set up your GEO Zones you then can set up your applicable taxes. Generally you will probably be ‘to-ing and fro-ing’ from various settings until you get the configuration that best suits your store and products therein.

*** *Please seek independent tax advice for your jurisdiction as I am NOT a tax advisor and the information in this video is for general training purposes only. ***


VIDEO CONTENTS: Setting up of Stock Statuses and showing you where to use them.

Some settings are already pre-populated with options that may suit you such as Stock Statuses but you can always edit these if necessary.

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VIDEO CONTENTS: Setting up of Length Classes and showing you where they are used.

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VIDEO CONTENTS: Setting up of Weight Classes and showing you where they are used.

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VIDEO CONTENTS: How to set up filter groups for refine search purposed and how to set the filters up in your category pages.

Along with categories as a method of cataloguing your products you can set up refine search options for your users, particularly useful if you have a lot of products.


VIDEO CONTENTS: How to set up filter modules (refine search box) on assigned pages and how to assign filters to products.

After you set up filters you will need to display a 'Refine Search' box for visitors to your site to avail of the search options so you will need to place a filter module on the page that you want the refine search options to be displayed.

Filter Modules

VIDEO CONTENTS: How to upload a downloadable product to your website and make it available as a product to your customers.

If you are selling a downloadable product or just supplying an instruction book etc. with your product you can make it a product or add it to your product catalog.

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VIDEO CONTENTS: How to add Attributes for your products.

Adding product attributes can enhance your users experience of your website especially for comparing products and well worth doing especially for preputial products.

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VIDEO CONTENTS: How to add Options for your products e.g. size, colour etc.

If applicable to your products adding options such as colour, size etc. can easily be done in various formats such as drop down menus, radio buttons, check boxes etc.

Preview 07:17

VIDEO CONTENTS: Setting up Layouts and applying them to pages of your website.

Setting up layouts for the various pages on your store can be a great way to standardise the look of your shop and to minimise the effort it takes to change the look if you revamp at a later stage.

Adding Products
6 Lectures 41:56

VIDEO CONTENTS: Inserting Products to your store in a search engine friendly fashion.

Now you should be ready to start adding a product. Not every setting is essential for now as you can revisit your products at any time and make changes as required. I would recommend just adding one product or a small amount of products until you have set up all the various options & settings that may be applicable to all your product range as a quick way of adding products is to copy similar products and edit them as opposed to adding new products from scratch.

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VIDEO CONTENTS: If you have all your product images here is a shortcut for uploading all the images in one go.

Uploading Images The Easy Way

VIDEO CONTENTS: Brief look at OpenBay Pro. OpenBay Pro allows you to integrate your eBay and Amazon accounts with your Opencart store.

Exploring Marketplaces

VIDEO CONTENTS: Brief look at eBay Display. eBay Display allows you to display products you have on eBay on your Opencart store.

eBay Display

VIDEO CONTENTS: Selling products by instalment payments or if your products are a subscription etc. then setting up profiles is the way to easily manage this.


VIDEO CONTENTS: Viewing your Recurring Profiles and actions you can do from here.

Recurring Profiles
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I use open source software to create professional looking e-commerce websites. I started a few years ago when my son asked me to help him set up an online store selling skateboards to support his passion for the sport. I spent hours and hours researching before I found the solution that I now use. Since then I have set up e-commerce websites for several friends and this soon spilled over into paying customers. I started to record videos showing my students how to do each step from a complete beginner’s point of view and I have now set up this course to teach a wider audience how to Do It Yourself and save thousands by building their own online shop.

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