Before launching or updating your store, there are a number of settings you can add or change to make sure everything’s configured properly.
Everything we're covering today can be found in the settings at the bottom of the Editor.
In this video, we'll add our business info, make sure our payments can be accepted online, configure our shipping info and taxes, and finally, we'll enable checkout — so the store can go live.
So, we'll start by opening up our settings and adding or changing our business info. We can just open that up, and add (or even change) our store name, the email you want customers to use if they need help with an order or support from your store, and the rest of the business details.
You can also select your currency and the unit system (Imperial for inches and pounds; metric for meters and kilograms). Make sure you save — and every time you change your settings — make sure to save your changes.
Keep in mind (even though this is a pretty rare occurrence): if you change the currency from what it is and you already have products? This can reset the existing prices for products and shipping, so make sure you update pricing and shipping related to each product after making a change like this.
But that’s business info. What about payment gateway? Like Stripe? We can add that or configure that as well. In our ecommerce settings, we can go into Payment. From here, we can add or modify our payment gateway. This is how you’re able to actually get money from each transaction. Each time someone buys something on your store and pays for it online, this is how you’ll receive those funds.
You can also enable web payments (like Apple Pay — this depends on the browser that people use to your visit your store). But if you haven’t already enabled checkout, you’ll notice we can’t actually switch this on. So later, in this very video, we’ll enable checkout and come back to this.
What about shipping methods? Under shipping, we have all our shipping zones. This includes domestic shipping, but we can get a lot more specific. If we go over to add shipping zone, we can create a new zone that can include specific countries. Like Europe. Which isn’t a country. From there, we can add countries. Let’s say the European countries we ship to include England, and of course all the other countries in Europe. Just select Europe.
And after that? Let’s add a new method. (A new shipping method.) These options let you pick the type of shipping method you want to add. Want to charge a flat rate when shipping to European countries in our list? We can choose flat rate. Or we can pick something based on a percentage of the total — lots of options here. Let’s choose flat rate for our example. We can fill out this information, and set a rate. Let’s say it’s $15 flat rate shipping. We can do this per order, or in our case, we’ll charge $15 per item. Let’s save that shipping method, then save the shipping zone we just created.
That’s shipping methods. What about taxes? Sales tax or VAT can be automatically calculated. You can turn on auto-tax calculation. What this does is automatically calculates an estimate for the taxes for any of the supported regions if you’ve specified those regions earlier as shipping zones.
Please note: some countries or regions require that tax is included in the price of the product. If you ship to a place like this, that’s something to keep in mind. If your product prices are inclusive of taxes, make sure to go to your Tax settings and declare that you’ve included those taxes in your prices.
Finally, let’s talk about the last big step: enabling checkout. You can find enable checkout right here under checkout. And that’s all we have to do. Flip the switch. And save.
Now before, we mentioned web payments. If you want this (it’s optional — web payments is something you can enable or you can leave it disabled) — after you’ve enabled checkout? You can go in and turn on web payments. And we can save our changes. And remember: after you’re done with all of this, it’s a really good idea to publish, so changes to things like currency or other business details are updated on your live site. Just publish your site and you’re good to go.
And that’s an overview of Ecommerce settings in the Editor.