There are quite a few different programs you can install on our servers to help you run and manage an online store. While each application works a little differently, getting your online store up and running generally includes the same steps regardless of which program you use. We've outlined steps below to help you in getting your store up and running, and ready for business.

Please note!
Setting up an online store can be very rewarding, but it can be a lot of work. Whether it's configuring taxes and shipping, or getting products to display just right, there are times you simply need some help. While this page serves as a general e-commerce overview, feel free to ask a question in our Community Support if you need any specific questions answered.

Step 1. Choose and Install Cart Software

E-Commerce Applications available for easy install on your account

Most ecommerce applications installed on our servers are free and open source. This means that you don't need to buy the software. It also means for the more popular applications that there are thousands of people using them (if not hundreds of thousands), and there is a large community of store owners and software developers devoting their time to make the software even better. While we don't recommend one program over another, we do suggest that you check out there website and possibly install a few of them to determine which one would be best for you.

Step 2. Configure your online shop and add your products

After you've installed your Cart Software, your next step is to begin adding products and configuring your store. Adding products can be simple and straight forward, or it may be a little more time consuming if you need to setup colors, sizes, etc for many items. Configuring your store will include such things as tax (if applicable) and shipping and handling methods.

Step 3. Setup your Merchant Account / Gateway

After your cart software is setup with products and you're ready to make money, you'll then need to determine how you're going to get paid. Unless you'll be accepting check / money order only, you'll need a way to accept Customer Credit cards. Signing up for a Merchant Account will allow you to accept Credit Card payments on your website.


Zen Cart

Cube Cart

Premium Builder's eShop

Adding payment modules
Adding shipping modules
Configuring sales tax

For more help with using OsCommerce,
please see:
OSCommerce Forums

How do I get my money? When a customer buys, how do I get paid?

More help with the order process in Zen Cart, please see the following page:
Order Processing / Customer Management

Shipping Options
Payment Gateways
How do I setup PayPal
IPN with CubeCart v4?

What is the difference between a "Payment Gateway" and "Alternate Checkout"?

For more help with using Cube Cart, please see the following link:

Configuring Payment Settings for Your Online Store

Step 4. Choose and Configure your type of SSL

If your customers will have the option to pay be credit card, you'll want to ensure you have their trust by using SSL. Using a SSL certificate in your store allows your customers to enter their credit card information on your website securely. Your decision now is whether to use dedicated or shared ssl.


Zen Cart

Cube Cart

Premium Builder's eShop

Set up SSL with OsCommerce

How do I enable SSL
after I have installed Zen Cart?

How to I configure SSL
for secure https transactions?

How to configure your eShop to use SSL

Step 5. Test your Online Store

When you think your online store is ready to open for business, be sure to test it thoroughly. The last thing you'll want to do is lose out on an order because something wasn't setup right. Be sure to navigate through your shop, purchase a few products, and test your payment system (paypal for example). Pay attention to the automated emails the software send out, and ensure they represent your company. Also be sure that you're ready to handle more of the common issues that arise, such as requests to return product / refunds.

Good luck with your new store!

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