IndieCommerce

Online Gift Codes

This documentation was modified on 5/24/2018, to add the updated feature CUSTOMIZE THE LABEL, HEADER AND DESCRIPTION

Menus

A website navigation menu is a collection of links grouped together in a horizontal or vertical block. Menus are usually at the top of a website; menus can be added to the footer and side navigational bars as well.

Organized and easy-to-follow navigation for a website is very important for the overall user experience. When planning your menu, it’s important to keep in mind the information your users need to access quickly and frequently, and make those items clearly identifiable and accessible. 

Staff Reviews

Staff reviews can be added to all books and are especially useful when creating ‘Staff Pick’ pages.

‘Staff Reviews’ can be added two ways:

OPTION 1: ADDED BY A STORE ADMIN/EDITOR ON A BOOK PRODUCT PAGE (IndieCommerce members only)

Navigate to: www.yoursitename.com/book/ISBN (or use the search feature to navigate to the book product page)

Blocks

Blocks are the boxes of content (such as "Find a Wishlist" or "IndieBound Next List") that can be displayed in regions (such as header or sidebar) and be set to display on all or specific pages. Blocks can be composed of text, images, links, and other standard HTML. They can also be used to embed codes for widgets from outside sources like YouTube or Facebook.

Events

Creating ‘Events’ is a highly recommended step, as you want to keep visitors of your website informed on things going on in the store. The steps below give you all the options available when doing so. The only required options are those noted with a red asterisk*.

CREATE AN EVENT

Navigate to: Content > Add Content > Event

There are several available fields for you to utilize to create the content of your page:

Custom Content Types

CREATING CUSTOM CONTENT TYPES

When you create content on your website, each item of content is categorized by a specific content type. The websites we provide are Drupal based and come with several standard content types (page, book page, event, etc.), with each content type containing the information and settings that make it suited for a specific purpose. At times, you may want to create entirely new content types for purposes specific to your store needs.

Store Features and Preferences

Store Features

Navigate to: Store > Configuration > Account Information & Preferences > Store Features

There are a wide variety of features that can be toggled on or off for your site.  If you see something interesting on another IndieCommerce site, (like an 'Add to Wishlist' button) chances are that it can be found under ‘Store Features’. We definitely recommend browsing this list at your convenience.

Discount Coupons

Since there are so many different configuration options for coupon codes, it is easiest to explore this feature using examples.  The following examples are provided solely as illustrations of the coupon code functionality and are in no way recommendations.  We do not suggest what promotions or discounts any store should offer. Those business decisions are made solely by each individual bookstore.

Shipping Methods

ABA does not recommend specific rates for shipping, and any value indicated below is simply for the purposes of illustration.

SELECT SHIPPING QUOTES

Navigate to: Store > Configuration > Shipping Quotes

Website Security Tips

 
All IndieCommerce sites are PCI Compliant, and credit card information is safely encrypted using an SSL Certificate.  No credit card data is ever stored on our servers, and is instead  stored securely by one of the most trusted payment gateways on the web, Authorize.net.
 
That said, from time to time, stores might unknowingly engage in activity that can endanger their PCI Compliance. Please follow these tips to help ensure the security and compliance of your site.  

Going Live

We are glad to hear that you are ready to take the next step with your IndieCommerce site!
 
Please read carefully, part of these instructions involve changes that need to be made to your domain name. 
 

Site Admins

 
Have the user create an account on your website, make sure they take note of the email address used to sign up.
 
Once they have signed up, log in with your Store Admin account, and navigate to Store > Configuration > Store Roles
  1. Enter Email Address in 'User' field
  2. Set the ‘Role’:

Constant Contact

This documentation was modified on 12/15/2017, to comply with the latest changes by Constant Contact.

Embed your Constant Contact signup form into your website to allow customers to easily sign up for newsletters, coupons, event notifications, etc.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Once you have pasted the ‘Embed Code’ and saved, editing the block will strip the code.Therefore we recommend you save the code to a plain text (Notepad) file, in case you need it again.

Embedding Code

 
Embedding code into your website is usually fairly simple. However, we highly recommend you save a copy of the code locally as a TXT file (Notepad) so that you have it saved for future use.
 
Once you have obtained the embed code from its source (YouTube, Google Maps, Twitter, etc.), you will follow the steps below to add it to your page or block.
 

ADD CODE

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