IndieCommerce

Fraudulent Orders

Unfortunately, the Internet is not always a safe place, and fraudulent orders with stolen credit cards are becoming increasingly common.  Here are some red flags to watch out for, as well as simple steps you can take to verify suspicious orders.

Domains 101

While ABA does provide DNS hosting for our IndieCommerce sites, some stores do host with different companies.  It is important to note that ABA does not register domain names, and in order to keep your web address, you will need to renew your domain when the time comes.

Renew your domain name when alerted, and know how to access your registrar account.
If Possible, set your domain to auto-renew to reduce the risk of accidentally letting it expire.
Ensure that contact information stays up to date with your registrar so you receive any important communications.

Getting Started

I’M READY TO JOIN INDIECOMMERCE, WHAT DO I DO NOW?

  1. Sign Up

Interested in joining the IndieCommerce family of websites? Contact your Member Relationship Manager with questions, or get started now by completing the forms below.

IndieCommerce Letter of Agreement & ACH Authorization for Direct Payments

Pages

Creating pages is one of the first steps in setting up your website and something you will do frequently; the steps below give you all the options available. The only required options are those noted with a red asterisk *.

CREATE A PAGE

Navigate to: Content > Add Content > Page

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

  1. Title*: This text will be used in 3 places:

Social Media

By adding social networking to your site, you are providing your customers with a means to share what they love about your business to their friends, who will hopefully become your future customers.

Their are several ways in which you may incorporate social media into your website.

Glossary

Browse this glossary of terminology for a list of Drupal and IndieCommerce terms and definitions.

Booklists

Every page and event page has a ‘Books’ feature where you can create a unique list of products for users to review and add items to their cart by entering the Product ISBN, SKU or Model.

NOTE: We recommend keeping booklists to 10-15 items.

CREATE THE LIST

Navigate to: Content > Add Content > Page (or content type of choice)

Files

You can add a file (txt doc docx xls xlsx pdf ppt pptx pps ppsx odt ods odp) to your website as long as the content type you have chosen has a ‘File’ option. If the content type does not have a ‘File’ option, it can most likely be added by visiting the ‘Manage Fields’ tab for that content type and adding it.

PREPARE TO ADD A FILE

Knowing where your file is located on your computer will make adding it to the website quick and easy. Once you know where your file is locally, navigate to the page you want to add it to.

Links

PREPARE TO ADD A LINK

Identify the link you want to use:

  1. If the link you want to add is to a page on your website you will want to know the internal path
  2. If the link you want to add is to something outside of your website you will want the complete URL

Theme Key

You can change your site to a different Theme, that only you can see when logged into your account. This allows you to prepare a different Theme, while still displaying your current Theme to customers.

CHOOSE THEMES

Navigate to: Appearance (Admin bar)

Upcoming Events Detailed

Create a view that will populate with upcoming events, and will include a field for an author photo, the body, and date.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Slideshow

These instructions are for creating a rotating slideshow on your IndieCommerce site using a View. ABA will need to enable the modules for you, so if you have not done so already, please contact us with a request to enable the module.

IMPORTANT NOTES BEFORE STARTING YOUR VIEW SLIDESHOW BANNER:

Custom Checkout Email

You can create a ‘Custom Email Checkout Notification’ to either replace the default one or as a second additional email. The instructions below cover both options. However, it is our recommendation that you keep the default email and add a second additional email with any custom messages you would like to send. Though your custom email can include similar information as the default, it cannot include all of it and will not be identical. Custom emails can also not be formatted to display in the same design as the default email.
 

Staff Picks View

Create a block that rotates a randomly-chosen book from the Staff Picks page.

CREATE A PAGE

Navigate to: Content > Add Content > Page

  1. Fill in ‘Name’ - Example: ‘Staff Picks’
  2. Enter ISBNs for staff picks (we recommend starting with at least 2)
  3. Save

IMPORTANT NOTES BEFORE STARTING YOUR VIEW SETUP:

Gift Cards

You will need to request that ABA enable the ‘Gift Card’ module for you. You may do so by navigating to: Store > Configuration > Account Information and Preferences > Store Features scrolling to the ECOMMERCE section - check mark ‘Givex Gift Card*’ under ‘Enable This Feature’ and click the ‘Send request to ABA’ button.

Pages

About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.

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