Getting Started

Website Best Practices

Creating a leading website takes thought and planning, a site is typically considered successful if it is well designed, useful and in e-commerce aspects, lucrative. While different stores each have different website needs, there are some best practices that are global to all sites. In this guide, we explain those best practices and have broken them down into 4 categories:

 

Front Page

For a website, the ‘Front Page’ is what site visitors land on when they go to www.yoursitename.com. Any published content ‘promoted to the front page’ will be the default content on the front page. You may, however, create a custom front page and set that to display by default instead.

The first step to creating a custom front page is to create the page itself. If you’re not familiar with creating pages you can find the instructions here, or you can watch our training video.

A Beginner's Guide

If you are new to IndieCommerce and not sure where to begin or if you consider yourself a beginner, this is for you! In this webinar we cover, the IndieCommerce team will provide step by step instructions on:

  • How to configure your new IndieCommerce site
  • Share some website best practices to get the most out of your site

IndieCommerce Overview

In this webinar we will discuss:

  • Message Center
  • IndieCommunication newsletter
  • Store preferences
  • Custom content... and more.

Orders

The main page listing all orders for review is at Store > Orders. Here you will find a list of all active orders and it is from here that you will process these orders as needed. In this document, we’ll review what each order status means and the difference between Store Fulfilled Orders and Wholesaler Fulfilled Orders. We will also go over 5 basic order scenarios and how to complete them.

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.

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. 
 

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

Glossary

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

About ABA

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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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