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This course shows how to build an online store using Drupal Commerce, a set of modules that extend Drupal. Author Tom Geller teaches the basics of configuring a store, processing a payment, and charging for shipping and taxes, as well as creating, displaying, and categorizing products. The course also explains how to integrate a store into a Drupal site, customize a store's appearance, and increase site traffic using search engine optimization (SEO) techniques.
In the video previewing the finished project, you saw how the store will look when it's finished. This video will show you, in the most general sense, how it got to be that way, starting with a fresh installation of Drupal, with a tiny bit of site configuration, and finishing with a successful order. It's going to go way too fast for you to follow along, and you won't find any exercise files for this video. I just want to give you an idea of how it flows. The first thing we did was to install Drupal Commerce using the Commerce Kickstart distribution. You'll find it at drupal.org/ project/commerce_kickstart.
I've already done that. You can learn how in the video, Installing Drupal Commerce using Commerce Kickstart. And there is our store, already installed. Now we start configuring things. I'll start by changing the appearance a bit. Go up to Appearance, change our Settings, and now we can toy around a little bit with, let's say, the colors of the heading up here. Make it a sort of olive green; a slightly darker olive green, and go down to the bottom, and save.
Of course, you'll want to do a lot more customization when you build your own store. I've found that most people want to set up the site's look right away, but you can actually change it at any time; even after you have hundreds of products in the catalog. I'll show you a little more about altering your store's appearance in the video, Configuring your store's basic information. Now it's time to set up those products. Drupal Commerce puts everything related to commerce -- the products, order, shipping, and so forth -- in the Store menu up here. There are also additional links here on this Gray bar -- what's called the shortcut bar -- and one of them is Add product.
I'll create a bottle of olive oil for our fictional olive oil company; the SKU will be 10001; 1 liter of olive oil. I happen to have an image already on the Desktop; we'll go and find that. And the price, let's say, is $8.00. I'll show you more about products in the video, Setting up individual products.
So now your store has a product in its warehouse, so to speak, but you still need to bring it out for customers to buy. In Drupal Commerce, you do that with something called a product display. I'll add that by going up to this link: Add product display. This will also be 1 liter bottle of olive oil; scroll down, link it to the product that we just created, and save.
Now if we go back to the front page of our store, we see our product, and amazingly, we can already start shopping. Everything is already built in. I'll show you that by clicking Add to cart, and actually completing the order process. We could then view our cart, change the Quantity if we want -- let's say we want 2 bottles instead -- remove items if we want, and then checkout. Now, we haven't set up any taxes or shipping, but this is where it would normally show up.
Finally, we review our order, make a test payment, and finish, and there we are. We've actually completed an order on our site, and as you saw, it didn't take very much set up at all. So that's the abbreviated version. There is a lot that I left out, but don't worry: I'll show you it all by the end of this course. Now, I'm not going to use the site I just created throughout the course, so I'm just going to quickly delete it. I'll do that by going back to Acquia Dev Desktop, selecting the store that I just created, and deleting it.
I can complete the process by going back to my Desktop, and throwing away the files that comprise that store. If you're really eager to get started, and don't want to watch the whole course, I give a version that's a little bit less abbreviated, but still short, in the section jumpstart to sales. But I do recommend you set aside time to watch everything in the course. Once you start working with Drupal Commerce, you'll find yourself wanting to take advantage of the many features and options that it provides.
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