Join Brian Wood for an in-depth discussion in this video Set up a Product Page, part of Squarespace 7: Intermediate Techniques.
- If you're ready to sell, there are a few things you need to do, in order to get started. The order in which you do these things, mostly doesn't matter. In my process, one of the first things I do, is set up the page we're going to use and products to sell, then work my way to setting up the back-end stuff, like Stripe, the payment processor, taxes, shipping, etc. Your method might be a little different, and that's okay. I do want to show you how to get started and where to go, to get it going. In your site, if you come back out to the main section here, you're going to see Commerce.
Click on that, and you'll see Getting Started 0 of 4. This is important. That 0 of 4 is going to tell you that you have completed x number of steps in this guide. So, it's actually going to give you a guide, which I think is great. It's going to say, okay, we have Squarespace Commerce, that's great, you can use Stripe, as a payment processor, It may not work in every country. That's something you have to consider before you jump into this, so you might want to go to Stripe and see what's available.
You need to add products, create shipping, and then connect the Stripe account to do the processing for the payments, and flip it to go live, and you're pretty much done. This is a dead-simple overview. The first thing we're going to do, is we're going to add products, but I want to go through and we're going to create a page to put them on. You can create products, and insert them in an existing page if you want to do that, using one of the widgets. But, we're going to go through and create a page. So, go back out, one more time, come to pages, come to the + up here and click on that to add a page, and you'll see that we have Products.
Click on that, and it's going to add a Products page. We're just going to call it Products; imagine that. You can call it whatever you want. Press Enter or Return to accept; it should create the page and bring us in. If you look here, you're going to see okay, it's using the template, if I scroll down, nothing. Down here, out in the main section where we've got content or we should have content, you will see Add Product, Manage Products, and settings. This is the same for most of the things we're doing here, as far as pages. Add Product is going to do just what it sounds like.
It's going to allow you to add a book you're selling, or a service you want to sell; that type of thing. Manage Products is going to take you right over here and let you see all the products you've already created, and over here in Settings, it's going to do just what every other page type does and bring you to the page settings, essentially. So, we can either click the Gear icon, or we can click on Settings over there. Why don't you click on the gear up here, where it says Product Settings, and let's take a look. Nothing new here, really, Navigation title which shows up in the Nav, we have the Page Title, which shows up in a bar up top; you can see right up there in the tab, typically.
You can make it so it's not enabled to start with, that way you can build it and it's not in your site, now this is if your site is already live. This is key, you've got to watch that. You can add page layouts depending on the template; we can have a little side-bar on the left or the right. Not all templates are going to have Page Layout options. That doesn't really matter right now. Description; we want to make sure that we put in for SEO for search engines. We want to put in information here. We want to put in something that we're going to do. Party Planner, Inc. products for sale, which include...
and you can go in and you can give descriptive information etc., etc., but your job is to try and describe what this page is for, what it does, what people are going to get out of it. You're going to try and use some key words, and do that to everything. This is best practice, okay? URL Slug, Password, Thumbnail Image to change the header if we want, we can do that. Much later, we're going to learn about how to go to Get Images and grab an image. We can do that and buy it; we can do that, too. Click save; and we've got ourselves our Product Page. That's pretty much it. Okay.
We're ready to go, we're ready to receive. A Products Page is one of the first steps in the selling setup, but a step that you need to do, nonetheless, if you want to have a page devoted to products. Next, you'll start to add products and see how that's done.
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- Working with inventory
- Tracking orders
- Accepting donations
- Improving SEO
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- Customizing your domain name
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