New to WahmShoppes - Now What?
You just received your site setup
email from Tony and now you need to know what to do.
Here is a quick little tutorial on what steps to
take and to help explain in terms that WAHM`s can
FIRST - Print our your email and file it in a safe
place. It has all your login information. Do not
rely on it to stay in your computer, computers
Decide if you will use a FTP client to upload pages,
publish from a website design program, or if you
will use basic html to work on your site directly in
the featured cart.
Now you are probably sitting there and saying "What
the heck is she talking about?"
Don't worry I did the same thing, lets take a step
back and explain a few things.
What Does Everything in the
Setup Email Mean?
FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol - A way
of transferring files over the Internet from one
computer to another.
Some popular FTP clients are cuteFTP or WS_FTP, you
can download cuteFTP direct from cuteFTP.com at
The download has a free trial and costs $39.99 after
the first 30 days.
WS_FTP can be downloaded from IPSwitch at http://www.ipswitch.com/products/ws_ftp/home/index.html
The download has a free trial and costs $34.95
without the service agreement.
Website Design Programs - Such as Microsoft's
Front Page or Dreamweaver. Both of these can be
obtained easily on the web but cost quite a bit of
money and have a HUGE learning curve.
You will really only need this as an option if you
plan on designing this site yourself and using mode
If you will be using modes 1, 2, or 3 then you will
not need either the FTP client or a Website
You will be able to work on your site directly in
the featured cart (the control panel for the store).
Important Links and URL's
Save these important website url's into your
favorites. You can easily get into them
all through your host contoller but I have found it
much easier to have them all in my favorites and
only have to log into each one depending on what I
am working on.
Here is a quick explanation of what you have access
Cut and paste the following urls replacing the text
in red with your website name less any spaces.
Example if your website is Gidgets R Us but your
website url is www.gidgetsrus.com then just replace
the red text with gidgetsrus.
http://www.your website name goes
This is what I refer to as your Host Controller -
Says Control Panel Login.
This is your main login for your website, like I
said everything can be reached from here but
requires you to login to the host controller then
into each individual feature.
http://www.your website name goes
This is your feature cart setup
and maintenance for your eStore
http://mail.your website name goes
This is the Merak Mail Server
email administrator. This is where you can create
additional email names. The login for this is in
your setup email under initial email Address. Do not
ever delete this initial email address as that is
the only way to login, if you delete it you will not
be able to get back in.
http://mail.your website name goes
This is your Icewarp web mail
program. Here is where you can read and reply to
your email, you can not do that in the merak mail
administrator. I HIGHLY suggest that you setup your
email to go through outlook professional or outlook
express because web mail is not stable and is
stored out in cyber space. Email read and replied to
through outlook or outlook express can be stored on
your computer and thus can be backed up. You can
also organize your mail into folders, and set up
auto responders, and filters. You can have all of
your websites email alias' come to the same box so
you only have one place to check email, and choose
which email you use as the reply to in one easy
Now that you have an idea of what
everything is, you are ready to get started.
Installing your Estore
If you want to install the eStore you will need to
install it first. Go to your host controller and
login. Click on eStore in the left hand navigation
panel and then click on install.
Note: You have two seperate things
with wahm shoppes. You have a website page that will
open into your eStore. Some people like to bypass
the main web page and open straight in the eStore.
This can be accomplished by clicking on the redirect
option under configuration > website home page.
What do the different modes mean?
Now let's decide what mode you are going to work in.
Mode 1 - If you have never done anything in
regards to building a website, and do not have the
knowledge to make your own banner, buttons or
backgrounds then this is the mode for you. This will
let you select a theme, customize it with your
website name and category names, and does not
require any html knowledge at all. Great for the
Mode 2 - If you have a banner, buttons or
backgrounds or have the know how on doing this, then
this is the mode for you.
Mode 3 - This is very similar to mode two
except you need to have some basic html knowledge to
do the top banner template and main splash template.
Mode 4 - If you have extensive html knowledge
and a full website template this would be the mode
you would work in. Caution, this is NOT for
beginners. It is best to start in mode 1 and work
your way up. It took me a whole year to move to mode
4. You will need to include the appropriate
%TAGS% for the database driven portion of the
WahmPro can help you create a unique one of a
kind Mode 4 template, see our
Web design Services.
If you are in doubt of your
knowledge and what mode to start in, then I HIGHLY
suggest you start in mode 1.
This will enable you to get the basic info in, setup
your payments, shipping, and add your pictures and
products. You can worry about the design aspect
later, and easily switch to any other mode without
losing all that information.
Building Your E-Store
Now you can start building your store.
Log into the featured cart manager and click on
configuration. You will see three things there:
master store mode
Website homepage - is the website main page I referred
to above, that is your home page that will open up
into your store. For now lets go there and set up
the basic info. This is where you can select your
page background, font color, and company logo. You
will need to click on the "upload logos, banners,
and background" link first to upload the graphics so
that they show up in the dropdown.
You can leave
the html markup section empty, or use that
section for additional text. The html
markup section can also be used as a method of
adding a full html home page (an advanced
feature that requires extensive html knowledge).
Master Store Mode - Now to add information into the eStore section click
on configuration again, and now this time go to the
master store mode section. For example I am going to
work off of mode 1 because this is the easiest for
beginners, and most of these items are also in the
You will see that mode 1 is pre-set and the Frames -
Themes is highlighted in red. That confirms you are
in mode 1.
Now in the master settings section you can choose
your font styles, colors, and what links show in
your left hand bar. Go ahead and choose the "use text"
selection unless you have buttons already made,
and uploaded for them. Slowly go through the
list and make your choices to customize your
Miscellaneous Section - Under configuration if you go into the miscellaneous
section this is where you will see:
customize store messages
customize store terminology
your auctions (is not active right now)
wish world gift registry (also not active)
forum (use the forum available in
your host controller)
edit page hit counter
The only ones you really need to worry about to get
started are the first three.
Other basic things to set up to get your paqe
started, without having to worry about design just
yet, is to click on payments and select if you will
be using the internal payment setup (the easiest for
beginners) or mals. FYI - I use internal and have no
reason to use Mals.
You will also want to set up your categories, sub
categories, and then add products. The site is
designed to not show the category button unless
there is a product stocked there.
I hope that is enough information to get you started
and feel free to contact me at any time with
My last tip of advice is to click on every link in
the featured cart and become familiar with what it
is and what it does, it is the only way to fully
grasp the setup.
Good luck and happy