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VI. Shop Administration

The Shop Administration section of the netShopAdmin covers a range of functionality related specifically to the configuration of your shopping cart. It is important to understand the parts in this section and therefore it is recommended to read and understand the following documentation.


The Skins section of the netShopAdmin allows you to manage a set of Cascading Style Sheet (.css) files and select one to control the style of your shopping cart. Upon installing the netShopAdmin, you are provided with a default template. To get started, it is recommended that you make a copy of the default template and work from that. To do this, go to the Skins section and click the "Export" button next to the skin labeled "Default" to save the skin to your local computer. You can now edit the skin to your liking and change it's name to something other than "Default". To use the newly created skin, click the "Browse..." button in the skins section of your netShopAdmin and specify the newly created skins file. Finally, select the radio button next to the new skin to enable it.


Templates are essentially just .zip archives containing HTML/SHTML files specifying the layout, flow and functionality of your shopping cart. To understand how to construct a template, it is important to understand how the netShopAdmin uses templates to build a shopping cart. When clicking the "Save Changes" or "Preview" buttons, the currently selected template is copied to a temporary directory and it's files are unpacked. Once the files are unpacked, the netShopAdmin automatically builds a netShop products file, a price calculation script as well as files containing information about coupons and gift wrapping. Finally, the proper transformations are made on the files included and they are all copied to the installation directory. If the current build is not a preview, the files will be copied to the location of the shopping cart.

When creating a new template, it is recommended that you perform the same procedure as creating a new skin. That is, you go to the Templates section of your netShopAdmin and export the Default template, rename it and begin work from that copy. When you are ready to use a template, you go back to the Templates section and upload the new template. Also, when working with a template, it is important to preserve anything starting with a "NS", as these are the macros used by the M4 program to insert functionality from the netShopAdmin. A quick list of the various macros used are:

Outgoing Email Templates

When viewing your orders within the View Orders section of your netShopAdmin, you have the option of setting an "Order Status" for each of your orders. When you set this, the netShopAdmin will prompt you for whether or not you would like to send the customer an email. The Outgoing Email Templates section of your netShopAdmin allows you to configure the text of the emails that are sent out.


In the Localization section, you can specify your timezone and currency format. The timezone should be set to the same as the timezone where your organization is located. The netShopAdmin provides a variety of currency formats, with the option to also create a custom format. To create a custom currency format, all that you have to do is select "Custom" and provide all of the necessary information.

Store Profile/Contacts

The Store Profile/Contacts section provides access to the address used by the netShopAdmin when building your shopping cart. This address will be seen on the final confirmation page as well as invoices and emails. Also provided is a list of store contacts, which provide ways for customers to contact you. The contact marked as default will be the address from which notification emails will be sent. Finally, the Store Profile/Contacts section allows you to specify as logo for your store. If specified, this logo will be inserted into the shopping cart at the appropriate places.

Payment Methods

The Payment Methods section is where you can manually specify what types of payment you can accept. If you have installed any payment gateways, they will automatically add entries for each payment method they accept.

Payment Gateways

Payment Gateways are scripts which can be installed via your netConsole and allow you to process payments through third parties using your netShopAdmin. In order to use a payment gateway, all that is necessary is to install it through the netConsole and then go to the Payment Gateways section and enable it. Once a payment gateway is enabled, the orders in your View Orders section will have a button labeled "Process Order". To process an order, simply click this button. Currently payment gateway scripts are availabe for use with Payflow Link and Authorize.Net.


Inside of the Shipping section, you are provided with five different ways to specify the shipping price of your products:


When selling products online, it is sometimes necessary to charge taxes according to the local law. The Tax section of the netShopAdmin allows you to do this by letting you specify a list of places and percentages for taxes to charge.

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