With Enstore Documentation, you can easily set up your store and manage the way it runs. You can also read about customizing the templates for Enstore. With custom templates you create a unique look and feel for your store.
We wanted to create an app that's so easy to use, even your mom can set up a store with it.
To sign up for Enstore, you go to the Enstore signup page. Enter your email address and store name and click Sign up. This will take you directly to the Enstore Admin where you can continue setting up your store. Because you're setting up your store, the Enstore Admin will show you a screen where you can pick a theme for your store. Choosing a theme will give your store a certain look and also add a number of mock-up products, orders and customers to your store. This way you'll get to practice with Enstore before you start running your store. You can choose not to pick a theme and start with an empty store.
After signing up, Enstore will send you an email with information about your Enstore. This email contains your password, which you can change here, and the URL of your store and your store's admin.
You can log into your Enstore Admin by clicking the login button on the Enstore site or typing in your browser's address bar: http://[your-store-handle].enstore.com/admin.
To reset your Enstore password, go to this page. Enter the email address you used to sign up for Enstore and a reset link will be send there.
First thing you’ll need is an Enstore account, which you can acquire by signing up. Basically, Enstore is free until you sell something, signing up is free and without risk. You can already choose a plan on the sign up form, but we recommend starting with the free plan.
Don’t forget to check the terms and conditions box, and click signup. Upon success Enstore will send an email to the specified address. In this mail you find a link which you have to click to verify you email address. If you didn’t receive an email, please check your spam box or try again. Remember your storehandle and password. You need them to sign in later.
Now if you visit your store address (http://www.enstore.com/[your-store-handle]) you will see an empty store with your name on it. Looks a bit desolated, but we’re going to change that soon.
Enstore works by syncing its database with your Checkout database. Products are set up and managed in Checkout, orders and clients are received from Enstore upon sync and will show up in the Checkout’s order list. To be able to make this sync, Checkout needs to be linked to your Enstore account. Let’s do that now.
If successful, the web store tab will change appearance and will give you a couple of options, one of which is Sync Now. Before we click that we’ll need to be sure we have a couple of products setup.
Basically, Enstore will show all products synced with Checkout, provided they have the Show in Web Store box checked. Before we do our first sync, let’s take a look at the products.
Go to Checkout’s product manager in the manager window. If you haven’t already made some products, let’s do so know. Click New Product, fill in the fields and click OK. Most of the options are pretty straight forward, but if you would like to know more about the product options, please refer to the Checkout documentation.
What we’re especially interested in is the Web Store tab IN the product manager on the bottom of the window.
By checking the box Show in Web Store the selected product will be present in the web store after sync.
The tags field is lets you tag your products with words which can be used to find this particular product on the web store, using the tag menu. Tagging is a bit of tricky concept, but if used correctly very powerful. You’ll want to tag your product with words that describe metadata of the product.
The value specified in the weight field is used by Enstore to calculate shipping cost. If you don’t enter this, Enstore will try to fall back to a default weight. If that also isn’t set, your shipping options will show an error on the Enstore checkout page.
Images can be dragged to the image field. There’s no limit to the amount of images you can have per (sub)product, but images can’t be bigger then 1MB. Images will be shown on the web store in the same order as you put them in this field. So the first image here will also be the image shown on the browse page on Enstore.
It’s important you give your products nice names. Preferably not too long. It’s better to use the description field to describe specifics about the product. Always supply a good description of your product, your customers will appreciate the extra information and it just looks better on the web store. Specifying a brand also adds to the aesthetics of your web store.
If the box for sell stop is checked, Enstore won’t show this product on your web store.
Checkout and Enstore have matrix products. This means you can have products in multiple sizes, colors, etc. Per variation you can specify different images, prices and other information.
By syncing your Checkout store with your Enstore web store, you upload all the products you want to have on your web store and all their images. Syncing also checks for new orders, made since the last time you synced. We recommend syncing regularly. Make sure you only sync from one work station.
You’ll need an Enstore account, which you get by just signing up. Enstore is free in beta and after that it’s free until you sell something; signing up is cost- and risk-free. When you sign up, you can select the plan that will suit your needs, starting with the free plan.
Record your Store Handle and password. You’ll need them to sign in later.
After successful enrollment, you’ll receive an email verifying the email address. If you didn’t receive the email, check your spam box or try again.
In AccountEdge, select Web Store from the Setup dropdown menu. Then select Set Up Web Store. Enter your Store Handle and password. Link your Web Store. Once you link your company file to a Web Store, you’ll be able to configure the store as well as visit it as a customer. (You can also update your password, and unlink the store from this file.) You set your Store and Selling Details, your Tax account, and your Sync Options here.
When you Sync your items from AccountEdge Inventory, they will be available on the Web Store, provided they are configured to be sold on the Web Store. This is done by check marking I sell this item in my Web Store, in the Selling Details window of the item. (This can also be done in the Selling Details, see above.) You also indicate the Web Store selling price in this window.
In the Item Details window, you can:
In the Sales Command Center, select Process Web Orders to download and process all Web Store orders.
The idea of custom domains is that you can run your shop on any domain you like. So http://yourstore.enstore.com could – for example – become http://shop.yourdomain.com or even just http://www.yourdomain.com. As a demo we are running the Enstore Example Store on http://shop.madebysofa.com.
Having your store on your own domain looks more professional, can help with your Google listings and integrates better with the rest of your site. But it's completely optional, and your enstore.com url will always keep running alongside your custom domain.
To try this feature you need two things: A domain (like http://yourstore.com), and access to your DNS server records.
If you want to enable a custom domain, first log in to your DNS system and find the DNS records for the domain you would like to use. This process is a bit different for each provider and this page could help.
Then add a CNAME record for the domain you would like to use and point it to your-store-handle.enstore-domain.com. In the example above, shop.madebysofa.com points to examplestore.enstore-domain.com. Make sure you use enstore-domain.com and not enstore.com in the addresses you point to. You can use this tool to verify if you set it up right.
Wait a bit as the DNS servers propagate your new records; this can take up to a day but typically takes an hour or so.
Start using your shiny new domain!
The risks of using a custom domain while it's in beta, are that it could be a bit slower than your enstore.com url and might have lower availability. But in these scenarios your store will always be available at your enstore.com domain. If you are using Google Analytics, make sure you update your account to match your new domain.
If you have Point of Sale-software that you want to synchronize with Enstore, here's how you do it.
Fill your Enstore with content by connecting your Checkout store with Enstore. First of all, make sure to uncheck the option "Show in web store" in Checkout for products you don't want to show up in your web store – for example when they're sold out or you don't want to sell them online. When you're ready to synchronize, go to your Manager window, open the Web Store tab and enter your store handle and Enstore password. Click Synchronize Now to sync your Checkout store with Enstore and fill your new Enstore with your products.
To fill your Enstore with the products you have in AccountEdge, you need to synchronize them. Before we get to that, first make sure to uncheck the option "I Sell This Item In My Web Store" for the products you don't want to show up in your web store – for example when they're sold out or you don't want to sell them online. When you're ready to synchronize, go to Setup in your menu bar, then hover over Web Store and select "Set Up a Web Store". Enter your store handle and Enstore password in the corresponding fields and click Link Web Store to start your first sync and fill your new Enstore with your products. Back to top
Support for Enstore is available via our support page. Here you can find documentation to help you setup, manage, design and develop your store, and submit ideas, bugs, questions and requests via our forums.
Because Enstore works in a browser, there are a few things you should know about the app. The first thing would be that everything you change in Enstore is saved instantly unless there's an explicit Save button. This means that Enstore is so cool that even if your browser crashes, you can just restart the browser and continue where you left off.
The second thing is refreshing. If you accidentally hit the refresh button of your browser, Enstore will log you out and ask you to log in. Again, this won't cause you to lose any data because Enstore saves almost everything instantly.
Enstore won't replace any point of sale software. To create invoices, purchase orders and reports, you will have to use point of sale software, such as Checkout or AccountEdge.
You can also create custom Facebook and Twitter frames and implement them on your Welcome page. A great example is this page of TecGadgets.de. To implement both Twitter and Facebook, they've used iframes in the HTML of the page. You can easily replicate this by taking a look at the code in their store:
<iframe src="http://www.tec-gadgets.de/facebook_twitter.html" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:640px; height:400px"></iframe>
If you have your own website, you can just host a Facebook/Twitter widget on it, and link to it in an iframe in a page on your Enstore.
There are several ways for you to stay in contact with your customers. You can use email, phone, or social media like described above. You can also add a contact page to your Enstore web store.