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    September 22, 2017 - Mobile Friendly Booklists

    This webinar will lead booksellers through the basics of using the Mobile Friendly Booklist module:

    • How to request the module be enabled
    • Edit the booklists
    • Configure the view blocks
    • Customizations (IndieCommerce members only)
    • How other members are using this feature

     

    View Templates for Book Lists

    Responsive, mobile friendly ‘View’ templates for book lists

    3 out-of-the-box responsive, mobile friendly Views to display book lists are readily available. All that needs to be done by the store staff are to edit the book lists and plug them into the views.

    SEO Tools

    SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is a methodology of strategies, techniques, and tactics designed to grow visibility in search engine results. In search results, search engines (Google, Bing, etc.) display links to pages it considers relevant and authoritative, SEO helps to ensure that a site is accessible to a search engine and improves the chances that the site will be found in search results.

    SEO methods vary from the technical practices you can achieve on your website, to the creative elements you can use to raise your site’s visibility such as social media marketing.

    Browse Books by BISAC

    The Browse Book block, which can be found on the block administration page (Structure > Blocks), consists of every BISAC category available. Selecting a category changes the block menu and provides sub-categories within that category and updates the books displayed accordingly.

    Example:

    Embedding Video

    In order to place a video on your website, the video must first be uploaded to a third party, such as YouTube*. You can then obtain an ‘embed’ code which can be placed on your website.

    Available Reports

    There are several reports available to you that you can use to gain insights into sales on your website, who is using your website and other useful information. You can use these reports as they are or you may customize them to suit your needs.

    Navigate to: Store > Reports

    Integrate MailChimp

    This documentation was modified on 01/18/2018, to comply with the latest changes by MailChimp.

    This provides an integration with MailChimp (an email delivery service) and makes it possible to create and send MailChimp emails directly from your website.

    Website Best Practices

    Creating a leading website takes thought and planning, a site is typically considered successful if it is well designed, useful and in e-commerce aspects, lucrative. While different stores each have different website needs, there are some best practices that are global to all sites. In this guide, we explain those best practices and have broken them down into 4 categories:

     

    Store Pricing Tool

    You have full control on the pricing for any book on your website (eBook prices are set by Kobo).

    4 STORE PRICING TOOL OPTIONS

    Navigate to: Store > Configuration > Store Pricing > Books

    Images

    Using images on your website should be done with careful consideration, just like any other component of your site. The images used should enhance the user’s experience, help with branding, and improve visual appeal. Below, we review the various ways in which images can be uploaded to your website and some tools that can be used with them.

    Providing Your Holiday Catalog To IndieCommerce

    If you are a regional association and would like to have your regional holiday catalog included on IndieCommerce sites, please prepare an HTML version of the catalog.  You can put this together however you wish but there are some things to keep in mind:

    1. All internal links (e.g., to images, to other pages, etc.) should be relative, and should not include a leading slash.

    For example:

    Adding A Holiday Catalog To Your Website

    If you would like to add a regional holiday catalog to your website, you may do so by simply placing a menu link to the catalog of your choice into one of your navigation menus.

    AVAILABLE REGIONAL CATALOGS

    We will update the content of each catalog each year as the regionals provide them. There are two URL options to link to the Holiday catalog:

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    Order Statuses

    Your main page for order review is found by navigating to: Store > Orders. Here you will find a list of all active orders and it is from here that you will process these orders as needed. In this document, we’ll review what each standard order status means, what state that order status belongs to, and how to create custom order statuses of a particular state.

    Adding Books to the Database

    It is important to keep in mind that the vast majority of titles listed on IndieBound.org, and on our IndieCommerce member websites come from Ingram Book Company's iPage database. Generally speaking, if a title is listed with them (even if they don't actually carry it), it is listed with us. If you are a publisher, you'll want to contact Ingram to inquire about listing your catalog with them. You can find publisher-specific contact info here:

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