eCommerce Administration

Authorize.net

ABA will be transitioning all IndieCommerce stores currently using ABA’s shared credit card processor off of ABA’s merchant account and onto their own credit card merchant account. As part of the process, stores will be required to create their own Authorize.net account. Many merchant service providers will help members with setting up their Authorize.net accounts, so check with the merchant service provider you currently use for in-store sales.

Online Gift Codes

This documentation was modified on 5/24/2018, to add the updated feature CUSTOMIZE THE LABEL, HEADER AND DESCRIPTION

Menus

A website navigation menu is a collection of links grouped together in a horizontal or vertical block. Menus are usually at the top of a website; menus can be added to the footer and side navigational bars as well.

Organized and easy-to-follow navigation for a website is very important for the overall user experience. When planning your menu, it’s important to keep in mind the information your users need to access quickly and frequently, and make those items clearly identifiable and accessible. 

Store Features and Preferences

STORE FEATURES

Navigate to: Store > Configuration > Account Information & Preferences > Store Features

There are a wide variety of features that can be toggled on or off for your site.  If you see something interesting on another IndieCommerce site, (like an 'Add to Wishlist' button) chances are that it can be found under ‘Store Features’. We definitely recommend browsing this list at your convenience.

Discount Coupons

Since there are so many different configuration options for coupon codes, it is easiest to explore this feature using examples.  The following examples are provided solely as illustrations of the coupon code functionality and are in no way recommendations.  We do not suggest what promotions or discounts any store should offer. Those business decisions are made solely by each individual bookstore.

GENERAL SETTINGS

Navigate to Store > Configuration > Coupon Module Settings 

Shipping Methods

ABA does not recommend specific rates for shipping, and any value indicated below is simply for the purposes of illustration.

SELECT SHIPPING QUOTES

Navigate to: Store > Configuration > Shipping Quotes

Theme Key

You can change your site to a different Theme, that only you can see when logged into your account. This allows you to prepare a different Theme, while still displaying your current Theme to customers.

CHOOSE THEMES

Navigate to: Appearance (Admin bar)

Automatic Coupons For A Specific Role

Automatic Coupons are a convenient way to provide a discount for a group of people within a certain role without having to give out multiple coupon codes or requiring the user to enter a code each time. For the example below we are creating a ‘Automatic Coupon’ for people with the role of ‘Staff Member’.

Custom Checkout Email

This documentation was modified on 03/25/2019, with an updated method of creating order confirmation emails and invoices.

Gift Cards

You will need to request that ABA enable the ‘Gift Card’ module for you. You may do so by navigating to: Store > Configuration > Account Information and Preferences > Store Features scrolling to the ECOMMERCE section - check mark ‘Givex Gift Card*’ under ‘Enable This Feature’ and click the ‘Send request to ABA’ button.

Custom Products

When you first begin working with your IndieCommerce website you will have a single custom product class created by default called ‘ABA Product’. 'ABA Product' class covers ABA supplied books. However, you most likely sell other products in store and will wish to online as well. Product classes are the starting point for organizing those other items for sale as it’s going to contain all the information needed to sell and ship products on your website.

Google Analytics

We encourage you to set up your own Google Analytics account. You will need to set up the account with Google first, and then configure your site to add the new tracking account, by using the instructions below.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have a pre-existing Google Analytics account you will need to obtain your existing Tracking ID and then jump to step 3.

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About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.

Contact

PRESS CONTACTS

Dan Cullen, dan@bookweb.org
Allison Hill, allisonhill@bookweb.org

 

 

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