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How To Add An eCommerce Store

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Being able to purchase items online has revolutionized the way people commerce and exchange goods. Gone are the days of being inspired by infomercials, allowing 6-8 weeks for delivery and mail-in order forms with a paper check enclosed! What's even better about this fact is that with technology growing simpler every day, YOU TOO can sell things online and start earning money for your hard work!

In this article, we will cover How to Add a Store to your traditional Gator website builder and the necessary set-up steps for getting started. If you are using the Express Editor, be sure to search for Adding a Store to Express Editor.

Adding a Store to Your Gator website:

Once you log into your website builder, follow the steps below to begin adding the store section to your pages:

  1. From the left-hand menu, look for and select the Store option with the shopping cart icon.

  2. Next, select the Upgrade Now button from the slide menu that appears to get started.

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  3. Once you enter your payment details, the slide menu will change into your Store Dashboard.

    User-added image
    From here, you can:
    - Manage your products and orders
    - Review sales summary
    - Track recent orders

  4. You will also notice your site design in the background changes a little with a store option, now visible in your Pages section as well as a Shopping Cart button hovering over the page. (As circled in the image above.)

Pro Tip: Think of your store as a separate website altogether. Although you build them simultaneously, your store is like "the physical checkout counter" where your products are displayed and purchased, and the site is the "Entrance and Info Desk" area. With that said, it's always best to focus on the Entrance first, think about how people will get to your products first instead of putting products on a shelf that do not have a clear way to get there.