SHOPPING CART TUTORIAL

NETbilling Merchant Shopping Cart Administration Tutorial

Welcome to the NETbilling Shopping Cart Admin Tutorial. Our simple to use, web based shopping cart system was designed with simplicity in mind for merchants selling tangible products and can be setup in minutes with no html experience necessary.

The NETbilling shopping cart system is available to all merchants free of charge and requires no installation as we host all of the pages on your behalf. For merchants desiring more flexibility and features, NETbilling supports 95% of the third party shopping cart systems available today. Please click on the "Cart Compatibility" list in the menu on the left to view a list of alternatative shopping cart systems which we recommend.

Click on any of the links below for a complete explanation on how our free shopping cart system works.

Store Admin

Store Settings

Store Name - If you do not have a logo image which contains your company name you would add your company name here. If your logo contains your company name you would leave this field blank.

Store Desc - This field allows you to have a one line description of your store. Again, if your logo image contains this information, you would leave this field blank.

State of Residence - Enter the state in which you are currently located.

State Sales Tax - Enter the sales tax in your state, for example if you were in CA you would enter .0825 (Cents per $)

Product Divider Tags - A default HTML tag has been added for your convenience. If you do not wish to have a product divider bar, simply erase the tag from this field. If you have a custom HTML tag you would like to use to separate the products on main page, you would type it in here, replacing the default.
Store Logo - Upload/Update allows you to upload your image or change your existing image. Simply click the upload link which will take you to a browse button, simply click browse and select the image you would like to use. Make sure that the image you have selected is a .jpg or a .gif file. If the file size is too large the system may ask you to compress the file size. Delete Current Image allows you delete the image you currently have uploaded on your cart.

Background Image - Upload/Update allows you to upload your image or change your existing image. Simply click the upload link which will take you to a browse button, simply click browse and select the image you would like to use. Make sure that the image you have selected is a .jpg or a .gif file. If the file size is too large the system may ask you to compress the file size. Delete Current Image allows you delete the image you currently have uploaded on your cart.

Default Font - You may choose the viewable font on your cart by simply typing in the name of the font.

For example, Comic Sans MS.

Font Color - You may also choose the color of the viewable font on your cart by using our color graph; just select the color you wish to use.

Custom Font Color - This field allows you to add a customized color for your font using HTML Tags. If you know the HTML Tag that matches your custom color you would enter it in this field.

Link Color - You may also choose the color of the viewable link on your cart by using our color graph; just select the color you wish to use.

Custom Link Color - This field allows you to add a customized color for your links using HTML Tags. If you know the HTML Tag that matches your custom color you would enter it in this field.

Background Color - You may also choose the color of the viewable link on your cart by using our color graph; just select the color you wish to use.

Custom Background Color - This field allows you to add a customized color for your background using HTML Tags. If you know the HTML Tag that matches your custom color you would enter it in this field.

***Click SAVE before leaving this area.***

Product Categories

Add a New Category - Type in the category name, and then the category description.

Examples:

Digital - The Ultimate Digital Cameras
Accessories - The Ultimate Camera Accessories
Miscellaneous - The Ultimate in Miscellaneous
Film - The Ultimate Film Deals

The reason for the categories is to give you the option to be able to have category pages within your cart. You can link them to your cart to help keep your products organized.

***Click SAVE before leaving this area.***

Shipping Options

No Shipping Options - You charge nothing additional for shipping. This means that you would incorporate the cost of the shipping into the price of the product.

Flat Rate Shipping - Shipping charges are calculated on a flat rate. For this option you would click on Edit Shipping Details and create the flat rate options of your choice.

Example: $5.00 US Mail or $10.00 Next Day Air

Product Weight - Shipping is determined price per pound for each shipping method.

Example: $1.00 US Mail or $2.00 Next Day Air

Product weight is 5lbs. and US Mail was selected as the shipping option at check out the shipping charges added to the total would be $5.00. If Next Day Air was the selected as the shipping option at check out the shipping charges added to the total would be $10.00.

Edit Shipping Details - If you would like to add new shipping options, simply click edit shipping details, and then add shipping option. Fill in the blanks and click save. If you need to edit an existing shipping option click edit shipping details and then the link of the shipping option you would like to edit.

***Click SAVE before leaving this area.***

View/Add Products

At the top of the page are all the categories you have created. By clicking on these categories you will see a list all products that have been added to that category. There is the option to Add New Product at the top and bottom of the page. This page lists all products in your shopping cart.

Add New Product - This is where you add your products to the shopping cart. There are two steps to complete the add product task. The first thing you do is click add new product. Then you fill out the form with the appropriate information for the product you are adding.

Product Name - The name of the product you are selling.

Product Category - If main page is selected all products will appear on the front page, you would select the category of choice for the product to appear on that category page.

Product Short Desc - A brief description of the product you are selling.

Product Price $ - The price of the product, with no dollar signs. (5.00)

Product Weight (lbs) - If you chose to bill your shipping options by weight you would assign a weight to each product as you entered it, otherwise leave this field blank.
Click save, the product will then be added to the product list at the top of the page, click the PID number to proceed to the next step.

Product Size(s) - This allows you to have a size option, simply type in the sizes separated by a comma as follows: Small, Medium, Large, and XLarge. This will then create a drop down menu of size choices once they go to check out.

Product Option(s) - This allows you to have a color or model option, simply type in the option separated by a comma as follows: Red, Blue, Black, Green. This will then create a drop down menu of color choices once they go to check out.

Sort Order (Numeric order to sort products) - This option allows you to sort the items on your page, maybe by size or alphabetical order, etc.

Product Long Desc - This area allows you to create a long description for your product details page.

Small Image - This is where you would upload your small image, simply click Upload Small Image then click browse to locate the file on your hard drive. Select the desired image and then click Upload Picture. If the image loaded successfully click Continue and proceed to the next step.

Big Image - This is where you would upload your big image, simply click Upload Small Image then click browse to locate the file on your hard drive. Select the desired image and then click Upload Picture. If the image loaded successfully click Continue and proceed to the next step.

***Click SAVE before leaving this area.***

Store Templates

The store templates allow you to customize the cart using standard HTML code. Later in the tutorial you will read about link codes. You can add the link codes supplied for you at the bottom of the main page template to allow access to each of your categories. The links will appear on every page if they are added to the main page template. This helps to make the shopping experience smooth and convenient.

Front Page Template - This is the front page of your cart. This is useful if you do not have a website or domain name in place, but it is not required to use this page.

Main Page Template - Any changes made on this template will remain consistent through out the entire cart.

Product Detail Template - Changes made on this template will appear on all of the product detail pages.

Check Out Form Template - Changes made on this template will appear on the check out form.

Success Template - Changes made on this template will appear on the transaction approved page.

***Click SAVE before leaving this area.***

Form Config

NETbilling Account # - This plugs your shopping cart into you NETbilling Administration Area. The format is account number, colon, site tag. Example - 101020201010: SITETAG

Merchant Name - This is your company name.

Trans Type - This gives you the option of auth-ing the transaction or actually charging the card immediately. In most cases you would select charge, except in the instances you have items that are frequently on back order. You would then select auth and then capture the sale at a later date when the product was ready to be shipped.

Ship To Address Must Match Billing Address - There are two options, if Yes is selected, the form will not give the option to have a different shipping address, meaning all sales will be shipped to the billing address. If No is selected, the form will give the option to have a shipping address, different from the billing address. In this case the shipping address will appear in the Miscellaneous Info field on the transaction receipt.

***Click SAVE before leaving this area.***

Link Codes

These are the link codes you will use to connect your site to the shopping cart. You can add any of these link codes to your Store Templates to connect your pages. You are provided with the following links:

Link Code For Product Listing Page - This would be the main page of your site.

Link Code For Store Front Page - This is the front page of your store, for use if you do not have your own website or domain name.

Direct Links To Category Pages - Every category you create is assigned a link code which will be listed here. You can take these link codes and copy them from this page, and then you paste them directly onto your template page to connect your cart to all of your categories.

Enter Store

Click this link to view your shopping cart in a new window.

Order Admin

Other Search

This is the order search page, you can search for an individual order or you can view all of your orders. Listed below are all the options you have to search by:

Customer Name
Customer Email
Transaction Start Date YYYY-MM-DD
Transaction End Date YYYY-MM-DD


If you would like to search for all your orders simply leave all the fields blank and click Search. This will bring up a list of all the orders you have processed.

Once you pull up an order, you will see a blue Transaction ID. If you are logged into your admin area you can click that Transaction ID and the details of the transaction will appear in a new window within your admin area.

You also have the option of entering a Shipping Tracking Code and changing the status of the order from Not Shipped to Shipped. This helps to keep track of your pending orders.

Shopping Cart

Our shopping cart is available to our NETbilling Merchants for FREE! Simply call our sales office to get set up with your cart today. Our staff is available 24hrs. a day 7 days a week at 661-252-2456 outside the US or toll free within the US at 888-357-8166.

Once your cart is setup by a NETbilling Technical Support Specialist, you can login to the administration area here.
 
NETbilling's shopping cart is completely self contained. However, if you wish to host the buy buttons directly on your web site, click here for instructions once our staff has initiated the setup of your NETbilling cart.