April 7, 2020
PrestaShop 1.7 : How to manage the Administration Area

PrestaShop 1.7 : How to manage the Administration Area

Hi everyone, welcome to the PrestaShop 1.7
tutorial video series. Today we’ll be covering PrestaShop 1.7,
which is the newest version of the PrestaShop software. I’m going to show you how manage the Administration
Area. Now that you have installed PrestaShop 1.7
and that you are properly logged-in to your administration area, you should make sure
you can easily find your way through its administration interface, understand its notifications and
know where to find one specific bit of information. So, let’s go for an overview of the Administration
Area. First : The top bar
At the top of the back office is a white bar containing a handful of information and links:
Quick Access. This is the quick links menu, presenting the
most useful links. You can customize it by clicking on “Manage
quick accesses”. Search field with dropdown list. It enables you to search within the content
of your shop. “Shop name” link which opens a new browser
tab with your shop’s front-end. The bell icon and number which indicates the
number of new notifications, which by default will show you the last orders, but also in
two other panels : last registered customers and new messages. And the Personal menu with your profile picture
which contains the “My preferences” link to access at some personal options – And the
“Sign out” button Then, on the left you can find the menu
Here you can browse through the many pages and options of the back office and manage
your daily activities and administration of your shop. To begin, the Dashboard. It’s the homepage of your back office, where
you can see the main statistics, live. It gives an excellent summary of your shop’s
daily activities at a glance. The Dashboard is divided into 4 main areas:
a horizontal bar, and three columns. By default, the Dashboard uses fake data so
that you can better visualize what the various stats are for. To watch real data of your online store, deactivate
the “Demo mode” option. Next, you can use the horizontal bar to choose
the period of time for the currently displayed dashboard statistics. Three sets of options are available:
Current day, month or year. Previous day, month or year. Precise date selection
You can also compare two periods of time together by checking the “Compare To” box. Select the second period as would do for the
first one, then click on the “Apply” button. When comparing two periods, some of the content
blocks will update to indicate the evolution of the data
In the left column, you can find the main figures from your database in a quick glance:
Online visitors in the last 30 minutes. Active shopping carts in the last 30 minutes. Currently pending orders, return/exchange
inquiries, abandoned carts and out of stock products. Notifications for new messages, order inquiries
and product reviews. New customers and new newsletter subscriptions. Traffic statistics: visits, unique visitors,
traffic sources and direct links. In the central column, there are the most
important numbers pertaining to your shop’s daily activities, along with a graph of sales
and a list of the latest orders. This is where you see your shop live and breathe. By default, there are three blocks of content
in this column, which are handled by modules: Dashboard : with various graphics. It really helps you see if your shop is headed
in the right direction or not. Click on one of the graphic type to display
it. Additionally, when comparing two time periods,
it displays the evolution of each figure in percentages. Clicking on its configuration icon, open a
new page where you can set various expenses that your shop has, in order to better indicate
your trends. Next, Your Forecast. It presents you with the goals you have for
the coming months, and how your shop is doing as compared to them. Depending on your monthly results, you should
update your forthcoming goals. You can set your goals in the block’s configuration
form (top right of the block), and fill in your expectations month per month in terms
of traffic, conversion rate, and average cart value. The “Sales” column will be updated according
to the goals set in the other columns. You can change the currency in the “Currencies”
page under the “Localization” menu. Products and sales module. It presents you with a table of your latest
orders and a ranking of your products: best sellers, most viewed and top searches
You can set the number of items to display in each by opening the block’s configuration
form Finally, The last column gives you the latest
news from PrestaShop.com, notifications about new PrestaShop versions, and useful links. Below the dashboard, the menu is organized
in three main sections, from the pages you use the most frequently, to the one you open
less often. Under these sections, each menu applies to
a given set of tasks and contexts: 1st section is : Sell
It’s all about your day-to-day activity. Orders, customers, catalog, etc. This section presents the essence of your
business, where you go each day to get your business going. Orders. Once clients start adding products in their
shopping carts, you will see orders in this menu, with the resulting invoices. This is also where you handle credit slips
and abandoned carts, among other things. Catalog. This is the heart of your shop, where you
will add products, create categories, set up carriers and suppliers, define discounts
etc. Customers. Here you can access all the information about
your clients, and edit their addresses. Customer service. Where you handle customer service and anything
post-purchase: merchandise returns, per-order customer service, etc. Statistics. This menu gives you access to all the numerous
statistics and graphics that are gathered and generated by PrestaShop. 2nd section : Improve
Here you will find everything to customize your shop and take your business further. Set up the look of your front office, adapt
your payment methods to your target markets, expand internationally or enhance your shop
with new modules and features! Modules. Extend the power and usefulness of your shop
by adding and activating modules: more than a hundred are available by default, and many
more are available to buy on the Addons marketplace (http://addons.prestashop.com/). Design. This is where you handle themes, and where
you can position the blocks of content from your module on the theme. More generally this is where you can modify
the look of your shop. Shipping. Everything pertaining to carriers and shipping
costs. Payment. Select here which payment methods are available
on your shop and apply global settings to payment modules. And International. Here you can customize your shop with local
values, such as language and translation, currency, units, taxes and tax rules, and
geographical entities And the last section : Configure
This one is divided into two submenus. The first one is your shop parameters. You’ll find here all the settings you need
to configure when you launch your activity. “Shop parameters” made your initial choices,
you won’t go there very often. you can edit just about any of its behaviors
using these full-featured preferences. The second menu, “Advanced parameters”
contains links to tools and informational pages that are too specific to fit in other
menus, such as the Web service settings, the database backup tool, or the performance page,
among others. This is also where are the settings pertaining
to the back office itself; for instance, the content of the employee list and permissions. These are the default menus. Note that modules can add new options to the
existing pages, new pages to the existing menus, and even new menus. Some of these menus are further divided into
pages with tabs to present you with the variety of features available in PrestaShop. If you have any doubt, the help button is
available near the demo mode button. Here the software’s documentation is directly
embedded into the administration interface. Thanks for watching this PrestaShop 1.7 tutorial
video, and see you for the next one!

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