How to start an online store using OpenCart 2.2 – NO CODING KNOWLEDGE NEEDED

How to start an online store using OpenCart 2.2 – NO CODING KNOWLEDGE NEEDED


ok so in the next 15 minutes you’re
going to learn step by step how to set up a modern-looking and mobile friendly ecommerce store using free ecommerce
platform called opencart this store can be used if you’re doing dropshipping
selling locally internationally doing wholesale business to business selling
private label products and literally if you’re selling any type of physical
product but before we begin let me show you an example of how your story will
look like and what functions will it have so this is a basic example off a store
that you’re going to have of course you will be able to change and customize the
design however you want but for now we’re going to stick with the basic
design so you can learn the fundamentals first
as you can see this store has everything you need it has main homepage with big slideshow
header it has category page with list of products it has product listing page and also of
course it has check out funnel also it is responsive which means that
it’s mobile-friendly so that elementary size according to which device you use so this store will look perfect on any
device whether using desktop computer smartphone or tablet device now like I said of course design can be
customized however you want now there are many free and paid
templates that are available for this ecommerce platform now as you can see
these are some of the examples of themes that you can use so for less than 50 bucks you can have a
custom and professional looking design however in this video we are going to
stick with this nice and professional looking free template because i want you
to get up and running with least amount of money possible also if you need any additional
functionalities that are not available as The Fault in opencart you can use
their official store or code canyon to download any additional scripts and
plugins but keep in mind that opencart already has everything you need
for a full-functioning store so you have galleries for product images search bar
filters many payment and shipping methods and much much more if you want to learn more advanced stuff
and mastered the skills of open card platform then make sure to check out my
in-depth course in the description of this video so let’s begin let’s cover what you need in order to
get started so first you will need an open card web hosting account so web
hosting is a place on a special web server where website is going to be
stored in order to be accessible by any Internet user now to get the best deal
at the most reliable opencart web hosting company make sure to click on the link in the
description of this video now the company is called side ground
and I use them for all of my e-commerce stores their services start from only
five dollars per month which is pennies compared to how reliable service you get
there uptime is fantastic support team is literally always here to help you out
and their servers are pretty fast and always up to date this is something you won’t get with
other hosts and believe me I changed a lot of web hosting providers next you will need a domain name which
is the address of your online store again if you use the link in the
description of this video and you side ground web hosting you will get a free domain name
registration so make sure to take advantage of that deal otherwise you will have to pay about
twelve dollars each year for domain name registration and finally you will need
to install opencart ecommerce platform which can be done in less than five
minutes even if you don’t have any coding
experience at all so let’s begin so first we need to register a domain
name and set up your web hosting account so head over to VIN academy.com / side
ground or click on the link in the description of this video by using this link you will get the best
deal on siteground web hosting so once you’re under website you want to
click on see plants link over here and then on this page you want to select
which hosting plan you would like to purchase now since you’re just starting
out then i highly recommend that you start with the cheapest plan called
startup now if you believe that you’re going to
have a lot of users from day one or if you are going to build multiple
websites then you can select the more advanced plants however for new websites and for new
users that are going to build just one website startup plan is more than enough
so as you can see with this plan you’re going to have 10 gigabytes of space on
their servers which is huge amount and more than enough for hosting a web store
you will be able to host one website and the bandwidth is enough for more than
10,000 monthly visitors of course you’ll also get all the
essential features including the one that we are going to use to install the
latest open card platform so let’s move on and click on get started button now
on this page you first need to select a domain name that you’re going to
register so in this field type of domain name that you would like to register and
here you want to select an extension of a domain name i highly suggest that you go for . com
extension but of course you can choose whichever you want now if a domain name is already
registered by someone else dan you’re going to get an error message
and then you will need to change the text in this field and simply find
another domain that is not registered by anyone else so let’s say for example if you want to
register amazon.com you will see that the domain is not available now
important note don’t use any trademarks in your domain
name because the trademark owner can easily find you and make you to push the
domain name to them now the reason why I’m telling you this
is because it already happened to me so for example if you want to sell legos
don’t use Lego in your domain name because that is a registered trademark
and it’s not your intellectual property so choose a domain name that is not
already registered or trademarked and then hit on proceed button now on this page over here you need to enter your personal
information now down here you need to create a new password that you’re going
to use for accessing your new web hosting account so make sure to enter
some strong password with numbers and combination of uppercase letters then
here enter payment information than under the purchase information selecting
which data center you would like to host your web store my suggestion is that if your visitors
are going to be from the United States the news a server that is going to be
located in the United States if your customers are going to access your
website mostly from Europe then logically choose a web server that is
located in Europe such as for example amsterdam always choose a server that is
closer to location from where majority of your visitors are going to come then
you need to select a period for which you want to buy the web hosting account it can be 12 24 or 36 months it doesn’t make any difference in terms
of pricing so i’ll just select 12 months then over here you can leave everything
is default and then simply confirm the terms and conditions and click pay now
button this will take you to the payment page on which are going to pay for web
hosting services and then side ground will automatically set up a web hosting
account for you and send you access details to the email address that you
provided during registration now of course i’m not going to pay for
this account because i already have one once your hosting account is set up go
to your email inbox and look for email from side round called order
confirmation in this email you will find all the necessary details on how to
access your web hosting account you can click on the My Account link in the
email or you can go directly to side ground . com and click on login to enter
your web hosting account username and password then simply log into your web
hosting account ok so now congratulations now you have your domain name registered
and web hosting account fully set up it’s time to install and configure your
new open card store so now this is the side ground web
hosting admin area from here you can manage your web
hosting account now under the my account tab you want to click on go to cpanel
button over here this window will pop up so you can just
click on proceed button now here in the cpanel area you want to click on select
a culous icon over here this is a special auto installer that
will let you install all sorts of scripts and platforms in just a couple
of minutes without any coding knowledge so in the search bar you want to search
for opencart and hit enter then on this page click on install and now it’s time
to configure the installation of opencart so first over here you want to install the latest version
of opencart then under choose protocol you want to leave it as default so
without www.under choose the main select on which the main you would like to
install open card platform of course if it’s your only domain on this web
hosting account you will have only one domain option to select now under in
directory select where would you like to install your open card store now if
you’re going to install it in the root of a domain name then you can leave this
field is blank if you want to install the store and for
example shop folder which means that in order to access the store you will need
to go to your domain name . com / shop then in this field simply enter shop now
this is totally up to you but if you intend to have only a shop on your
domain name then i highly suggest that you leave this field is blank and simply
install the open card platform directly on the root of your domain then under
store settings enter store name description owner and address of course
all of this can be changed later then under admin account set up your new
username and password which are going to use to access the admin area of your ok the card store so make sure to remember
and write down the username and password that you created then here entered the
administrator email address first name and last name you can leave
the Advanced Options is default and then simply click on install once the installation is finished you
can click on the first link to access and see how your default store looks
like and then from this link you can access the admin area so in order to access the admin area
simply go to your domain name and then enter / admin of course then on this page you need to enter the
username and password that you previously created ok so this is how your store looks like
it is preloaded with some products and categories and it also has the most
basic design so now let me show you how you can
customize the most basic stuff and add some new products i will also show you how to delete all
these pre-loaded products so first we need to head over to admin
area so like I said just add / admin to the
main aim now here on this page enter the username and password that you
previously set up during the open cart installation process and then hit login ok so now you’re logged into the admin
area which means that from here you can change everything in your store ok so first before moving on before
adding new products and new categories you first want to delete all the
preloaded products that you got once you have installed open card
platform so first head over to categories over here then you simply
need to select all the categories that you see on this page click on delete ok then you can repeat the same process
for the rest of the categories delete ok then repeat the same process
for products select all products that you see on this
page delete ok then move to recurring profile
there are no preload the products over here no here as well go to attributes repeat the same process select all and
delete ok to attribute groups select all get on delete click OK go to options select all options so you
can see all of the options are selected click on delete click on OK and then
finally go to manufacturers select all hit delete and then click on ok so
that’s it now you have deleted all the preloaded
stuff that you got once you installed open cart ok so now before I think a new product you first need to add a new category so
to add a new category simply head over to categories page over here and then
here click on add new and then on this page
you need to configure your new category so first you need to enter a category
name so for example I phone six cases now that is the name of your category
below that is description and i highly suggest that you enter a category
description because death tax is going to be shown on every category page and
the more content you have the more chances you will have to rank this page
higher on google now description text is not mandatory but it is highly
recommended so what I suggest is that you enter
between 100 and 200 words also make sure that the description is
unique so don’t copy any texts from anywhere try to make a unique tax because google
values unique content so let’s say for example this is the
best place to find the most high quality iphone cases in
the world of course make sure it’s more original
and try to add several key words that you want to rank for then moving along
down here you want to enter meta tag title now if
you go to Google you will see that each search results has title and description
over here so title that is going to be displayed
over here is set over here in this field and description that is going to be
displayed over here once your category page rank on Google is set over here in
this field so which ever text you enter here is
going to be displayed as a title on google search results here and whichever
text you enter in meta tag description is going to be displayed as description over here now as for keywords you can
simply ignore this field now this is because google isn’t taking into
consideration keyword tags anymore so even though if you enter keywords in
this field you won’t rank higher on google so
moving along hit on data tab now if you scroll down you will see the SEO URL
field now from here you can set um how your URL of the new page that
you’re creating new category pages you’re creating is going to look like so make sure that it’s su friendly so for example if you’re creating iphone
6 cases category page su friendly URL for that page will look
something like this so I phone – cases I mean six – cases and that’s it over here you can change the image of
your new category of course this is not mandatory then over here if you take this box it means that the category is going to be displayed on the on every page and
in the header part so if you take this box the category is
going to be displayed here then if you want you can change the
order of your category according to other categories and then here of course
make sure that the status is enabled of course if you want to disable the
category simply hit disabled but for now we are going to leave it as enabled then
scroll up the save button and that’s it you have successfully made a new product
category now if you go to the shop you will see
that because we take the box arm to be displayed at the top now you have iphone 6 cases displayed at
the top of your arm open card store ok so now that you have a category page
ready let’s create a new product so first head over to products page over
here and then click on add new and then as you can see this arm at propagating
interface is very similar to the one that we use for adding new category so first you need to add a name for your
product over here so let’s say for example iphone 6 then over here you need
to add product description again make it unique and now in this case when it
comes to products try to make it at least three to five
hundred words the more content you have the better it is for ranking on Google
then over here you need to add our meta tag title again this is the title is
going to be displayed arm on google search results over here once your product listing page ranks on
google now over here you need to set up your attack description so again our whatever
you enter over here is going to be displayed on google search results over
here of course once your page ranks on google
arm then under meta keywords again you can ignore this field because
google isn’t taking into consideration meta keywords when ranking products and then finally
under product tags you can enter keywords arm that are relevant to this
product now this is because when people use
search bar on your open card store you want your product to be displayed on
search results now also keep in mind that when people are using search
function on your open card store are open card platform isn’t taking into
consideration title and description text of a product so basically in order for product to be
discoverable within your own store it needs to have product tags so make
sure to enter the most relevant keywords – D product tags field so for example in
our case our iphone on six iphone 6 case cases this is just an example of the
most relevant keywords are for death specific product now of course you can add as many
keywords as you want and also i highly suggest that you add as many keyword
variations as possible and moving on head over to data tab and then over here
you need to enter the model of this product so in our case it’s iphone 6
then you can skip all of these fields over here than over here you can enter
the price for example 600 quantity 1 minimum quantity that needs to be
ordered you can set it as one or whichever you
want subtracts talk yes how to stop out of stock status mmm you can set it
whichever you want requires shipping because it’s a
physical product yes su URL mmm for example you can put iPhone 6 just make it SEO friendly of course mmm if you’re shipping carrier requires
the dimensions then you can enter the them up the dimensions over here on then
make sure that the status is enabled unless you want to disable the product
and select disabled but for now on we are going to leave it is enabled then go
to links now over here you want to select the
manufacturer of course you first need to create the manufacturer arm by going to
this page but you can do that later under categories you want to select
armed the category in what in which you want to categorize the specific product mmm then on this page that said
attributes you can add any attributes if you want such as for example on
camera or whatever this product has options recurring
discount mmm if you want to add discount to this
product you can add it over here so for example the original price is 600
and if you want to add discount you can arm headed over here for example 500 also you need to have the beginning and
the end date of the discount priority you can set is one quantity arm for example one under special here you
can also specify arm if you want to add any special pricing then under image are
over here you can select the main image of the product listing for example I
don’t know this one and over here you can add any additional
images now of course you can use remove function to remove images and arm if you
have multiple additional images then you can use sort order to select which is
going to be displayed first and which is going to be displayed second also reward
points design so basically that’s it once you’ve done
all of this arm hit the Save button and that’s it you have successfully added a
new product it’s so now let me show you how you can
change the phone number that you see over here now I strongly suggest that
you have a phone number because i have tried and tested out and whenever I have
a phone number on my store simply conversion rates go up so of
course in order to change the number you first need to go to opencart admin
area then head over to settings over here than over here click on edit button
then head over to store tab scroll down and here in this telephone field Sims simply change the number then
scroll up click on save button and that’s it so as you can see the phone number has
been changed ok so now let me show you how you can
activate different type of payment methods on your open card store so first you need to head over to
payments page over here and then as you can see on this page open cart is
already pre-loaded wait lots of major payment processors such as for example
pay Paul skrill to check out authorized amazon
payments etc now let’s say for example that you want to use amazon payments now keep in mind that all of these
payment processors are only installation files so you first need to install a
payment processor so for example if we are going to use
amazon payments we first need to install this plugin so hit on install button
over here now once this plug-in has been
successfully installed as you can see you then need to configure it so hit on
edit button over here then on this page you simply need to enter all the
required fields that you see here and then once you’re finished
configuring this plug-in simply hit Save button now i’m not going to hit save button
because this is just an example but once you’re done configuring amazon payments
hit on save and this payment processor will be active on your open card store
now of course if you want to use any other payment processor that you see on
this page you need to do the same process so let’s say for example if you want to
use authorize.net you first need to install it once its installed
successfully hit on edit and then on this page configure the payment processor once
you’re done hit save and that’s it authorize net will be active on your
open card store now in order to disable a payment processor that is currently
active you first need to find the one that is enabled then hit on edit button
over here and then simply change the status from enabled to disabled then hit
save button and that’s it now as you can see cash on delivery
payment method is set to disabled and now it won’t show up on check out page
of your open card store now let me show you how you can use
different shipping methods on your open card store so first head over to shipping over here
and then on this page as you can see there are many different kinds of
shipping methods that you can use now let’s say for example that you want
to offer free shipping then the first thing that you need to do
is install the free shipping plugin so hit on install button then once the free
shipping method is installed you need to head over and configure the
free shipping so hit on edit and then in this field you need to enter the amount
that is needed before the free shipping plugin is activated so let’s say for example 100 now if the
order is less than 100 than free shipping plugging won’t be activated on
your checkout page otherwise if the order value is more
than 100 than the free shipping plugging will be activated also over here you need to enable this
plugin and then once you’re done hit Save button now of course you can install whichever
plug-in you want whichever plug-in you see on this page so let’s say for example that you want
to offer UPS shipping and tracking then you simply need to replicate the same
process so install the plug-in go to edit configure the plug-in hit save and
that’s it now let’s say for example that you want
to disable a certain plugin that is currently enabled so you first need to
locate the plugin that you want to disable it on edit and simply change the
status from enabled to disabled it save button and that’s it now let me show you how you can change
the default opencart logo with your own customized
logo so first if you’re using Chrome browser
simply hover your mouse over the logo click on right click and then click on
open image in new tab this will show you d location of your
current image and as you can see over here this is the recommended size of your
logo so now I assume that you already have a logo with this size ready so now you need to head over to admin
area of your open card store and then head over to settings over here and then
hit on edit and then go to image tab and then here you can change your store logo so as you can see currently this logo is
active now in order to change it click here dynamically connected button and then
are you need to upload your new logo so hit on upload and then are you need to
locate your new logo and for example let’s use this one hit on open now as
you can see your file has been successfully uploaded it ok and then click to choose the logo and
then simply hit save and now let’s see the new logo let’s open the page and as you can see
you have a new logo so now if you want to change
manufacturers images that you see over here then you need to head over to
banners page over here then to click on manufacturers click on edit and then on this page you
can change an image that you want so for example let’s change NFL click on
edit let’s add this image that’s it the image is now changed I’m you can
hear you can change title and here you can add a link so that once this image
appears on your home page it will lead to some other page arm over here you can
remove the image as you can see and over here you can add a new image once you’re
done click on save and that’s it ok so now let me show you how you can
change and configure images of this big slide show that you have on home page so first you need to head over to
banners page over here and then under homepage slideshow click on edit and then on this page you
can change image by clicking on the image then clicking on edit button and
simply selecting any image that you have uploaded on your web server if you
currently don’t have an image that you have uploaded on your web server then
you simply need to upload from your computer but for now i have already
uploaded on image so let’s say I want to change to make
the first slide show have this image then let’s say for example if you want
to add another image than simply click on add banner over here select an image let’s say that we are
going to use this image then you need to give it a name logo and of course if you
want to delete are any current image simply use remove function and also if
you want to make an image are clickable and an image to lead to a certain page
then you can add link over here so basically that’s it once you’re done
hit on save button and let’s go to the store fresh as you can see we have
successfully changed our slideshow images ok so that’s it now you have a fully functioning store
that you can use for selling any type of physical product if you want to master
the skills of opencart then make sure to check out my in-depth course in the
description of this video in the course you will learn the most advanced skills
of setting up and configuring a store optimizing it for speed optimizing it
for better google search ranking positions adding additional layers of
security and much much more so thanks for watching and let me know
if you have any questions

28 thoughts to “How to start an online store using OpenCart 2.2 – NO CODING KNOWLEDGE NEEDED”

  1. Hi, on 14:36 you have a format tool bar on Description field, in my opencart version 2.2.0.0 doesnt have that, do you know how to fix this?

  2. Hello, This helped me a lot with installing opencart, but when I enter in www.example.com/admin it says "The connection was reset" and it will not work. If you know a solution to this problem please help me.

  3. opencart.com sells plugins that do not work and then in their utterly incompetence mess up your store setup if you give them access to the admin panel (DON'T by the way…).The plain, vanilla installation is actually not bad, but if you cannot even trust that the addons they are selling are working and then they refuse to refund (actually simply play dead and don't respond at all anymore), what worth is such a solution? Very little to me.

  4. Thank you very much for the tutorial. Does Opencart have the function of selecting a particular collection time when customers place an order?

  5. Thomas, I can only recommend you to use in future another OpenCart plugin store. Once I bought calculator for online store I worked with. I had no problems with it and a technical support was on a high level. Here`s the link for this plugin by the way: http://opencart.torg.town/mega-calculator

  6. This is very understandable and detailed video. it covers opencart version 2.0. now latest one is 3.0. i believe this knowledge will helpful to work in new version.

  7. Greetings Sir I already have a domain and a hosting that have my site .How can i install the opencart on my host ? Will it delete my current website
    ?

  8. It is really simple to create a fully functional and responsive eCommerce website and even the mobile app with Opencart. I have found an awesome guide for Opencart mobile app development. If you may, have a look: http://bit.ly/Technophile-OCApp

  9. Well, this is the old version of Opencart if anyone wants to know how to start working on the latest Opencart version. I have found just the perfect article for you. Have a look: http://bit.ly/Technophile-OCApp

  10. Sir the video is awsome
    I have a ecommera store on wordpress and i am facing some problems so pls can u solve it

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