This article covers how to make your initial selections in our Settings feature, which lets you set up and change how your store works. To access the Settings feature, click the Settings icon located in the left Navigation Menu on your site's Dashboard.
Configure Your Settings - Quick Start
Below are a few of the most important settings to change when first creating your store:
- Define your location. This setting determines how your store charges tax on your orders. Volusion takes care of accurate calculations for you automatically. If your business has more than one tax nexus, don't worry; you can enter others later.
- Choose your payment method(s). We offer payment processing through PayPal Express Checkout, Volusion Payments, and Stripe. You can only enable one credit card processor at a time – Volusion Payments (recommended) or Stripe – but you can enable PayPal Express in addition to either of these methods. Additional steps for your payment method selection are required, you can take care of these later at your convenience.
- Decide how you want to handle shipping. You can charge a flat shipping rate for all orders, or for all orders over a certain dollar amount. If you'd like to offer free shipping, click the first menu and select Offer free shipping. You can then decide whether it should apply to all orders, or just orders over a certain amount: if all orders, enter "0" in both fields; if only orders over a certain amount, enter the amount in the first field, and the flat shipping rate you'd like to charge for orders of lower amounts in the second field. If you don't want to offer free shipping, click the first menu and select Not offer free shipping. Then, in the second field, enter the flat shipping rate you'd like to charge for each order. If you need to adjust these settings, or set up more advanced shipping methods based on order weights or prices, you can do so at your convenience later.
- Decide on your store name.
When your store was first created, there will be a placeholder Store Name in this field. The text you type shows up on your storefront, with the style and location controlled by your theme.
To change your Store Name highlight your existing Store Name in the Store Name & Email section of the Settings page and type a new one.
You can also change the email used for your store by typing over the existing one in this section. When you have made your changes click the Save button located at the top left of the Settings page.
Volusion offers two options when setting up your site's domain. You can run your store as a sub domain of our My Volusion website or you can use a custom domain.
Setting up a sub domain is easy to do and removes the burden of keeping track of a domain (which normally has to be renewed yearly). To set your site as a sub domain, type over the placeholder with the sub domain you wish to use in the Sub Domain field.
Click the Save button at the top left of the Settings page after making the change.
In this case, our new sub domain will be jaredtshirtbonanza.myvolusion.com. This link is live and available for use immediately after we save. No other actions are needed after setting your sub domain.
Your second choice is to use a custom domain. These can be purchased from any Domain Name Provider. They are typically sold for a year of use and require renewal before they expire. To find directions for using your custom domain with your store, click HERE. Custom domains can give you the advantage of an easy to remember website URL and help with branding.
Your Store Address is used both for Shipping and Tax calculations. Click the Add button to enter your business address. Addresses can be filled in automatically, or entered manually.
To edit an existing address, click the three dot action button to the right of the address and choose Edit. You can then enter your new address. Click the Save button when you are finished.
If your store needs to have multiple addresses for tax purposes, you can add those addresses with the ADD button located in this section. For more information about setting up multiple addresses, check out or Store Address article located HERE.
Volusion gives you the option of working on your website without it being accessible to customers and before it is indexed by Search Engines. By default, your store is not live.
Before going live, you must first verify your email. Volusion sends you a verification email automatically when you first create your store, and you can click the Resend Verification Email button to receive another confirmation link.
Click the Verify My Email button in the verification email you receive, and re-login to your store. Your store is now verified.
When you decide you are ready to go live click the Launch Your Store button located in the Store Status section. Your site will then be live and indexable, as indicated by the green LIVE badge.
Logo and Favicon
Your site features a customizable logo and favicon. These display on your site's pages and in the tab bar of your browser respectively. To add a logo either drag and drop it from you files, or add it to your Image Gallery and choose it by clicking the Browse Gallery button on the Logo and Favicon section.
Your favicon is added using the Image Gallery as well. Click the camera icon to the right of the favicon section and choose or upload your favicon. Click the Save button in the top left to finalize your changes.
The Share Button is a pop-out that allows your customers to share your product pages via social media. Locate the Share Button section of your Settings page and toggle the slider to change from Disabled (the default setting) to Enabled. Click the Save button at the top left after making this change. You do not need to have any Social Media linked to your site for this feature to work-it uses your customer's social media information instead.
When enabled, this function adds a slide-out to the left side of a product page that allows your customers to share your products with other potential purchasers.
Social Media Accounts
To link your social media accounts to your store, add the full URL in the appropriate URL field. Click the Save button when you're finished. Icons for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest will appear in the footer of your storefront. Clicking on a social media icon in your footer will take you to that social media page.