Online Shop - Setup Assistant

This video applies to 123-reg Online Shop.

The Online Shop setup assistant will take you through the first essential steps in getting your shop created.


So you’ve purchased your Online Shop package and you are now ready to start setting up your own Online Shop.


Before you start the setup, please ensure that the DNS for the domain name that you want to use with your Online Shop is pointing to your Online Shop package.


Simply log into your 123-reg control panel, select the domain name which is associated with your Online Shop package, then click on manage.


Now click manage DNS, and select Online Shop from the drop down menu.


Click point to service, and this will now mean your domain name is pointing to your Online Shop package.


Please note that this could take 24-48 hours to propagate, but don’t worry, you will still be able to create and design your shop while this is being set up.


We recommend pointing the DNS before you start setting up your shop, as it will enable you to check the live preview pages of your online shop as you are creating it.


It will also ensure that visitors can easily find your shop when you put it live.


Ok, great, now let’s open up your Online Shop package.


From your 123-reg Control Panel, scroll down to the Online Shop section and click manage Online Shop plans.


Once you’ve logged in you’ll see the set-up assistant, this is the first step to getting your shop up and running.


To start, you will need to choose the subject of your online shop.


So are you creating a shop selling gifts, or cosmetics?


Is your shop aimed at promoting your holiday rental or to showcase property sales?


Are you selling membership to a sports club or event that you run?


Or are you trading goods, like organic food produce, or home furnishings?


We’ll be setting up a Bulk order T-shirt Company in our demo, so we’ll click Trade to start the process.


Next we can pick a layout design for the shop; there are many templates to choose from.


We’ll pick this one for now as I feel I can easily lay out my T-Shirt options for customers to see.


You can change the template when designing your Online Shop if you wish, so don’t worry.


So with the template selected, let’s look at design.


In the set-up assistant you can choose to change the colour schemes for your website.


We will be able to modify more design settings once the shop is set up, so don’t worry about it too much for now.


Next, we can add in some general information about you and your shop.


Add in your company name and, just here, add in your website name and slogan for your company.


You can also add in your logo here, by clicking upload.


Simply fill in your contact details and we’ll go to the next step.


In this step you can choose how you would like prices for your products or services to be displayed.


Don’t worry if you do not have your VAT ID to hand, you can add this in later on.


When you hit next again, you can verify your details and change anything you wish to.


Now that your initial setup is complete, you can now begin managing your shop in your admin panel.


It’s a good idea to set your shop as closed while you are creating it.


Have a look in the status section in the general settings menu.


You can simply set your website to closed by clicking here.


So for now customers will not be able to see your shop until it is set up and you are happy for it to be opened to online customers.


Great, so we’d now suggest designing your shops overall look next, check out our video on how to do that now.



Why not check out our video to help you get started designing your Online Shop


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You start by entering the topic area for your online shop. You can pick between private websites for hobbies and fan pages; computers and electronics; arts, culture and education; crafts; and much more.

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Once you have decided on a topic, click on the topic to take you to the Layout section.

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From the Layout section you can decide the basic page arrangement and style by selecting from the options given.

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You will then come to the Design section. From here you will see a preview of the layout you have chosen and be able to add a different header image. If you do not like any of the images provided, you can add one later on.

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You will also be able to choose a colour scheme for the background of your online shop. Once all modifications are made, click on the Next button.

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Now fill out the basic information for your online shop, including your company name, shop name, any logos and slogans, and basic contact details. Once completed, click the Next button.

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In the Settings section, you can adjust the type of tax model you want to use and enter you company VAT ID. You can also set up statistics for your shop using an e-Tracker account. Once completed, click the Next button.

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Edit and change any if necessary. Once finished, click Apply to complete the setup assistance.

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Finally, you have two options, you can have a preview look at your website which will open in a new window or the Start Administration panel and get on creating and managing the rest of your online shop.

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