In this How To Guide, I am going to be taking you through all the steps to get an online store up and running with Bluepark. There are also a couple of bonus steps at the end as well!
I have also written an in-depth guide on How to Start an Online Shop, which covers lots of important points to help you start an online shop the right way.
Now before I get into the post, I want to let you know that this post does contain affiliate links which means that if you click one of the links and purchase their service then I receive a referral commission.
Start your Free Bluepark Trial
Before you can get started, you need to create and account with Bluepark and so that you can get a feel for the platform they offer a free 14 day trail, to get started just click the link above!
Signing up for the Bluepark free trail is really simple, simply enter your name, email address, click the checkbox and then click the Create Online Shop button and that is it. Bluepark will then send you an email saying that your evaluation site is ready to go and provide you with a link, admin username and password.
Dashboard Setup Guide
Once you have signed into Bluepark, you will be taken to your dashboard section of your website’s admin area. In this area you will see the main things you need to do to get your site ready to go live. There is also a nice YouTube video on the right hand side which may be worth a watch before getting started.
Below I will cover all the main steps, plus a couple of bonus steps that are really important in getting your website setup properly.
Step 1: Customising Your Design
The first step in getting your Bluepark site up and running is to get it looking and feeling like a site for your business should. You are taken to the template manager screen
The theme customisation is a bit more in-depth than some others but it is definitely worth having a good play around so that you really start to understand how to use it properly.
Bluepark use a block system for their layouts, which gives you a lot of control over the layout and look of your site. I would suggest having a read of the help section before you get started, so that you understand what all the different elements do and how you can use them etc.
Step 2: Add Your Products
Next you can start creating listings for your inventory. As you can see in the image below, they use a tabbed layout to take you through all the stages of adding a new product to your website.
If you look in the sidebar on the left, you will see an option for your categories and for brands. These are really useful for organising your inventory so that it makes it easy for your visitors can navigate your site as they can either search by category or by brand.
Step 3: Configure Delivery Options
The third step is to setup all of your delivery methods and Bluepark provide a lot of options for this and you can set it up for countries all around the world. You can also set weight and value thresholds so that you can always ensure that you are charging your customer the right amount of postage.
As you can see, there are some options already set up for you and you can either edit these or create your own.
Step 4: Add a Payment Method
The next step is adding a payment method, setting up most of these payment methods will require you to have an SSL certificate on your website, this can be purchase this before you make your site live.
You can choose from all of the major credit card processors from the drop down list and once you select them you will be taken through step by step on how to configure them. You can also set it up so that you accept offline payment methods such as cheques or via bank transfer.
Step 5: Launch Your Site
Unfortunately I do not have a screen shot to show you what this looks like as to do this you need to upgrade your free trial to a paid account. But this step involves connecting your domain to the Bluepark platform and then publishing your website.
Bonus Step: Business Information
Before you even think about making your website live, you want to make sure that you have got all of your business information set up correctly. To access this part of your admin area, click on General/Settings and then click the settings option with the cog next to it.
On these pages you can add all of your contact information as well as do some customisation to your automatic emails that are sent out when you get an order. Work through all the tabs and input all of your businesses relevant information.
Bonus Step: Setup Website Pages
So there you go, a step by step guide to setting up an online store with Bluepark. As some of the sections are quite in-depth, I would recommend reading through the help section before you start changing anything so you have a better idea of what you are doing.
If you do get stuck then you can always contact the support team who will be more than happy to help you.
Before taking your website live, it is always worth doing a few test orders to make sure that everything is working properly to help avoid any problems when your customers start buying.