Store Setup Overview
This article is intended to provide a walk through for users who are new to building a store in Liferay Commerce. It assumes that Liferay Commerce (and Liferay DXP) have been appropriately installed and configured. For more information on installation, see the Installation Overview.
An Accelerator may be used to create the store site. Using an Accelerator to create the store site will configure many of the settings mentioned in this section, see Using the Minium Accelerator to Jump Start Your B2B Store for further details.
Initial store setup is done with the Admin account. Read the Liferay Commerce Configuration Overview to become more familiar with the Liferay Commerce configuration layout and available options.
Configure Global Commerce Settings
Global configurations for Liferay Commerce include setting the store timezone, available languages, adding regions and region specific measurement units, and more. Learn more from the following articles:
Create a Store Site
Liferay Commerce supports B2B, B2C, and B2C-B2B stores. Site Types designate a store’s business model and will determine how the storefront works with Accounts.
Liferay Commerce is built on Liferay DXP; For more information about how Liferay DXP Sites work, see Building a Site.
Configure Store Site Commerce Settings
The following sections cover configurations that are store site specific.
Liferay Commerce provides support for several third party payment processors and also allows for the use of money orders to accept payment. See:
Collecting Applicable Taxes
In order to collect the applicable taxes, Liferay Commerce has the ability to create tax categories and to set tax rates by address or by a fixed rate.
Liferay Commerce has several options to calculate shipping rates. Commerce Enterprise subscribers receive FedEx carrier integration out-of-the-box.
Creating the Catalog
After setting up the store, begin creating a new catalog.
Adding Products to a Catalog
When adding a product, there are three product types: Simple, Grouped, and Virtual. See the Introduction to Product Types for more information.
Adding Product Information
The Liferay Commerce Catalog supports storing and managing a wide variety of product information. The following articles cover some of the available options:
- Product Options
- Product Specifications
- Product Images
- Product Relations
- Product Categorization
- Availability Estimates
- Low Stock Action
There are several ways to price products and these methods are related to one another in a pricing hierarchy: base price, price list, tiered price, promo price and discount. Pricing is managed per SKU.
Creating the Storefront
Building a store in Liferay Commerce requires more than a complete catalog. Store administrators building a storefront from scratch will need to add a series of pages to display and sell their products.
See Creating Your Storefront to learn more.
Managing Customer Accounts
To learn more about how accounts, inviting users accounts, account roles, and more, read the following articles:
- Introduction to Accounts
- Creating a New Account
- Inviting Users to an Account
- Adding Addresses to an Account
- Account Roles
- Creating a New Account Group
Managing Orders and Shipments
When an order has been received, the order may be transmitted to an ERP and optionally to a CRM. Once the requested goods are available for shipping, the store’s inventory specialists may track the shipment. See the following articles to learn about the life cycle of an order and the shipment processes.