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Drupal E-commerce with Ubercart 2.x

George Papadongonas, Yiannis Doxaras

Build, administer, and customize an online store using Drupal with Ubercart
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847199201
Paperback364 pages

About This Book

  • Create a powerful e-shop using the award-winning CMS Drupal and the robust e-commerce module Ubercart
  • Create and manage the product catalog and insert products in manual or batch mode
  • Apply SEO (search engine optimization) to your e-shop and adopt turn-key internet marketing techniques
  • Implement advanced techniques like cross-selling, product comparison, coupon codes, and segmented pricing
  • A step-by-step tutorial with an example-oriented approach with many screenshots to guide you through the book seamlessly

Who This Book Is For

If you are a business owner wanting to create an eCommerce website for your company or to upgrade a company eShop to be easier to maintain and have advanced e-shopping capabilities, then this book is meant for you. You don't need any programming experience to use this book.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started
What is Drupal?
What is Ubercart?
Book details
The final store
Chapter 2: Installation of Drupal and Ubercart
Minimum requirements for Ubercart installation
Creating a local environment using a web server, PHP, and a database server
Using a commercial hosting service
Downloading and installing Drupal
Downloading and installing all the required Drupal modules
Downloading and installing Ubercart
Using UberDrupal, an Ubercart installation profile
Chapter 3: Basic Configuration
Drupal configuration
Chapter 4: Managing Categories, Products, and Attributes
Creating categories and subcategories
Creating and managing products
Importing products from text files
Creating product attributes
Managing the product catalog
Chapter 5: Managing Shipping and Packaging
Deciding where to ship products: Country settings
Understanding and configuring conditional actions
Shipping quote settings—overview
Chapter 6: Managing Taxes and Payments
Managing tax rates and settings
Payment settings
Integrating with payment gateways
Chapter 7: Managing Customers and Orders
Managing Customers
Managing and fulfilling orders
Ubercart reports
Customer Relation Management and loyalty programs
Ubercart Wish List
Chapter 8: Customizing the Frontend
Install a ready-made Drupal theme
Customizing a theme
Creating a theme from scratch using the Zen theme
Fusion Theming System with Skinr module: A new approach to Drupal theming
Migrating an HTML theme to a Drupal template
Creating a Drupal theme from a Photoshop template
Chapter 9: User Interface Enhancement Techniques
Product cross-selling
Product layout using Panels
Creating custom functionality using Views
Improving the shopping cart
Sales and price administration
Chapter 10: Optimizing and Promoting Your Store
Search engine optimization
Internet marketing
Improving performance
Enhancing store security

What You Will Learn

  • Organize your store catalog with categories and subcategories, or with user generated free tagging to use the power of folksonomy.
  • Create products and product kits with a plethora of available information and multiple attributes.
  • Skip the time-consuming process of manually importing products by directly transferring from information from external files.
  • Create shipping quotes and connect your store with the biggest transport companies, like UPS or the United States Postal Service.
  • Create and manage simple or more complex tax rates.
  • Learn how to accept payments in as many ways as possible, and connect your store with payment gateways like Paypal or Google Checkout.
  • Manage your orders and your customers. Integrate with CiviCRM and put the customer at the heart of your business.
  • Track your store activities and sales and generate useful reports.
  • Use newsletters, forums, twitter, and corporate blogging to create a community around your products.
  • Transform any template or design in an Ubercart Theme and create a unique frontend.
  • Make your store more competitive and suggest new products to your clients with product recommendation systems, or cross-selling.
  • Enhance the user interface, improve the shopping cart, and manage prices and discounts.
  • Use Search Engine Optimization and Internet Marketing techniques to boost your traffic, but learn at the same time how to improve the performance and security of your store.

Here is a brief summary of what each chapter covers:

Chapter 1: Getting Started – This chapter provides some basic definitions on Drupal and Ubercart. In addition it sets the context of the online store case study that will be developed throughout the book.

Chapter 2: Installation of Drupal and Ubercart – This chapter is a quick installation reference for Drupal, the required Drupal modules, and Ubercart.

Chapter 3: Basic Configuration – This chapter helps you to understand the basic Drupal and Ubercart configuration.

Chapter 4: Managing Categories, Products, and Attributes – In this chapter the action begins! You will learn how to manage categories using the Drupal taxonomy, how to create new products or import them from external files, and how to use the attribute system of Ubercart.

Chapter 5: Managing Shipping, Taxes, and Payments – Ubercart helps the user to manage shipping, taxes, and payments in a flexible way. In this chapter you'll to learn how to configure them.

Chapter 6: Managing Customers and Orders – This chapter is focused on CRM, reporting, and after-sales support.

Chapter 7: Customizing the Frontend – The default theme of Drupal works fine, but it's rather boring. In this chapter you will learn how to install a new theme, customize a theme, or create a new theme from scratch.

Chapter 8: User Interface Enhancement Techniques – The scope of this chapter is to help you to implement more complex marketing techniques.

Chapter 9: Optimizing Your Store – Store optimization is a sometimes forgotten, but necessary process. In this chapter you will learn how make an Ubercart store faster, more secure, and more search engine friendly.

Appendix A: Hotel Bookings

Appendix B: Modules used in the book

Appendix C: Free and commercial Ubercart Themes

In Detail

Ubercart is an exciting open source e-commerce package that fully integrates your online store with Drupal. Ubercart leverages the advantages of Drupal's major core and contributed systems, providing your users with shopping cart functionality that integrates with other parts of your company or community web site. It can be used to sell shippable goods, downloadable products, recurring memberships, and event tickets, and to enable complex interactions with Drupal through various add-on contributions.

This book guides you through the process of creating, administrating and marketing an online store, providing information and tips for raising your sales and your customer support. It will also show you how to maintain and add advanced capabilities to your company's eShop.

If you are a merchant wanting to invest your precious time to update the online presence of your company, or a web site designer wanting to expand your business and offer innovative solutions to your clients, this book has been written for you. You don't need any programming experience to install and customize your electronic store. The procedure is well structured and easy and all we ask you to do is to follow some simple steps in order to complete some specific tasks in each chapter. The book will guide you through the installation and configuration of Drupal and Ubercart. From there it will cover specific areas like managing orders, customizing the frontend and user interface. At the end it covers the advanced topics of internet marketing techniques and Search Engine Optimization.

When you reach the end of the book, you'll have a working store and you'll have obtained all the required knowledge to customize it to your specific needs.


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