Whether you’ve already made your first foray into ecommerce or you’re looking to get started, you’re going to benefit from the week of ecommerce tips that we’ve prepared. Every day this week we’re going to give you advice on how to run a successful online store using Jimdo.
Today we’ll start with the basics, and throughout the week we’ll cover general ecommerce advice as well as Jimdo-specific options for online stores. Keep your eye on our blog and you’ll be an expert online store owner by the end of the week.
If you haven’t already, create a free Jimdo website by clicking “Sign Up” at the top of this page. Once you’ve logged in to your website, you’re ready to set up your online store.
Today we’d like to show you how to set up an online store with Jimdo. There are two important steps you’ll need to complete before you can sell online with Jimdo: create a personal profile and configure your payment options.
1. Create a personal profile
This easy step will take you less than a minute to complete. Simply log in to your site, click Settings, then select Personal Profile in the Account section.
Fill in all of the information (name, date of birth, etc.), click Save, and you’re done.
2. Configure your payment options
Next, you’ll need to set up your payment options. This is a crucial step, because we want you to get paid when you make a sale!
We’re going to focus on PayPal in this blog post—depending on the country you live in, you may have different payment options available. Please log in to your website and hit the Help icon (“?”) in the Site Admin to learn more about payment options in your country.
The following is a large section, but rest assured that setting up PayPal is very straightforward.
- If you haven’t already, sign up for a PayPal account on their website. If you’re part of a business or other organization, sign up for a business account, otherwise simply sign up for a personal account—you’ll be able to accept payments with either account.
- Now that you have your PayPal account opened, you’ll need to copy some information to your Jimdo account so that your online store can connect with PayPal. Log in to your Jimdo site, click Settings, then select “Payment Options” in the Store section. Tick the checkbox next to PayPal and you’ll see a new panel appear that asks you to fill in your API Username, API Password, and API Signature.
- PayPal makes it extremely easy to get your API credentials: Simply click here to use PayPal’s automatic API credential locator. You’ll be asked to log in to your PayPal account, and then all of the required information will show up automatically.
If you haven’t already upgraded to a Premier Account, PayPal will ask you to do so at this point. Don’t worry, it’s free to upgrade.
- Copy and paste the API Username, API Password, and API Signature into the settings panel in Jimdo. Make sure that you’re copying and pasting without any extra spaces or characters—even one small mistake will make it impossible for Jimdo and PayPal to communicate. Click Save after you’ve entered the information.
That’s it. If you’ve entered all of the information correctly, your store is set up and ready for business.
Tomorrow, we’ll go into more detail about selling online with Jimdo. If you can’t wait, you should check out Brent’s blog post: 5 Tips for Your Jimdo Store. Over the next few days, we’ll elaborate on the points Brent discussed in his post.