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Setting up your Ceres online store

Ceres is the official template plugin for the default online store of plentymarkets 7. In the new plentymarkets 7 online store, design and logic are separated from each other. The online store is integrated into your plentymarkets system via 2 plugins. The Ceres plugin contains the standard design of the online store and can be customised to meet your needs. The IO plugin contains the logic of the online store, is a general basis for all design plugins and can also be used by other plugins.

Old online store will be unavailable

When deploying the template plugins Ceres and IO in a plugin set, the old plentymarkets online store Callisto will be unavailable. Ceres will use the URL of the online store.

1. Preparation

Before you can begin setting up Ceres, the plugins IO and Ceres need to be:

purchased in the plentyMarketplace - installed in the Plugins » Plugin overview menu - assigned position numbers in the Plugin » Plugin overview menu - deployed in the Plugin » Plugin overview menu.

You can find detailed instructions in the plugin guides. When both plugins are deployed in a plugin set, you can begin setting up your Ceres online store.

1.1. Setting up the standard country of delivery

Set up a standard country of delivery for each activated language of your online store. When switching the language in a Ceres online store, the country of delivery will automatically adapt in the header and in the checkout. For further information aboutsetting up countries of delivery, refer to the Setting up countries of delivery manual page.

Setting up the standard country of delivery:

  1. Go to System » Client » Select client » Orders.

  2. Select a country of delivery for each language under Standard country of delivery.

  3. Save the settings.
    → The countries of delivery will automatically change when switching the language in your online store.

1.2. Setting up the default shipping method

Set up the default shipping method for your online store. This shipping method will be used for calculating the shipping costs in the shopping cart before a customer registers in your online store. The default shipping method is preselected in the checkout. For further information about shipping methods and shipping profiles, refer to the Creating a shipping profile manual chapter.

Setting up the default shipping method:

  1. Go to System » Client » Select client » Orders.

  2. Select a default shipping method.

  3. Select a default shipping profile.

  4. Save the settings.
    → The default shipping method will be used in the shopping cart and is preselected in the checkout.

1.3. Setting up the default payment method

Set up the default payment method for your online store. Only Payment method plugins can be used in Ceres. The payment method plugins will be available as default payment methods after the setup. Please refer to the corresponding User guide of the payment method plugin in the plentyMarketplace.

Setting up the default payment method:

  1. Go to System » Client » Select client » Orders.

  2. Select a default payment method.
    → A payment method plugin must be selected for the use in the Ceres online store. Save the settings.
    → The default payment method is preselected in the checkout.

1.4. Storing legal information

Ceres provides specific templates for your legal information. You can save and display your legal information in different languages. In the Legal information menu, you can save your terms and conditions, cancellation rights, the cancellation form, privacy policy and legal disclosure for your online store.

Entering the terms and conditions in clear text:

  1. Go to System » Client » Select client » Online store » Legal information.

  2. Expand a language.

  3. Click on the Terms and conditions tab.

  4. Click on the Text tab.

  5. Enter the text for your terms and conditions.

  6. Save the settings.

Alternatively, save your legal texts in HTML format. For this purpose, use the features of the HTML editor or enter the HTML as Source code.

Entering the terms and conditions in HTML format:

  1. Go to System » Client » Select client » Online store » Legal information.

  2. Expand a language.

  3. Click on the Terms and conditions tab.

  4. Click on the HTML tab.

  5. If you want to enter your text as HTML code, click on Source code.

  6. Enter the formatted text for your terms and conditions.

  7. Save the settings.

Enter the texts for the cancellation rights, the cancellation form, the privacy policy and the legal disclosure of your online store analogously in the desired languages. Alternatively, upload a PDF file for your cancellation form. These texts will be displayed on the corresponding pages in Ceres.

From Ceres version 2.15 onwards, links to your legal information in the footer can be set up via the ShopBuilder Widget Legal information.

2. Setting up the Ceres plugin

After the preparation for your Ceres store is done, you can begin setting up the Ceres plugin. The following chapters lead through the setup of the individual tabs of the Ceres comnfiguration. You access the Ceres configuration via the Plugin overview by clicking the Ceres plugin. No programming skills are necessary for the setup.

DE Ceres einrichten Konfiguration
Figure 1. Ceres configuration

2.1. Carrying out global settings

Carry out global settings, which affect the entire template, in the Global tab.
Here, you also set up the contact page of your online store and the contact form for customer requests.

Carrying out global settings:

  1. Go to Plugins » Plugin overview.
    → The plugin overview will open.

  2. Click on Ceres.
    → The plugin will open. → The tab Global is preselected.

  3. Carry out the settings. Pay attention to the information given in Table 1.

  4. Save the settings.

Table 1. Carrying out global settings
Setting Explanation

Company logo

Select the image file for your company logo. The company logo can be uploaded via the Select file button on the right or in the CMS » Webspace menu in the layout folder.

Favicon of the online store

Select the image file for the favicon. The favicon can be uploaded via the Select file button on the right. The image file has to be in .ICO format.

Category to display shipping information

Create and link a content category for displaying information about shipping costs in the online store.

B2B customer class

Enter the ID for the default customer class for business customers. For further information, refer to the Creating a customer class chapter of the manual.

Enable Callisto route pattern for items

Activate to use the Callisto URL route pattern in Ceres. This is required, for example, when using the Ceres checkout in Callisto. We advise you not to activate this setting if you use an unaltered Ceres online store.

Contact form email address

Enter the email address, to which customers can send the contact form.

Show contact data

Select one, multiple or ALL contact information options to be displayed in the contact data in the online store. The contact information activated here are loaded from the master data of your plentymarkets system.

Google reCAPTCHA Website key

Enter the Google reCAPTCHA Website key in order to integrate a Google reCAPTCHA into your contact form. You receive this key when registering your website for Google reCAPTCHA. Note that you have to select a reCAPTCHA of the type Hidden reCAPTCHA during setup. The reCAPTCHA validates the visitor of your online store in the background. The reCAPTCHA will be displayed in the lower left corner of the contact page. Please note that the Google reCAPTCHA necessitates the inclusion of a reference in your privacy policy.

Google Maps API key

Enter the API key from Google Maps, in order to display the location of your store on a Google map. For this, you need an API key for Google Maps. Alternatively, enter 0 to hide the map.

Zoom level

Enter a zoom level for the Google map. The default value is 16; higher values zoom in, lower values zoom out.

Show map in mobile view

Activate to show the map on mobile devices.

Enable to display checkbox for confirming privacy policy

Activate to display a checkbox, with which customers can consent to the privacy policy.

In the Global tab, you also link a Category to display shipping cost information in the online store.+ Create a category of the type Content first.

Creating a content category:

  1. Go to Item » Categories.

  2. Click on New category.
    → The Create new category window opens.

  3. Enter a name for the category.

  4. Select the category type.

  5. Click on Create.
    → The new category will be created and displayed in the category tree.

  6. Open the new category in the directory tree on the left.

  7. Select Content from the Type drop-down list.

  8. Activate the Client (store).

  9. Click on the Template tab.

  10. Enter the content that you wish to display in the online store. You can enter either free text or HTML.

  11. Save the settings.

You enter the content of content categories in the Template tab instead of the tabs Description 1 or Description 2.

After saving the category settings, the CategoryTemplates plugin will be available in the Plugin » Plugin overview menu. This plugin provides the contents of content categories for Ceres. The plugin set has to be deployed by clicking the Save & publish plugin button. Afterwards, link the category in the configuration of the Ceres plugin:

Linking a category:

  1. Go to Plugins » Plugin overview.
    → The plugin overview will open.

  2. Click on Ceres.
    → The plugin will open.

  3. Click on Configuration in the directory tree.
    → The Global tab is pre-selected.

  4. Click on Search under Category to display shipping information.
    → The Categories window opens.

  5. Select the previously created category in order to link this category for displaying information about shipping costs.

  6. Click on Select.

  7. Save the settings.
    → The category will be linked.

After linking the category, the plugin CategoryTemplates has to be set to Active in the corresponding plugin set. Deploy the plugin set by clicking the Save & publish plugin button.

2.2. Customising the homepage

Ceres comes with a default homepage as placeholder.
You customise the homepage of your online store with the ShopBuilder. Deactivate the default homepage to replace it with the ShopBuilder homepage.

Deactivating the default homepage:

  1. Go to Plugins » Plugin overview.
    → The plugin overview will open.

  2. Click on Ceres.
    → The plugin will open.

  3. Click on Configuration in the directory tree.

  4. Click on the Homepage tab.

  5. Deactivate the checkbox Show default homepage.

  6. Activate the setting Display ShopBuilder homepage.

  7. Save the settings.
    → The default homepage is deactivated and your ShopBuilder homepage will be displayed.

2.2.1. Creating the Ceres homepage with the ShopBuilder

With the ShopBuilder, you can create and edit the homepage of your Ceres online store. This requires only a few steps in your terra back end.

Please refer to the ShopBuilder manual page for further information on how to set up the ShopBuilder.

2.3. Customising the header and footer (obsolete)

The settings for header and footer are only applicable for Ceres versions up to and including 2.14. Beginning with Ceres 2.15, header and footer are set up via the ShopBuilder.

Customise the header and the footer of your design. Display your own logo and design the footer content according to your requirements. The store features, for example, are a great way to highlight the features of your online store, such as free shipping. You can link content categories in the Footer tab to display aditional information in the footer of the online store.

Customising the header and footer:

  1. Go to Plugins » Plugin overview.
    → The plugin overview will open.

  2. Click on Ceres.
    → The plugin will open.

  3. Click on Configuration in the directory tree.

  4. Open the Header or the Footer tab.

  5. Carry out the settings. Pay attention to the information given in Table 2.

  6. Save the settings.

2.4. Customising the item view

Customise the design of the item view in the Item view tab. Select the item name and item information to be displayed in the online store. Furthermore, select which item variations should be displayed in the category view. For further information about saving the displayed texts in plentymarkets, refer to the managing items page.

Customising the item view:

  1. Go to Plugins » Plugin overview.
    → The plugin overview will open.

  2. Click on Ceres.
    → The plugin will open.

  3. Click on Configuration in the directory tree.

  4. Click on the Item view tab.

  5. Carry out the settings. Pay attention to the information given in Table 3.

  6. Save the settings.

Table 3. Customising the item view
Setting Explanation

Name of an item to display

Select the name of an item to display in the online store.

Item name = Displays the item name.
Variation name = Displays the variation name. If no variation name has been saved, the item name will be displayed.
Item name and variation name = Displays a combination of item name and variation name.

Item name

Select Name 1, Name 2 or Name 3. Texts for these fields are saved in the Texts tab of the item. If Name 2 or Name 3 is selected, but no name was saved in the text field, Name 1 will be used as the item name.

Show item information

Select one, multiple or ALL item information options to be displayed in the More details tab of the item view in the online store.

Condition = Activate to display the item condition.
Manufacturer = Activate display the item manufacturer. The external name of the manufacturer will be displayed.
Manufacturing country = Activate to display the manufacturing country of the item.
Age rating = Activate to display the item’s age rating.
Item ID = Activate to display the item’s ID.
Technical data = Activate to display the Technical data tab. If you activate the display of Technical data without saving a text in the Technical data field in the Texts tab of an item, the tab will not be displayed.
Description = Activate to display the Description tab in the item overview in the shopping cart. If you activate the Description without saving a text in the Description field in the Texts tab of an item, the tab will not be displayed.
Preview text = Activate to display the preview text of the item.
Strikethrough price = Activate to show the strikethrough price next to the item price.
Variation name = Activate to display the variation name.
External variation ID = Activate to display the external variation ID.
Model = Activate to display the model.
Dimensions = Activate to display the item’s dimensions.
Customs tariff number = Activate to display the customs tariff number.
Net weight = Activate to display the net weight.
Gross weight = Activate to display the gross weight.
Content = Activate to display the item content.

Store specials: Number of decimal places for discounts

Select the number of decimal places for discounts to be displayed for an item in the item list.

Enable selection of variations without stock in variation dropdown

Activate to display variations that are not in stock in the drop-down list of variations in the category view. Variations without stock can be selected and will not be greyed out. When selecting a variation without stock, the customer will be forwarded to the single item view of this variation.

Show variations by type

Display variations by type in the item overview of a category.

All = Select to display active main variations and child variations of items. Inactive main variations and child variations will not be displayed.
Only main variations = Select to display only main variations.
Only child variations = Select to only display active child variations. Active main variations will not be displayed. Child variations of inactive main variations will not be displayed.
Dynamically = Select to display variations dynamically. The listed variations include both active main and child variations. The display of variations in the item list is dependent on the selected sorting option in the front end.

Enable image carousel in category view

Activate to display the image carousel in the category view.

Show image carousel dots in category item list

Activate to display dots below the image carousel of an item in the category view. These serve for orientation in the image carousel.

Show image carousel navigation in category item list

Activate to display navigation arrows in the image carousel of an item in the category view. These serve to browse through the carousel images in the front end.

Loading animation

Select a loading animation for the category view.

Blur = The category view will be blurred for a short period of time when loading.
Bars = When loading the category view, a loading animation with bars will be displayed.
Spinner = When loading the category view, a loading animation with a spinner will be displayed.

Activate to display a preview image in the category view.

Activate to display the preview image in the category view. The preview image can be uploaded in the Documents tab of the category and must be set as image 1.

Show category description in category view

Activate to display a description of the category in the category view. The description can be entered in the Description 1 tab of the category.

Require all order properties before add to basket

Activate to allow customers to move items to the shopping cart only after all possible order properties have been selected.

Display categories as filter options for search results

Activate to use your item categories as filter options for search results.

2.5. Setting up item lists

Items can be grouped into item lists and highlighted on the homepage of the online store and in the single item view. The following item lists can be set up in Ceres:

  • Store specials: Lists with new items, special offers, etc. are set up in Ceres via tags. For further information about setting up tags, refer to the Tags page of the manual. For further information on tagging items, refer to the Adding tags to items chapter of the manual.

  • Cross-selling: Cross-selling items are displayed in the online store via relations. For further information, refer to the Setting up cross-selling chapter of the manual.

  • Last seen items: A list of the customer’s last seen items is displayed.

Setting up item lists:

  1. Go to Plugins » Plugin overview.
    → The plugin overview will open.

  2. Click on Ceres.
    → The plugin will open.

  3. Click on Configuration in the directory tree.

  4. Click on the Item lists tab.

  5. Carry out the settings. Pay attention to the information given in Table 4.

  6. Save the settings.

Table 4. Setting up item lists
Setting Explanation

Last seen items: Number of last seen items

Select the number of last seen items displayed in item lists of this type.

Cross-selling: Cross-selling relation

Select the relation for cross-selling items. Items with this relation will be displayed in an item list of the Cross-selling type.

Similar = The selected items are similar to the opened item.
Accessory = The selected items are accessories of the opened item.
Replacement part = The selected items are replacement parts for the opened item.
Collection = The selected items are suitable to be sold as a bundle together with the current item.

Cross-selling: Sorting

Select the Sorting option that is selected by default for item sorting in the cross-selling item list.

Tags: Sorting

Select the Sorting option that is selected by default for item sorting in the item list of the tag type.

First/second/third item list

Select the type of the item list. You can edit the names of the item lists in the CMS » Multilingualism menu.

Last seen items = A list of last seen items is displayed in the online store.
Cross-selling = A list of cross-selling items with the selected relation is displayed in the online store.
Tags = A list of items with the linked tags is displayed in the online store.

List of IDs of tags for the first/second/third item list

Enter the IDs of tags. Items linked to these tags will be displayed in the item list of the Tags type.+ Note: Multiple IDs must be separated by commas.

Display item lists in a very convenient way in your online store by linking them to template containers. Proceed as follows to link the item list for last seen items in the single item view of your online store. Link other item lists in the same way.

Linking an item list:

  1. Go to CMS » Container links.

  2. Go to the First item list area.
    → The type Last seen is selected for the first item list by default.

  3. Select one or multiple containers in which you want to display your item list, e.g. Homepage: Container 7, Homepage: Container 9 or Single item: Container for item lists.

  4. Save the settings.
    → The item list will be displayed in the selected containers in the online store.

Please find a complete list and explanation of the available template containers in our english developers documentation. This documentation is primarily targeted at experienced users and is not necessary for the basic setup of Ceres.

2.6. Customising the shopping cart

Customise the display options of the shopping cart in the Shopping cart tab. Select item and price information to be displayed in the shopping cart and customise the shopping cart preview.

Customising the shopping cart:

  1. Go to Plugins » Plugin overview.
    → The plugin overview will open.

  2. Click on Ceres.
    → The plugin will open.

  3. Click on Configuration in the directory tree.

  4. Click on the Shopping cart tab.

  5. Carry out the settings. Pay attention to the information given in Table 5.

  6. Save the settings.

Table 5. Customising the shopping cart
Setting Explanation

Show item information

Select one, multiple or ALL item information options to be displayed in the item overview in the shopping cart store.

Item ID = Activate to display the item’s ID.
Item text = Activate to display the item description. If you activate the Item text without saving a text in the Item text field in the Texts tab of an item, the item description will not be displayed.
Preview text = Activate to display the preview text of the item.
Availability = Activate to display the item’s availability. Variation number = Activate to display the variation number.
Condition = Activate to display the item’s condition.

Display the change variation button

Activate to display the Change variation button in the item overview in the shopping cart. By clicking the Change variation button, customers can change an item’s variation directly in the shopping cart. If you activate the Change variation button, even though the item has no variations, the button will not be displayed.

Add to shopping cart: Show information

Select whether to show the overlay of the shopping cart, toggle the shopping cart preview or display no information after clicking on the Add to shopping cart button.

Type of shopping cart preview

Select whether the shopping cart preview is displayed on the right or toggled by mouse-over over the shopping cart symbol.

2.7. Customising the pagination and sorting

Customise the pagination, meaning the numbering of pages, of the item overview and the online store’s item sorting in the Pagination and sorting tab.

Customising the pagination and sorting:

  1. Go to Plugins » Plugin overview.
    → The plugin overview will open.

  2. Click on Ceres.
    → The plugin will open.

  3. Click on Configuration in the directory tree.

  4. Click on the Pagination and sorting tab.

  5. Carry out the settings. Pay attention to the information given in Table 6.

  6. Save the settings.

Table 6. Customising the pagination and sorting
Setting Explanation

Position of the pagination

Select whether the pagination is displayed above, below or above and below the item list.

Always show first page

Activate to always display the first page in the pagination.

Always show last page

Activate to always display the last page in the pagination.

Number of columns per page

Enter the number of columns per page. This number is used for calculating the values in the Items per page drop-down list.

Rows per page

Activate one, multiple or all number values. The activated values are multiplied with the number of columns and displayed in the Items per page drop-down list in the item overview.

SEO: Set the value nindex beginning at page

Enter the page number, at which search engines stop indexing search results.

Enable item sorting by

Activate one, several or ALL sorting options for item sorting.

Default sorting value for category view

Select the Sorting option that is selected by default for item sorting in the category view.

Recommended item sorting: First/second/third sorting option

Select the Sorting option for the recommended item sorting in the category view. Up to three sorting options can be concatenated, the first of which assumes the highest priority.

Default sorting option for item search results

Select the Sorting option that is selected by default for the sorting of item search results.

Recommended search results: First/second/third sorting option

Select the Sorting option for the recommended sorting of item search results. Up to three sorting options can be concatenated for the item serach, the first of which assumes the highest priority.

Forward to single item view

Activate to forward cutomers to the single item view when clicking search results.

Sorting options

Not selected = Select no value.
Item ID ⬆ = Display items by item ID in ascending order.
Item ID ⬇ = Display items by item ID in descending order.
Item name A-Z = Display items in alphabetical order by item name (A-Z).
Item name Z-A = Display items in alphabetical order by item name (Z-A).
Price ⬆ = Display items by price in ascending order.
Price ⬇ = Display items by price in descending order.
Newest variation = Display the newest item variations first.
Oldest variation = Display the oldest item variations first.
Variation ID ⬆ = Display item variations by variation ID in ascending order.
Variation ID ⬇ = Display item variations by variation ID in descending order.
Variation number ⬆ = Display item variations by variation number in ascending order.
Variation number ⬇ = Display item variations by variation number in descending order.
Availability ⬆ = Display item variations by availability in ascending order.
Availability ⬇ = Display item variations by availability in descending order.
Last update = Display the last updated item variation first.
First update = Display the first updated item variation first.
Variation position ⬆ = Display item variation by position number in descending order* Variation position ⬇ = Display item variation by position number in ascending order. Important: In order for this function to work, a position number has to be saved for each of the item variations within the variation tab.
Manufacturer A-Z = Display items in alphabetical order by manufacturer.
Manufacturer Z-A = Display items in inverted alphabetical order by manufacturer.
Manufacturer position ⬆ = Display items by manufacturer position in ascending order.
Manufacturer position ⬇ = Display items by manufacturer position in descending order.
Stock ⬆ = Display items by stock in ascending order.
Stock ⬇ = Display items by stock in descending order.+ Random = Display items in random order.

2.8. Customising the checkout and the My account area

Customise the display options of the checkout in the Checkout and My account tab. Select the fields to be displayed and validated in the address form. Here, you also set up the My account area and returns for your online store. Returns will be displayed in the return history and can be processed in the My account area of the online store.

Customising the My account area:

  1. Go to Plugins » Plugin overview.
    → The plugin overview will open.

  2. Click on Ceres.
    → The plugin will open.

  3. Click on Configuration in the directory tree.

  4. Click on the Checkout and My account tab.

  5. Carry out the settings. Pay attention to the information given in Table 7.

  6. Save the settings.

Table 7. Customising the My account area
Setting Explanation

Number of orders per page in order history

Enter the number of orders to be displayed per page in the order history.

Allow returns in My account

Activate to allow customers to return items in the order history of the My account area in the online store.

Number of days to return items of an order

Enter the number of days to return items of an order. Customers will be able to return items of an order within this time period. This time period begins when the order is created. After the specified time period, the Return items button will be hidden in the order history in the My Account area of the online store. Customers will not be able to return items of an order after this time period.

Default status for returns

Enter the default status for returns. For further information about order statuses, refer to Order status.

Allow customers to change the payment method

Activate to allow customers to change the payment method after the checkout. If deactivated, any change is impossible.
Note: This setting is selected by default.

Forward to login page after clicking link in order confirmation

Activate to forward registered customers to the login page after clicking the link in the order confirmation. After logging in successfully the order confirmation page will be displayed.
Note: Customers ordering as a guest are not affected by this setting. Guests will be directly forwarded to the order confirmation page.

Customising the checkout:

  1. Go to Plugins » Plugin overview.
    → The plugin overview will open.

  2. Click on Ceres.
    → The plugin will open.

  3. Click on Configuration in the directory tree.

  4. Click on the Checkout and My account tab.

  5. Carry out the settings. Pay attention to the information given in Table 8.

  6. Save the settings.

Table 8. Customising the checkout
Setting Explanation

Show invoice address fields in address form (DE)

Select one, multiple or ALL address fields to be displayed in the address form for the country of delivery Germany of the checkout.

Enable invoice address field validation (DE)

Select one, multiple or ALL address fields to validate these fields when entering the address.

Show delivery address fields in address form (DE)

Select one, multiple or ALL address fields to be displayed in the address form for the country of delivery Germany of the checkout.

Enable delivery address field validation (DE)

Select one, multiple or ALL address fields to validate these fields when entering the address.

Show invoice address fields in address form (UK)

Select one, multiple or ALL address fields to be displayed in the address form for the country of delivery United Kingdom of the checkout.

Enable invoice address field validation (UK)

Select one, multiple or ALL address fields to validate these fields when entering the address.

Show delivery address fields in address form (UK)

Select one, multiple or ALL address fields to be displayed in the address form for the country of delivery United Kingdom of the checkout.

Enable delivery address field validation (UK)

Select one, multiple or ALL address fields to validate these fields when entering the address.

Address fields

Company
VAT number
Form of address
Title
Date of birth
Name affix
Phone
Additional address 1
Additional address 2
State
Address 2
Address 3
Address 4

2.9. Setting up online store languages

Carry out language settings in the Languages tab. By default Ceres is available in German and English. Select these languages in the header area of your online store. Ceres supports all plentymarkets system languages. You can translate your online store and your items into other languages.

Setting up online store languages:

  1. Go to Plugins » Plugin overview.
    → The plugin overview will open.

  2. Click on Ceres.
    → The plugin will open.

  3. Click on Configuration in the directory tree.

  4. Click on the Language tab.

  5. Activate additional languages under Active languages.

  6. Save the settings.
    → The selected languages will be displayed in the language selection of your online store.

2.10. Carrying out currency settings

In the Currencies tab, you carry out settings for the availability and display of currencies in your online store. Here, you specify, e.g. whether your customers are allowed to change the currency in the online store. You also activate the available currencies and determine how these currencies are displayed.

Carrying out currency settings:

  1. Go to Plugins » Plugin overview.
    → The plugin overview will open.

  2. Click on Ceres.
    → The plugin will open.

  3. Click on Configuration in the directory tree.

  4. Click on the Currencies tab.

  5. Carry out the settings. Pay attention to the information given in Table 9.

  6. Save the settings.

Table 9. Carrying out currency settings
Setting Explanation

Format of currencies

Select the format of currencies. The selected currency format will be used globally in the online store.

ISO code = Display the currency as ISO code in the online store. For the currency Euro the ISO code EUR will be displayed.
Symbol = Display currency as a symbol in the online store. For the currency Euro the symbol will be displayed.

Allow customer to change the currency

Activate to allow customers to select a different currency in the header of the online store. Select the available currencies below.

Format of currencies in header

Select the format of currencies for the header.

ISO code and symbol = Display the currency as ISO code in the header.
Symbol = Display currency as a symbol in the header.
ISO code and symbol = Display currency as ISO code and symbol in the header. The currency symbol will be displayed in brackets next to the ISO code.

Available currencies

Activate currencies available to customers in the header of the online store. For further information about supported currencies, refer to the Supported currencies manual page.

2.11. Carrying out settings for search engine optimisation

In the SEO tab you carry out settings for optimising your online store for search engines. Enter a meta description for the static pages of your online store, for example, and control access to your online store pages by robots.

Carrying out settings for search engine optimisation:

  1. Go to Plugins » Plugin overview.
    → The plugin overview will open.

  2. Click on Ceres.
    → The plugin will open.

  3. Click on Configuration in the directory tree.

  4. Click on the SEO tab.

  5. Carry out the settings. Pay attention to the information given in Table 10.

  6. Save the settings.

Table 10. Carrying out settings for search engine optimisation
Setting Explanation

Robots for homepage

Select All, index, nofollow, noindex or nofollow, noindex to control access to the homepage of your online store by robots. Values of the meta element Robots are analysed by search engine crawlers. These values tell the crawler how to deal with the page and any links on that page.

All = Include the homepage of the online store in the search engine index and follow links on the page.
index = Include in the search engine index.
nofollow = Do not follow links on the page.
noindex = Do not include in the search engine index.
Nofollow, noindex = Do not follow links and do not include the homepage of the online store in the search enginge index.

Specify availabilities for search engines

This setting provides a mapping with which the availabilites set in the System » Item » Availability menu can be mapped onto the Schema.org availabilites. This serves to improve SEO omptimisation.

In the CMS » Multilingualism menu, you can enter meta descriptions for the static pages of your online store. Carry out the SEO settings for the contact page as well as the pages cancellation rights, cancellation form, legal disclosure, privacy policy and terms and conditions in the same way.

2.11.1. Editing trailing slashes

You can carry out settings pertaining to trailing slashes of the URLs of your online store in the System » Client » Select client » SEO » URL structure menu.

Editing trailing slashes:

  1. Go to System » Client » Select client » SEO » URL structure » Other.

  2. Select the desired option from the Trailing slash drop-down list.

  3. Save the settings.

If you select Do not change, the URLs of your online store will remain accessible with and without an appended trailing slash. The option Always remove removes all trailing slashes from your URLs. The option Always append will equip all of your URLs with a trailing slash.

This feature is currently in its beta phase. Changing this setting may initially have negative effects on the SEO ranking of your online store.

2.12. Carrying out settings for the design of your online store

In the Design tab you carry out design settings for your online store. Here you can set the colour schemes for buttons and notifications in your online store.

Carrying out settings for the design of your online store:

  1. Go to Plugins » Plugin overview.
    → The plugin overview will open.

  2. Click on Ceres.
    → The plugin will open.

  3. Click on Configuration in the directory tree.

  4. Click on the Design tab.

  5. Carry out the settings. Pay attention to the information given in Table 11.

  6. Save the settings.

Table 11. Carrying out design settings
Setting Explanation

Primary colour

Select the primary colour of your online store. This determines the colouring of the buttons in your online store. Enter the hex value of the colour you want to use into the input field.

Secondary colour

Select the secondary colour of your online store. This determines the colouring of the category preview. Enter the hex value of the colour you want to use into the input field.

Success colour

Select the colour for success notifications in your online store. Enter the hex value of the colour you want to use into the input field.

Information colour

Select the colour for information notifications in your online store. Enter the hex value of the colour you want to use into the input field.

Warning colour

Select the colour for warning notifications in your online store. Enter the hex value of the colour you want to use into the input field.

Danger colour

Select the colour for danger notifications in your online store. Enter the hex value of the colour you want to use into the input field.

Deploying the plugin set again

Please note that changes to the design settings necessitate that you deploy the plugin set again before the changes can be displayed in the online store.

2.13. Settings for plugin developers

Settings specifically targeted at plugin developers are available in the Logging and performance tab. Here, you can set the information to be logged during plugin development and the performance mode for the online store.

Carrying out settings for plugin development:

  1. Go to Plugins » Plugin overview.
    → The plugin overview will open.

  2. Click on Ceres.
    → The plugin will open.

  3. Click on Configuration in the directory tree.

  4. Click on the Logging and performance tab.

  5. Carry out the settings. Pay attention to the information given in Table 12.

  6. Save the settings.

Table 12. Carrying out settings for plugin development
Setting Explanation

Activate logging options

Activate one, multiple or ALL logging options.

Print errors = Print error messages in the online store.
Print success = Display success messages in the online store.
Print warnings = Display warnings in the online store.
Print information =Display information in the online store.
Print stack trace = Display the stack trace.
Log messages = Log messages.
Show error codes = Display error codes.

Performance level

Select a performance level.

Live = Select the live mode when using the online store as a productive system. Files will be minified and bundled.
Development = Select the development mode to use debugging functionality. Files will not be minified and bundled.

3. Carry out additional settings

The following chapters cover online store-relevant settings that you cannot carry out via the Ceres configuration. This includes the Editing of online store texts, the setup of Filters and Order properties.

3.1. Editing online store texts

You can manage language-dependent texts of your online store, such as the name of your online store or SEO-relevant meta descriptions, in the CMS » Multilingualism menu. Select the plugin set for which you want to edit text elements from the drop-down list on the left. Select a Source language on the left side of the bilingual view and a Target language on the right side of the bilingual view. Here you can import and export language files, add new languages, edit individual text elements or reset translations to the default value. The language entries of each plugin are grouped together and are categorised in sections. The individual sections can be expanded and collapsed via the arrow on the right.

In order to display the edited texts in the online store, the selected language has to be set to active. It is possible that certain entries of the source language, such as brand names, are locked for translation.

Deploying the plugin set

In order to display the translated entries in the online store, you have to deploy the plugin set via the Save & Publish plugin set button after you have modified the language files.

Adding a language for your online store:

  • Go to CMS » Multilingualism.
    → The bilingual view opens.

  • Select a target language for which no translations have been saved from the target language drop-down list.
    → The language will be added.

  • Save the settings.

Editing individual text elements of online store languages:

  1. Go to CMS » Multilingualism.
    → The bilingual view opens.

  2. Select the Source language from the drop-down list on the left side.

  3. Select the Target language from the drop-down list on the right side.

  4. Click on an input field of the target language to edit a text element.

  5. Enter the text.

  6. Save the settings.

You can export the language file so that an external translation agency can prepare translations for your online store. You can import the translations via the Import*button in the target language area. The files are imported and exported in CSV format. When you *export a language file, the translations are collated into a single file, even if the language data comprises multiple plugins.

Exporting language files:

  1. Go to CMS » Multilingualism.
    → The bilingual view opens.

  2. Click on Export next to the drop-down list of the source language.
    → The language data is exported as a CSV file.

Importing language files:

  1. Go to CMS » Multilingualism.
    → The bilingual view opens.

  2. Select a target language for which you want to import translations from the drop-down list on the right side.

  3. Click on the Import button next to the drop-down list.

  4. Select the CSV file you want to import.
    → If no translations have been saved for the selected target language, the language is added and the edited texts are saved.
    → If translations have been saved for the selected language, you are required to confirm that the import overwrites any existing translations.

  5. Confirm the import.

  6. Save the settings.

If the imported file contains additional entries that were not included in the language file of the source language, a notification will open. This will inform you that the import has been successful, but the additional entries will be ignored.

You can reset the changes to the default values at any time. If a plugin does not include translations for the selected language, resetting the values will delete them. If a plugin includes translations for the selected language, these constitute the default values.

Resetting translations to their default values:

  1. Go to CMS » Multilingualism.
    → The bilingual view opens.

  2. Click on Reset on the right side of an input field of the target language.
    → The value is reset.

  3. If you want to reset all translations of the target language, click on Reset next to the drop-down list of the target language.
    → A notification opens.

  4. Confirm that all translations of the target language are reset to their default values.
    → All values of the target language are reset.

  5. Save the settings.

3.2. Setting up filters

Set up the filters for the search and category view of the online store Ceres with the help of facets of the Attribute/property type.

Set up attributes and properties first and link them with your items. Set up the filters for the search and category view of the online store Ceres with the help of facets of the Attribute/property type. Set up attributes and properties first and link them with your items. For further information about attributes, refer to the Managing attributes chapter. For further information about properties, refer to the Managing properties chapter.

Then, create facets for your attributes and properties. For further information about facets, refer to the Creating facets chapter.

You can find detailed instructions about setting up filters in our Best Practice.

3.3. Setting up order properties

With order properties, you allow your customers to enter a text when ordering an item that is linked to the order property. For example, customers choose an individual text that will be printed on an item. Set up order properties first and link the properties with your items. For further information about properties, refer to the Managing properties chapter.

You can find detailed instructions about setting up order properties in our Best Practice.

Order properties of the type text

Only order properties of the type Text are available in the Ceres online store at the moment.

3.4. Automatically sending order confirmations

Set up an event procedure to automatically send your customers an order confirmation.

Setting up an event procedure
  1. Go to System » Orders » Events.

  2. Click on Add event procedure.
    → The Create new event procedure window opens.

  3. Enter a name.

  4. Select the event listed in Table 13 below.

  5. Save the settings.

  6. Configure the settings as described in Table 13.

  7. Place a check mark next to the option Active.

  8. Save the settings.

Table 13. Event procedure for automatically sending order confirmations
Setting Option Selection

Event

Order generation: New order

Procedure

Customer > Send email

Email template Online store: Confirmation of store order;
Select customer

3.5. Final check

  • [] Did you purchase, install and deploy the necessary plugins and did you assign position numbers to the plugins?

  • [] Did you set up a default country of delivery, a default shipping method and a default shipping profile?

  • [] Did you set up and deploy a payment plugin and set it up as the default payment method?

  • [] Did you prepare your legal texts?

  • [] Did you enter the content of your content categories (e.g. for displaying shipping information) in the Template tab of the category?

  • [] Did you deactivate the Ceres default homepage and activate the ShopBuilder homepage?

  • [] Did you carry out all settings for every tab of the Ceres configuration?

  • [] Did you prepare your online store texts in multiple languages (if applicable)?

  • [] Did you set up filters and order properties?

  • [] Did you set up an event procedure for automatically sending order confirmations?

  • [] Did you unlock the online store?

  • [] Did you save and deploy the plugin set after making changes to the plugins?

4. Certifying your Ceres online store with Trusted Shops

DE Ceres einrichten eTrusted Partner Certified Software
Figure 2. Trusted Shops Certified Software

You want to certify your online store with Trusted Shops? Ceres has been pre-certified by Trusted Shops, so your Trusted Shops certification will be handled as fast and easy as possible. Find all necessary information here.

5. Certifying a Ceres online store with EHI

EN Setting up Ceres EHI
Figure 3. EHI certification

You want to certify your online store with EHI? Since Ceres has been pre-certified by EHI, your certification will be handled as fast and easy as possible. You can find all necessary information here.

6. Customising Ceres

Various possibilities are available to customise the Ceres template plugin and tailor it to meet your needs.

6.1. Creating an individual template

Ceres is a public project and available on GitHub. You can use the plugin code to create your own template plugin. Please note the following when creating your own template on the basis of Ceres:

  • Register with GitHub

  • Open the Ceres project

  • Create your own fork of the project

  • Customise the source code

For further information about changing the source code, refer to our template guide.

Updating fork

Note that you have to update your template manually if you want to use features of a newer version of the Ceres plugin. Automatic plugin updates are only available for plugins purchased on plentyMarketplace.

6.2. Purchasing a theme on plentyMarketplace

Theme plugins are an easy way of customising the looks of Ceres. Various themes for Ceres are available on plentyMarketplace. Changes made to the theme plugin have no impact on future updates of the template plugin Ceres.

6.3. Creating an individual theme

Learn how to create your own theme plugin and how to fully customise Ceres in our theme guide.

6.4. Integrating additional plugins

In addition to theme plugins, which serve to modify the design of the online store, the marketplace offers a multitude of different plugins which can be used to tailor the functionality of the online store to your personal needs. Apart from the integration of marketplaces, you can find widgets, such as the GoogleAnalytics and customer feedback plugins, payment plugins for the implementation of additional payment methods and integration plugins, such as the plugins of shipping providers DHL and DPD.

Proceed as described below to purchase and install a plugin:

Purchasing a plugin:

  1. Open the plentyMarketplace.

  2. Click on Sign in.

  3. Enter your email adress or your plentyId.
    → Use your account information from the service centre.

  4. Enter your password.

  5. Click on Sign in.

  6. Select a plugin from a category.

  7. Click on Purchase plugin in the detail view of the plugin.
    → The Checkout window opens.

  8. Accept the terms and conditions.

  9. Click on Order now.
    → The purchased plugin is now available in the Plugins » Plugin overview menu.

After you have purchased the plugins, you have to install and activate the plugins in a plugin set.

Installing a plugin:

  1. Go to Plugins » Plugin overview.

  2. Select a Plugin set.

  3. Activate the filter checkbox Not installed.

  4. Click on Search. → All uninstalled plugins are listed.

  5. For the plugin you want to install, click on Install plugin in the Action column.
    → The Install plugin window opens.

  6. Select the Version to be installed and click on Install. → The plugin will be installed.

After you have installed the plugin, you need to activate it in a plugin set.

Activating a plugin:

  1. Go to Plugins » Plugin overview.

  2. In the line of the plugin you want to activate, click on the globe button in the Active column.
    → The globe icon changes to blue. The plugin is now activated.

  3. Click on Save & publish plugins.

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