By following the steps below, most AspDotNetStorefront users can set up their own basic MoreStore to start growing their online business.
Once you’ve purchased a MoreStore license for your AspDotNetStorefront cart (version 188.8.131.52 or higher), you will need to register the domain name that you plan to use for the new store and then point it to the existing IP address for your storefront. You will also need an SSL Certificate to secure your new store.
3 Simple Steps to Configure Your MoreStore
1. Configure Internet Information Services (IIS): First login to the server where your website is hosted and open the IIS Manager. Then expand the “Sites” directory and right click on the “Site name” for the main website that you’re adding a store onto. Click “Edit Bindings” and the “Site Bindings” window should pop up. Click the “Add…” Button and “Add Site Binding” will appear. Then enter the URL for the new storefront website in the “Host Name” field and click “OK”.
2. Set Up Project Files: Set up the project files for your new store by opening “File Explorer” and locating the App_Templates folder in the storefront web directory to your website project files (e.g. C:\host\storefront\Web\ App_Templates). Next, copy and paste the “Skin_1” folder in the App_Templates directory and rename copy of Skin_1 directory to “Skin_3” (Skin_2 is reserved for the mobile site). Now, locate the App_Themes folder in the storefront web directory to your website project files (e.g. C:\host\storefront\Web\App_Themes). Copy and then paste the “Skin_1” folder in the App_Themes directory and rename copy of Skin_1 directory to “Skin_3”. (Note: It may be useful to change background color to main content section in the style sheet for the Skin_3 to be able to distinguish the difference between the original and the recently added website.)
3. Add a New Store:
Login to the Storefront Admin panel and navigate to Configuration > Store Maintenance, then click on the “Domains” tab. Click the “Add New Store” button and the “Add New Store” window should pop up. Fill out the “Store Name” and “Description” with the appropriate content and enter the appropriate URL for “Production”, “Staging” and “Development” fields. Select “Skin_3” from the “Skin ID” dropdown and click “Save”. Then click “Reset Cache”. (Note: You should now be able to load your new store in a different browser and if you made changes to the Skin_3 styling you should see them now.)
Now that your MoreStore has been set up, you can use the admin panel to begin mapping your entities and products to the new site. Just click on the “Store Mapping” tab under Configuration > Store Maintenance and choose which store(s) you wish for them to be on. You can add new entities and products too. There are also a number of Global Config settings with a group name “MULTISTORE” that you may wish to modify. And if you are not a web designer, you might consider hiring somebody to design and skin your new store.
You may also refer to our manual for more information about adding a store.