How to manage the basic administrator functions available in PrestaShop?

In this tutorial we will provide you with brief explanation on how to manage the basic system functions available in your PrestaShop administrator back-end.

You should login to your store admin back-end:

Use the folder name you have set for your administrators’ back-end.

There are a few menus on the top navigation bar which we will explain with a few works each as these are pretty much self-explanatory.

The first menu is catalog:

This function allows you to add new categories for your store. Each category is a place holder for your products. When your products are categorized, customers will be able to browse your store easier and will find what they are looking for faster. This very same menu right below the categories tab allows you to add new products to your store. There are a bunch of details which will be specific for each product. The important thing we want to show you here is how to select the new category you might have created for your products:

As you may see you have the option to mark more than one category. This way the product will be showing under more than one section on your website.

The other two important functions here are the “Manufacturer” and the “Supplier” tab. In order to have the information for these added and available on the drop down menus available in the new product creation page you should add them first. You may add/remove/modify Manufacturer and Supplier via the Catalog menu:

Also here you may select if the product you are offering is downloadable. This is a product which will not require shipping and will be provided immediately after the purchase for download:

When you select the check box on the “Is this a downloadable product?” a few extra functions will appear. The first on is the upload box for the file you will be selling. There is also a name which the customer will see and the number of downloads which will be allowed for each purchase. If a customer request extra downloads you may go to his hard and edit that at any time.

When you add all the information for the product, use the “Save and Stay” button. This way the product will be added but you will stay in the same page which will just reload. You will notice a few new tabs loading on the top:

Combinations – this one you may manage via the Catalog > Attributes and Groups tab
Features – you may add/remove/modify features via the Catalog > Features tab

The rest of the menus will not require any explanation if you review them as the information for these is available on the menus.

The next menu inline is the Customers one:

You have the options here available to add/modify/remove the profiles of your customers. Additionally you may create groups via the Customers > Groups tab. This function will allow you to add groups which will have custom discounts and tax zone:

The last menu under the Customers Tab is Carts. Here you may check the total purchases of a customer:

As the Orders function is pretty much self-explanatory you may just review this tab and the information it will provide. Here you will have purchases details such as shipping/taxes/payment method/customers details for each order.

The store also provides pretty good statistics for all the purchase on your store which can be sorted my day/month/year or predefined period you want to check the results for.

As this covers pretty much all the basic product and orders information details please check also our tutorials for:

Payment and shipping methods