Magento 2: Configuring My Store

Under Stores in the menu, you will find the tools to configure and maintain every aspect of your store. It contains sub-menu links for Settings, Taxes, Currency, Attributes and Other Settings. My first aim is to add my Company identity to the Store, so the name, address, contact details etc.

 

Contents

Add Store Information
Update Store Email Addresses
Branding Your Store
Other Standard Configuration

How to add your store information to Magento 2:

You are going to want to add the basic information for your store so that it will appear correctly on email messages, invoices, and other communications sent to your customers. So how?

Store Information Magento 2
  1. Click Stores to open the slide out menu
  2. Under Settings select Configuration
  3. This is the General section of General
  4. Click Store Information to expand
Here you can enter: your Store Name to be used in all communications; the Store Phone Number, formatted as you want it to appear; the Store Hours of Operation field worded in a way that suits For example: Mon – Sun, 9-5; Select the Country & Region/State where your business is located; Enter the Store Address; and finally your VAT Number, if applicable, then verify the number by clicking the Validate VAT Number button.
When you’re done, hit Save Config.

How to update the Store Email Addresses in Magento 2:

  1. Click Stores to open the slide out menu
  2. Under Settings select Configuration
  3. Under General click Store Email Addresses

Here your will see the five different email addresses you can use to represent distinct functions or departments. There are three predefined email types (General Contact, Sales Representative & Customer Support) and there are two custom email fields that you can set up to match your needs.
Don’t forget to hit Save Config when you’re done.

How to add your brand identity to the front-end of your Magento 2 store:

This is the part I really wanted to get into, how easy is it to customise the default theme with limited development knowledge and no access to the code?
Let’s give it a go.

The Logo

It’s going to be at the top of the list for things to change about your store, so you will be glad to know it can be uploaded from the Admin of your store as either a GIF, PNG, JPG, or SVG file type.

  1. Click Stores to open the slide out menu
  2. Under Settings select Configuration
  3. Under General click Design
  4. Expand the Header section
Adding the logo in Magento 2

Now you are here simply click Choose File and navigate to your logo on your computer, fill out the Width and Height in pixels, update the Logo Image Alt that will show when someone hovers over the image and finally update the Welcome Text. Once you’re done, click Save Config

Logo Updated
Refresh your homepage and hey presto! There’s our logo & welcome message:D

The Favicon

Not to be forgotten or underestimated! Short for “favorite icon,” this little guy is the icon on the tab of each browser page.
Magento accepts ICO, PNG, JPG, and SVG file types, but the most widely-supported format to use for a favicon is ICO. You can convert your favicon into .ico using one of the many free online tools, my personal fave is Convertico

  1. Click Stores to open the slide out menu
  2. Under Settings select Configuration
  3. Under General click Design
  4. Expand the HTML Head section
  5. Tap Choose File next to Favicon Icon and select your file
  6. Click Save Config

Favicon

Copyright Notice

At the bottom of every page, your site has a copyright notice, the default message is “Copyright © 2015 Magento. All rights reserved.” but we want to identify our own company as the legal owner of the content on the site.

  1. Click Stores to open the slide out menu
  2. Under Settings select Configuration
  3. Under General click Design
  4. Expand the Footer section

Update the notice in the Copyright box to what you want to appear in the footer of each page. Use the &Copy; character code to insert a copyright symbol.

Other standard configuration for Magento 2:

  1. Click Stores to open the slide out menu
  2. Under Settings select Configuration
  3. This is the General section of General

There are a number of sections under General that need configuring for your store, but I set these up correctly during the installation process and so would only need to update these if anything changed. If you are unsure what was set up or if it’s still correct, have a click through them and remember to Save Config should you make any necessary updates.

General > Design

HTML Head

In this section, you can:

  • Update your Default Title – used as the meta-title on all non-content pages that do not have a custom title
  • Add a Title Prefix & Title Suffix to included on all page titles
  • Add Default Description meta-data – used as the meta description on all non-content pages that do not have one set<
  • Add Default Keywords meta-data – used as the meta keywords on all non-content pages that do not have one set

Emails

This is where you can upload the logo to be used in the transactional emails.
To ensure that your logo renders well on high-resolution devices, Magento recommends that the uploaded image is three times the size of the dimensions that are specified.

General > Contacts

Email Options

Lets you configure where contact form submissions are sent to, from and the template that should be used.

My Store:

After making all the above changes my store is looking pretty good 😎 . The admin was easy to use and everything was where I expected it to be, I can only hope it stays this simple as I do more.

Ribs's

Next up – Magento 2: Setting Up The Catalog

Getting into the most important part of any store next: the catalog. I’ll be setting up the categories, attributes & products for my store then letting you know how it went.

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