Now that you've officially processed your first online sale, its finally time to create a safe and unique place for your customers to find your store and shop. To do, so you'll need to set up your:
- domain name.
- SSL certificate.
What is a domain name?
A domain name is your unique identity on the internet. It is the address that your customers use when accessing your website. So, it's important that you connect your online store to a domain as soon as your store is transaction-ready. Just as importantly, connecting your store to a domain will help get your website indexed faster by search engines.
What is an SSL certificate?
An SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the industry-standard security protocol for establishing a secure connection between a web browser and a web server/platform. This connection ensures that any data transferred between web servers and browsers remains private and safe. Typically, SSL is used to secure credit card transactions, data transfers and logins.
To be able to create an SSL connection a web server requires an SSL certificate. Setting up an SSL certificate for your store lets you:
- secure your online store with HTTPS (instead of HTTP)
- inform your customers that your website can be trusted (the SSL padlock icon is displayed next to your store's URL)
In addition, Google recently announced that it will increase the ranking of websites that provide secure connections.
To help you learn how to setup your domain name, we've split up the instructions into 5 digestible articles. Please see our Introduction to setting up your store's domain eCom article to begin.
To learn how to setup your SSL certificate, please see our Setting up SSL for your store eCom article.
Now that you have officially completed Basic 4: Transactional Settings of the Retail with eCom Guided Setup, you have successfully:
- configured all the transactional settings you need to officially start accepting orders.
- set up your domain and SSL certificate to create a safe and unique place for your customers to find your store and shop.
This concludes the Basic level of the Retail with eCom - Guided Setup! If you've gone through all 4 Basic lessons and followed the articles, you are officially ready to go live with 4 products!
NOTE: The Basic level is the only one currently available. The Enhance and Optimize levels are still being created and you can look forward to having them in the near future!