The Get Started Guide is the page that meets you every time you go to your admin panel. The guide includes steps that will kickstart your marketplace journey and should be done when you have created your marketplace. By doing them you get an understanding of how things work and what you can do with your marketplace.
When you click on a step you will come to a page that explains what it is and from there you can go to the page that allows you to do the changes. – All of these steps can be done from your admin panel.
The guide is only a guide and not something you have to do or complete in order, you can do the steps you like, in the order you like.
The Different Steps
i) Slogan & Description
Slogan and description are shown to all users who are not signed in, together with your cover image this is what greets new users to your site.
Slogan – A short text to quickly tell visitors what your marketplace is about.
Description – Tell about your value proposition, what you are providing.
This is a good time for you to be creative and in a few words tell what your marketplace concept is all about. Try to create a slogan that describes your concept and is still simple. The slogan is one of the first things a visitor sees and can affect if they stay and browse or leave. Remember the slogan is seen by both potential buyers and sellers.
You can, of course, change this later and you definitely should if your marketplace concept changes.
You can access the Slogan & Description in “Basic Settings”.
ii) Upload a Cover Photo
Cover photo – the image behind your Slogan & Description
The cover photo comes in two sizes, 1920x450px and 1920×96 px. The 1920x450px one is shown behind the Slogan and description that shows before a user signs in (the image above). The thinner one, the “Small cover photo” 1920x96px (shown below) shows after a user has signed in.
If you have issues uploading an image, please try to wait a few minutes and refresh the page and if no image shows try again if there was a connection issue.
Note that even when you have uploaded an image correctly, it will show as “No file chosen”.
iii) Add fields & filters
Fields are part of the listing. Filters are fields used in the search.
Fields are the sections you find in the listing, such as description, location or price. Some of these fields can be used as search filters. There are a few predetermined filters such as description, location and image. You can add additional fields. These fields can be a text field, a number, checkboxes, dropdown or a date.
Using a Field as a Filter is an option for some of the fields types (number, dropdown, checkbox and date). Filters are displayed on the homepage of your marketplaces and users can use them to narrow down their search.
iv) Post a listing
To post a listing, click the big button in the upper right corner of the marketplace with the text “Post a new listing”. Fill in some or all of the fields and when done click “Save listing”, and you have created your very first listing!
v) Select a theme
Select a theme from the multipe themes available in the theme section to make your platform look apt and specific to your usecase
vi) Invite users
To have a thriving marketplace you need users. This step is an easy way to invite users. If you feel you are not ready to invite anyone yet you can skip the step for now. Alternatively, you can invite yourself with another email address.