IndieCommerce

Authorize.net

ABA will be transitioning all IndieCommerce stores currently using ABA’s shared credit card processor off of ABA’s merchant account and onto their own credit card merchant account. As part of the process, stores will be required to create their own Authorize.net account. Many merchant service providers will help members with setting up their Authorize.net accounts, so check with the merchant service provider you currently use for in-store sales.

Blogs

The blog module allows users to create and maintain a blog on your website. Blogs are usually written in an informal and conversational style and updated regularly.

NOTE: The ‘Blog’ module needs to be enabled for your site. If you have not previously requested we enabled it for you please contact staff@bookweb.org. We will send you confirmation once it has been enabled.

CREATE THE BLOG

Navigate to: Content > Add Content > Blog Entry

Sample Themes

STANDARD THEMES | CUSTOMIZED THEMES | CUSTOM THEMES

STANDARD THEMESSTANDARD THEMES

Below are a few examples of member sites using the available responsive themes.

Bamboo

www.macsbacks.com
www.snowboundbooks.com

Online Gift Codes

This documentation was modified on 10/1/2021 to include new process for issuing partial refunds to online only giftcodes.


The IndieCommerce platform’s Online Only Gift Code feature is an integrated gift code feature that allows for the purchase, redemption, and management of an e-gift code system right within an IndieCommerce site.  This feature is a great alternative for stores that do not currently use Givex as their gift card provider.

Menus

A website navigation menu is a collection of links grouped together in a horizontal or vertical block. Menus are usually at the top of a website; menus can be added to the footer and side navigational bars as well.

Organized and easy-to-follow navigation for a website is very important for the overall user experience. When planning your menu, it’s important to keep in mind the information your users need to access quickly and frequently, and make those items clearly identifiable and accessible. 

Staff Reviews

Staff reviews can be added to the product pages of individual titles by either submitting a form, or using the provided check box on a book list. This field can also be used to enter information such as a book video, sale information, etc. Preorder Badges can be displayed on titles that are 'Coming Soon'.

Blocks

Blocks are the boxes of content (such as "Find a Wishlist" or "IndieBound Next List") that can be displayed in regions (such as header or sidebar) and be set to display on all or specific pages. Blocks can be composed of text, images, links, and other standard HTML. They can also be used to embed codes for widgets from outside sources like YouTube or Facebook.

Events

 

This documentation was modified on 05/08/2019, with Recurring Events

Custom Content Types

CREATING CUSTOM CONTENT TYPES

When you create content on your website, each item of content is categorized by a specific content type. The websites we provide are Drupal based and come with several standard content types (page, book page, event, etc.), with each content type containing the information and settings that make it suited for a specific purpose. At times, you may want to create entirely new content types for purposes specific to your store needs.

Store Features and Preferences

This documentation has been updated as of 9/30/2021 to reflect the layout changes we have made to the Store Preferences page and to include new settings that we have added. 

STORE FEATURES

Navigate to: Store > Configuration > Account Information & Preferences > Store Features

Discount Coupons

Since there are so many different configuration options for coupon codes, it is easiest to explore this feature using examples.  The following examples are provided solely as illustrations of the coupon code functionality and are in no way recommendations.  We do not suggest what promotions or discounts any store should offer. Those business decisions are made solely by each individual bookstore.

GENERAL SETTINGS

Navigate to Store > Configuration > Coupon Module Settings 

Shipping Methods

ABA does not recommend specific rates for shipping, and any value indicated below is simply for the purposes of illustration.

SELECT SHIPPING QUOTES

Navigate to: Store > Configuration > Shipping Quotes

Website Security Tips

 
All IndieCommerce sites are PCI Compliant, and credit card information is safely encrypted using an SSL Certificate.  No credit card data is ever stored on our servers, and is instead  stored securely by one of the most trusted payment gateways on the web, Authorize.net.
 
That said, from time to time, stores might unknowingly engage in activity that can endanger their PCI Compliance. Please follow these tips to help ensure the security and compliance of your site.  

Store Roles

This documentation was modified on 4/19/2019 to include the updated features to help stores better manage staff and customer roles.
 
NEW: Store Admins are now able to edit customer accounts, Store Editor accounts, and Order Admin accounts.

STORE ROLES

Have the user create an account on your website, make sure they take note of the email address used to sign up.
 

Constant Contact

This documentation was modified on 12/15/2017, to comply with the latest changes by Constant Contact.

Embed your Constant Contact signup form into your website to allow customers to easily sign up for newsletters, coupons, event notifications, etc.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Once you have pasted the ‘Embed Code’ and saved, editing the block will strip the code.Therefore we recommend you save the code to a plain text (Notepad) file, in case you need it again.

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About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.

Contact

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