Magento is a professional website design, open-source platform that offers merchants a complete and flexible control over the content, functionality and look of their online shopping cart. The intuitive administration interface of Magento contains powerful merchandising, content management and marketing tools to provide merchants with power to create websites that are especially tailored to their specific and unique business requirements. Magento puts no constraints on the business flow and processes.
Magento was introduced in the year 2007 and it transformed the entire e-commerce market. In just a period of eighteen months, Magento surpassed 1 million downloads and made new records in the history. It was bought by eBay in 2011 and now it has become the fastest growing e-commerce platform in the whole world. It uses EAV-based MySQL database. It utilises MVC based Zend Framework and it is written in PHP. The system of Magento is highly modular and the architecture handles updates automatically.
Magento is available in three versions for various business models and sizes. These three versions are called as Magento Community, Magento Go and Magento Enterprise.
After setting up your Magento store, you need to make it look attractive and equipped to impress customers who visit. In order to select an attractive design for your online store, follow the simple steps given below:
Go to ‘Design Interface’. In quick start wizard of your store, move your mouse over the option for ‘Design’ menu. It is the 3rd item in your menu.
Make a click on ‘Select & Customize Your Design’ in the submenu. This click will open a new small window that explains how Magento themes can be set along with their usefulness.
To go to the ‘Theme Editor’ make a click on ‘Continue’.
Go through all the Magento themes. Magento offers over 30 themes to select from by default. Go through all the themes to find the right one for your website.
For a closer look, click the ‘Preview’ button under the theme thumbnail.
Select your theme. When you have found a theme of your choice, click ‘Customize’.
It is better to customize the theme instead to select or install because Magento expects that you will edit the theme soon again.
Now you will be asked to provide a name for the theme. You are also given an option to add a thumbnail and a description for your theme.
Make a click on ‘Save’.
You also have an option to edit your theme. If you have knowledge about CSS, you can customize your theme. Customize the theme according to your choice and requirements by simply selecting the right option. Option for customization is provided in side menu.
By clicking ‘Preview’, you can preview the updates any time.
From the top menu click ‘Save’ and ‘Apply’ to fully install the theme.
Visit your online store to see the theme in action.
Lastly, add your logo.