WebSphere Commerce Enterprise

Creating stores

Use the Store Creation wizard to create stores.


  1. Open the Store Creation wizard by using one of these methods:
    • From your service provider's site, click the link to open the Store creation wizard as instructed by your service provider. Typically, this link would be Create store or something similar.
    • Open the WebSphere Commerce Accelerator and select the store that corresponds to one of either Commerce Plaza, Extended Sites Hub, Supplier Marketplace, or some custom store name upon which you want to base the new store. The WebSphere Commerce Accelerator displays, and from either the Channel, Extended sites, or Supplier menu, click New Store.
  2. From the Select the Store Default Language page, select one language to be used for yourself and your customers and click OK. That is, the default store language is the language in which you will work during the store creation process and the language in which customers will view your store pages during the shopping process. The Store Creation wizard opens.
    Note: This Store Default Language page only displays when the Store Creation wizard is opened from the site. When the Store Creation wizard is opened from the WebSphere Commerce Accelerator, then the default language of the store will be the language chosen when you opened the WebSphere Commerce Accelerator.
  3. From the General page:
    1. Provide the store unique identifier, store display name and description, e-mail address, default store currency you accept, the store's organization, and the store's category.
    2. If your organization owns more than one store and you want the registered customers of this store to have access to previously created stores, then select the Allow the users of other stores to access this store by specifying the same owning organization check box. Then, select the organization that owns the previously created stores.
      Tip: By default, the registration process creates registered customers in the organization that owns the store. However, if your extended site has more than one organization that owns stores, you might want all registered customers to have access to all the stores, regardless of the owning organization. To achieve this result, an IT developer can change the registration process so that registered customers are created in the Extended Sites Seller Organization, which is the parent organization of all store-owning organizations. As a result, each customer that registers can access all stores in all organizations that have the Extended Sites Seller Organization as a parent. For more information, see Enabling registered users to access all stores in the Extended Sites business model
    3. Click Next.
  4. From the Store Type page, select the store type for you store's business resources and click Next. Examples of business resources provided by the store type include JSP files that define the store's shopping flow, any tax settings, and the WebSphere Commerce commands available for implementation with your store. A description of the store type you select displays below the Store type list.
  5. From the Catalog page, select the catalog for your store and click Next. From the Catalog list, select either an existing catalog and modify it, or you can select Empty catalog to create a new one from scratch. If you select an existing catalog from the list, a description of that catalog displays below the list. Depending on the business model for your store, select one of the following catalogs from this list:
    • If you are working with the demand chain, select the store master catalog created for the largest computer retailer in the country.
    • If you are working with extended sites, select the store master catalog created for the largest auto parts retailer in the country.
    • If you are working with the supply chain, select the supplier marketplace catalog, which is a shared catalog that each supplier store must use.
    Note: You can add products and categories to your catalog and make fixed price changes using the Product Management tools within the WebSphere Commerce Accelerator. You can also use the Catalog Filter to select or hide the products from a master catalog, and make percentage price adjustments to the products within the catalog.
  6. From the Payments page, select one or more payment methods supported at your store.
    • American Express Credit Card
    • Bill customer later
    • Payment by Check
    • Customer will pay cash on delivery
    • Used for compatible mode
    • Master Card Credit Card
    • Customer will pay later
    • VISA Credit Card
    • Pre-paid payment method

      Pre-paid payment method is a dummy payment method reserved only for Service Provider Solution (SPS). Pre-paid payment method can be used for subscription orders that have a pre-paid payment type. It is not displayed or used on the storefront for normal orders.

  7. From the Store Creation Summary page, review the information provided. This is a summary of the information and options you have provided in the wizard. If you are satisfied with the data you have provided, click Finish. Otherwise, click Previous to return to the previous pages of the wizard and change the information.
  8. Upon clicking Finish, the Store Creation Confirmation page displays, showing a progress indicator to illustrate that the store is being created. As the store is being created, a progress indicator displays on this page. A status message displays when the store has been created successfully. Since the store home page is not automatically displayed, you can view or work with your store:
    • Click Bookmark Store to save the URL for the store's home page to your browser so that you can view your store home page by selecting the bookmark in your Internet browser.
    • If you open the Store Creation wizard from the site, click Launch Store to view the store's home page.
    • The Store Creation wizard is opened in standalone mode. Click Launch WebSphere Commerce Accelerator to use the WebSphere Commerce Accelerator for managing your store. WebSphere Commerce Accelerator provides a variety of wizards, notebooks, dialogs, and lists which you can access by using various menus. Use the functionality within the WebSphere Commerce Accelerator to customize and maintain your store.