After installing PrestaShop, enter the randomly generated Back Office URL such as http://www.yourwebsite.com/admin1234 in the browser’s address bar to access the Back Office. Learn more about PrestaShop and how to install it here.
Logging in to the Back Office
If a browser cookie with previous login information is found, PrestaShop will skip the login page and log straight in. In this case, click the Logout link to return to the login screen.
Enter the email address and password of the administrator account created during installation or any other account created in the Back Office and then click the Log in button to log in. If the password is forgotten, the Lost password? link can be used to send a password reset link to the user’s email address.
Viewing the Dashboard
After logging in, the PrestaShop Dashboard will be displayed. At the top of the dashboard on the left side is an introductory video and quick links to add a new product, order, module, price rule or CMS page and view abandoned carts. After watching the introductory video, tick the Do not show this again checkbox to hide the video.
At the bottom of the dashboard on the left side is a configuration checklist to help the optimise the website and the latest PrestaShop news and links. On the right side of the dashboard is a summary of this month’s activity, a chart of this week’s sales, the number of unread, pending and closed threads, and a list of the latest orders.
In the top-left corner of PrestaShop is the notification area, which displays the number of new orders, registered customers, messages and badges. Click the cart icon to view a summary of the latest order and then click the View this order link to view the full order details or click the Show all orders link to see a list of all orders.
Click the user icon to view the name of the last registered user and then click the View this customer link to view the full customer details or click the Show all customers link to see a list of all customers.
Click the speech bubble icon to view a preview of the last message and then click the View this message link to view the full message or click the Show all messages link to see a list of all messages.
Click the trophy icon to view the last earned badge and then click the View my complete profile link to view all earned badges.
Next to the notification area is the search area with a text field and a dropdown. By default, PrestaShop searches everywhere for the search term. This includes products, categories, features, customers, orders, invoices, carts and modules.
Choose catalog in the dropdown to search only products, categories and features, by name to search customers by name, by ip address to search customers by IP address, orders to search orders, invoices to search invoices, carts to search carts or modules to search modules.
Jumping to quick access
In the top-right corner of PrestaShop to the left of the user links is the Quick Access dropdown, which is a customisable dropdown that can be used to jump from any page to a specific page. By default, it has a Home option that returns to the dashboard, a My Shop option that opens the Front Office in a new tab and New category, New product and New voucher options.
There is a View My Shop link in the top-right corner of PrestaShop that also opens the Front Office and a My Preferences link that allows the user preferences to be changed.
There is a tab bar below the Back Office header that has 11 tabs each with their own subsections. The tab itself cannot be clicked, so one of the subsections must be clicked to navigate to that page. To view the subsections of a tab, move the mouse over the tab. Learn more about the tabs using the links below: