If you have a lot of products to sell, it may take some time in setting up your e-Store. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to greatly reduce the amount of time it takes to setup.
Go through the Getting Started Checklist
By through the Getting Started Checklist, it give you a list of steps you need to do before you e-Store is ready. By default, the Getting Started Checklist is located on the Home tab of the Control Panel. You can also browse the Getting Started help files online for additional information.
Use the "Clone" feature to replicate similar products
The "Clone" feature is a tool that will allow you to make a copy of an existing product. This saves you time if you have multiple products that are very similar. For example: suppose you are selling a T-Shirt that has an option list of Small, Medium, and Large. By cloning the item, you do not have to re-create the option list for the new product. All you have to do is make minor text modifications.
For instructions on how to use the clone feature, please visit the following link:
What is the most efficient way to add similar products?
Use a "Batch Image" utility for multiple photos
A "batch image" utility comes in handy if you have a vast amount of photos, and you need to make a global change to each photo. For example, if you have used a digital camera to photograph your products under high resolution, the file size and dimensions may not be web-friendly. You can setup a batch image program to reduce all images to be under a resolution of 200x200 pixels with the press of one button. This can save the administrator a lot of time editing the product images.
For batch imaging software, please do an internet search for "batch image software", or consult the feature list of your current photo editing program.
Note: You can also use the built-in photo resizing option in the e-Store, but this is a lot slower. For more information on how to do this, please visit the following link:
How do I resize my photos?
Upload all your photos and files at once
Instead of uploading your files one at a time, you can manually FTP all your files to the server. For more information on how to do this, please visit the following link:
Can I upload my images and files to my e-Store using FTP?