A customer’s checkout process begins with their cart and making any last minute adjustments before checking out. It’s important to keep in mind that if customers do not have javascript enabled they will not be able to add products to their cart or begin the checkout process. Magento has done an amazing job at condensing and streamlining the checkout process into a single page. From a technical standpoint, Magento uses Ajax to reduce page transitions and save bandwidth by keeping the checkout process to one page. Customers can review their checkout information during the checkout process without having to visit another page.

Step 1: Checkout Method
Once customers review their shopping cart and click Proceed to Checkout, they will be presented with Magento’s one-page checkout process. In the first of this process, customers must either checkout as a guest, register, or enter in login information if they are returning customers. Magento allows you to disable the ability for customers to check out as guests. This feature can be disabled from the Magento’s administrative section.

Step 2: Billing Information
In this step, customers must enter in their Billing Information which includes name, company, email, mailing address, city, state, zip, country, and phone number. Customers can choose to ship to the same address and skip to step 4. If at any point the customers want to change this information they can go back to one of the previous steps by clicking one of the previous bars. After an Address is used for the first time, it will be associated with the customer’s account and they will be able to select a previously used address from a drop down menu.

Step 3: Shipping Information
In step 3, customers must enter their shipping information. Similar to the billing information, this information will be accessible to the customer next time they start the checkout process.

Step 4: Shipping Method
In this step, customers must choose their shipping method to continue the checkout process. Magento provides complete control over the shipping options. Administrators can not only control which shipping auctions are available, but exactly how much shipping should cost. Magento also has UPS and FedEx shipping calculators built in. This allows for real-time shipping quotes by both the UPS and FedEx online shipping calculators. Customers can also enter in a gift message if their purchase is a gift.

Step 5: Payment Method
In step 5, customers must select a payment method from the provided list. By default, Magento offers several different payment options including integration with authorize.net, Google checkout, purchase orders, checks and money orders, and credit card storing for offline manual processing. There are also over 200 hundred different payment modules available on http://www.magentocommerce.com/magentoconnect.

Step 6: Order Review
The sixth and the final step of the checkout process is called Order Review. Not only are customers given an itemized listing and order totals, but they can easily review their shipping address, billing address, shipping method, and payment method in the boxes on the right-hand side of the screen.

At this point, customers can edit any other information before they submit their order. Once customers have placed their orders, they will be redirected to an order confirmation page. An e-mail will be sent to the customer and to the Magento store administrator. If customers choose to register during the checkout process and not check out as a guest they can view their order information using their My Account link.

Source Of Information : Apress - The Definitive Guide to Magento


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