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What Do I Do First?

1) Go to Components->MyMuse->Store
and edit the settings there.

If you enter a description it can be pointed to with a menu of type MyMuse->MyMuse Store Layout
That view can also show any products labeled as featured, in a blog type layout.

You will want to edit the Contact Info.
You will want to upload your own logo and point to it in the Small Logo field.

Check and edit any Store Parameters you want to change.

Make sure the Downloads Directory points to the full path to your directory. MyMuse will try to determine this on install. The default will be /path/to/your/site/images/A_MyMuseDownloads. There are many ways to find your full path if you don't know it. One is to go to Help->PHP Info and search for SCRIPT_FILENAME. It should show you the full path to the script, for example: /var/www/html/mymusetest/administrator/index.php.
Your Download Directory could be /var/www/html/mymusetest/images/A_MyMuseDownloads.

If you set this to something else, make sure the directory exists and that the web server has permission to write to it. Here is another way to find the absolute path: http://docs.joomla.org/How_to_find_your_absolute_path

Depending on your server set up, you may be able to put this outside your web directory for maximum security.

Decide what kind of registration you want: Joomla, Full, No Registration, Full and Guest or perhaps yours is handled by another Component.

Optional: Add sample data. If you did not do this at install time, just go to the main MyMuse menu, also called 'Quick Start'. There will be a link to 'Install Sample data'.

Related Help Screen.

2) Go to Extensions->Plugins. Select Type->Mymuse.

  • - Choose the payment processors you want to be be live and enable them. You must also open them up and enter your personal data, for example your PayPal email for the PayPal plugin.
  • - Choose the Preview Player you want for MP3's and Videos. 
    Or write your own plugins :)

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3) Go to Extensions->Plugins. Select Type->User.

  • - Choose the user plugins you want to be be live and enable them..
  • - For Full Registration you want to enable User - MyMuse Profile.
  • - For No Registration you wnat to eneable User - MyMuse No Registration Profile.
  • - For Full and Guest you want to enable both of the above.

Open the plugins to see what fields you want shown and required. You can also use the standard Joomla profile or write your own. Make sure you go back to the store parameters and enter the name of the profile plugin file under "Store Options". You should also select Registration Type: Full.

If you do not want to create users, you can choose Registration Type: No Registration. Go to the Plugins->User and eneable User - MyMuse No Registration" plugin. Open this plugin and choose what fields you want to capture. They will be saved in the "Notes" field of the order.

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4) Set the Options for the component.

On the main MyMuse screen there is an icon for "Options" on the top right. It is similar to the Joomla Article Options with the addition of product options. There are too many options :) but we hope the defaults are a good starting place.

Related Help Screen.

5) Make Categories to place your products under.

These can be the names of Artists or Genres or just MyMusic. I like to make a top level called MyMuse and two sub-categories called Artists and Genres. I assign artists' main category to be under Artists and additional categories under Genres.

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6) Make products!

Products can be physical (example: CD's) or just a parent (non-physical) to hold the description and the tracks or other items.
Add your tracks (downloadable) and/or other items (physical).

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7) Make menus.

  1. One or more menus that point to your Store and products. This could be a Store, Category or Product type menu
  2. A menu that points to the Shopping Cart
  3. Optional: A User Menu item that points to User Profile Edit Layout
  4. Optional: A MyMuse Item menu that points to  List My Orders
  5. Optional: A MyMuse menu that points to artists' sales report

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