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How to configure the Date and Time formats

By default, all VEVS websites display dates in the format d.m.Y (date.month.Year) - 15.09.2017, and times in the format H:i (15:42). The standard Timezone is set to UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) which is the same as GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). However, you can customize all of these settings for your own business site. To do this, follow these simple steps:

1) Log into your Website's Admin Page

2) Go to Website Settings / General Options 

Date, Time and Currency format settings

  • Set "Date format" 
    Review the available date order display formats and select the one that fits your preferences.

  • Set "Time format" 
    You can select a 12-hour based or 24-hour based time format from the dropdown menu. The options with an AM suffix after the sample time are 12-hour based and all others are 24-hour based.

  • Set "Timezone"
    Select your preferred Timezone from the list with available GMT (UTC) offsets.

  • Set "First day of the week"
    Select the day the week starts with in your country. Monday is the first day of the week according to the international standard ISO 8601, but in the US, Canada, and Japan, for example, the first day of the week is Sunday.


3) Click "Save" to confirm the changes. The new date and time settings will take effect immediately.

How to set the Currency and Price format

Our business websites support all world's official currencies and allow users to configure the position of the currency's symbol/abbreviation. To set your default currency and preferred Price format, just follow these steps:

1) Log into your Website's Admin page

2) Go to Website Settings / General Options 

Date, Time and Currency format settings

  • Set "Currency" 
    Select your preferred currency (depending on the country your business is registered in) by choosing its International Abbreviation Code.

  • Set "Price format"
    You can select the thousands separator (comma or space) or show the amount as a price with decimal numbers indicating cents, pence, etc. or without if you only have rounded prices.

  • Set "Currency symbol position"
    Select where the Currency symbol should appear - before or after the price amount.

How to obtain and set up Google Maps API key on your website

According to the latest changes introduced by Google, if you would like to use Google Maps on your website, you need to obtain an API key. This is how it goes:

1) Follow this link and click on the "Get a Key" button to obtain your own Google Maps API Key.

2) Once you have it, go to your Website's Admin Page / Website Settings / General Options and enter the API key into the Google Maps API key field.

Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) settings

While your website installation is not yet transferred to its own domain name, the automated email notifications from the VEVS CMS are being sent from the email "noreply@vevs.com" with "Reply-to:" set to "your.admin@email.com" (the email that you have set as a master admin of the website).

In this case, some SPAM filters might reject the automated emails that our system sends or mark them as SPAM and move them to the JUNK or SPAM folder. Some SPAM filters do not "like" emails sent from one email account (e.g. noreply@vevs.com) on someone else's behalf.

Once your website is transferred to your own domain name, the system will require you to specify the email from which the notification emails will be sent, otherwise no email notifications will be sent from your website.

To do so, go to your Admin Page / Website Settings / General Options and complete your email account details: SMTP Host, SMTP Port, SMTP Username, SMTP Password.

Email address ("From" header) needs to be filled in, too. Enter the email to which you wish to receive customer replies to your system emails.

SMTP Auth Type - select the correct SMTP Auth type if needed. Otherwise, leave it to the default option.

See the example below for more information and find a list of the most common email provider's SMTP settings. If your email provider is not among the listed ones, please contact them and ask for the correct SMTP details.

SMTP Settings


In both cases (PHP mail or SMTP), if your customers reply to your automated email notifications, you will receive the message in your email box.

The most popular email providers and their SMTP settings:

Gmail SMTP server
SMTP Host: ssl://smtp.gmail.com
SMTP Port: 465
SMTP Username: your full email address
SMTP Password: your email account password

Important Note:
To allow the access to your Gmail account, you will have to log into the email that you have set up in the SMTP Username and then visit the following link:
https://accounts.google.com/DisplayUnlockCaptcha

You can also follow the instructions in the next question "Allow the website to send notification emails through your Gmail account" to set up your Gmail account.

Office365 SMTP server
SMTP Host: tls://smtp.office365.com
SMTP Port: 587
SMTP Username: your full email address
SMTP Password: your email account password

Yahoo SMTP server
SMTP Host: ssl://smtp.mail.yahoo.com
SMTP Port: 465
SMTP Username: your full email address
SMTP Password: your email account password

Hotmail/Live SMTP server
SMTP Host: tls://smtp.live.com
SMTP Port: 587
SMTP Username: your full email address
SMTP Password: your email account password

AOL SMTP server
SMTP Host: smtp.aol.com
SMTP Port: 25
SMTP Username: your full email address
SMTP Password: your email account password

VEVS SMTP server
Host: ssl://webmail.vevs.com
SMTP Port: 465
SMTP Username: your full email address
SMTP Password: your email account password

Allow the website to send notification emails through your Gmail account

To enable your VEVS website to send email notifications on your behalf via your Gmail account, there is one additional process you have to go through in line with Google's extra security measures:

1) Go to the following link and log into your Gmail account: 
https://myaccount.google.com/security

2) If the 2-Step Verification is set to ON, click on "App passwords".

Gmail Security Settings - App Passwords


2.1 When the page opens select "Other (Custom name)" from the "Select app" dropdown menu.
Gmail Security Settings - Select App


2.2 Type a name of your choice in the text box and press the Generate button.
Gmail Security Settings - Enter App name


2.3 A new window will pop up - it will contain the 16-character password you can use instead of the password for your Google account to allow the apps and services (in your case, your VEVS website) to pass the 2-Step Google Verification.

Just copy the password from that window and paste it in your website's SMTP password settings in the place of your Google Account password.


Gmail Security Settings - Generate App Password


3) If the 2-Step Verification is set to OFF

3.1 Scroll down to the bottom of the page until you reach the "Allow less secure apps" box and set it to ON.

Gmail Security Settings - Allow less secure apps

Setup your email account from VEVS on Outlook 2016

If you have chosen to use VEVS as your email provider along with having us providing your website services and also have an email account for your domain name created by us already, here is how you can set the email account on Microsoft Outlook from the latest Microsoft Office pack:

First you will have to start Microsoft Outlook.

After that follow the instructions provided below:

  1. Click on the File menu

    Email from VEVS - Outlook 2016 configuration - step 1
     
  2. Click the "Add account" option

    Email from VEVS - Outlook 2016 configuration - step 2
     
  3. Enter your email address in the email field and click on "Advanced options" and check the box in front of "Let me set up my account manually"

    Email from VEVS - Outlook 2016 configuration - step 3
     
  4. Select IMAP from the list of services

    Email from VEVS - Outlook 2016 configuration - step 4
     
  5. Set the server settings exactly as provided:

    Incoming mail server: webmail.vevs.com
    Port: 993
    Encryption method: SSL/TLS
    Require logon using SPA: check the box
    Outgoing mail server: webmail.vevs.com
    Port: 465
    Encryption method: SSL/TLS
    Require logon using SPA: check the box

    Email from VEVS - Outlook 2016 configuration - step 5
     
  6. Enter your email account password

    Email from VEVS - Outlook 2016 configuration - step 6

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