Hi there - just in case someone at your company is paying attention - I also need to do this - and I'm gonna guess there are quite a few more people who wish to use eCart in this manner.
Ray - Could you please provide more specifics as to how to implement these steps you've outlined above using eCart and DataAssist and Security Assist and Universal email together?
I've been working on this for quite some time and it's extremely frustrating. I'm specifically needing to know what database fields to set up etc... The one problem is that I'm trying to adapt and existing customer database. Where the customers already have unique IDs. So I'd like to use these existing customer IDs as the Visitor Keys, rather than having them generated by eCart's system.
Also I am adapting an existing Log-in System from the Adobe Developer's Toolkit where the same customer ID is used to call up their log-in info. These passwords are encrypted. I'm really hoping that I can adapt the existing log-in system to Security Assist.
Also - I'd like to require that the users are logged in before placing an order as this entire store is using SSL and in a password protected area.
Just trying to get your various plug-ins to work together in a seamless system has been extremely challenging.
As above - I also need the credit card info to write to an encrypted database rather than using a payment gateway. Then it would be retrieved by an admin as you've outlined.
I still have never received an answer as to whether or not Universal email can be used more than once on multiple forms throughout one website. (There would be different parameters required for each form.)
But it does all start and end with eCart as this is all tied into managing and administration on an online store.