Well, unfortunately I still have no working solution to this problem. I get as far as the Checkout page - then everything fails to work. I did a support ticket for this solution. (implementation of eCart without a payment gateway and having it write orders to a database.)
Here is what the solution response person told me to do:
"The simplest way to accomplish this is to Use the Checkout wizard to create the pages. When using the checkout wizard, you will have to chose a payment gateway. Select Paypal Payments Pro US as the payment gateway. After the pages have been created, remove the PayPal Express Checkout button from the Checkout page, and remove the local Checkout server behavior from the Confirm page.
You will also have to reset the redirect to the success page. If you selected to have the order Information stored in the database, double click the Store order Details server behavior and set the redirect. If not double click the Universal Email server behavior and set the redirect to the success page."
I then asked for further clarification and here is their response:
"open the confirm page, in the Server Behaviors list, select the Local Checkout server behavior, then click the Minus button to remove it.
If you selected to have the order Information stored in the database:
double click the Store order Details server behavior and set the redirect to go to the success page.
double click the Universal Email server behavior and set the redirect to the success page."
Ok - I've done that and it still isn't working. I feel that I'm missing some huge step here.
To sum up - I'm trying to implement a shopping cart that writes directly to a database with no payment gateway. The orders also need to use Universal Email to send a summary to the customers and our staff. I am also setting up (using Data Assist) an Administrative site so that internal staff can look at orders, and mark when they have been shipped.
I had hoped that the Data Assist/eCart integration for this very thing would be clearer - but I'm having difficulty figuring this all out. I'm very adept at using Dreamweaver to integrate with a database and Recordset queries etc... It's the eCart functionality that has me very confused.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.