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Simple eCart Setup w/Color Option

Thread began 5/19/2010 6:02 pm by bledford407228 | Last modified 5/25/2010 4:04 pm by bledford407228 | 1519 views | 5 replies


Simple eCart Setup w/Color Option

Ok... I've spent the past three days reading forums and trying every different thing I can to figure out something that should be simple, out of the box.

My Setup:
Super Suite / Dreamweaver CS5 / PHP / MAMP / On A Mac / Using the provided WA database.

I have a site that was previously built to sell 2 items that each come in your choice of color. The shopping cart was part of the paypal system. Due to lack of features, I wanted to implement my own shopping cart for more control.

The database is setup as follows:
Products: 2 items. 1. is the large handbag, and 2.) is the small handbag.
OptionGroups: 1 entry Color
Options: I've listed all the colors options
ProductOptions: Filled in accordingly based info from this post: showthread.php?t=12841

With-in this prebuilt website I have two product pages. One for large handbag, and the other for a smaller redesigned version.

Large Handbag has 3 color choices.
Small Handbag has 8 color choices.

Up to this point I have created the eCart object with a extra column for color, set to text, and unique.

Working with only the Small Handbag page I created and add to cart button. I'm pulling form the rs_WADAproducts with the id set to product id. On the bindings, Id is set to a default of 2 (productID is 2 for the small handbag in products table) all the rest are set to there corresponding column within the products table. Color is not binding to anything with in this setting, but it is set to up-dateable and with list.

Once the button is created i selected the dropdown menu and changed the dynamic setting to include a label of "Select A Color" pulling options from rsColor (created following the "Product Options with eCart" tutorial - left out anything related to size or price increases b/c I didn't need it). The values are set to ProductOptionID and labels set OptionName.

Problem 1 - This products should show all 8 color choices, but instead it only shows 3 of them. At first I thought it was giving me the choices for the large handbag, but noticed only 2 of the colors matched the large and the other color is only for the smaller handbag.

Problem 2 - When testing this page with only three colors, I'm taken to the shopping cart with all the information from the large handbag (name, price, sku, etc) but where it should display the color it just says 1... and when adding another bag to the cart with a different color it just increases the quantity of the first bag.

I'm completely lost and tired of spending hours (past 3 days, all day) trying find to information on what I'm doing wrong. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Now for My Rant: (WA don't skip) -

WA Staff please take the advice from other forum members and provide more in depth documentation for your products. For example there is no information at all on how the WA database should be filled out if you want to include options. If it weren't for the post I mentioned above and finding a program called navicat to edit said database, I would have no idea whats going on. (not that I really do now). Mainly for a product that is pitched to be easy to use out of the box, with a high price tag (w/Super Suite), it shouldn't take days of searching your forums to find basic answers. I can understand it might seem easier to answer questions as they arise, but it creates nothing but frustration when trying to figure out how another user might have asked the questions you are researching. Save the forum questions for the more advanced things. The provided documentation doesn't provide near the amount of answers it should for the basic setup of a simple shopping cart. Don't get me wrong, based on past experience, I do realize how helpful your tools are with the automatic coding they provide... but when you offer a trial period for a product, you don't want your users spending that time constantly searching for answers in a forum... wouldn't you rather they spend it enjoying your products b/c they found all the information then needed it one simple place. Not worrying if they've made the wrong decision and consider returning them. (I'm still in my trial period and this thought has crossed my mind... as much effort as I've put into hunting down answers and trying this and that, I might have been better off to spend my money taking a php class)

Simply put... out of all they years I've been on the internet, I've never had to post in a forum to find the answers to something that seems so simple. So as my very first post ever, I hope you've enjoyed reading my book. ;-)

Thanks for reading!

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