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Extending PowerStore with ecart?

Thread began 10/27/2009 8:19 pm by kris348832 | Last modified 10/29/2009 4:25 pm by Eric Mittman | 786 views | 3 replies |

kris348832

Extending PowerStore with ecart?

Ok,

I've realised that Powerstore is a little too limited for my requirements, but having gone a way down the road I'm loathe to turn back now!

So, is it possible to extend PowerStore with the aid of your other products, which I own.

For example I'd like to add multiple currency option, could you advise me on where to look for documentation regarding this as I'm not a coder, I muddle through!

thanks
Kris

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Eric Mittman

Updating the Power Store is definitely a custom endeavor since it is designed to work out of the box any edits that you make could alter the functionality of the site in an unintended way.

It is possible though to update the PowerStore with the various WebAssist tools. When it comes to this currency support that you would like to add please explain a little about what you are hoping to achieve as an end result and I can try to give you some pointers for the tools and direction based on that.

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kris348832

Basically I'd just like to include the option of different currency, Euro and perhaps Dollar as well as the pound. The customer would like the ship abroad, so this would be helpful.

thanks
Kris

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Eric Mittman

I think this will be a little trickier that it looks. If you would like to offer the user a choice of currency to pay for the item you would need to be able to show them the total for their purchase in the other currency. You would then need to update you checkout code for the currency to use the value that is set from the user's selection. Lastly you would need to ensure that your merchant gateway will allow you to accept foreign currency.

Assuming that the gateway will allow it updating the checkout server behaviors to use your new currency should be easy enough. The hard part will be converting the values to the other currency. This is a problem because of the variance in the conversion values of other currencies. There are some services out there that can take a value in one currency and convert it to another but this is not a feature of any of the WebAssist tools and would be custom.

There are some other aspects of this as well, such as the order summary that is stored for the transaction. Do you store the native currency value or the paid currency value or both?

These are the biggest problems that I can see and these parts would take some investigating and planning as well as custom coding to implement.

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