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eCart checkout email (eCommerce Series)

Tutorial created by Ray Borduin, WebAssist

Categories: Data Bridge, eCart, PHP


This tutorial walks you though the Email tab of the eCart Checkout Wizard where your email server settings are entered. There are seven tabs in the user-friendly eCart Checkout Wizard, each with a dedicated tutorial - Settings, Payments, Shipping, Tax, Orders, Email, and Form Design. Each tutorial is linked to the next, guiding you through the eCart checkout process to wrap up the eCommerce workflow.

arrow downEmail server settings

The email tab is where you will enter your email server settings in order to send a receipt to your customers, confirming a successful order.

  1. Email Receipt Settings:

    1. Don't send an email receipt: Uncheck the box if you do not wish to send an email receipt from your site.
      Your payment provider will send an email even if this box is unchecked.

    2. Fill in the desired Email to, To display name, From address, From display name, and Subject for the email receipts.

    3. Alternately, you can select the lightning bolt to do this dynamically.

    4. Specify the Email object from the menu.

  1. Fill in the remainder of the settings. If you are not familiar with these settings, check with your hosting provider.

    1. SMTP server: The address of your mail/SMTP server. Use localhost if your mail service and web service are on the same server.

    2. Port: The port your SMTP server will use.

    3. Organization: Sets the value of the organization header in the email.

    4. X-Mailer:Sets the header that describes the mailer program that was used to create the message.

    5. Include from address using additional parameters: Some servers require additional parameters to be passed as as the final arguement of the php_mail function. Enable this if your emails are not properly sending from your mail server.

arrow downWhat's your next step?

Now that you are finished with Email, the sixth tab in the eCart Checkout Wizard, proceed to the Form Design tutorial: eCart checkout form design (eCommerce Series)

arrow downWebAssist eCommerce series

With eCart technology as the cornerstone of the WebAssist eCommerce series, these in-depth tutorials will walk you through the steps of building an eCommerce site: product catalogs, shopping carts, product options (both static and dynamic), and checkout including payments. Completing the eCart portion of the series is help for setting up a back-end administration to manage your eCommerce business. Additionally, to be used with or without eCart, you will learn about payment gateway providers, hosting solutions, and online shipping accounts.

  1. Introduction to the eCommerce series: An overview of the WebAssist eCommerce series including a detailed description of each tutorial.

  2. Create a product catalog: Learn to create a dynamic product catalog for an online store.

    1. In Create a product catalog I, you will learn if a dynamic product catalog is appropriate for your online store and how to complete the initial set-up.
    2. In Create a product catalog II, you will learn how to create product administration pages, product catalog pages, and order pages for your dynamic product catalog.

  3. Add a shopping cart: Learn about using eCart to create a responsive shopping cart for selling your products online.

    1. Create an eCart object to define the structure of your shopping cart.
    2. Place an Add to Cart button on a product catalog which your customers can use to select items to purchase and add them to their shopping cart.
    3. Design a responsive shopping cart page that holds informational details about the products a customer is purchasing.

  4. Add dynamic product options I: Learn how to add dynamic product options to your website's online store using eCart's shopping cart functionality.

  5. Add dynamic product options II: Learn how to add dynamic product options, which include options within themselves (for example, incremental pricing), to your website's online store using eCart's shopping cart functionality.

  6. Add static product options: Learn how to add static product options to your online catalog store.

  7. Add checkout and administration: Learn how to manage checkout, payments, and the back-end administration of your eCommerce site using the seven tabs in the eCart Checkout Wizard - Settings, Payments, Shipping, Tax, Orders, Email, and Form Design.

    1. In the Settings tab, you will choose the general settings for your site and checkout pages.
    2. In the Payments tab, you will set up payment provider and checkout options.
    3. In the Shipping tab, you will choose shipping providers and set charges.
    4. In the Tax tab, you will set the rules for sales tax or VAT.
    5. In the Orders tab, you will configure your order storage options.
    6. In the Email tab, you will enter your email server settings.
    7. In the Form Design tab, you will select your checkout form from preset designs.

  8. Online payment solutions: Learn about online payment solutions including seamless checkout, remote checkout, and various PayPal checkout options.

  9. Hosting provider solutions: Learn about and choose between five hosting providers, 1&1, GoDaddy, HostGator, Network Solutions, and DreamHost.

  10. Online shipping solutions: Learn where and how to set up free shipping accounts with FedEx, UPS, USPS, and Australia Post.

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