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eCart checkout orders (eCommerce Series)

Tutorial created by Kate Ford

Categories: Data Bridge, eCart, PHP

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This tutorial walks you though the Orders tab of the eCart Checkout Wizard to specify how order information is stored in your database. 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.

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In the Orders tab, you will specify where you want your order information stored in your database. The Checkout Wizard will automatically create the necessary database schema for you. Alternatively, you can configure your checkout pages to work with your existing database.

  1. Order management settings:

    1. I do not want to store orders in my own database. Placing a check mark in this box disables all order management for your checkout pages.

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  1. Database settings:

    1. Connection: Select your database connection from the menu.
      The PowerStore preset is a WebAssist created schema that shares compatibility with other WebAssist extensions and solutions.


    2. The corresponding Define button will open Dreamweaver's MySQL Connection interface where new database connections can be defined.


    3. Orders table preset: Select a pre-defined schema of database structure to hold the data from your orders.


    4. The corresponding Define button will open the Checkout Database Preset interface where changes to your orders value bindings can be made.

      1. Table: Lists all available tables within the currently selected Connection.
      2. Order ID: Selects the primary key column in the current table that will store the Order ID.
      3. Columns: Lists all columns in the currently selected table.
      4. Value: Sets the value of the currently selected table column.
      5. Dynamic Value: Opens Dreamweaver's Dynamic Data interface where bindings can be selected for the table value.
      6. Save as Preset:The name used to save the current Orders or Orders Details preset.


    5. Order details table preset: Select a pre-defined schema of database structure to hold the details of your orders.


    6. The corresponding Define button will open the Checkout Database Preset interface where changes to your order details value bindings can be made.

      1. Table: Lists all available tables within the currently selected Connection.
      2. Order ID: Selects the primary key column in the current table that will store the Order ID.
      3. Columns: Lists all columns in the currently selected table.
      4. Value: Sets the value of the currently selected table column.
      5. Dynamic Value: Opens Dreamweaver's Dynamic Data interface where bindings can be selected for the table value.
      6. Save as Preset:The name used to save the current Orders or Orders Details preset.

arrow downWhat's your next step?

Now that you are finished with Orders, the fifth tab in the eCart Checkout Wizard, proceed to the Email tutorial: eCart checkout email (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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