We will set up our online store and install the code on our pages
to make everything work this week.
Setting up your Databases
The first thing you need to do is to tell the software about
yourself (business) and the products you want to sell. In order
to do this we first go to the administration section of the website
to enter our information.
Scroll dow about halfway down the page to where it says:
Shopping Cart Script (Multilingual)
Use this script for traditional shopping cart sites or entire
malls (multi-merchant). Merchant settings and product databases
are easily managed via a browser.
Click on the button "Shopping Cart"
Note: The other button in this section titled "Docs"
contains detailed information about using and configuring the
shopping cart program.
(Above Example: Use the site to do this lesson)
Type in your first initial and last name or whatever you want
to call your merchant account and click on the "Create New
Fill in the form with all of your relevant information. The form
is pretty self explanitory. Be sure to fill in the merchant id
information and merchant password. This information will be necassary
later to view your orders, etc. For now just name them the same
thing, that way it's eays to remember. Either print out the form
when you are done completing it (before you push the submit button)
or write down the important stuff. You might need to refer to
it later. Don't worry though. You can return and change any of
this information later if you wish.
When you are done, click the button that says, "Creat New
This will take you back to the Web Max Control Panel. Now you
will notice that in the pulldown menu, your acvcount name is now
there. Select your name. Then use the pulldown next to it to select
"Products" and click on the "OK" button.
This part is simple. Just type in your Item (Product Name), Description
and Price. If you want to charge a "per item" chipping
charge, you can also add it here for national or international
When you are done entering your products, print out this page
and return to the main area of the shopping car administration
section. Go to: http://www.students.modemswitch.com/admin/
and then click on the "shopping cart" button or
push the back button until you get there.
Below the administrative form we just used to set up the information
is the form information that we need to past into our html pages
to activate the order process.
Each product for sale requires the following .html code :
Shopping cart pages can be customized for each merchant by creating
these files :
(controls top of pages)
(controls bottom part)
Replace 'merch_id' with the merchant code (see top of screen).
Merchants can view/update their product and order information
by going to :
Merchants log in with their Merchant ID as username and the password
assigned to them when their merchant info was created.
When a secure order is placed, the merchant receives E-mail with
the credit card information and an order number. The merchant
can view the details for this order at the above URL
Try it and place an order to yourself.
For your project, set up at least 5 products and install the
code on your product pages.