Shopping Cart Software Tutorial - Getting Started
1. Creating A Merchant Profile
First, you need to tell the software something about the company
who will be selling goods or services.
Enter the control panel and click the "Shopping Cart" button. If the
shopping cart software had not yet been installed, it is automatically
done at this point.
To create your "Merchant ID" or "Merchant", type the merchant name
in the empty box and click "Create New". The merchant ID is case
sensitive (you will need the ID later on) and may not contain spaces.
You will be presented with a form which requests information about
the new cart merchant. Most merchant cart fields really do not require instructions.
The "Decimal Point" determines whether or not the currency this
merchant uses has only whole units or fractions thereof. US dollar
for example uses a decimal point, as it has dollars and cents.
Belgian francs on the other hand has only francs and no equivalent
of "cents", so the shopping cart would not use decimal points in prices.
Set "Secure Server Access" to "No" if the merchant is not capable
of accepting credit cards as means of payment from those shopping on the web site.
The "Secure Checkout" variable determines how the cart will handle secure server checkouts.
Unless you have a merchant account with a supported
provider (the ones below "Default/Generic"), you should leave this
selection as is ("Default/Generic").
The "Return Link On Secure Server" allows you to customize a link
on the "thank you" page (after an order is placed). Say you wanted
people to go back to your site after they place their order, you
would enter your URL in that field. When people place an order,
the page that they are presented with will now include a link back
to your site. If you leave this field blank, no link will be
shown to when done shopping.
Please note that is you are using the 'ECX Pro' merchant account
module, you will also need to create accepted.html and declined.html
pages. The ECX Pro payments system will access these when a payment
is accepted or declines. It will take the URL you have in 'Return
Link On Secure Server' and append accepted.html or declinded.html
to it. So if your URL is http://my_domain.com, it would require files
The "Merchant Password" is the password which will be used to
access shopping cart orders.
The "Taxes Apply (US only)" field should be left blank for US
merchants. The shopping cart automatically checks if an order
is being placed for shipment in-state and adds taxes automatically.
Non-US merchants can use this field to explain to shoppers when
taxes are due (An example for a European merchant may be : "Taxes
apply to Shipments to any EEC country"). The shopping cart will
then ask shoppers if taxes apply to them and add taxes if needed.
The 'Cart Software Look/Feel' variable determines how the cart will
function. Both cart options are fully functional. The 'Classic' option
provides shoppers with more text/instructions. The 'Modern'look is
less text based and requires less reading of instructions.
The 'Allow Decimals In Order Quantity' does exactly what it says.
Enabling it can be useful for merchants selling items by weight
or length were any quanitity can be ordered. Others should leave
2. Building The Product Database
Once you have created a merchant, the shopping cart software needs
to be given information about the product or service being sold.
Enter the control panel and click the "Shopping Cart" button. Select
the merchant in the left hand side drop down menu and "Products" on
the right hand side and click the "Ok" button.
Fill out the empty boxes for each item (the control panel tells you
what each field is for) and click the add button. As products are
added, they appear below the blank fields and give you the option to
modify or delete that product or service.
If an item is sold that is available in multiple colors or sizes, a
"Item" code much be created for each. So, if you sell a T-shirt in
four sizes, information must be created for each size. You will have
a total of four "Item" codes for this product.
Item codes are case sensitive. Please do not use the " symbol in Item
descriptions (for more info, see Miscellaneous).