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MCart 2005
User’s Guide
Advanced Internet Technologies, Inc.
September 12, 2005
Revision History:
This is version 1.0 of the MCart 2005 (5.0) User’s Guide. All updates to this
document will be noted below.
Version 1.0
Version 1.1
Original Documentation
Documentation updated for date format of the store.
Documentation updated for enabling recently viewed items in your
store.
Preface:
This document is the user’s manual for MCart 2005 offered by AIT. The MCart
4.0 User’s Guide contains information for that specific version. There have
been several major changes made in the upgrade to MCart 2005.
Target Audience:
AIT Customers
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Table of Contents
1.0 Introduction
a. Out Of The Box Functionality
b. Unique Web-Based Administration System
c. Template Driven Design
2.0 Installation
3.0 Upgrade from MCart 4.0
4.0 User Management
a. The Administration Account
b. List of Users
c. Add/Edit User
d. Management Options
e. Viewing Log Files
f. Clearing Log Files
5.0 General Settings
a. Company Details
b. Global Options
c. General Settings
d. Currency Settings
e. List of currencies
f. Adding / Editing a Currency
g. Live Exchange Rate Service
h. Selecting a Live Exchange Service
i. Language Settings
j. Changing the Default Language
k. Adding / Editing a Language
l. What Extra Field Types Are Available?
m. Adding / Editing Extra Fields
n. Contact Form Fields
o. Adding / Editing Contact Form Fields
p. Search / Listing Settings
q. Product Editing
r. Meta Tag Details
s. Stock Control Settings
t. Order Admin Settings
u. Digital Products Settings
v. List Settings
w. Section Settings
x. Search Settings
y. Basket Settings
z. Review Settings
aa. Recent View Settings
bb. Users Online Settings
6.0 Contents
a. Sections Structure
b. The Sections Part of the Screen
c. The Products Part of the Screen
d. Adding / Editing Sections
e. ABC Sections Listing
f. Invisible Sections Listing
g. Search Sections
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h. Product Categories
i. List of Product Categories
j. Adding / Editing a Product Category
k. Product Flags
l. List of Product Flags
m. Adding / Editing A Product Flag
n. Edit Template Product
o. Adding / Editing Products
p. General Details
q. Extra Fields
r. Digital Download Options
s. Group Product Settings
t. Advanced Pricing / Combinations
u. Stock Control
v. Product Options
w. Associated Products
x. Misc. Options
y. Other Languages
z. ABC Products Listing
aa. Invisible Products Listing
bb. Sort Special Offers
cc. Sort New Products
dd. Sort Top Products
ee. Global Price Change
ff. The Global Price Change Screen
gg. Global Option Reset
hh. Search Products
7.0 Tax and Shipping
a. Main Country List
b. Adding / Editing Countries
c. Country Settings
d. Reorder Countries
e. Tax Menu General Settings
f. Country Level Tax
g. Countries
h. Standard Rate Tax
i. Second Rate Tax
j. County/State Level Tax
k. Shipping Menu General Settings
l. Shipping Zones
m. Adding / Editing Shipping Zones
n. Shipping Types
o. List of Shipping Types
p. Adding / Editing Shipping Types
q. Shipping Rates
r. Adding / Editing Shipping Rates
8.0 Logs
a. General Options
b. Logs Summary
c. Clear Logs
d. The Log Reports
9.0 Templates
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a. Email Options
b. Email Templates
c. Template Settings
d. Remove Compiled
e. Snippets
f. List of Snippets
g. Adding / Editing Snippets
h. Labels
i. List of Labels
j. Adding / Editing Labels
k. Open Shop Menu
l. Template Navigation
m. The Default Template Files
n. Section Page and Product Page Templates
o. About page.php
p. tSys – The MCart 2005 Server Template Language
q. Outputting Variables
r. Variable formatting options
s. The include Directive
t. The loop Directive
u. The if Directive
v. The set Directive
w. Standard Variables
x. Embedding Variables in PHP
y. Nesting Directives
z. Error Messages
aa. Conclusion
bb. Compiled vs. Uncompiled Templates
cc. Overriding Normal Template Settings
dd. Setting Different Template Directories
ee. The xForce Command
ff. Working Out How tSys’ Variables Work
gg. Why Isn’t Everything Included In This Section?
hh. Email Templates
ii. Multiple Languages
jj. General Form Notes
kk. General Form Field Notes
ll. Products
mm. Product Extra Fields
nn. Product Flags
oo. The ‘Add To Cart’ Product Form
pp. Other In-Built Product Links
qq. Other Special Variables for Product Pages
rr. Quantitytable
ss. Product Customer Reviews
tt. Groups of Products
uu. Other Ways to Show Products
vv. Sections
In-Built Section Links
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xx. Groups of Sections
yy. Cart
zz. Product Fields Available For Cart Products
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10.0
11.0
12.0
aaa. The totals Variable
bbb. The Cart extrafields Variable
The Cart Form
ccc.
ddd. Cart Error States
eee. Company
fff. Customer
ggg. Customer Link Attributes
hhh. Address (Delivery Addresses)
iii. The addresses Group
jjj. Wishlist
kkk. Product Fields Available For Wishlist Products
lll. The Wishlist Form
mmm. Ordering
nnn. Order
ooo. The Totals Group
ppp. The Products Group
qqq. The Products Extrafields Group
rrr. The orderlist Group
Languages
sss.
ttt. Currencies
uuu. Snippets
vvv. Labels
www. Options
xxx. Paging Variables
yyy. News
Users Online
zzz.
aaaa. Linking to News Items
Import/Export
a. What Files Can Be Imported?
b. Saving Import / Export Layouts
c. The Main Fields Boxes
d. Importing
e. Exporting
f. Additional Import/Export Information
g. Import: Update Images
h. Import: Update Stock Levels
i. Import: Update Base Prices
j. Import: Update Products
k. Import: New Products
l. Import: Mailing List
m. Export: Mailing List
n. Export: Orders
o. Export: Products
p. Export: Customers
q. Export: Stock Levels
Newsletter
a. Newsletter Options
b. List of Newsletters
c. Adding / Editing Newsletters
d. Latest News
e. Adding / Editing News Items
Customers
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13.0
14.0
15.0
a. General Settings
b. Account Types
c. List of Account Types
d. Adding / Editing Account Types
e. Special Discounts
f. List of Special Discounts
g. Adding / Editing Special Discounts
h. Customer Fields
i. List of Customer Fields
j. Adding / Editing Customer Fields
k. Delivery Address Fields
l. List of Delivery Address Fields
m. Adding / Editing Delivery Address Fields
n. Adding / Editing a Customer
o. ABC Customer Listing
p. Date Customer Listing
q. Search Customers
r. Unmoderated Reviews
s. Reviews By Product
Checkout
a. Checkout Settings
b. Extra Order Fields
c. List of Extra Order Fields
d. Adding / Editing Extra Order Fields
e. Payment Options
f. List of Payment Options
g. Adding / Editing Payment Options
h. Credit Card Fields
i. Editing Credit Card Fields
j. Gift Certificate Settings
k. Editing Gift Certificate Fields
l. Create New Gift Certificate / Editing A Gift Certificate
m. Search Gift Certificates
Reports
a. General Options
b. Reports Summary
c. Clear Report Data
d. The Reports
Affiliates
a. General Options
b. Affiliate Groups
c. List of Affiliate Groups
d. Adding / Editing Affiliate Groups
e. Affiliate Banners
f. List of Banners
g. Adding / Editing Banners
h. Affiliate Fields
i. List of Affiliate Fields
j. Adding / Editing Affiliate Fields
k. Adding / Editing an Affiliate
l. New Affiliate Listing
m. ABC Affiliate Listing
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16.0
17.0
18.0
n. Date Affiliate Listing
o. Search Affiliates
p. Creating / Editing a Transaction
q. Transactions (All)
r. Show Payment Due List
Orders
a. Orders List
b. Order Status
c. Order Searching
d. Accessing an Order’s Details
e. Editing Orders
f. Processing Orders
g. Dispatching
h. Dispatch Tracking Activated
i. Dispatching Gift Certificates
j. Receipt Printing
Backup
a. Backup Database
b. Restore Database
c. SQL Backup File
Payment Gateways
a. Secure Server Requirements
b. Gateway: MCPS
c. Gateway: 2checkout
d. Gateway: InternetSecure
e. Gateway: Protx
f. Gateway: SecPay
g. Gateway: SecureTrading
h. Gateway: Worldpay Select Junior
i. Gateway: PayPal
j. Gateway: Authorize.net SIM
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Introduction
MCart 2005 is a database-driven E-Commerce system designed for serious online
businesses. The PHP and MySQL driven cart features a wealth of options for highend E-Commerce systems, such as customer accounts, stock control and order
processing. In short, MCart 2005 is designed for those companies who want to offer
a greater level of service to their customers than is possible with MCart 4.0.
Out of the Box Functionality
As soon as MCart 2005 is installed, it is a fully functioning store that sections and
products can be added to. Obviously, there are many features and settings in MCart
2005 that can change the way it operates, but you will be able to add product to
your shopping cart and visit the checkout as soon as you’ve added your first item.
Unique Web-Based Administration System
Web-based administration systems are not new, but the interface for MCart 2005
takes the concept a step further. Designed more like an application, the
administration system is quick and easy to navigate, and the on-screen features are
intuitive – in fact, it’s almost like using an application on-line. A great deal of time
and effort have gone into creating the look and feel of the administration system,
and with unique features such as interactive hiding and showing of information on
the product page, administration doesn’t hinder your productivity, it enhances it.
Note: The administration system requires Internet Explorer 5 and above. It
cannot be used in Netscape due to lack of support for some of the features it
requires. Users of the storefront are NOT required to use Internet Explorer
5.0 or above.
Template Driven Design
MCart 2005 store fronts are designed 100% using templates. tSys, short for
Template System, is MCart 2005’s built-in template system and provides quick and
easy additions to HTML for designing your store. Of course, you may only want to
change small parts of the default templates, but with tSys, you could create a unique
storefront if you wanted.
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Installation
Installation is as simple as logging into the AIT Online Customer Care Center at
https://order.aitcom.net and ordering MCart 2005. Upon the receipt of order, AIT’s
provisioning system will add the installation of MCart 2005 for you. The user will
receive a confirmation email that the store is setup, and the username and password
for the Administrative section.
The default URL to the store will be store.domain.com, where domain.com is the
owner’s domain name. Please note that for MCart 4.0 users who have had multiple
installations of MCart on their account, there is a difference in installation. Only one
version of MCart 2005 is allowed per domain name, as the “store” tag line before the
domain name is static. You cannot have multiple installations of MCart 2005 under
the same domain name; each install requires a different domain.
Also, MCart 2005 is NOT installed on your virtual server account. It is installed on a
centralized application environment with redundant systems and backups to ensure
high availability.
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Upgrade from MCart 4.0
The upgrade options for MCart 4.0 to MCart 2005 first appear with the Installation or
order of MCart 2005. The steps below show the simple process to move an existing
MCart 4.0 store to MCart 2005.
1. Order MCart 2005 based upon instructions in the Installation section.
2. Upon receipt of the confirmation email on the MCart 2005 order, login to the
Administrative section of the shop to confirm that the username/password
works.
3. Login to the current MCart 4.0 version admin section. This is usually at
domain.com/mcart/admin; however, the installation directory may have been
different depending on the installation. Figure 3-1 below shows what the
Administration screen for MCart 4.0 or 4.0 Pro should look like.
Figure 3-1
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4. Click the “Move items to MCart 2005” button at the bottom of the screen.
This action will move your inventory into the new MCart 2005 store.
5. Login to the Administration section for MCart 2005 to verify all inventory
items have been moved successfully. If any errors occur, contact Customer
Service for assistance.
NOTE: Only inventory items are moved. Store headers and footers, order
configurations and other settings are NOT moved.
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User Management
MCart 2005 has built-in user management for the administration system that enables
you to setup an unlimited number of administration user accounts; permissions for
each account can be as broad or as restricted as necessary. This is great for offices
that want to have several people adding products, editing the storefront and
managing the reporting functionalities. In addition, MCart 2005’s user management
features include the ability to log all actions, and log successful and failed login
attempts.
The Administration Account
A default account is setup when MCart 2005 is installed, with username
administrator (at installation, this account also has a password of administrator).
This is the main administration account for your system and this account cannot be
deleted. With this main administration account, users can still enter and use the
MCart 2005 administration system while locking out all other user accounts or setting
them to safe mode (see below). This is useful if you need to update the system but
can’t do it if there is other activity going on.
Note: For security reasons you should immediately change the administrator
password as soon as you have installed MCart 2005.
List of Users
This page shows you a list of all the user accounts currently setup in the system.
Either clicking on the ‘Edit’ button or on the username will take you through to the
user editing page. Clicking the ‘Delete’ button will remove the user account (this is
not available for the main administrator account).
Figure 4-1
In addition, the third button - ‘View Log’ - will show you an action log just for that
user, making it easy to track the actions of an individual user.
Adding/Editing a User
The users details screen, reached by clicking ‘Edit’ on the List of Users or by clicking
the ‘Add New User’ link on the Users menu, gives you the ability to create a new user
account or edit an existing one. Figure 4-2 below shows the options available when
editing a user. Similarly, these same options are available when adding a new user
to the system.
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Username - This is the actual username for the account, used when logging
in. If you are editing an account, this field cannot be edited.
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Password – This is where you enter a password when creating a new user
account. When editing an account, only enter a password if you want to
change the current user account’s password. If you leave it empty, the
password will not be updated for the account.
Real Name - Enter a real name for the account. This is simply to help you
identify different accounts.
Login Enabled? - You can enable and disable individual user accounts.
Checking the NO option will mean that you cannot login to the administration
system with this user account. Checking YES will enable the account for login.
Deny Access To - This section shows a list of all the main sections of MCart
2005 along with checkboxes for each one. If you check one of the sections,
the user will not be able to enter them the next time they log in. This is
useful if you want to restrict access to certain sections. For instance, most
users would not need access to the Users or General section.
Note: The ‘Login Enabled’ and ‘Deny Access To’ options are not editable for
the administrator user. This account always has complete access to the
system.
Figure 4-2
Management Options
This screen gives you some global options for the user management of MCart 2005.
The option definitions are detailed below and displayed in Figure 4-3.
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Figure 4-3
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Non-Administrator Safe Mode - With this set to YES, all user accounts,
except the main administrator account, will use the system in ‘Safe Mode’.
This means that although edit/delete/add etc. buttons will be available, no
updates to the database will be saved, effectively making the system ‘readonly’.
User Action Logging Enabled? - Set this to YES if you want user actions
saved to a log file for later viewing. Actions included in this are, all add
actions, edit actions and delete actions, and changes to order status etc. If
you are running a busy system that requires many daily changes, you should
be aware that the logs created can get quite large. Please see ‘Clear Action
Log File’ for more information.
User Login/Logout Logging Enabled? - Set this to YES for log records to
be created each time somebody tries to login to the administration system.
This will log the username used and whether the login failed or was
successful. This is separate from the normal user action logging (even though
the records appear in the same log file), as this would normally be turned on
(for security reasons) even if you didn’t want to log all actions performed in
the system.
Disable User Logins? - If set to YES this will instantly disable all user
accounts, denying them access to the system.
Check IP Address - With this option enabled, when a user logs in to the
administration system, their IP address is stored. With each page load within
the administration system, this stored IP address is checked against the
user’s current IP address. If the two differ, the user is forcibly logged-out and
taken back to the login page. This is a security feature to stop access to the
administration system from different IP addresses with the same login details.
If your users are on dial-up connections, you should be aware that if they
have to re-connect to the Internet, their IP address will change, and they will
be logged out and need to login again.
Timeout Login With No Action After - This allows you to set a time limit
after which, if no page has been visited in the administration system, the user
will automatically be logged out. This is a security feature to prevent user
login sessions staying active in case a user forgets to Logout. Setting the time
limit to 0 will de-activate this option.
Number User Actions Per Page - This is a configuration option for the
viewing of action log files. It simply sets how many actions should be shown
per page when viewing the log files.
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Viewing Log Files
You can view overall log files (for all users) by date with the most recent action first,
by clicking on the ‘View Actions Log File’ option on the Users menu. All log actions
have a date, time, username, IP address and description of the action. Failed login
attempts (if being logged) will show up in bold to help pick any possible unauthorized
login attempts. Figure 4-4 below shows an example of this.
Figure 4-4
User activity logs give you a view of everything that’s happening in your
administration system. On the ‘List of Users’ page, you can click the ‘View Log’
button against an individual user to see only the actions made by that user.
Clearing the Log Files
If you are logging all user actions, the log database can grow quite large and
periodically, we suggest that you clear the log files. This can be done from the ‘Clear
Actions Log File’ link on the Users menu. Logs not cleared by administrators after 90
days will be cleared by an AIT maintenance check.
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General Settings
The General section of MCart 2005’s administration system is where you setup most
of the fundamental options for your store. The menu in this section is split into two
components:
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Administration Menu – This is where you setup global options such as
company details, languages, currencies, etc., and also options that alter the
configuration of the administration system.
Shop Navigation Menu - These options cover some of the navigation
elements to your shop such as how many products are listed on a section
page, how you want to sort the basket, etc.
Note: As the options in General are powerful and can make large changes to
your store, like adding and removing a currency, we suggest that few users
are given access to this section.
Company Details
This is where users can setup basic company details for your store. Many of the preinstalled templates and email templates use the information you enter here, so it
should be applicable for public view. These options cover a few global settings for
your store and should be used with caution. Figure 5-1 below shows an example of
this screen.
Figure 5-1
Global Options
The global options are used for default configurations that users will see. Each
option is described below, and Figure 5-2 shows an example of this screen.
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Is Shop Available? - Setting this to NO will instantly take your shop off-line.
No matter what page the user tries to load the unavailable.html template will be
served to the user. This is useful if you need to make updates to your store and
you do not want it being used until those updates are finished.
Order Number Offset – Internally, orders are stored starting at number 1 as
we use MySQL’s auto numbering sequence. Here you can set a number that
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should be added to the 1 when order numbers are displayed. For instance, the
default is 200000 so all order numbers viewed in the administration system or on
the front-end of your shop will display by adding 200000 to the internal order
number. For example order number 1 will display as 200001.
Default Country - When new customers visit your site, this is the country they
will be assigned until they log in or order from your store. This is used to
calculate any tax that should be shown by default.
Use Safe URLs Where Applicable - This option is for those using Apache web
servers who have mod_rewrite setup to support URLs in the style
http://www.domain.com/product.php/20/3 rather than the normal style of
http://www.domain.com/product.php?xProd=20&xSec=3. AIT recommends that
the default be left in place, as changing this option without making other changes
to the system will render your shop unusable. If you are familiar with how to use
Safe URLs, then this option is available.
Cookie Name - This will not be applicable to most, but for advanced users this
gives you control over the cart identifier cookie name that MCart 2005 uses. In
addition to using cookies, MCart 2005 also uses a session identifier on URLs if
required (e.g. for those customers who do not accept cookies).
Figure 5-2
General Settings
This screen contains some general display settings that are universally applicable to
MCart 2005. Figure 5-3 below shows a screen example, and descriptions of the
options available are listed below.
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Date Format - You can specify how you would like dates to be shown in both
the administration system and the front-end by changing the format string
here. An explanation of the possible options is also given. For instance, if
you were a US store, you would want to show the month first. Please note
that when updating this page, it will not update the time/date format in your
templates. This option is only for reference.
Time Format - As per Date Format, this changes how the time is to be
shown in both the administration system and on the front-end. Again, an
explanation of the possible options is also given.
Convert Link Breaks To <BR> on Products and Section Fields - By
default, this is set to YES meaning that any line breaks you enter in a product
or section description will be automatically converted to <BR>’s when they
are displayed on the front-end of your shop. It doesn’t alter the data that’s
entered in any way. This is simply something that happens before the data is
sent to the template system. If you wish to retain complete control over how
your descriptions are shown, turn this option off. Doing so means you will
need to enter your own <BR>s for line breaks to be shown correctly.
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Figure 5-3
Currency Settings
This is where you setup the currencies that your shop will use. By default, the shop
is setup for US Dollars, but can be changed to whatever base currency you want to
use. This base currency, however, cannot be deleted and if you create additional
currencies that use exchange rates, they will be calculated from this base currency.
List of currencies
The main screen gives you an overall view of the currencies setup in your store
including the currency code, descriptive name, and whether or not the currency is
calculated via an exchange rate. There are buttons for editing a currency, deleting a
currency or adding a new currency.
The bar at the bottom of this screen allows you to change the default currency.
When a visitor first arrives at your store this will be the currency in which all prices
will be initially displayed.
Adding / Editing a Currency
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Adding and editing a currency both use the same screen. The only difference is that
when editing the base currency, some of the options, such as exchange rate
settings, are unavailable as they are not applicable. Information required on this
screen is as follows:
Figure 5-7
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Code - This should be the ISO 3-letter code for the currency. This needs to
be correct as when using payment gateways, most require this field to be
sent and if it isn’t accurate the gateway will not pick up the correct currency
for the transaction. Whatever you enter here will automatically be converted
to upper-case when saved for consistency (many payment gateways expect
the currency code to be in upper-case).
Some examples of currency codes are:
USD = United States Dollars
GBP = British Pounds
EUR = Euros
AUD = Australian Dollars
CAN = Canadian Dollars.
A complete list of Currency Codes can be found here:
http://www.oanda.com/site/help/iso_code.shtml
This is your descriptive name for the currency. Usually you would use this to
display the currency selection on your site (the default templates use this).
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Decimal Places - Enter the number of decimal places you would like to
display the currency in. More often than not, currencies use 2 decimals
places.
Pre-Text, Middle-Text and Post-Text - This defines the actual formatting
of the currency when shown in MCart 2005. For instance, if a user were
setting up US Dollars, and the user wanted the currency to display like this:
$10.99
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The values the user would use are as follows:
Pre-Text
Middle-Text
Post-Text
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As you can see, by setting these three options you can completely configure how the
currency is to be displayed.
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Visible - Users can opt to make a currency invisible, meaning that it will not
appear in the actual shop. This is useful if you want to add a currency to your
store but need to setup prices before you actually make the currency
available. It also allows you temporarily suspend taking orders in a currency.
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Can Checkout In Currency? - If a user wants to show a currency in a store
simply for information purposes, this option allows the user to do this. If the
customer is browsing a store in a currency with this option set to YES, they
will be automatically changed to the base currency when they come to
checkout.
These options allow you to set a currency to be calculated automatically via an
exchange rate rather than having prices individually entered. All exchange rates are
worked out from the base currency so, for instance, if a user had a base currency of
GBP and wanted to show EUR based on an exchange rate you could enter and
exchange rate figure of 1.4 (depending on what exchange rates are at the time).
This would calculate EUR to be 1.4 x GBP.
NOTE: It is important that once a store is up and running and a user has
orders in different currencies, that any currencies that a user no longer
wishes to use are not deleted. The user should simply set them to Visible =
NO. The reason for this is that many parts of the MCart 2005 system reply
upon the currency information stored here and past orders will not show
prices formatted correctly if the currency is missing.
Live Exchange Rate Service
MCart 2005 also includes the ability to use a live exchange rate service to
automatically retrieve and use up to date exchange rates every day for your store.
Figure 5-6
Note: Currently only Worldpay’s exchange service is supported which
requires a Worldpay account. Other exchange rate services will be added in
future updates as required.
Selecting a Live Exchange Service
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A user can select the exchange rate service they wish to use from the drop-down (or
select Off to turn this feature off). Click the ‘Change Service’ button and the user
will be taken to the settings screen for the service you have chosen.
Please see the Live Exchange Rate Services section for details on setting up your
chosen service.
Language Settings
MCart 2005 is fully multi-language and you can setup as many languages as a store
owner would want to use. In addition, there is no need to enter everything in all the
languages the user wishes to show if the user does not want to. For instance, if you
don’t enter an alternative language version of a product description, MCart 2005 will,
instead, show the default language description. This enables you to setup languages
as you go along, gradually entering alternative language versions of text.
Not only can products and sections be multi-language but also product options, field
titles, payment methods and shipping methods. In addition the native language
versions of product information are stored with orders, enabling you to send native
language emails to your customers.
Finally, all text on the templates is displayed using Labels and Snippets. These are
discussed in more detail in the Templates section of this documentation. But it
means that absolutely everything on your store can be made fully multi-language.
Figure 5-7
Finally, all text on the templates is displayed using Labels and Snippets. These are
discussed in more detail in the Templates section of this documentation. But it
means that absolutely everything on your store can be made fully multi-language.
Changing the Default Language
The bar at the bottom of this screen allows you to change the default language.
When a visitor first arrives at your store this will be the language they initially see all
prices in.
Figure 5-8
Note: Once you have setup a new language you will see new fields that can
be filled in on many sections of the administration system. These allow you
to enter the alternative language versions for fields that this can be used
on.
Adding / Editing a Language
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Adding and editing a language both use the same screen. Details of the fields are
given below. This is the name of the language. Normally this would be the name
shown to the customer to select the language (the default templates with MCart
2005 use this).
Figure 5-9
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Name – The name of the language.
Visible - Setting this to NO will mean that the language isn’t visible from the
front-end shop. This is useful if you wish to add a language but need to enter
in additional language information for products etc. before you want the
language to be visible.
Language Uses Double-Byte Encoding - Some languages, such as
Japanese, use Double-Byte encoding for characters. If the language you are
adding or editing is like this please select YES for this option to ensure that
MCart 2005 handles the encoding correctly.
In addition to the normal product information that MCart 2005 allows, you can setup
additional product information fields with this section. For instance, this is where
you can setup option fields that the customer has to select, extra image fields or
extra descriptive test fields.
What Extra Field Types Are Available?
There is a selection of different extra field type available and they are as follows:
Type
TEXT
TEXTAREA
IMAGE
SELECT
CHECKBOXES
RADIOBUTTONS
USERINPUT
Description
Up to 250 characters text field
Unlimited text field, similar to the product description field
Shown as an image
Shown as a select box (only one option selectable)
Shown as checkboxes. Each option is shown as a new text
box so can be used to select multiple options for the same
extra field, i.e. extra pizza toppings. This also allows for
multiple selections. This is very powerful if you have a
number of optional extras for products as they can all be
encapsulated in a single field.
Shown as radio buttons. (only one option selectable)
Shown as a text entry box for the product allowing
customers to enter personalization information for the
product.
Note: Once an extra field has been setup, you cannot change its type.
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Figure 5-10
Adding / Editing Extra Fields
Adding and editing extra fields both use the same screen. However, when adding an
extra field you need to make sure that you select the correct type as this cannot be
changed later on. You choose the type of an extra field by using the select box by
the ‘Add New Field’ button.
Information that can be entered for each field is as follows:
• Name - This is an internal name for the field and should not contain any
spaces. This is not shown to the customer in the default templates.
• Title - This is the public name for the field and the default templates use this
when showing the extra field.
• Size (only for USERINPUT fields) - Specifies the display size of the text
input box.
• Maximum Length (only for USERINPUT fields) - Specifies the maximum
number of characters that the customer can enter into the USERINPUT field.
Figure 5-11
Contact Form Fields
The contact form (template contactform.html) is a page in your store where
customers can automatically send an email to you. This section of the administration
system allows you to setup the fields that you would like the customer to fill in.
There are 4 field types available, as detailed below:
Type
TEXT
TEXTAREA
SELECT
CHECKBOX
Description
Single line entry field
Multiple row entry field
A select box of options
Single check-box
Each of the fields can be validated and validation messages displayed if they are not
filled in.
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Figure 5-12
Adding / Editing Contact Form Fields
Adding and editing contact form fields uses the same screen. However, some of the
options are only available for certain types of fields. Options available are as follows:
Figure 5-13
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Name - This is an internal name that is used in the database. It must be
unique and you will be told if it is not. This field is not generally shown to the
customer.
Title - This is the description of the field that is shown to the customer in the
default templates.
Size and Maximum Length (only for TEXT type fields) - Size is the
actual size of the form field on the page and maximum length is the
maximum number of characters a customer can enter into the field. This is
the number of columns and rows that the field should be sized to on the
contact form page.
Validation and Validation Message - If you want to make it a requirement
that a field is filled in you should select YES for Validation and enter a
Validation Message.
Visible - Setting this to NO will make a field invisible on the contact form.
Content (only available for SELECT type fields) - This allows you to enter
a list of options for a select box field. You can enter a new option by typing it
in the Option: box and either pressing return or clicking the ‘Add’ button. If
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you select an already entered option its contents will appear in the Option:
box allowing you to change it. You can then click ‘Apply’ to save that change.
In addition the three little buttons on the right of the content box allow you to
move options up and down the list (changing their display order) or, by
clicking the red X, to delete an option completely.
Search / Listing Settings
These options allow you to change the number of records that are shown on various
pages in the administration system before pages are used with Previous and Next
buttons. They are as follows:
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Number Products per Page - This sets how many products should be
shown on the product list page, e.g. when searching for products in the
Content section of the administration system.
Number Orders per Page - This sets how many orders should be shown on
the orders list page.
Number Customers per Page - This sets how many customers should be
shown on the customer list page, e.g. when searching for customers in the
Customers section of the administration system.
Number Customer Reviews per Page - This sets how many customer
reviews should be shown on the customer review list page, e.g. when
searching for customer reviews in the Customers section of the administration
system.
Product Editing
As the product information screens in the administration system contain a large
amount of information about each product, MCart 2005 splits the product page up
into sections. Each section contains a particular group of options and settings and
these can be individually rolled-up or shown by clicking on the ‘show’ and ‘hide’ links
next to each section’s title.
Figure 5-14
The Product Editing options allow you to setup which of these sections should be
hidden, or rolled-up, when you first go the product information screen. You can also
set different sections to be hidden depending on whether you are adding a product,
editing a product or cloning a product.
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For instance, when adding a product you may decide that you need all the sections
visible, in which case you will un-check all these boxes. When editing, however, you
may not need the Advanced Pricing or Associated Products section visible by default,
in which case you would opt for them to be hidden to start with.
Of course, when you are on a product information screen you can click the ‘show’
and ‘hide’ links to dynamically display or hide different sections.
Meta Tag Details
Although MCart 2005 contains product and section specific Meta Tag options, this
section allows you to setup Meta Tags that will be used by other pages.
Figure 5-15
Note: You could opt to remove the Meta Tag fields from the templates
completely and use your own manually coded Meta Tags if you wish.
The fields available on this screen are as follows:
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Author Name - This is the author field Meta Tag details.
Description - This is the description field Meta Tag. Many search engines use
this as the description that’s shown on the search results page.
Keywords - This is the keywords field Meta Tag.
Always use these, ignore products / sections Meta Tag settings Selecting this checkbox option will mean that the author, description and
keywords Meta Tags you enter on this screen will be used on all pages and
any entered for particular products or sections will not be used.
Stock Control Settings
MCart 2005 includes advanced stock control features that not only allow you to
operate stock control on individual products but also down to individual options or
combinations of options. There are a number of different ways in which the stock
control can operate and the options here set some of the global stock control
options.
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Figure 5-16
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Global Enable Stock Control - If set to YES, stock control is enabled in your
store. You will still need to enable it for individual products. If set to NO all
stock control routines are bypassed. This option allows you to set when stock
should be deducted for an order. The possible options are:
1. When Order is Placed – As soon as an order comes in, the stock levels
are altered.
2. When Order is Paid – As soon as an order is marked as PAID, the stock
levels are altered.
3. When Order is Dispatched – As soon as order lines are marked as
dispatched, the stock levels are altered. If you are operating part
dispatches only those order lines and quantities entered on the part
dispatch screen will be deducted from stock.
Send Warning Level Email - Against each product you can set a warning level.
If the stock for this product falls below this warning level and this option is set to
YES, a warning level email will be sent. This email can be configured in
Templates.
Send Zero Level Email - Once a product reaches zero stock, or below, if this
option is set to YES, an out of stock email will be sent. Emails will continue if the
stock level falls even lower.
Use Warning Level Instead Of Zero for Stock Check - If this option is set to
YES, rather than using 0 as the level to determine if a product should be
considered out of stock, the warning level set against the product will be used
instead.
Force Stock Check at Checkout - When set to YES and the customer tries to
checkout a final stock check will be performed. If any of the products in the cart
are found to be out of stock or have limited stock the customer will be notified.
The template cartstockproblem.html is used for this notification.
Show Product Level Stock on Section Structure - If set to YES an extra
column will appear on the section structure page showing the product level stock
for the product (if applicable). Note: This will not show the stock levels for any
option level stocks you have set.
Order Admin Settings
One of MCart 2005’s best features is the comprehensive order management that
comes built in. The system can operate in a number of different ways, offering
different functionality tailored to your needs and uses. This section allows you to
change how the order administration in MCart 2005 works.
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Figure 5-17
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Activate Dispatch Functionality - If you do not wish to use the dispatch
functionality, i.e. marking orders as dispatched etc., please select NO on this
option, and otherwise select YES. Many of the subsequent options on this
page will have no effect if Dispatching is turned off. If YES is selected, when
dispatching an order an intermediate screen will show allowing you to select
which order lines and how many of each order line have been dispatched.
Outstanding quantities will be left on the order and the order will be marked
as PART DISPATCHED. This allows you to operate back ordering.
Email Customer on Dispatch - Setting this option to YES will automatically
send a dispatch notification email to the customer. This email can be
configured in Templates.
Send Copy of Dispatch Email - If set to YES, a copy of the dispatch email
will be sent to the email address entered in the Email Address field.
Activate Dispatch Tracking - If you wish to include dispatch tracking
information in the email to the customer then set this option to YES. When
dispatching you will be able to enter dispatch information including a dispatch
reference and courier name and contact details. A list of Couriers can be
setup in the Tax/Shipping section.
Activate Receipt - If YES is selected a link will appear against orders
allowing a receipt to be printed. This receipt uses a template called
receipt.html which is located in the usual template directory. This is only of
use to those taking credit card details for processing off-line, through their
own Point of Sale machine. If YES is selected, as soon as an order is marked
as paid, the credit card details will be removed from the database. We
strongly suggest that you keep this option turned on as it is never advisable
to keep credit card details on any server for longer than is necessary (even
though they are encrypted).
Clear CC Details on PAID - This is only of use to those taking credit card
details for processing off-line, through their own Point of Sale machine. If YES
is selected, as soon as an order is marked as paid, the credit card details will
be removed from the database. We strongly suggest that you keep this option
turned on as it is never advisable to keep credit card details on any server for
longer than is necessary (even though they are encrypted).
Digital Products Settings
MCart 2005 supports digital products allowing you to sell downloadable products. It
automatically creates download references for purchases of digital products and
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provides a number of ways of limiting how that download reference can be used. In
addition individual products can be set so that, when dispatching digital products,
registration names and registration codes are requested and stored by MCart 2005.
Figure 5-18
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Activate Digital Products Support - If set to YES, digital products are
activated and a new block will appear on the product editing screen allowing
you to specify the download file for the product and registration details
settings.
Download Key Valid Time in Hours - This allows you to set how long a
download key generated by MCart 2005 should remain valid. After this time
limit has expired the key can no longer be used. Set this to 0 for the time
limit to be ignored.
Download Key Number Uses - This allows you to set how many times a file
may be downloaded (or attempted to be downloaded) before the key can no
longer be used. Once the number has been reached the key can no longer be
used. Set this to 0 for the time limit to be ignored.
Download Files Directory - This specifies the directory on your server
where the digital download files are to be stored. Leaving the default option
in place is suggested.
Activate Instant Dispatch - For digital products that do not require a
registration name and/or code this option, when set to YES, will allow the
instant dispatch of digital products as soon as the order is set to ‘paid’. If you
use this option you should ensure that you have the Partial Dispatch option
also set to YES to account for mixed digital/non-digital or digital with/without
registration information orders.
NOTE: In order for the digital product functionality to work correctly you
will also have to activate the dispatch features of MCart 2005.
List Settings
This provides some overall control for the front-end of your store, regarding lists of
products retrieved from the database. These settings have been included to help
restrict excessive queries from the database and to provide ways of setting exactly
how many products will appear in various sections.
Of course you could enter very high numbers into these options if you wish to just
have everything returned.
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Figure 5-19
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Maximum Bestsellers to List - The bestseller list of products is
automatically generated by MCart 2005 based on products ordered from your
shop. This setting allows you to limit how many bestsellers should be made
available for the templates.
Calculate By - This allows you to set how you would like MCart 2005 to
calculate the bestseller list. You can opt to either calculate by total quantities
sold or the number of times a product has been purchased.
Limit Order History Query To - By setting this to a number higher than
zero, MCart 2005 will limit the order history examined to create the bestseller
list to the number of days specified. This is taken from the current date and
worked back, so a value of 14, for instance, would only take into account the
last 14 days of orders when calculating.
Maximum New Products to List - A product is set to being new in the
product information screen. This allows you to set a maximum number of new
products to send to the templates.
Maximum Top Products to List - Again a product is set to being a top
product on the product information screen. This allows you to set a maximum
number of top products to send to the templates.
Maximum Special Offers to List - Once again set in the product
information screen.
Maximum Recommendations to List - Recommendations are an
automatically produced list of products shown on a product page. MCart 2005
calculates the recommendations based on orders that have also included the
currently shown product. It then arranges these by the most occurrences of a
product being sold in conjunction with the currently shown project. This
allows you to limit the number of products sent to the templates.
Maximum Reviews to List on Product Page - Normally you would only
want to show the first few reviews on the actual product page. The default
templates provide a link to a separate product review page where all the
reviews are shown.
Maximum Random Products to List - Again this is an automatically
generated list of products from MCart 2005. If you are not within a particular
section, the random products are taken from the whole product database, if
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you are in a particular section of the shop the products are taken from the
current section and any sections on the next level down. So, as you move
deeper into sections, the possibilities returned by the random products
become more and more tailored to the current section, keeping them
relevant.
Section Settings
This is where you can setup general options for how information about sections and
information on section pages is displayed.
Figure 5-20
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Number Products per Section Page - This gives the total number of
products that are shown on a section before Previous and Next style paging is
used.
Include Sub Sections on Pages after Page One - If there is more than
one page to a section (because of the number of products) and this option is
set to NO will only show products on subsequent pages and not any subsections.
Retrieve First-Level Sub-Sections for Root Section - This option allows
you to create a sub-menu for the select main root section. The default
templates have this ability if this option is set to YES. Otherwise, the subsections of the selected section will not be sent to the templates or on the
main root section menu (on the top left in the default templates). Using this
option can add quite a few extra database queries to each page load,
depending on how may root sections you have.
Search Settings
MCart 2005 includes a comprehensive search facility for your store that will not only
search products but also sections. In addition, search results can be sorted by a
number of fields and also returned based upon price ranges. The options in this
section allow you to tailor the search function in your store.
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Figure 5-21
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Number Products per Page - This sets the maximum number of products
shown on the search results page before Previous and Next buttons are
needed.
Product Fields to Search On - This option allows you to set which product
fields are included when a search is done.
Include Sections in Search - If set to YES the search routine will also
search section titles and descriptions for matches and return those results as
well.
Max Number of Sections to Return - If the above option is turned on, this
sets the maximum number of sections that will be returned. This is a total
number of sections to return, there will not be any Previous or Next paging on
the results. If set to YES when a customer searches on your site, if there is
only one product match they will be taken directly to the product page,
omitting the search results page.
If 1 Product Found Take Directly To Product Page - If set to YES when a
customer searches on your site, if there is only one product match they will
be taken directly to the product page, omitting the search results page.
Basket Settings
This provides some basic options for the basket / cart used in your store.
Figure 5-22
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Basket Sort Order - Allows you to specify the order in which items in the
basket are displayed on the basket page. Available options are:
Type
Product Name
Product Code
Price (High to Low)
Price (Low to High)
Quantity
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Description
Sort by the product name.
Sort by the product code.
Sort by the highest price to the lowest price.
Sort by the lowest price to the highest price.
Sort by quantity, with the highest quantity first.
Show Basket After Add? - With this option set to YES the customer will be
automatically taken to the main basket / cart page after they add a new
product. Set to NO, the customer will be returned to the page they were
viewing (if possible).
Show Associated Products - This option allows you to show associated
products on the basket screen. It selects from the full list of associated
products for all products in the basket.
Maximum Associated Products to Show - Limits the number of associated
products selected to this number.
Select and Sort By - As you would not really wish to show all the associated
products for the products in the basket, this option lets you dictate how you
want them selected and sorted. The options are as follows:
Product Name, Product Code, Price (High to Low), Price (Low to High),
Associated Position and Random.
• Associated Position sorts and selects according to the positioning. For
instance, all those products that appear at the top of the associated
products lists for products will be selected before those appearing below
the top spot, and so on.
• Random is a special option that’s useful if you wish to show constantly
changing associated products on the basket page. By selecting random,
MCart 2005 will randomly choose one of the other Select and Sort By
options each time the page is loaded. By doing this the products, and the
order in which they appear, will change as the different options are used.
Review Settings
MCart 2005 includes the ability for registered customers (those with a customer
account) to be able to add reviews to products. This section provides some basic
options for the review system within MCart 2005. Each user can only review a
product once – the system does not allow multiple reviews for the same product
from the same customer.
Figure 5-23
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Enable Customer Reviews? - If set to YES, customer reviews will be
activated and customers will be able to add reviews (including a rating) to
products in your store.
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Moderate Customer Reviews? - If set to YES a customer review will not
automatically appear in your store until it has been set to visible in the
administration system (this is done in the Customers section). It would
normally be advisable to activate this option to avoid any unwanted reviews
or spam being available on your site.
Recent View Settings
Your store has a feature that allows customers to quickly and easily look over a list
of products and sections that they have viewed in your store. This screen allows you
to turn this feature on or off and to set some options.
Figure 5-24
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Activate Recently Viewed Feature - When set to YES, MCart 2005 will
store product and section history for customers, allowing them to easily skip
back to products or sections they’ve already looked at in your store.
Product History to Store - This setting is the maximum number of products
to retain in the Recently Viewed product history for a customer.
Section History to Store - This is the maximum number of sections to
retain in the Recently Viewed section history for a customer.
Note: Just making the ‘Recently Viewed Feature’ enabled will not show the
necessary items. There is a template called ‘recentview.html’. In this template is
the code for the feature. This can be moved to bottom.html or any other template
that you wish to display the recently viewed items.
Users Online Settings
This simple feature lets you include on your shop’s pages an indication of how many
other people are currently on your site.
Figure 5-25
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Activate Users Online Feature - When set to YES, MCart 2005 will start
tracking the number of users online on your site which you can then display
via the templates for your store.
Time Limit for Calculation - This allows you to set the length of time in
minutes that’s used to determine how many people online. For instance a
value of 60 will include everybody that’s been active on-line for the last hour
and a value of 10 will only include those that have been active on-line in the
last 10 minutes.
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Contents
The Contents section of the MCart 2005 administration system is where you setup
the sections and products for your store. It is probably the part of the administration
system where you will spend most time as it represents the core of your store. The
menu in this section is split into 4 parts: Sections, Products, Search Sections and
Search Products. MCart 2005 supports unlimited sections and section depth, e.g.
you can categories your store to an infinite level of sections and sub-sections. Each
section can only appear in the store once for consistency but products can appear in
as many sections as you want through an easy selector on the product information
screen.
Sections and products can be made invisible at any time should the need arise and
both can also be setup to only be available to certain customer types should you
need that functionality. For instance you could present some sections to wholesale
customers that aren’t available to other customers, and the same for products.
The product information screen, at first glance may seem daunting but MCart 2005
categorizes the settings available against products and presents them in a concise
and intuitive fashion.
Please read this part of the documentation in depth as there are many powerful
functions and settings within Contents that you may otherwise miss.
Sections Structure
The Sections Structure screen when it is first shown starts at the root of your store –
the main section. This is the section that the default templates use on the front page
(index.html). The Sections Structure screen is split into two – at the top you have a
list of sub-sections and at the bottom you have a list of products, both applicable to
the section you are currently viewing.
The Sections Part of the Screen
Here you see the sub-sections for the current section. If you think of the current
section as the parent, these are that section’s children.
Figure 6-1
The buttons at the top of this list do the following:
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Edit Section - This shows the section editing screen for the section you are
viewing. For instance, when Sections Structure first loads, clicking this button
will edit the main section’s settings.
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Insert New Sub Section - This shows the section adding screen and when
created the section will appear in the list, making it a child of the currently
viewed section.
Sort / Reorder - This shows the reordering screen that allows you to move
the sub-sections up and down to change their display order. Once you have
created some sub-sections by clicking the ‘Insert New Sub Section’ button
you will see them appearing on the section list. Clicking on the title of one of
these will transfer you to the section structure for that section. Now the page
shows you sub-sections that appear on that section and products that appear
on the section as well. To help you navigate the section structure the top title
bar contains the full path to the current section you are viewing and you can
click on any of the previous section’s titles to go back to that level.
Each sub-section listed has an ‘Edit’ button that will launch the edit screen for that
section and a ‘Delete’ button if you wish to remove the section.
The Products Part of the Screen
The products part of the screen shows the products that will appear in this section.
Figure 6-2
The buttons at the top of this list do the following:
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Insert New Product Here - This shows the product adding screen and once
added the product will automatically be added to the currently viewed section.
• Sort/Reorder - This shows the reordering screen that allows you to move
the products up and down to change their display order for this section.
• Clone - A powerful feature of MCart 2005, the Clone button will launch the
product adding screen but with the selected product’s details already loaded.
This allows you to quickly and easily create a new product based on a product
that already exists in the database.
• Remove - This does not delete the product from MCart 2005, it simply
removes it from the current section. All other sections the product appears in
are unaffected by this.
Clicking on a product code or product name (or, the ‘Edit’ button) will show the
product editing screen for that product.
At the bottom of the product part of the screen is a search box. This allows you to
quickly search for products to add to this section. The screen that appears will show
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you a list of all products found, along with a select button for each one. In addition
to this, the checkboxes to the left of each product allow you to select more than one
product from the list and then clicking on the ‘Select’ button at the top all of these
products will be added to the current section. You will, of course, be taken back to
the relevant section once you have selected products.
Adding / Editing Sections
You can only add a new section from the Section Structure page. However, there are
several places where Edit buttons are available for sections. Both adding and editing
a section use the same screen and below are details of the different fields available:
Figure 6-3
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Title - This is the section title.
Short Description - A 250 character short description for the section. You
would normally use this where the section appears as a sub-section (the
default templates use this).
Full Description - An unlimited text field for the full section description that
would be shown on the actual section page.
META Description - A specific Meta Tag description field for this section.
META Keywords - A specific Meta Tag keywords field for this section.
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Thumbnail - A thumbnail image for this section. This would normally be
shown where the section appears as a sub-section (the default templates use
this). You have the option of clicking ‘Browse…’ to upload an image from your
local PC or clicking the ‘Pick Image…’ button to launch the in-built image
picker. The image picker will show the sections/thumbnail directory contents
and you can search for the correct image through that, if it has already been
uploaded. In addition you can enter a name directly into the Pick: field if you
know it already exists in the sections/thumbnails directory. The pick field will
also accept a URL to an image if you wish to directly link to images on
another site.
Image - A full sized image for this section. This would normally be shown on
the section page itself. You have the option of clicking ‘Browse…’ to upload an
image from your local PC or clicking the ‘Pick Image…’ button to launch the
in-built image picker. The image picker will show the sections/normal
directory contents and you can search for the correct image through that, if it
has already been uploaded. In addition you can enter a name directly into the
Pick: field if you know it already exists in the sections/normal directory. The
pick field will also accept a URL to an image if you wish to directly link to
images on another site.
Is Section Visible? - Setting this to NO will automatically make the section
inaccessible from your store.
Available To Customer Types - This selection allows you to select which
customer account types can view this section – if a customer’s account type
doesn’t match this list then the section will not be displayed for them. In this
way you can create sections only visible to certain customer types. Selecting
‘All’ makes the section available to all account types. You may also select
multiple account types by using the Shift and CTRL keys on your keyboard.
Parent Section - This allows you to quickly set where you would like this
section to appear. By changing this setting you can move sections (and any of
their sub-sections) to different parts of your shop.
Template For Section Page - Sections are not limited to a single template
page. You can setup more than one template for sections and have different
sections use different templates. Here you can select the template that the
section should use – the default is section.html. Below is an example.
Figure 6-4
ABC Sections Listing
The ABC Sections Listing provides a full list of sections within your store in
alphabetical order. Clicking on any section title will show the Section Structure page
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for that section. In addition you will see ‘Edit’ and ‘Delete’ buttons for each section
shown.
Invisible Sections Listing
This is displayed in the same format as the ABC Sections Listing but this one only
shows those sections that currently have their ‘Visible’ field set to NO.
Search Sections
The results of a section search are presented in the same format as the two section
listing results. The search string will be looked for in the section title and the section
short description.
Product Categories
Product categories allow you to categorize your product database. At the moment,
MCart 2005 only uses this for Global Price Changes (see later in this section) but in
the future the uses of Product Categories will be enhanced to provide more
functionality.
List of Product Categories
The list of product categories shows you all the current categories you have setup in
your store. Each product category has ‘Edit’ and ‘Delete’ buttons. The only exception
to this is the default ‘General’ category which cannot be deleted.
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Adding / Editing a Product Category
Adding and editing a product category use the same screen. The fields available for
product categories are as follows:
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Name - The name of the category. This is purely internal and is not shown to
the customer at any point.
Product Flags
Product Flags allows you to create any extra flags you need against products. These
are in the format of YES/NO options and are would mainly be used in the templates
to display certain things if they are set to YES (the value to check is actually Y or N
in the templates). Once created, they become available in the ‘Product Options’ block
of the Product Editing Screen.
List of Product Flags
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The list of product flags shows you all the current flags you have setup in your store.
Each product flag has ‘Edit’ and ‘Delete’ buttons.
Figure 6-7
Adding / Editing a Product Flag
Adding and editing a product flag use the same screen. The fields available for
product flags are as follows:
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Name - The name of the flag. It is this name you would use in the templates,
e.g. {product.flags.storeavailable} in the above example.
Descriptive Name - This is the name for the flag that is shown on the
product editing screen. You would make this a more intuitive to describe the
flag.
Edit Template Product
This is another powerful feature of MCart 2005’s content management. The template
product is used as the basis for every new product you add to your store. When you
click the ‘Add New Product’ link from the Content menu or the ‘Insert New Product
Here’ button on the Section Structure screen, the product information screen that
appears will be filled in according to the settings you have used in the template
product. The template product is edited just like any other product within MCart
2005.
If most or all of your products use the same extra field options, for instance, you can
set those up in the template product and they will already be filled in every time you
add a new product. Of course, whilst filling in field settings for the new product you
can remove them if they’re not needed for the product you’re adding but the basic
reason for using the template product is that many stores sell similar items with
similar entries and, hence, using the template product will save time and effort.
Adding / Editing Products
Adding and editing products happens on the same screen. There is a lot of product
information that can be stored in MCart 2005 and product management is very
powerful in the system. At first glance the product information screen can look a little
bit overwhelming which is why we have split up the fields into logical blocks, each of
which can be shown or hidden as needed.
In General -> Product Editing, you can set which blocks are hidden by default
when adding, editing or cloning a product. We suggest you use this feature,
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especially the settings for editing a product as it will help to reduce the amount of
information on screen to only that that is most often changed.
At the top of each block on the product information screen is the block title and a
blue link. If a block is visible it will say ‘hide’ and clicking it will roll the block up so
just the block’s title is visible. Once a block has been rolled up, the link will change to
‘show’ and clicking it again will un-roll the block again, showing you the fields
contained within it.
This section on adding and editing products has also been split into the same blocks
you will see on the product information screen for consistency.
Note: As with all other screens in MCart 2005, no edits will be saved unless
you click the bottom Insert / Update button.
General Details
These are the most common settings for products and the block contains all the
basic product information that all products need. The fields are as follows:
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Code (SKU) - This is your product code for the product. It is optional and can
be left blank, however the system won’t allow two products to have the same
non-blank product code.
Name - This is the product’s name.
Short Description - A 250 character short description for the product that
you could use to put on a section page that lists many products.
Full Description - An unlimited text field for the full description of the
product. This may contain any HTML you wish to use.
Search Keywords - An extra field that can be used to contain extra
keywords that people might search for when trying to find this product. For
instance, you could include any common misspellings in here.
META Description - A specific Meta Tag description field for this product.
META Keywords - A specific Meta Tag keywords field for this product.
Thumbnail - A thumbnail image for this product. This would normally be
shown where the product appears on a section page (the default templates
use this). You have the option of clicking ‘Browse…’ to upload an image from
your local PC or clicking the ‘Pick Image…’ button to launch the in-built image
picker. The image picker will show the products/thumbnail directory contents
and you can search for the correct image through that, if it has already been
uploaded. In addition you can enter a name directly into the Pick: field if you
know it already exists in the products/thumbnails directory. The pick field will
also accept a URL to an image if you wish to directly link to images on
another site.
Image - A full sized image for this product. This would normally be shown on
the product page itself (the default templates do this). You have the option of
clicking ‘Browse…’ to upload an image from your local PC or clicking the ‘Pick
Image…’ button to launch the in-built image picker. The image picker will
show the products/normal directory contents and you can search for the
correct image through that, if it has already been uploaded. In addition you
can enter a name directly into the Pick: field if you know it already exists in
the products/normal directory. The pick field will also accept a URL to an
image if you wish to directly link to images on another site.
Price - Provides entry boxes for the price in all the currencies that exist in
your store. For those currencies that are calculated by exchange rate, the
entry box will be grayed out and will automatically update once the new base
currency price has been entered.
Normal Price - This field allows you to enter a second price, maybe a normal
retail price for instance. The template system includes calculations and
attributes that allow you to show the difference between this price and your
selling price, and also a percentage difference. This is useful if you want to
show how much customers can save by purchasing with you.
One-Off Price - In addition to the normal price for a product that is
obviously linked to the quantity ordered, i.e. 3 of a product would be 3 x
Price, MCart 2005 provides the ability to include a One-Off Price for the
product that is not linked to the quantity ordered. So, no matter how many of
a product is ordered, this One-Off Price will only be added to the total once.
This is useful for setup charges, for instance. This field allows you to enter
any applicable one-off price (you can also change the one-off price dependant
on any options selected for the product in the ‘Advanced
Pricing/Combinations’ section of the product editing screen.
Orderable Quantity - These two options (Minimum and Maximum) allow you
to limit how many of a certain product can be ordered. Leaving either’s value
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at 0 will make MCart 2005 ignore that limit so, for instance, you could set a
minimum of 10 but no maximum, meaning that people could order any
quantity as long as it was 10 or above.
Weight - The weight of the product. MCart 2005 makes no stipulation on the
unit of measurement of weight that you use, so please use what you are
comfortable with if you intend to use this field.
Tax Rate - Allows you to choose the tax rate for this product. Possible
selections are Zero Rate, Standard Rate or Second Rate. Please see the
‘Tax/Shipping’ section of this documentation for more information.
Free Shipping - Selecting YES in this field will mean that the product is
completely excluded from any quantity, weight or goods total values used to
calculate shipping.
Exclude Account Type Discounts - When set to YES any customer account
type discounts will not be applied to this product, allowing you to exempt it
from normal discounts, or apply your own product-level discounts in the
‘Advanced Pricing/Combinations’ section of the product editing screen.
Extra Fields
This section is where your extra product fields will appear (see the ‘General’ section
of the documentation for more information on setting up extra product fields).
Figure 6-10
1. Extra product fields of type TEXT will be shown as a single text line field.
2. Extra product fields of type TEXTAREA will be shown as a multiple text line
field into with HTML can also be added.
3. Extra product fields of type IMAGE will be shown in the same way as the
normal
4. Thumbnail and Image fields. Images are stored in products/extras however.
Extra product fields of type USERINPUT will show a select box with 3 options
in it. Exclude (if you don’t wish to include the field for the product), Include (if
you want to include the field for the product but not make it compulsory) and
Required (if you want to include the field for the product and make it
compulsory).
All other fields, the SELECTBOX, RADIOBUTTONS and CHECKBOXES fields will be
shown in a different way that provides a lot of functionality whilst remaining simple
to use.
Each option in these fields can not only have a name (and alternative language
versions if you are running your MCart 2005 store with multiple languages) but it can
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also be set to only be visible to certain customer account types and either add a
percentage or a fixed price to the overall price of the item.
Note: On the front-end of your store products with options cannot be added
from anywhere other than from the actual product page itself, i.e. not from
the product listed on a section. You can include an ‘add to cart’ button on
the section page for the product but the customer will be forwarded directly
to the product page rather than the product automatically being added to
the basket.
Note: On the front-end product pages, the price fields will dynamically
update (if the user has Javascript enabled) when options are chosen that
change the product’s price. This gives the customer an instant update on
the total price for the product.
The fields available for each option are:
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New - This is where you enter the option’s text that will be shown to the
customer.
Option Visible - You can make options temporarily invisible in the store by
deselecting this option. The option will then appear in the option list (on the
right) in grey, rather than black, giving you a visual indication of which
options are visible.
Account Types - If you wish to limit the option to only being available for a
certain customer account type then select the account type here. Selecting
‘All’ will make it available for everybody.
Percent or Prices - If you want the option to impact on the price of a
product then you should enter either a percentage difference here
(percentages can also be minus, if you wish to remove a percentage from the
price) or a flat rate price that will be added (or taken away in the case of a
minus price) from the overall price for the product.
Clicking ‘Add’ will add the current field settings as a new option. If you click on an
already existing option in the list on the right an ‘Apply’ button will also appear that
you should click once you have finished updating the option’s settings.
The right box also has up and down arrows that can be used to change the display
order of the options and a red X to delete a selected option from the list.
In addition to the pricing options available for individual selections in extra fields,
please see the ‘Advanced Pricing / Combinations’ section for further product pricing
options.
Digital Download Options
This section offers settings for digital download products. Here you can specify the
digital file and registration information.
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Is Digital Product? - Set to YES if the product is a digital product.
Digital File - This is where you choose the actual digital download file for the
product. You can either ‘Browse…’ to upload a file from your computer or
choose ‘Pick File…’ NOTE: It is much better to upload files using FTP, as PHP
has an in-built maximum file limit for uploads that your AIT will set. If your
file is larger than the maximum your PHP setup will allow the file will not
upload correctly and you should use FTP.
Registration Details - Here you have 3 options for registration information
for your digital product. If either ‘Registration Code’ or ‘Registration Code and
Name’ are selected you will be prompted to enter registration information on
the dispatch screen. If ‘None’ is selected you will not be required to enter
dispatch information for the product.
Group Product Settings
MCart 2005 includes the ability f or you to create a product made from other
products in your store. For instance you could create a special offer pack that
contains several other products. Stock control is handled across all the grouped
products, so all products with stock control activated will be checked and debited as
per normal. You can also include products in a group product that are invisible from
your main site should you wish to.
Figure 6-12
The top box on the left is where you can enter a search string to find products.
Clicking the ‘Search’ button will load the search results into the larger box on the
left. Once you have performed a search clicking on the product code or product
name will add the product to the list on the right, which is the full list of products
that will be displayed on this product’s product page. The value entered in the Qty
box below the search results will be the quantity used when adding a product to the
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grouping, i.e. if you enter 2 in the Qty box, 2 of the selected product will be included
in the group product.
Additionally you can alter the display order of the grouped products by selecting a
product in the right hand window and using the up and down arrows to move it up
and down the list. Finally the red X will remove a product from the list.
Note: Currently you can only include products in a group product that have
no selectable options. This will be coming in either version 1.3.0 or 1.4.0
along with other ways to link products together.
Advanced Pricing / Combinations
This section takes product pricing and product attributes a step further with three
different pricing / combination types. They are as follows:
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Qty Discounts - This enables you to setup quantity discounts on the product.
The discounts can take the form of a flat rate discount or a percentage
discount. In addition the quantity discounts can be made available only to
certain customer types. There is also an option at the bottom of this section
called Quantities for the product with different options should be combined for
any quantity discounts above_. You should set this to YES if you would like all
selections of a product with options to count towards the quantity discount.
For instance, if the customer orders the same product in red and blue, their
quantities will be combined when calculating the quantity discount.
Base Pricing Combinations - If pricing of individual options in the Extra
Fields block isn’t sufficient to capture how you need to charge f or an item the
Base Price Combinations enables you to change the actual base price of a
product (set in the General Details block) based on combinations of selected
options. For instance, if all had a size and color extra field and all color in all
sizes were the same price apart from the Small, Black one and the Large,
Blue one, you could enter a base pricing combination here that changes the
price of the product if either of those combinations are selected. With base
pricing combinations if you select to use a flat price, this will become the new
product price. If you decide to use a percentage change this will be calculated
using the existing base price set in the General Details block.
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Attribute Combinations - This is a feature we feel is unique to MCart 2005.
Like the Base Pricing Combinations here you can setup combinations of
options (or even a single option) and change the weight, product code, stock
level, minimum orderable quantity or maximum orderable quantity of the
product. As you can see changing the weight of a product if Large was
selected would be very useful for shipping, changing the product code is good
for your own order management and changing the stock level allows you to
keep track of the stock levels for each variation of the product independently.
In addition there is a sixth option in Attribute Combinations that allows you to
exclude a combination of items from being added to the shopping cart.
Attribute combinations also act in a drill-down fashion. For instance you could
set the product code for all products that have Large selected to one code,
but also add in an option so if it was Large and Blue, the code would again be
different – any other combination with Large would use the code assigned to
Large on its own. In this way MCart 2005 checks for the loosest match first,
so by the time it has worked through all the options it has selected the most
specific for the selected options.
One-Off Prices - Acting in a similar way to the Base Pricing Combinations
facility the One-Off Prices facility allows you to change the one-off price for
the product depending on what options are chosen or the customer account
type viewing the product.
You can switch between the 4 different pricing / combination types by clicking the
radio buttons at the top. The large box will then change to show the type you are
currently looking at. Also note that the options available for each of the types differ.
Note: This section is purposefully free from too much validation to give you
the freedom to combine pricing combinations as you need them. However,
this can also lead to confusion and care must be taken that especially with
pricing options, conflicts do not arise that cause the product pricing to not
be as expected. It is suggested that you try out different uses of the
combinations for yourself to see just what’s possible.
Stock Control
These options cover any product-level stock control you wish to use. Please also see
the ‘Advanced Pricing / Combinations’ section for combination-level stock control.
The fields here are as follows:
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Enabled? - Select YES if you want stock control to be enabled for this
product. This, however, will have no effect if the global stock control setting is
not on.
Stock Level - This is your actual stock level for the product.
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Warning Level - The stock control system in MCart 2004 allows you to send
emails when a product’s stock falls below the warning level, to give you an
advanced warning that you may have stock problems with a product soon.
Action on Zero? - This tells MCart 2005 what it is to do when the product’s
stock reaches zero. There are two options:
o Leave Available: This leaves the product visible and purchasable in
your store. If you wanted to show the product but not allow a
customer to add it to their basket you would use this option and use
an if statement in the template to see if the stock was above zero. If it
was you would show the ‘add to cart’ button, otherwise you could hide
it.
o Hide: MCart 2005 will not send the product to the templates at all if
the stock level reaches zero.
Product Options
These are some general categorization options for the product and this is where you
set which sections the product should appear in and what customers can view the
product etc. The fields here are as follows:
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Product Category - Allows you to select which internal product category the
product belongs to.
Show In Section - The top select box here provides a list of all the sections
(and their full paths). You can select sections from this list and click ‘Add’ to
add them to the bottom box which contains the list of sections that this
product is to be shown on. Selecting a section from the bottom box and
clicking ‘Remove’ will remove this product from that section.
New Product - Select YES if you would like the product marked as a new
product.
Top Product - Select YES if you would like the product marked as a top
product.
On Special Offer? - Select YES if you would like the product to be marked as
on special offer.
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Is Product Visible? - Selecting NO here will hide the product from your
store. You can instantly make it visible again by selecting YES. If invisible still
allow product to be shown with direct link If a product is set to be invisible
and this option is set to YES, the product can still be accessed with a direct
link. It will not appear in any sections or through the search, however. This is
useful if you wish to setup a special offer product only for certain advertising
as the product can only be found by going to it directly.
Available To Customer Types - This field allows you to select which
customer account types can view this product – if a customer’s account type
doesn’t match this list then the product will not be displayed for them. In this
way you can create products only visible to certain customer types. Selecting
‘All’ makes the product available to all account types. You may also select
multiple account types by using the Shift and CTRL keys on your keyboard.
Product Flags - Any addition product flags you have setup in your store
using the ‘Product Flags’ option available in the Contents section of the
administration system will appear here with YES / NO radio buttons in the
same way as the special offer etc. flags.
Associated Products
MCart 2005 allows you to associate a product with other products within your store
to enable cross-selling. This section provides the means to select other products to
link to the one you are adding or editing.
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The top box on the left is where you can enter a search string to find products.
Clicking the ‘Search’ button will load the search results into the larger box on the
left. Once you have performed a search clicking on the product code or product
name will add the product to the list on the right, which is the full list of products
that will be displayed on this product’s product page.
Additionally, you can alter the display order of the associated products by selecting a
product in the right hand window and using the up and down arrows to move it up
and down the list. Finally the red X will remove a product from the list.
There is one other option available here – Create 2-way links for new selections. This
enables you not only to show the selected product on this product’s page but also
the other way around. Those that you select like this will have (<->) shown after the
product name in the list on the right.
Misc. Options
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This section contains only one field – Template For Product Page. As with
sections, you can set up different product page templates if you wish and choose to
show some products with one templates, and others with another. The default
template is product.html.
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Other Languages
If you only have one language setup in your store, this section will be empty.
Otherwise, it will present you with alternative language fields for the product name,
short description, long description and any TEXT or TEXTAREA extra product fields
you are using.
ABC Products Listing
The ABC Products Listing provides a full list of products within your store in
alphabetical order of product code then product name. Clicking on any product code
or name will show the product editing page for that product. In addition you will see
‘Edit’ and ‘Delete’ buttons for each section shown along with a ‘Clone’ button. The
use of the ‘Clone’ button is described in the ‘Sections Structure’ part of the
documentation.
Figure 6-18
Invisible Products Listing
This is displayed in the same format as the ABC Products Listing but this one only
shows those products that currently have their ‘Visible’ field set to NO.
Sort Special Offers
This brings up the reordering screen for products you have marked as Special Offer
(see ‘Adding / Editing Products’). You can move products up/down/to the top/to the
bottom, changing their display order. Special Offers are shown in the default
templates on the right hand navigation menu for the store, but you can obviously
show them anywhere you like.
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Sort New Products
This brings up the reordering screen for products you have marked as New (see
‘Adding / Editing Products’). You can move products and down, changing their
display order. New Products are shown in the default templates on the right hand
navigation menu for the store, but you can obviously show them anywhere you like.
Sort Top Products
This brings up the reordering screen for products you have marked as Top (see
‘Adding / Editing Products’). You can move products and down, changing their
display order. Top Products are shown in the default templates on the right hand
navigation menu for the store, but you can obviously show them anywhere you like.
Global Price Change
This is a powerful function and one that cannot be undone once it has been used. It
basically allows you to make a percentage price change (either plus or minus) to
your product database.
The Global Price Change Screen
The screen gives you the choice of either changing a particular category of Products
or changing all the products in the database.
Figure 6-20
Note: We suggest using this function with caution and only if you are certain that
you need to update prices in this way. Using the Import / Export facilities you can
update prices outside of MCart 2005 and re-import them, giving you greater
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flexibility over your price changes. If you do use this function we suggest exporting
the prices before the change so that they can be easily re-imported again if need be.
Global Option Reset
This function provides a quick and easy way of resetting special offer, new product
and top product options against products to NO. Once used these changes cannot be
undone automatically.
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Search Products
The results of a product search are presented in the same format as the two product
listing results. The search string will be looked for in several product fields
automatically.
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Tax and Shipping
MCart 2005 includes full tax and shipping support, both of which can be configured in
a number of different ways. The Tax / Shipping sections of the administration covers
both tax and shipping and also the main list of countries for your store.
Main Country List
This is where you can add, edit and delete countries from the main country list used
by MCart 2005.
Figure 7-1
Each one has an ‘Edit’ and ‘Delete’ button and in addition there is an ‘Add New
Country’ button at the bottom of the list to create a new country.
Adding / Editing Countries
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Name - This is the visible display name of the country.
ISO Code - This is the official ISO Code for the country and should be two
upper-case characters.
ISO Number - This is the official ISO Number for the country.
Visible - If set to NO the country will not be visible in your store.
Country Settings
The screen allows you to choose which countries that will be available in your store.
This setting is split into two large selection boxes; the left one is a list of countries
that are currently excluded from your store and won’t appear. The right one is a list
of countries that are included in your store and will appear.
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You can move countries between the two boxes by selecting one in the left box and
clicking the round right-arrow button. This will move the country into the ‘Available
Countries’ list. Selecting a country in the right box and clicking the round left arrow
button will move a country into the ‘Unavailable Countries’ list.
Once you have finished updating your country settings you can click the ‘Update
Country Settings’ button to save the changes.
Note: MCart 2005 contains a full current list of all recognized countries. This
country database table also includes relevant ISO codes that are required by
some payment gateways. If countries change in the future we will issue
updates to keep this list accurate and complete.
Reorder Countries
Not only can you select which countries you want to appear in your store but you can
also change their display order (as with many other things within MCart 2005).
Changing the order of the countries alters the order they will appear in the country
select boxes for billing and delivery addresses.
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Tax Menu General Settings
On this screen you can specify some overall tax options.
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Tax Enabled - If you wish to enable tax in your store select YES, otherwise
select NO.
Add Tax to Shipping - If you wish to add tax onto the shipping charge you
setup in MCart 2005 (presuming that you are using shipping in your store)
select YES for this option, otherwise no tax will be added to the order total for
the shipping charge.
Include Delivery Address In Tax Calculation - This setting allows you to
check the delivery address for tax, in addition to the billing address. For
instance, if you are in Europe but the purchaser is in the United States and
wants it delivered in Europe then tax would be applicable. This is set as an
option as some countries tax does not operate on this policy.
Zero Tax If Delivery Address Not Taxable - If you set this option to YES,
even if the billing address is taxable, if the delivery address is not taxable, all
tax values will be zeroed.
Country Level Tax
This is where you setup the country level tax rates. For instance in Europe VAT is a
country level tax rate and this would be setup in here. There are several options to
fill in and these are explained below.
Countries
As with the Country Settings screen this is split into two with Un-Taxed countries on
the left and taxed countries on the right. You can move countries between the two
boxes by selecting one and moving the applicable left or right arrow buttons.
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Standard Rate Tax
This is the standard rate of tax you wish to use as a percentage. For instance, in
North Carolina, you would enter 6.0 here. Products are set as being either zero tax,
standard rate tax or second rate tax.
Second Rate Tax
In those parts of the world where some products attract a different tax rate to the
normal tax, you can specify this here.
County/State Level Tax
In addition to the country tax you can specify a county/state level tax. The way this
works is that MCart 2005 first sees if there is a country level tax for the customer’s
country. If a county/state level tax appears for the customer’s county/state then this
is used instead of the country level tax.
The layout of this page is the same as for the Country Level Tax. The only difference
is that rather than countries being shown, the counties/states you have entered for
the county/deliveryCounty field are shown.
Note: This screen is only available if you have changed the county and
deliveryCounty fields to be select boxes in Customers. Otherwise no
county/state tax can be calculated by MCart 2005.
Shipping Menu General Settings
On this screen you can specify some overall shipping options for your store.
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Shipping Enabled - Select YES if you want to include shipping in your store,
select NO otherwise for no shipping charges to be calculated.
Default Shipping - This allows you to select the default shipping option that
is selected when a customer checks out. If you have alternative options for
shipping the customer will still be able to change their method of shipping.
Shipping Zones
The shipping in MCart 2005 works on zones and this is the first part of the shipping
you need to sort out – you enter rates against shipping types according to zones. A
zone is defined as a group of countries and/or counties/states. For instance if you
were running a store from the US you might setup one zone that simply contains US,
another that contains all the European countries, one for Foreign and another for the
rest of the world.
With countries, once a country is marked to a zone it cannot be put in another zone
unless it is first removed from the zone it is in or that zone is deleted. This stops you
from putting a country in more than one zone which would give unpredictable
results.
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The main shipping zones page lists all the zones you have setup, by their name.
Each one has an ‘Edit’ and ‘Delete’ button and in addition there is an ‘Add New Zone’
button at the bottom of the list to create a new zone.
Adding / Editing Shipping Zones
Figure 7-8
Adding and editing zones uses the same screen. The following fields are available:
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Name - This is an internal name to help you remember what the zone
contains.
Countries In Zone - On the left you will see a list of all the countries in your
store that do not currently have a zone associated with them. On the right is
a list of countries that are in the current zone (obviously if you are adding a
new zone this list will be blank). You can move countries between the two
boxes by selecting the countries in one and clicking the appropriate left or
right arrow.
Counties/States In Zone - This will only appear if you have opted for the
county and deliveryCounty fields to be shown as select boxes. If this is the
case a list of counties/states that you have previously entered will appear in
the left hand box, and the counties/states selected for this zone in the right
hand box. Again you can select counties/states and click the appropriate left
or right arrow buttons to move them between boxes.
Shipping Types
Once you have setup your shipping zones you can now enter your shipping types.
These are the actual shipping choices you will make available to your customers
when they checkout. For instance you may want to give the option of First Class Post
or Next Day delivery, for example. Both of these are separate shipping types. Once
you have setup a shipping type you can then enter rates against those types for the
different zones in your store and that will be dealt with in the next section.
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List of Shipping Types
Figure 7-9
The main shipping types page lists all the shipping types you have setup, according
to the order in which they should appear (the order can be changed by clicking the
‘Sort/Reorder Types’ button). Each shipping type has an ‘Edit’, ‘Delete’ and ‘Rates’
button. The Rates button takes you to the screen to enter rates for this shipping type
and this will be dealt with in the next section. In addition to these buttons there is an
‘Add New Type’ button at the bottom of the list to create a new shipping type.
Adding / Editing Shipping Types
Adding and editing shipping types uses the same screen. The fields available are as
follows:
Figure 7-10
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Name - This is the name that will be shown on your store’s checkout and
should be easy for the customer to understand.
Flat Rate / Multiplication - This decides how a rate should be used to
calculate the shipping cost. For instance, if you choose ‘Flat Rate’ then the
prices you enter in the shipping rates will be the actual shipping cost. If,
however, you choose ‘Multiplication’, then the applicable shipping rate will be
multiplied by the ‘Value to Use’ amount. For instance, if you were using
Quantity as the ‘Value to Use’ field then a rate would by multiplied by the
quantity to get the shipping cost.
Value To Use - Each shipping type can be based on a different value from
the shopping cart. The options are Quantity (the total number of items in the
cart), Goods Total (the total price of the goods, excluding any tax) and
Weight (the total weight of all the items in the cart). The value is used to
create different rate entries that can cover different possibilities for this value.
For instance using Quantity, you could setup one rate that was only used if
the quantity was less than 10, and another rate if the quantity was over 10.
The ‘Round-Up Values’ option, if set to YES, will round the value used to
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calculate the shipping to the next whole number, e.g. a value of 101.45 would
be rounded to 102.
Base Price - In addition to the shipping cost calculated from the rates each
shipping type can have a base price as well. Here you would normally put a
standard packaging and handling charge (if applicable).
Available To Customer Type - Here you can choose the customer account
type that this shipping type is available for. ‘All’ means that it is applicable to
all customer account types. If a customer checks out and does not have a
customer account type that matches the selection here, this shipping type will
not be shown as an option.
Hide If Basket Weight Above - A common problem with shipping is that
some methods/companies can only ship using certain methods if the weight is
below a given weight. This option allows you to hide shipping types from
customer selection on the checkout if the total basket weight is above what’s
entered here. Entering 0 de-activates this weight threshold.
Hide If Basket Weight Below - A common problem with shipping is that
some methods/companies can only ship using certain methods if the weight is
above a given weight. This option allows you to hide shipping types from
customer selection on the checkout if the total basket weight is below what’s
entered here. Entering 0 de-activates this weight threshold.
Shipping Rates
On the shipping types list screen there is a green ‘Rates’ button next to each of the
shipping types that you setup. Clicking this brings up the shipping rates page for that
shipping type.
The main shipping rates page shows the currently entered shipping rates, organized
by zone, for the selected shipping type (the shipping type is shown in the page’s
grey title bar).
Figure 7-11
Adding / Editing Shipping Rates
Adding and editing shipping rates is done on the same screen. Fields available on
this screen are as follows:
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Figure 7-12
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From x - Where x is the ‘Value To Use’ setup for the shipping type. For
instance, if the shipping type was using Quantity then this would say ‘From
Qty’. In here you should enter the lower limit that this rate is applicable to,
for instance 1.
To x - Where x is the ‘Value to Use’ setup for the shipping type. For instance,
if the shipping type was using Quantity then this would say ‘To Qty’. In here
you should enter the upper limit that this rate is applicable to, for instance
10.
All/Others - If selected this rate will ignore the From and To values and will,
instead, by used for any values that fall outside any of the other rates. This is
a catch-all option.
Price - After the word price you’ll see either Flat Rate or Multiplication which
tells you how the shipping costs are calculated for this shipping type. For
instance, if the shipping type was flat rate, the price you enter here would be
the final shipping cost. If the shipping type was multiplication, the price you
enter here would be multiplied by the shopping cart’s ‘Value To Use’ (either
Quantity, Goods Total or Weight). For instance, if you were using Goods Total
as the ‘Value To Use’ in the shipping type and this rate’s From value was 1
and to value was 100 to be charged by a Multiplication, when a customer with
a goods value of 56 tried to checkout, the price you enter here would be
multiplied by 56 to give the shipping cost.
Zone - This allows you to select the zone that this rate is applicable to.
Different zones for the same shipping type can have completely different
rates associated with them.
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Logs
Built into MCart 2005, is a log system that tracks visitors to your store, much like
normal server access logs do. However, there are some important differences:
1. Because the system is built into MCart 2005, it can track information specific
to your store which would be difficult for normal logging systems to do.
2. The logging system uses a database table and hence can produce ‘live’
results. By this we mean that you do not have to wait for log reports to be
generated each day and can see visits to your web site as they happen.
The log system also includes a built in graphing function.
General Options
This section allows you to setup the main log system configuration options.
Figure 8-1
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Enable Visitor Logging? - If set to YES, MCart 2005’s visitor logging will be
enabled and information about visits to your store will be saved to a
database. You should be aware that log information can grow very large so if
you are short of space this option should be turned off or you should operate
a very strict time scale in which the logs are cleared (see ‘Clear Logs’). If this
option is set to NO, no log information will be stored.
Do Reverse DNS Lookup? - Reverse DNS Lookup is used to find the details
for the ‘Top Level Domain’ report. However, if you are finding that your store
is slow with this option turned on this means that the DNS server your site is
using is slow to respond and so, to improve performance, you should set this
feature to NO.
Ignore Referrers From Reports - This option is used to filter out any
internal referrals from one page to another. For instance if your site’s domain
is www.yourdomain.com, you should put www.yourdomain.com in this field,
otherwise the Referrer report would include your site’s internal links,
rendering the report useless.
Ignore IPs From Logs - This is useful if you wish to disable logging from set
IP addresses, for instance the IP addresses you and your employees use to
access the Internet. By doing this your own hits will not appear in the logs.
Logs Summary
This screen simply gives you an overview of data in the log database. It tells you the
total number of page hits registered, the range of dates the hits cover, the total
number of days the logs cover and the average number of hits per day.
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Clear Logs
This screen gives you the ability to delete log information in the database. Log data
can grow large so it’s advisable to periodically delete the log information from the
database using this option. For large sites with a large number of visitors a day,
weekly or, if you have sufficient room on your server, monthly, is advisable. Each
page viewed in the store adds one record to the logs database.
Figure 8-2
The Log Reports
The logs system provides a range of different reports and these are detailed below:
Report
Browser Type
Operating System
Description
Report showing the spread of browsers on your web site.
Grouped by browser type
Report showing the spread of operating systems on your web
site. Grouped by operating system.
Referring URL
Report showing sites that people have come from to reach your
store. Grouped by URL.
Search Engine
Summary
Report showing search engines that people have come from to
reach your store. Grouped by search engine.
Search Engine /
Keywords
Combined
Report showing search engines and keywords used on those
search engines to reach your store. Grouped by search engine
and keywords.
Search Engine
Keywords
Report showing the keywords used in search engines to reach
your store. Grouped by keywords.
Pages Viewed
Report showing the popularity of different pages on your site.
Grouped by page name (without any query strings)
Top Level Domain
Report showing the top level domain name of visitors, e.g.
.com, .net etc. Grouped by top level domain.
IP Address
Reporting showing IP addresses of visitors that have visited your
site. Grouped by IP address
Note: The search engine reports are based on those search engines that
MCart 2005 can recognize. The lists of recognized search engines can be
updated by us so if you have a request for a new search engine to be
included please do let us know. This update can be issued quickly. Each
report is grouped by a certain type of record, for instance the operating
system report is grouped by operating system which means that all
occurrences of an operating system are grouped into one record with a
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total. The reports then show the results grouped by the total for each of the
types of record, in descending order.
Figure 8-3
By using the Select Range section of the Logs menu you can restrict the date range
you want the reports to cover and in addition select a primary grouping for the
reports, to help split the report up even further.
For instance, should you select Month as the grouping, the report will show totals for
occurrences by month and not for the total in the database. This becomes more
useful when grouping by day of week, for instance, as it allows you to see which day
of the week is the most popular for referrals, and from which sites, for example.
Figure 8-4
In addition to the actual textual report each report has an associated graph with it.
Unlike the textual report, the graph doesn’t use the primary grouping, e.g. month
and just groups by type of record for the whole date range. The graphs are designed
to give you an overall feel for popularity of certain records, e.g. browser, rather than
for detailed analysis.
The graphs, along with the textual reports, are suitable for printing and the top of
the logs reports page contains a ‘Print Logs’ button on the right, which will bring up a
print dialog.
An example of one of the graphs is given over the page.
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Figure 8-5
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Templates
This section deals with the options that are available on the Templates menu in the
MCart 2005 administration system. For a more detailed discussion of the templates
and how they work, you should consult the ‘tSys – The MCart 2005 Template
Language’ and ‘Template Variables & Attributes’ sections of this documentation. They
cover, in detail, using the templates themselves to change both your store and
emails.
The Templates menu consists of four different parts. Firstly there is the ‘Email
Templates Menu’ and the options there cover emails sent out from the system
(excluding the newsletters, which are dealt with separately – see the ‘Newsletters’
section). Secondly there is the ‘HTML Templates Menu’ and this covers settings for
the templates that dictate the look and feel of your store’s front-end. Thirdly there is
the ‘Open Shop’ menu and this provides links to opening your store with a number of
different template settings (please see the ‘tSys – The MCart 2005 Template
Language’ section for detailed information on these). Finally is the ‘Template
Navigation’ section that provides a file list of the templates directory and gives
access to on-screen editing of the templates.
Email Options
This screen allows you to set some overall configuration options for emails that are
sent out by MCart 2005.
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Default Send To Email Address(es) - This is for emails that are sent from
MCart 2005 to the merchant and here you can provide a comma separated
list of email addresses that you would like these merchant emails sent to.
You can enter any number of email addresses here separated by commas.
This can be over-ridden by individual email template options. Note that there
is no PGP option as in previous versions of MCart.
Default From Email Address - All emails that come from the system will
use this email address as the ‘From’ address. This means that if a customer
replies to one of the automatically generated MCart 2005 emails, they will be
replying to this From address. This can be over-ridden by individual email
template options.
Send Payment Success/Failure Emails - This allows you to set whether or
not you want the system to send out payment success and failure emails to
the merchant. With this set to YES, not only will the merchant receive an
email when an order is initially placed but, in the case of payment gateways
that require the customer to visit the actual payment gateway, the merchant
will receive an email confirming that the order has been paid or that the order
payment has failed, depending on what happens at the payment gateway.
Please see the ‘Checkout’ and ‘Orders’ section for more information on this.
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Email Templates
Emails sent from the system use exactly the same template language as the HTML
template – the in-built tSys template system – and can have plain text and HTML
versions. For more information on using this template language please see the ‘tSys
– The MCart 2005 Server Template Language’ section.
Figure 9-2
This screen provides a descriptive list of all the emails that MCart 2005 can send out
along with edit buttons for each one. By default, these emails already have
applicable content in them when you install MCart 2005 but you can, of course, alter
these as much as you like.
When you click the ‘Edit’ button against an email template you will be presented with
an editing screen where you can change both the subject and the content of the
email. Clicking update on this screen will take you back to the email templates list.
Fields available when editing an email template are as follows:
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Subject - This is the subject for the email. This can include template
attributes etc.
Content - This is the normal text-only version of the email. If you do not
wish to send a text-only version of the email (although it is advisable to have
a plain text version for those customers who do not have HTML compliant
email software) then leave this field blank.
Content HTML - If you wish to have an HTML version of an email you can
enter the HTML for the email here. If this is left blank no HTML version of the
email will be sent.
Recipient Email Address(es) - If left blank the default recipient addresses
will be used from Email Options. Alternatively, enter the email addresses to
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send this email to. This is only available for emails that are sent to the
merchant.
From/Reply-To Email Address - This allows you to set the “from” address
that will be sent with the email. If left blank the default address from Email
Options will be used instead.
Activated - If set to NO, this email will not be sent. This is useful if you want
to turn off some of the emails to stop MCart 2005 from sending them.
Figure 9-3
Template Settings
This screen allows you to set some of the global settings for the template system and
also for template editing. You should refer to the ‘tSys – The MCart 2005 Template
Language’ section for a detailed discussion of options for the templates themselves
such the xTFC and xRTU options.
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Figure 9-4
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Compile Mode - This dictates how MCart 2005 handles the templates for
your store’s front-end. The template system can operate in several different
modes. Once developed you would normally run mode 2 – ‘Compile if
compiled version doesn’t exist’ as this is quicker and less intensive on the
server. Whilst developing option 1 would normally be used – ‘Run templates
uncompiled’
Word Wrap When Editing - This sets whether you would like the template
contents word-wrapped on the template editing screen.
Allow xTFC Command On Front-End - If set to YES, the normal template
compile mode can be overridden and forced to use the ‘Force compilation
each time’ mode. You would normally set this to NO if you did not need to use
the xTFC option, for security reasons.
Allow xRTU Command On Front-End - If set to YES, the normal template
compile mode can be overridden and forced to use the ‘Run templates
uncompiled’ mode. You would normally set this to NO if you did not need to
use the xRTU option, for security reasons.
Convert Line Breaks To <BR> on Snippets - Setting this option to YES
will change all line breaks in Snippets to <BR> tags before they are sent to
the template system for display. This is useful if Snippets will normally be
edited by people who are not comfortable with HTML and just want to enter
paragraphs of text. Setting this option to NO will mean that line breaks will
not be converted and so you will have to enter <BR> tags yourself in order to
create paragraphs or breaks in text. In both modes Snippets can, of course,
contain any other HTML you want to use.
Remove Compiled
This screen allows you to remove all the currently compiled templates. This is useful
if you want to make sure that all the compiled templates are up to date as the first
time a template is needed if a compiled version doesn’t exist, one will be created.
Snippets
Snippets are long section of text or HTML that you can include in your templates.
This allows you to change, for instance, the welcome text on the front page without
having to edit the templates. Snippets, in contrast to Labels, can have both a title
and a main content. In the default templates the news section on the left hand menu
uses both the title and the content of the Snippet called News. Changing the
information for a snippet will update what is shown immediately.
Some snippets are setup by default and are used in the default templates. However,
you do not have to use those that are setup by default and you can setup as many
other snippets as you would like to use.
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Snippets are fully multi-language as well and if you have alternative languages setup
for your store the adding and editing screens allow you to enter alternative language
versions of both the title and the content of the snippet.
List of Snippets
The list of snippets gives you an overview of all the snippets you currently have
setup in MCart 2005 along with ‘Edit’ and ‘Delete’ buttons for each one. In addition
the ‘Add New Snippet’ button at the bottom of the list allows you to add a new
snippet.
Figure 9-5
Adding / Editing Snippets
Adding and editing snippets uses the same screen and the options available are as
follows:
Figure 9-6
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Name - This is the internal name for the snippet and only letters and
numbers are allowed. This is the name you use to pick the snippet out on a
template. For instance, if you had a snippet called News, you can use
{snippet=News.title} to show the snippet’s title and {snippet=News.content}
to show the snippet’s content.
Title - This is the title field for the snippet. This is optional and if you just
want to make use of a snippet’s content that is perfectly acceptable. You
would normally only fill this in if you intend to use the title on your templates.
Content - This is a long test field that can contain as much information as
you like, including any amount of HTML.
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Labels
In contrast to snippets, labels are smaller pieces of text (up to 250 characters) that
are used throughout the default templates anywhere that text that does not come
from the database is show on the page. Labels are used to make multi-language
versions of your site much easier – each label can have alternative language versions
(if you are using multi-language). This enables you to use one set of templates that
can display in any of your languages.
In addition labels are also useful if you want to change some of the display text as
you do not have to edit the templates – as soon as you update a label the change
will appear on the front-end of your store.
Of course, using labels isn’t compulsory and many might find that they do not want
to use them if they aren’t using multi-languages. In this case, you can simply replace
the label in the templates with whatever text you want to show. The default
templates do use labels throughout but this is easy to change when editing the
templates.
List of Labels
The list of labels gives you an overview of all the labels currently setup in MCart
2005. The first column gives the type of the label and this helps to split them up into
logical groups for editing. This type is also used when using the label in a template.
For instance in type ‘account’ there is a label called ‘accountHomeLink’. This can be
included on a template by using {labels.account.accountHomeLink}.
Figure 9-7
Adding / Editing Labels
Adding and editing labels use slightly different screens. Adding a label provides you
with a single label entry section along with an editable label name, as shown below.
Figure 9-8
As you can see in the above image, alternatives are being entered for the different
languages the shop is setup for.
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When editing labels, a whole list of the labels within the type selected are shown on
the screen allowing quick and easy editing of the whole type. In addition there is a
check box at the end of each label’s row that, if checked, will delete the label when
you click the ‘Update Labels’ button. A typical edit screen is shown over the page:
Figure 9-9
Open Shop Menu
The links here allow you to open the shop in a number of different template modes.
If your shop is already live and you want to force some templates to recompile you
can use the ‘With Force Compile On’. This will allow you to navigate the store and
each page you view will be recompiled. All other users on the site will still be using
the currently compiled version (presuming you are operating the templates
compiled) until you view that page in this mode. Once you have forced the template
to recompile all other users on the site will then use the newly compiled version.
Using ‘With Uncompiled On’ means that the store will open and use the normal
templates rather than the compiled versions. This is useful if you’re making some
changes to the templates but don’t want normal users to see them yet, as they will
still be using the compiled versions.
Note: ‘With Force Compile On’ uses the xTFC option so if this is not enabled
in Template Settings then this link will simply open the shop in the normal
template mode. The same is true for ‘With Uncompiled On’ as well.
Template Navigation
MCart 2005 includes a simple template editor for managing your templates. The
Template Navigation (as show below) allows you to navigate through the template
directories. You can click on a template name in order to bring up the template
editing screen. Templates are shown in black and directories are shown in blue.
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Figure 9-10
Note: You cannot navigate any higher than the main MCart 2005 directory
for security reasons.
The template editing screen allows you to make changes to templates via your
browser. Changes to the template can be saved by clicking on the ‘Save’ button or
the template can be saved under a different name by entering a name in the text
box at the bottom and clicking ‘Save As’. This is useful if you want to use different
templates for different product and section pages (the template that a product or a
section uses can be specified on the product/section information screens – please
see the ‘Content’ section for more information.
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Figure 9-11
The Default Template Files
Below is a description of each of the templates and what they are for. They are
presented in alphabetical order for ease of location and the .html has been omitted.
Template
advsearch
affiliateaccount
affiliatebanners
affiliateedit
affiliatelogin
affiliatepayments
affiliatesales
affiliatesignup
affiliatesignupthanks
affiliatestats
cart
cartstockproblem
Description
The advanced search page
Main affiliate account page
Affiliate account page showing banners
available
Affiliate edit account details page
Affiliate login page
Affiliate account page showing payments
made
Affiliate account page showing sales
commissions earned
New affiliate signup page
Affiliate signup confirmation page
Affiliate account statistics page
The cart / basket page
Page shown if there is a stock problem
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checkoutlogin
checkoutstep1
checkoutstep2
checkoutstep3
checkoutstep4
contact
contactsent
customeraccount
customeraddress
customeraddresses
customerdetails
customerlogin
customernew
customerorder
customerorderlist
customerreview
customerreviewerror
customerreviewthanks
customerwishlist
downloadproblem
forgottenpassword
forgottenpasswordsuccess
giftcert_print
giftcertificate
giftcheckoutstep1
giftcheckoutstep3
giftcheckoutstep4
help
index
newslettererror
newslettersubscribe
newsletterunsubscribe
orderfailed
ordersuccess
privacy
product
productreviews
receipt
when the customer tries to logout.
First step in checking out where a
customer can login etc.
Checking out step 1 (billing address)
Checking out step 2 (delivery address)
Checking out step 3 (payment details)
Checking out step 4 (final confirmation)
Contact form
Contact form successfully sent
Main customer account page
Add / edit customer delivery address
List of customer’s delivery addresses
Edit customer’s account details
Login to customer account
Create new customer account
Showing a customer’s order
List of customer’s past orders
Customer entering review page
Error adding customer review page
Successful adding of customer’s review
Customer’s wish list
Page shown if the customer’s digital
product download link is not correct or
expired.
Forgotten password page
Successfully sent customer’s new
password
Postal gift certificate template
Gift certificate details page
Gift certificate checkout out step 1
(billing address)
Gift certificate checking out step 3
(payment details)
Note: there is no step 2 for gift
certificates
Gift certificate checking out step 4 (final
confirmation)
Main help page
The front page for the store
Error adding email address to newsletter
mailing list
Subscribed to newsletter success
Unsubscribed from newsletter success
Order payment has failed
Order payment has been a success
Privacy statement
The product page
Extended customer reviews page for a
product
Order receipt template
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search
section
terms
unavailable
databaseunavailable
Search results page
The section page
Terms and conditions page
Shop is unavailable page
If MCart 2005 cannot connect to the
database this template will be shown. Do
not use any variables in this template!!
There are also a number of includes that the default templates use to make re-using
parts much easier. The ‘includes’ can be found in the ‘includes’ sub-directory of the
templates directory. Here’s what each of the ‘includes’ shipped with MCart 2005
does:
Template
address_fields
affiliate_fields
bottom
copyright
customer_fields
order_address_fields
order_customer_fields
order_extra_fields
ordering_cart
top
Description
Contains the loop that outputs all the
fields that a customer needs to enter for
a delivery address.
Contains the loop that outputs all the
fields that an affiliate needs to enter for
their account details.
This creates the right menu bar.
This outputs the copyright statement on
the store.
Contains the loop that outputs all the
fields that a customer needs to enter for
their main account details.
As address_fields but for delivery
address fields when ordering.
As customer_fields but for billing address
fields when ordering.
Outputs the extra ordering fields on the
order confirmation page.
Outputs the shopping cart. Used in the
ordering process.
Create the top and left sections of the
store pages.
Includes are a very powerful way to help keep maintenance down to a minimum by
allowing you to create only one copy of a particular item. For instance, the standard
templates with MCart 2005 use top.html and bottom.html to create all the navigation
for the pages, so if we need to update the navigation we only need to update those
files.
Section Page and Product Page Templates
The default templates include one template for the sections page and one for the
product pages in your store. However, against each section and product in your store
you can pick which template you would like to use so it’s perfectly possible to have
several different section page or product page templates and use different ones on
different sections or products. Please see the ‘Contents’ section of this
documentation for more information on how to edit sections and products.
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About page.php
page.php is a special page in MCart 2005. It has no particular function apart from
showing whatever template you use with it. This means that you can create any
number of additional templates for different pages within your site and still have the
control that MCart 2005 gives you. For instance, in the templates that come with
MCart 2005, we use page.php to show the Privacy, Help and Terms and Conditions
pages which enables us to keep the look, feel and store information on screen along
with those pages.
To use page.php, you simply enter the following into your navigation template:
page.php?xPage=template.html
Where template.html is the template you want to use to display this page.
tSys – The MCart 2005 Server Template Language
MCart 2005 uses an in-built template system for designing your shop’s appearance.
This template system allows you to include data from your store quickly and easily,
whilst keeping everything in html files. In order to increase the speed of the
template system, all commands, properties, variables and attributes are casesensitive. This saves the template system having to do case-insensitive matches.
Outputting Variables
Another section details with variable names that are available on each of the pages
for your shop. Variables are included as follows:
{product.name}
In the above example, on a product page, this would output the name of the
product. You simply embed these variables within your templates.
Variable formatting options
When outputting a text variable you can limit the number of characters that are
displayed, like this:
{sections.shortdescription:10}
The above example will limit the number of characters of the section’s short
description to 10 characters. In addition you can add a further part to the formatting,
like this:
{sections.shortdescription:10:dots}
This will not only limit the output to 10 characters but also add 3 dots to the end if
the short description is actually longer than 10 characters.
Note: This should only be used on string type variables, e.g. any number
variables should not be treated in this way.
The include Directive
The include directive makes it easy to re-use templates on multiple pages. For
instance, in the templates that are installed with MCart 2005, we use an include to
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include top.html (which contains the top bar and the left menu) and bottom.html
(which contains the right menu and the bottom copyright etc. This means we only
have to keep one file up to date, to update these parts of the page. Of course you
can use includes as much as you like and most people will find it useful to keep parts
of the page you want to re-use in separate include files.
To include a file, you do the following:
<#include:top.html#>
This will include the template top.html, replacing the include directive with the
contents of top.html. Any variables or other directives within top.html will also be
recognized and used.
The loop Directive
To provide more functionality in the template system there are a number of
commands that can be used. These may look difficult to begin with but the
descriptions below should help you to understand what each command does.
<#loop:variable-name:limit#>
<#/loop#>
The loop command loops round a collection of records, outputting the HTML
contained between the <#loop#> and <#/loop#> directives. For instance, on many
pages a variable called products is available (for instance, on a section page). You
can do the following to loop through all the products:
<#loop:products#>
<br>{products.name}
<#/loop#>
This will loop through all the products, outputting the product name for each. When
you setup a loop there are two special variables that are created. For instance in the
example above we also have access to:
{loop.products.total} – the total number of records
{loop.products.count} – the current number of times the loop has been run
(starting at 1).
So, working on the example above, we can change this to put a number in-front of
each of the products that’s output:
<#loop:products#>
<br>{loop.products.count}. {products.name}
<#/loop#>
Now, the product names will be output with a 1 in front of the first one, 2 in front of
the second one etc. In addition, we could give a total count underneath the
products:
<#loop:products#>
<br>{loop.products.count}. {products.name}
<#/loop#>
<p>Total Products: {loop.products.total}
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Note that the total variable can be used outside the loop and it will still remember
the total number of records that was output. There is a second part to the loop
directive which can be excluded (as we have done in the above examples) or
included, as below. This is the limit amount and, if included, it will limit the number
of times the loop runs to this value.
<#loop:products:5#>
<br>{products.name}
<#/loop#>
The above example will limit the output to 5 products, no matter how many records
are available. This is useful if you never want to show more than a certain number of
records in a situation – for example, you may want to limit the bestsellers list to no
more than 10 products.
The if Directive
For those of you not familiar with programming languages, an if statement has a
test and does something if that test is true. For instance:
<#if:customer.loggedin:eq:Y#>
Hey, welcome back {customer.firstname}
<#/if#>
The above example tests to see if the variable customer.loggedin is equal to Y. If it
is, it will output the ‘Hey, welcome back {customer.firstname}’ HTML, replacing
{customer.firstname} with the customer’s first name.
But the if statement also has another part to it, that means you can do something
else if the test isn’t true. Expanding on the above example, we could do the
following:
<#if:customer.loggedin:eq:Y#>
Hey, welcome back {customer.firstname}
<#else#>
You’re new here. Why don’t you open an account with us!
<#/if#>
We’ve used the <#else#> directive in the above example to output something
different if the customer isn’t logged in.
So what tests are available? We’ve seen the use of eq to test if a variable is equal
(the same as) a value, but you can also use the following tests:
Type
Description
eq
tests if the values are equal
neq
tests if the values are not equal
blank
tests if the value is blank
even
tests if a number is even
odd
tests if a number is odd
mod
lt
performs modulus on a number
tests to see if a variable is less than a value
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lte
gt
gte
starts
nstarts
ends
nends
contains
ncontains
tests
tests
tests
tests
tests
tests
tests
tests
tests
to
to
to
to
to
to
to
to
to
see
see
see
see
see
see
see
see
see
if
if
if
if
if
if
if
if
if
a
a
a
a
a
a
a
a
a
variable is less than or equal to a value
variable is greater than a value
variable is greater than or equal to a value
string starts with certain characters
string does not start with certain characters
string ends with certain characters
string does not end with certain characters
string contains certain characters
string does not contain certain characters
The set Directive
The set directive allows you to quickly and easily copy a variable to another variable
for use in your templates. It is ideal for creating re-usable include files across the
whole of your site. For instance, referencing the billing fields for a customer is
normally done like this:
<#loop:ordering.customer.fields#>
{ordering.customer.fields.titleText}
<#/loop>
However, by adding a set directive before this you can shorten what’s needed
considerably:
<#set:theFields:ordering.customer.fields#>
<#loop:theFields#>
{theFields.titleText}
<#/loop>
The form Directive
The form directive allows you to pickup GET or POST form fields and use them in
your code. For instance, if you had a GET field to your template called xField, then
the following:
<#form:xField#>
Would output the value of xField. This is most useful when used in conjunction with
the set directive, for instance:
<#set:myProduct:product=<#form:xProd#>#>
In the example above myProduct is set to equal the product specified by the form
field xProd. You can then access all the fields of the product like so:
{myProduct.name}
{myProduct.sclevel}
As example of its use would be create extra pages for products if you wanted to split
up information across more than one page. Of course, it will work with any variable
available within MCart 2005.
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Standard Variables
tSys has access to a variable called browser which gives you information about the
browser that is being used to view a page. The variables are as follows:
{browser.short} Possible Values
IE,OPERA,KONQUEROR,NS
{browser.long}
Possible Values
IE6,IE5.5,IE5,IE4,IE,OPERA,KONQUEROR,NS7,NS6,NS4,NS3
The most useful of these is {browser.short} as it enables your templates to make
decisions based upon the browser that’s being used to view the site.
Embedding Variables in PHP
If you wish to include PHP in your templates and you need access to some of the
attributes available in the template system you should prefix the variable with a *,
like this:
<?php $myVariable = {*product.name}; ?>
This will ensure that the tSys template system outputs the correct variable code,
otherwise parse errors will occur.
Nesting Directives
We’ve given you simple examples in this documentation so far, but you can do far
more with the simple directives. For instance, you can put if statements within
loops, or loops within loops.
Error Messages
MCart 2005 includes some error trapping in the tSys template system. However, we
cannot capture everything and occasionally you will see PHP parse errors like the
following:
Parse error: parse error in
/www/htdocs/storebobcom/routines/tSys.php(332) : eval()'d code on line
387
This parse error basically means that there is a problem with the PHP that your
template is converted into. The line number refers to lines in the compiled version of
the template and not in the original template itself.
Conclusion
As you can see, the template system MCart 2005 uses doesn’t have many special
commands that you need to learn, and the best way is to try things out to see what
results you get. All the directives are contained within < and > signs, to conform
with HTML tags, so you shouldn’t have any problem using your favorite design
package to put the templates together.
Compiled vs. Uncompiled Templates
MCart 2005’s template system includes the ability for you to pre-compile your
templates. This makes them run much, much faster, than if they were uncompiled.
When a template is compiled by MCart 2005, it is basically converted into native
PHP. This runs very fast when a page is requested and adds only a few milliseconds
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onto the CPU time it takes a page to be created and sent to the user. It is always
advisable that you run your store from compiled templates as this basically means
that taking the template and converting it into PHP (which is the time consuming
part) is only done once. When the page is requested again the native PHP version is
opened instead. There are some things you need to make sure of if you’re going to
use compiled templates.
1. PHP must have full write access to the templates/compiled directory.
2. Making changes to your templates will not automatically take effect on the
site unless you force the templates to recompile (see the ‘Templates’ section
of the documentation for more information and the ‘Overriding Normal
Template Settings’ section further on).
Template Settings In MCart 2005
So what are the template settings that are available within MCart 2005? There are
three settings:
1. Run Uncompiled – Each time a page is created, the template system will take
your HTML template, convert it into PHP/HTML and use that to create the
output.
2. Compile if unavailable – If a compiled version of a template is not available,
MCart 2005’s template system will take your HTML template, convert it into
PHP/HTML, save this version and create the output. Next time the page is
requested, it will use the compiled version.
3. Always compile – This forces the template system to always compile and save
the template, no matter whether a compiled version exists or not.
Settings 1 and 3 are most useful when you’re developing, as with setting 2 you will
be updating templates but the old, compiled version will be used. With settings 1 and
3 each time the new template will be read.
Overriding Normal Template Settings
The xTFC command, when used with a URL will override the normal template
settings – but only for you, i.e.:
http://store.yourdomain.com/index.php?xTFC=1
Will force the template system to run in Force Compile mode. Likewise, there is an
xRTU command which when used like this:
http://store.yourdomain.com/index.php?xRTU=1
Will force the template system to run in Uncompiled mode. Both of these settings
can be removed by using 0 as the value, i.e.
http://store.yourdomain.com/index.php?xTFC=0
Will reset your session to using the normal template settings.
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Setting Different Template Directories
There’s no reason why you can’t run the same shop with different templates, to give
you completely different output. For instance, you may have two different domain
names and want the shop to have different branding depending on which domain
name the customer has used. This is possible with MCart 2005, by using a template
command with the URL as so:
http://store.yourdomain.com/index.php?xTemplates=templates2/
This example would use a directory called templates2 for the shop’s templates,
rather than the normal templates directory.
The xForce Command
Although not directly related to the templates themselves, xForce is a useful feature
that enables you to start a new cart session. Adding xForce to the end of your URL,
like this:
http://store.yourdomain.com/index.php?xForce=Y
Will force a new cart to be created for your session. This is useful if you have made
changes to things such as the default tax as it will reset your session to the defaults.
Working Out How tSys’ Variables Work
This section contains detailed information on the variables that are available in your
templates for displaying form fields, products, section, the shopping cart etc. Taken
on their own this section may be confusing at first which is why we suggest that you
spend time looking over the default templates that are installed with MCart 2005.
As you know, MCart 2005 is ready “out of the box” and is a fully functioning web
store from the moment it is installed. The templates are complete and correct and
will probably give you better knowledge if they are examined in conjunction with this
documentation.
There is no way that we can cover all the possibilities within the documentation
regarding the template system – there are simply too many ways that you could
choose to display information, so you should expect some trial and error.
Why Isn’t Everything Included In This Section?
Some of the pages in MCart 2005, such as customer login forms, etc. only really
have one set of data, all of which should be used. Those pages and variables aren’t
included in this documentation, although they may be added later. As we have said
previously, the best way to learn about the variables available is to look at the
templates – we’ve tried to include all those variables and attributes in this
documentation that may not appear in the default templates and to give you an
overall feel for how data is structured for your templates.
In addition, some things such as the options variable just have too many attributes
to include in the documentation although again we may be able to include these in
the future. Finally, however, it is simply impossible to cover every piece of data and
every possible way of using that data in this documentation.
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Email Templates
The email templates use exactly the same format for variables as the HTML
templates for your actual store. Although information is more limited in availability
in the email templates, many of the attributes and variables can still be used.
Multiple Languages
Internally, MCart 2005 finds the correct alternative language version for all those
fields that can be specified in multiple languages and outputs the version that should
be used in the standard attribute name. For example with the products,
{product.name} will always contain the applicable language version of the product
name (if the customer is using one of the alternative languages and an alternative
language version of the product name wasn’t found, then the default language
version would be used.)
General Form Notes
All forms within MCart 2005 are created with normal form tags but using variables
sent from MCart 2005 to the template system. This ensures that the forms are
constructed correctly with the correct form action. You can add your own onSubmit
validation to any of the forms if you wish and, you can also change the form method
from POST to GET should you need to. MCart 2005 is flexible in how form
information can be submitted.
General Form Field Notes
In the default templates, on many of the customer f ill-in forms, such as account
details or the contact form etc. we use a loop to display the form elements. This has
only been done this way for ease of creating the default templates. However, you
can access form fields individual should you want to. For instance, the contact form’s
group of fields is as follows:
{contactform.fields} – This is the group of contact form fields that can be looped
around.
In addition to loop method of accessing form fields, you can also access them
directly. For instance, with the contactform, if you had a field called EmailAddress
you can access the attributes of this field like this:
{contactform.field.EmailAddress.titleText}
This will show the title text for the EmailAddress field. Presenting fields in this
manner gives you the freedom to construct your forms however you wish.
Note: Using the direct method, reordering form fields, deleting fields and
adding new fields will not take effect unless you manually add them into
your templates. With the loop method obviously this does not occur as the
system simply loops around all the form fields available in the correct order.
Form fields generally have the following attributes:
Attribute
Values
Description
title
Text
The title of the field
fieldname
The internal field name of the field
validation
0 or 1
If set to 1 this field has validation and
will be
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validationmessage
fieldtype
TEXT or TEXTAREA
or CHECKBOX or
SELECT
size
maxlength
cols
rows
content
error
Y or blank
selected
options
checked when submitted
Any applicable validation message for
the field
The internal type of the field. You
should ensure that fields are
displayed in the correct manner.
The size of the field (only available
for TEXT)
The maximum number of characters
that can be entered into the field
(only available for TEXT)
The number of columns to display
(only available for TEXTAREA)
The number of rows to display (only
available for TEXTAREA)
The actual content of the field if any
already exists, e.g. when editing
account details this will contain the
current value of the field.
If set to Y then this field has been
rejected by the validation and you
can use this to show the
validationmessage.
The currently selected item (only
available for SELECT)
The group of options (only available
for SELECT)
The best way to work out how MCart 2005 handles form fields is to look at the
default templates. Using the default templates as a guide you should find it easy to
change how form fields are displayed on your store’s pages.
Products
Below is a list of the main attributes available for products.
Attribute
productID
code
name
shortdescription
description
thumbnail
mainimage
visible
metaDescription
metaKeywords
keywords
Values (if applicable)
Image + Image path
Image + Image path
Y or N
Description
Internal product ID
Product code
Product name
Short description
Full description
Thumbnail image
Main product image
Product visibility status
Meta Tag Description
Meta Tag Keywords
Search keywords
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templateFile
newproduct
topproduct
Y or N
Y or N
scEnabled
Y or N
scLevel
scWarningLevel
scActionZero
Template used for product page
New Product status
Top Product status
Stock control enabled or
disabled for this product
Actual stock level
Stock warning level
Action to perform is stock falls
below 1 unit.
Only N at the moment,
reserved for future use.
Weight of the product
Tax rate for the product
Does product have free
shipping.
Is product on special offer?
This is the product price and
will include tax if the customer
account type that the user is
assigned to has this option set.
productType
N
weight
taxrate
freeShipping
0, 1 or 2
Y or N
specialoffer
price
Y or N
Formatted price
priceextax
Formatted price
This is the product price
excluding any tax
priceincax
Formatted price
This is the product price
including any tax
pricetax
Formatted price
rrp
Formatted price
rrpextax
Formatted price
rrpinctax
Formatted price
This is the tax price for the
product
This is the normal price and will
include tax I the customer
account type that the user is
assigned to has this option set.
This is the normal price
excluding tax
This is the normal price
including tax
rrptax
Formatted price
rrpDifference
Formatted price
rrpPercent
inCart
Y or N
ooprice
Formatted Price
This is the tax amount for the
normal price
This is the difference between
the price and normal price
fields
This is the percentage
difference between the price
and normal price fields
Flag showing if the product is in
the customer’s cart or not.
This is the one-off product price
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oopriceextax
oopriceinctax
oopricetax
Formatted Price
Formatted Price
Formatted Price
isDigital
Y or N
allowDirect
Y or N
ignoreDiscounts
Y or N
minQty
Number
maxQty
Number
groupedProduct
Y or N
and will include tax if the
customer account type that the
user is assigned to has this
option set.
One-Off price excluding tax
One-Off price including tax
Tax amount for the One-Off
price
Flag showing if the product is a
digital product or not
Flag showing if the product can
be viewed direct, even if the
product is set to be invisible.
Flag showing if the product is
excluded from customer
account type discounts
Minimum quantity that can be
ordered.
Maximum quantity that can be
ordered.
Flag showing if the product is a
group product or not.
Product Extra Fields
There are two ways in which the extra fields for products can be accessed. First of
all, there is a group of extra fields. This is what the standard MCart 2005 templates
use. It ensures that all extra fields are picked up and displayed (if applicable to a
particular product). The main group of extra fields is product.extrafields
Secondly, the extra fields can be accessed directly by their field name. For instance,
if you had an extra field called autograph, this can be accessed like so:
{product.extra_autograph.title} – to display the title of the autograph field.
Notice that extra_ has to be added in front of the extra field’s name for it to be
picked up correctly.
Which ever way you access the extra fields, the following attributes are available for
each extra field:
Attribute
name
title
type
Values (if applicable)
TEXT, TEXTAREA, SELECT,
IMAGE, CHECKBOXES and
RADIOBUTTONS
Description
The extra field’s name
The extra field’s title
The extra field’s type. Note:
You should ensure that you
display the extra field correctly
according to its type, otherwise
this may cause incorrect
functioning of the automatic
price update scripts.
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content
Only for SELECT,
CHECKBOXES and
RADIOBUTTONS types
The content of the field for this
product. options This is a group
of options that can be looped
around. Each option has the
following attributes:
option – the text for the option
exvalID – the internal option ID
which must be
used as the value sent to the
cart.
Note: The extra field attributes are only available on the product page and
only for the product that is being viewed. They are not available for each
product in a group.
Product Flags
If you have setup any extra product flags using the Product Flags option in the
Contents section of the administration system, you can access these in the template
system via a sub-group called flags. For example if you had a flag called isLimited
then you could use the following to check the value:
<#if:product.isLimited:eq:Y#>
This product is available in limited amounts
<#/if#>
The ‘Add To Cart’ Product Form
You can include the Add To Cart form for a product anywhere where you list a
product and, obviously, on the product page itself. For each product page the form is
started like this:
<form name="{product.form.name}" action="{product.form.action}"
method="POST" onSubmit="{product.form.onsubmit}">
This ensures that the correct form is created for the product. If you look at the
default templates you’ll see that on the section pages we use the following for the
‘Add To Cart’ link:
This is a special variable created for each product and basically it submits the
product form. In addition to this you can use a normal submit button on the form,
as the default product.html template does.
<a href="{products.add.link}" class="middle-links">
If you do not wish to include a quantity box on your pages (as we do on the section
pages in the default templates) you do not have to and MCart 2005 will assume a
quantity of 1 when the product is added to the basket. Alternatively, the following
will create a correctly named quantity box:
<input type="text" size="5" value="1" class="textbox"
name="{product.qtyboxname}" onBlur="{product.recalculateprice}">
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The onBlur part of this uses a built-in link to the JavaScript recalculate price function
that is simply used to update the price on the product page when options are
selected. You should not include the onBlur part if you use a quantity box on any
page other than actual product pages. Of course, if you wanted to you could use a
select box instead of a text field for the quantity box – the display is up to you as
long as the field is called the correct name, i.e. {product.qtyboxname}
Other In-Built Product Links
The following are other in-built product links that you can use for products in your
store:
<a href="{products.link}" class="middle-links">
This is a link that takes the customer directly to the product’s product page. You
would normally use this where a product is listed – for instance in the random
products section etc.
<a href="{products.wishlist.link}" class="middle-links">
This is a link that lets the customer add the product to their wish list.
Other Special Variables for Product Pages
Product pages also contain other special groups and attributes that can be used.
They are as follows:
•
•
•
•
quantitytable
combinationstable
exclusionstable
reviews
Note: These are only available on a product page and are not available in for
a product in a group.
Quantitytable
The quantitytable group is used to display any quantity discounts you have for an
individual product. The default templates show the discount amount for each
quantity breakdown using the following:
{product.pricing.quantitytable.entries.discount}
Atrtibutes discountExTax, discountIncTax and discountTax are also available.
However, it is possible to show the price after discount by using this instead:
{product.pricing.quantitytable.entries.priceDiscounted}
Attributes priceDiscountedExTax, priceDiscountedIncTax and priceDiscountedTax are
also available. Importantly, however, you should note that this price is calculated
from the main price from the product and any options etc. that a product may have
will not be included in this price. It also does not update as the normal price fields do
on the product page when options are selected that affect a product's price.
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Product Customer Reviews
Available on the individual product pages the customer reviews variable, accessed in
the form {reviews.attribute}, has the following attributes:
Attribute
enabled
Values (if applicable)
Y or N
total
content
Group
averagerating
Description
Whether customer reviews are
enabled or not
Total number of customer
reviews for this product
The group of reviews, see
below for more information
The average rating given to this
product
The ‘content’ attribute is a group containing all the reviews for the product and you
should use a loop to access each individual review. The attributes of the content
variable, accessed in the form of {reviews.content.attribute} are as follows:
Attribute
name
rating
title
review
Description
Review author’s name
The rating this review gave to the product
The title of the review
The actual review itself
Groups of Products
There are a number of different groups of products available in MCart 2005. These
are as follows:
Group
products
Where Used
Section pages
randomproducts
specialoffers
bestsellers
Anywhere
Anywhere
Anywhere
newproducts
topproducts
recommended
Anywhere
Anywhere
On a Product page
associated
groupedproducts
On a Product page
On a Product Page
Description
Group of products in a section
(section.html) and on the main root
section in index.html
Pick out a list of random products
Group of special offer products
Automatically generated group of best
selling products
Group of new products
Group of top products
Automatically generated group of
recommended products based on order
database
Group of associated products
Collection containing all products if
current product is a group product.
As you have previously seen attributes for single products are accessed by using the
{product.attribute} format. With a group of products, you first need to create a loop
and then access the attributes. For instance, the following outputs the list of
randomproducts:
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<#loop:randomproducts#>
{randomproducts.name}<br>
<#/loop#>
You see that rather than use {prdoduct.attribute} we use {group.attribute}, in this
case {randomproducts.name}. Products in a group have access to the same
attributes that are available in the normal single product method, with the exception
of any extra fields that can only be displayed using the {product.attribute} method
on a product page.
Other Ways to Show Products
If you wish to pick out individual products then you can use a special variable to do
so. Normally the product variable on a product page is constructed like this:
{product.code} – to display the product code.
You can also do this, however, to show a particular product’s variable anywhere:
{product=144.code} – to display product ID 144’s product code
In this way you can easily pick out particular products in places where you want
them to show.
Sections
Below is a list of the main variables available for sections.
Attribute
sectionID
title
thumbnail
image
metaDescription
metaKeywords
shortDescription
fullDescription
parent
templateFile
totalproducts
Values (if applicable)
Image + Image path
Image + Image path
Description
Internal section ID
Section title
Thumbnail image
Main section image
Meta Tag description
Meta Tag keywords
Section’s short description
Section’s full description
Internal section ID of parent
section
Template used for section page
Outputs the total number of
products in a section. Does not
include any products in subsections.
In-Built Section Links
The following are in-built section links to ensure that you link to other sections
correctly:
<a href="{sections.link}">
The example above is used with the sections group and accesses the link URL for the
customer to be taken directly to the section.
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Groups of Sections
There are a number of different groups of sections available in MCart 2005. These
are as follows:
Group
rootsection
Where Used
Anywhere
subsections
In conjunction with a
group of the next
level of sections for
each of the sections
in rootsection.
On section page
rootsection
Description
Group of the top level sections in your
store.
Only available if activated within the
General section of the administration
system
Group of sub-sections for the currently
viewed section.
Cart
Cart is the variable that is used to display both the full cart and, in the default
templates, the always shown “Mini-Cart” on the right hand navigation menu. You can
access the cart variable on any of your template pages.
Below is a list of the main attributes available for the cart:
Attribute
products
totals
emptylink
currencyID
accTypeID
languageID
Description
Group of the products in the cart.
Group of totals for the shopping cart (these are only ever
accessed individually).
URL Link to empty the shopping cart of all products.
Internal currency ID for the cart
Internal customer account type ID
Internal language ID for the customer
Product Fields Available For Cart Products
Not all the available fields for a product are available for list of products in the
shopping cart and there are some extra ones specific to the cart itself. The following
are available:
Attribute
productID
code
name
Shortdescription
thumbnail
Values (if applicable)
Image + Image path
link
extrafields
qty
qtyboxname
price
Formatted Price
Description
Internal product ID
Product code
Product name
Short Description
Thumbnail image for the
product
URL Link to the product page
for this product.
Group of option fields with
selected options
Quantity for the product
Form name for the quantity box
Price for the product. If
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priceextax
Formatted Price
priceinctax
Formatted Price
pricetax
total
Formatted Price
Formatted Price
deleteItemLink
customer account type shows
prices including tax, tax will be
included in this price.
Price excluding tax for the
product
Price including tax for the
product
Tax amount for the product
Total cost (price x qty)
URL Link to delete the item
from the cart
The totals Variable
The totals variable contains the following attributes:
Attribute
goods
discount
Values (if applicable)
Formatted Price
Formatted Price
order
Formatted Price
Description
The goods total for the cart
The special discount total for
the cart
The current final ordering total
(excluding shipping and tax if
customer account type does
not include tax in the standard
prices).
The Cart extrafields Variable
Although structured in the same way as the normal product extrafields variable the
one available for products in the cart does not include any non-option fields (e.g. no
IMAGE, TEXT or TEXTAREA fields). In addition it only includes the selected options
for the product and not the complete list of options for each field. In all other
respects it is accessed in the same way. Again these extrafields can be accessed
directly using the same method as is used for the products variables.
The Cart Form
The cart form is used f or the ‘Update Cart’ button (which, in the default templates,
is simply a submit button). The form is started like this:
The form should surround all the products on the page to ensure that the quantity
boxes are shown and updated correctly when the ‘Update Cart’ button is clicked.
<form name="{cart.form.name}" action="{cart.form.action}"
method="POST">
Cart Error States
There are a number of error states that are added as attributes to the cart variable if
there is a problem when adding a product to the cart. You can use these on the cart
page to display appropriate error messages. These are detailed below:
Attribute
error
Values (if applicable)
EXCLUDED
Description
The product with the options
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selected could not be added to
the basket as the combination
is excluded.
In addition there are also error states that are added if the customer tries to
checkout but MCart 2005 will not let them. These are detailed over the page.
Attribute
checkouterror
Values (if applicable)
EMPTY
checkouterror
VALUE
Description
Customer could not check out
as they have an empty cart.
Customer could not check out
as they have not reached the
minimum order amount (if
applicable)
Company
Below is a list of the main attributes available for the company (the values for these
fields are setup in General -> Company Details and General -> Meta Tag
Details in the administration system).
Attribute
companyName
addressLine1
addressLine2
city
county
country
postcode
telephone
fax
storeurl
metaAuthor
metaDescription
metaKeywords
Values (if applicable)
Description
Your company name
First line of your address
Second line of your address
Postal city
Postal county / state
Postal country
Postcode / ZIP
Telephone number
Fax number
The store URL
Meta Tag Author
Meta Tag Description
Meta Tag Keywords
Customer
Below is a list of the main attributes available for the customer (if the customer is
logged in).
Attribute
customerID
accTypeID
title
forename
surname
address1
address2
town
county
postcode
Values (if applicable)
Description
Internal customer ID
Internal customer account type
ID
Customer’s title
Forename or First Name
Surname or Last Name
Address line 1
Address line 2
Town/City
County / State
Postcode / ZIP
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telephone
fax
email
company
newsletter
Y or N
loggedin
Y or N
Telephone number
Fax number
Email address
Company name
Whether the customer is
subscribed to your newsletter
or not.
Whether the customer is
actually logged in or not.
Note: Any extra customer fields you have setup will also be available
directly by the field name you used in Customers -> Customer Fields.
Customer Link Attributes
The following customer link attributes are available so you can include navigation
links for customers.
Attribute
registerlink
forgottenlink
homelink
addresseslink
orderlink
wishlistlink
logoutlink
Values (if applicable)
Description
URL that takes an unregistered
customer to the customer
registration screen.
URL that takes a customer to
the forgotten password screen.
URL that takes a logged in
customer to their account home
page.
URL that takes a logged in
customer to their delivery
addresses page.
URL that takes a logged in
customer to their order history
page.
URL that takes a logged in
customer to their wishlist
URL that logs a customer out.
Address (Delivery Addresses)
On the customer address editing page this is available as addressfields (as part of
the customer variable) and on the ordering section this is available as address (as
part of the ordering variable). It contains all the field information for delivery
addresses both stored with an order and in the customer’s address book. It is
structured in the same way as the customer record and the form fields are displayed
in the same way as described in General Form Fields.
In addition to the pages that display individual address, such as adding and editing a
customer address or adding a new delivery address when ordering, there is a group
of delivery addresses called addresses which becomes part of the customer variable
on the main customer address screen that lists all the addresses in a customer’s
address book (customeraddresses.html).
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The addresses Group
The addresses group adds the following attribute links to each address in the
customer’s address book:
Attribute
editlink
Values (if applicable)
deletelink
Description
URL link that takes the
customer to the editing screen
for an address.
URL link that allows the
customer to delete an address
in their address book.
In addition to this, the customer variable also obtains a link attribute called
‘addressaddlink’ that takes them to the editing screen to add a new address into
their address book.
Wishlist
Wishlist is the variable that is used to display the customer’s wish list. Below is a list
of the main attributes available for the wishlist:
Attribute
products
Values (if applicable)
emptylink
Description
Group of the products in the
cart.
URL link to empty the wishlist
of all products.
Product Fields Available For Wishlist Products
Not all the available fields for a product are available for list of products in wishlist
and there are some extra ones specific to the wishlist itself. The following are
available:
Attribute
productsID
code
name
thumbnail
Values (if applicable)
Image + Image path
link
extrafields
qty
qtyboxname
commentboxname
comment
price
Formatted Price
Description
Internal product ID
Product code
Product name
Thumbnail image for the
product
URL Link to the product page
for this product.
Group of option fields with
selected options
Quantity for the product
Form name for the quantity box
Form name for the comments
box
Any comment that the
customer has entered against
the product.
Price for the product. If
customer account type shows
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prices including tax, tax will be
included in this price.
priceextax
Formatted Price
Price excluding tax for the
product
priceinctax
Formatted Price
pricetax
total
Formatted Price
Formatted Price
Price including tax for the
product
Tax amount for the product
Total cost (price x qty)
deletelink
URL Link to delete the item
from the wish list
AddToBasketLink
URL Link to add the product to
the current
basket
The Wishlist Form
The wishlist form is used for the ‘Update Wishlist’ button (which, in the default
templates, is simply a submit button). The form is started like this:
<form name="{wishlist.form.name}" action="{wishlist.form.action}"
method="POST">
The form should surround all the products on the page to ensure that the quantity
boxes are shown and updated correctly when the ‘Update Wishlist’ button is clicked.
In addition to the normal wishlist form there is a Send Wishlist form as well. The
form is started like this:
<form name="{wishlist.send.form.name}"
action="{wishlist.send.form.action}"
method="POST">
On this form a required field is the list of email addresses that the customer would
like to send their wish list to. This can be included with the following:
<input type="text" name="{wishlist.send.form.emaillist}" value=""
class="textbox" size="50">
Ordering
The ordering variable (which is used for both normal ordering and gift certificate
ordering although the templates for these are different) inherits from many of the
other variables available in MCart 2005. For instance, the customer’s address fields
are available either to an existing customer, a new customer or to a customer that is
not opening an account (MCart 2005 treats them all the same in this respect and
asks that the same customer fields are filled in). Delivery addresses are available as
well for an existing customer to select one from their address book, to select their
billing address as the delivery address or to enter a completely new delivery address.
One exception to this is cart which an be addressed in exactly the same way as on
the normal cart pages.
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There are, of course, extra fields shown on the cart which are not available on the
normal cart page for the tax totals, gift certificate totals and shipping totals, but
these work in much the same way as the normal total fields for the cart.
In addition there are groups for things such as shipping methods and payment
options and in this regard the templates should be self explanatory from all that you
have seen. For instance, the credit card fields for the Credit Card payment option can
be accessed directly as was discussed in General Form Fields.
The ordering process is fairly static although it can be altered through various
options within MCart 2005. For instance, you can opt not to allow separate delivery
addresses, or to not use the gift certificate system and the ordering pages are setup
to check for these occurrences.
You may obviously wish to change the layout of the pages but in terms of
functionality they can be pretty much left as they are (as long as the if statements
are left in) and they will alter themselves to suit your settings.
Order
order is a variable that contains order information. It is used on the order success
page, the customer order history page (only the order header information is
available in the group orderlist.orders that is used on the main customer order
history list page) and when printing a receipt in the order administration system.
Attributes for the main order variable are as follows:
Attribute
orderID
ordernumber
orderdate
ordertime
totals
products
ip
customerID
All customer fields
All delivery address
fields
currencyID
status
Values (if applicable)
Description
Internal order ID
Internal order ID plus you base
order number setting
Formatted order date
Formatted order time
Group containing order totals
Group containing order product
information
IP address saved with the order
Internal customer ID (if
applicable)
See the Customer part of this
section for information on the
attribute names available.
See the Customer part of this
section for information on the
attribute names available.
Internal currency ID of the
order
Status of the order. Please see
the Order Management section
of this documentation for more
information.
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shippingMethod
Name of the shipping method
used. There is also
shippingMethodNative which is
stored in the language the
customer checkout out in.
Internal payment ID for the
order
Actual name of the payment
method. There is also
paymentNameNative which is
stored in the language the
customer checkout out in.
paymentID
paymentName
orderPrinted
Y or N
orderNotes
languageID
giftCertOrder
Y or N
Any extra order
fields
Whether or not the order has
been printed
Internal Order Notes field
Language customer used when
ordering
Y if the order was for a gift
certificate
Any extra order fields
referenced by field name
The Totals Group
The totals group contains the following attributes:
Attribute
goods
shipping
tax
discount
giftcertificates
Values (if applicable)
Formatted Price
Formatted Price
Formatted Price
Formatted Price
Formatted Price
order
Formatted Price
Description
The goods total
The shipping total
The tax total
The special discount total
Total of any gift certificates
used on the order
Final order total
The Products Group
The products group contains the following attributes:
Attribute
productID
code
name
Values (if applicable)
extrafields
qty
price
Formatted Price
Description
Internal product ID
Product code
Product name. On the front-end
this will be in the language the
order was placed in.
Group of option fields with
selected options
Quantity for the product
Price excluding tax.
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total
Formatted Price
Total cost (price x qty)
The Products Extrafields Group
This is in the same format as the extra fields for the cart variable. W hen the
customer views their order all option names will be in their native language which is
saved along with the product details at the time of ordering.
The orderlist Group
The order list group contains a list of orders and is used on the main customer order
history page. Information is as above for the main order variable (without any
product information) with the addition of an attribute called viewlink which creates a
link to the full order page for any given order.
Languages
languages is a group containing all the languages setup in your store and it is
normally used to display a language selection feature on your store. Attributes for
each language are as follows:
Attribute
languageID
name
link
Values (if applicable)
Description
Internal language ID
The actual language name.
A URL link that changes the
language the customer is
viewing the store in.
Only visible languages will be included in the group.
Note: The cart variable contains an attribute called languageID that
contains the languageID of the currently selected language.
Currencies
currencies is a group containing all the currencies setup in your store and it is
normally used to display a currency selection feature on your store. Attributes for
each currency are as follows:
Attribute
currencyID
code
Values (if applicable)
name
decimals
pretext
middletext
posttext
useexchangerate
exchangerate
Y or N
Description
Internal currency ID
ISO 3-character code for the
currency
Descriptive name for the
currency
Number of decimal places
Formatting pre-text
Formatting middle-text
Formatting post-text
Whether the currency is
calculated via. an exchange
rate or not.
The applicable exchange rate.
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checkout
Y or N
Whether checking out in the
currency is allowed or
disallowed.
Only visible currencies will be included in the group.
Note: The cart variable contains an attribute called currencyID that contains
the currencyID of the currently selected currency.
Snippets
Snippets are accessed in a slightly different way to normal variables as you need to
pick out individual snippets, rather than the whole database of snippets. If you have
a snippet called News, you can display the title and the content of the snippet by
including the following on your templates.
{snippet=News.title}
{snippet=News.content}
Labels
All labels are automatically made available to your templates by MCart 2005. They
are accessed in the following format:
{labels.type.labelname}
Where type = the label type, e.g. navigation for example and labelname = the actual
label name. The default templates are setup to use labels throughout and you can
add / edit / remove labels from the Templates section of the administration system.
Options
Options is a special variable that contains all the configuration options from the
jss_options database table. This isn’t used a great deal in the default templates but
can be employed to provide some powerful conditional statements based on the
internal settings of your MCart 2005 store.
There are 90 different options stored in the jss_options database table and these are
made available in the following format:
{options.optionName}
Where optionName = the actual option name from the jss_options database table.
For instance you could do the following to check if customer accounts are enabled for
your store:
<#if:options.customerAccounts:eq:1#>
Customer accounts are enabled!
<#else#>
Customer accounts are disabled!
<#/if#>
There are too many options in the jss_options database table to go into details on
here but they all have been given very descriptive names.
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Paging Variables
Paging variables become available on the search page for products and on the
section page for products. They provide access to any number of pages in the
results, along with Previous and Next links. The following attributes become part of
the sectionpages variable on section pages and the search variable on search results
pages:
Attribute
page
pages
previouslink
Values (if applicable)
nextlink
Description
Currently viewed page
Group of page links
URL link to the previous page
(blank if not applicable)
URL link to the next page
(blank if not applicable)
The pages group should be looped around and contains links to all the other pages
available. Attributes of pages are:
Attribute
page
link
Values (if applicable)
Description
Page number
URL link to the page
News
The news group contains all the Latest News items you have entered for your store.
The attributes available for each news item are as follows:
Attribute
newsID
Values (if applicable)
title
content
date
time
postedBy
Formatted time
Description
Internal unique ID for the news
item
Title of the news item
Content of the news item
Formatted date of when the
news item was first created
Formatted time of when the
news item was first created
The username of the person
who created the news item.
Note: In addition to the news group there is also a group called newstitles.
This group contains much the same information and is used in the same
way. The only difference is that this group does not include the content
attribute so is useful when you simply want to create a list of news items
that link through to your full news page. This gives a speed benefit as the
content field is never retrieved from the database.
Users Online
The usersonline variable contains information about the number of users currently
looking at your store and the most ever online at once. Attributes are:
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Attribute
current
Values (if applicable)
timelimit
most
mostdate
Description
Current number of users on
your site
The length of time (in minutes)
used to calculate the number of
users online
The most number of users ever
recorded online at once
The date when the most
number of users online was
recorded
Linking to News Items
By default a template called news.html is used to display the full content of all your
news items in the store. This page is setup to be used with page.php, like this:
page.php?xPage=news.html
A link created as above will show the news.html template and show your news items.
News.html includes anchors for each of the new items, like this:
<a name="news{news.newsID}"/>
As you can see this is created by the word news followed by the unique ID for the
news item. In the default templates, top.html also contains a list of news items for
the left hand menu bar in your store. This links to individual news items like this:
page.php?xPage=news.html#news{newstitles.newsID}
All this is doing is showing the news page and going straight to the anchor for the
particular news item the customer has clicked on.
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Import/Export
Getting information into and out of a new system is always important and this
section provides both import and export routines to help you in this.
What Files Can Be Imported?
The import routines in MCart 2005 accept any normal CSV file with Windows line
breaks. If you are preparing a CSV file from a Mac, you will need to ensure that
Windows line breaks are used, otherwise this may cause unexpected results when
importing.
Saving Import / Export Layouts
Each of the import / export screens has a small section at the top which provides the
ability to load and save previously make import or export layouts. On any particular
import or export screen previously saved layouts applicable to the current import or
export section will be shown in a drop-down box and you can select one of these and
click the ‘Load’ button to load it. Selecting one of the saved layouts and clicking
‘Delete’ will allow you to delete it.
Figure 10-1
Once loaded, a button will appear marked ‘Save’, enabling you to save an updated
layout to the same name. Alternatively, you can use the ‘Save As’ button to save a
new layout or save a loaded layout with a new name (the original will still exist as
well).
These routines make it easy to retrieve a layout that you use often, for instance you
can save a layout for exporting orders and each time you export orders you can reload this layout to make sure that the CSV file that is created is outputted in the
same way.
The Main Fields Boxes
For both importing and exporting fields can be selected in left hand box and clicking
on the arrow will transfer them to the right hand box. On the far right of the two
boxes the up and down arrows will move fields up and down the field order and the
red X will remove them altogether from the right hand box.
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Figure 10-2
Importing
When on an import screen the left hand select box shows a list of all the possible
fields that MCart 2005 will recognize for the import and the right hand screen should
contain a list of all the fields in your import CSV file in the correct order. If there are
extra fields in your CSV file you can use the special SKIP_FIELD field from the left
hand box to tell MCart 2005 to skip the field, as it’s not needed.
Exporting
When on an export screen the left hand select box shows a list of all the possible
fields that MCart 2005 will export and the right hand screen shows those fields you
have selected to export and the order in which they will be exported.
Additional Import / Export Information
Each of the import / export screens also has the same section near the bottom of the
page – Additional Import (or Export) Information. These fields describe the actual
format of the CSV file to be imported or exported and are as follows:
Figure 10-3
•
•
•
First row contains column headings - For imports this means that the first
row contains column headings and this first line will be ignored. For exports
this means that the first line in the export will contain all the column heading
you have included in the correct order.
Field Delimiter (Separator) - This describes how each field in a record is
separated. The choices are Tab, Comma, Semicolon or Pipe.
Text Qualified by Quote Marks - If YES is selected, for imports all starting
and ending quote marks on a text field will be stripped before being put into
the database. For exports, all text fields will be surrounded by quote marks.
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Import: Update Images
This is an import screen and provides the ability to import a list of product IDs and /
or product codes along with corresponding image locations. You should have already
uploaded the images to your server and make sure that the references that you
import here are relative to the main MCart 2005 directory. Without either a product
ID or product code field being included in the import CSV, products will not be
updated as there will be no way of cross-referencing import records to the
appropriate product.
Import: Update Stock Levels
This is an import screen and provides the ability to import a list of product IDs and /
or product codes along with corresponding stock levels. Without either a product ID
or product code field being included in the import CSV, products will not be updated
as there will be no way of cross-referencing import records to the appropriate
product.
Note: This will only update the basic stock level settings for products and
not any combination stock levels that you have setup. Also, updating stock
levels should not be done whilst orders are being processed on the system
as importing new stock levels will set the stock level absolutely and this
may lead to discrepancies afterwards.
Import: Update Base Prices
This is an import screen and provides the ability to import a list of product IDs and /
or product codes along with corresponding base prices. Without either a product ID
or product code field being included in the import CSV, products will not be updated
as there will be no way of cross-referencing import records to the appropriate
product.
Note: Only those currencies that are not calculated by exchange rates can
have their prices updated by this import. Currencies calculated by exchange
rates will not appear in the left hand box.
Import: Update Products
This is an import screen and provides the ability to import a list of product IDs and /
or other product information to update existing product information in your store.
Without either a product ID or product code field being included in the import CSV,
products will not be updated as there will be no way of cross-referencing import
records to the appropriate product.
Import: New Products
This provides the ability to import new products into the MCart 2005 product
database. We only recommend using the product ID field if you are using the
‘Replace Insert’ Insert Method (see below.)
An extra box is available with this import entitled ‘Insert Method’. There are three
possible options:
•
Straight Insert - MCart 2005 will attempt to import the products directly,
without affecting any existing products. If you are importing a product ID and
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•
•
that product ID already exists in the database, MCart 2005 will not add the
record to the database.
Replace Insert - MCart 2005 will import the records, updating any products
that already exist with the new information and creating new records for
those that don’t exist. The decision to update or replace is made by checking
to see if the product ID already exists. Be warned. If a product ID does
already exist the record will first be deleted before the new data with the
same product ID is inserted – this could cause data loss.
Drop All Products Then Insert - As the name suggests this will drop every
product in the database then insert the products from the CSV file. Use this
option with caution!
Import: Mailing List
This is an import screen and provides the ability to import a list of email addresses to
the MCart 2005 newsletter distribution list.
Export: Mailing List
Export screen that provides access to all the records on your mailing list. Currently
only two fields are available. RecipientID is an internal MCart 2005 identifier for the
record.
Export: Orders
Export screen that provides access to all the orders from your store. This screen also
provides you with a Date Range selector allowing you to limit the range of orders
that will appear in the exported file.
Note: Including any of the order line fields, e.g. lineID, product code,
product name etc. will cause the export file to include a line for each of the
order lines. These lines will all contain the same basic order header
information.
Export: Products
Export screen that provides access to all the products in your store.
Note: Only those currencies that are not calculated by exchange rates can
be exported.
Export: Customers
Export screen that provides access to all the customers from your store.
Export: Stock Levels
Export screen that provides access to just the product stock level fields. This is
useful for creating an export that can then be updated in a spreadsheet on your PC
and imported again using the ‘Update Stock Levels’ import option.
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Newsletter
The Newsletter sub-system in MCart 2005 provides both a means of capturing email
addresses in your store by the Join Newsletter section (if used) and also when people
order via a checkbox on the billing details. Customers with accounts can also change
their newsletter setting on the customer account details screen.
You are not forced to use the included Newsletter system if you do not want to. By
using the Import/Export section of MCart 2005 the full mailing list that is used for
the Newsletter can be exported for use outside of the system.
In addition to the actual Newsletter, this section of the administration system also
provides a ‘Latest News’ feature for your store where you can create news items for
display in your store.
Note: By default, the newsletter options are ‘opt-in’ for the customer. Although this
could be changed in the templates, for instance when ordering or editing customer
account details, to force inclusion in the newsletter we strongly advise against this as
there a number of laws that protect consumers from being automatically included on
mailing lists.
Newsletter Options
This screen allows you to set some general options for newsletters that you send out
using MCart 2005.
Figure 10-1
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•
•
•
•
Reply/From Email Address For Newsletters - This option sets the email
address that the recipient will see on the newsletter. If they reply to the
newsletter this will also be the address their reply arrives to.
Newsletter Test Recipient - This is the recipient email address that you
would like to use when clicking the ‘Test’ button on the List of Newsletter. The
email address specified here will receive the test mailing of the newsletter.
Email Addresses To List Per Page - This option sets the number of
newsletter email records to show per page on the administrative page.
Convert Line Breaks To <BR> on News Items - This gives you the option
of having MCart 2005 automatically convert line breaks to <BR> tags when
displaying news items on your site. If you set this to NO you will have to
enter your own line breaks.
Sending: Emails Per Batch – MCart 2005 sends the newsletter out in
batches, refreshing the sending page after each batch to keep you up to date
on progress. This setting dictates how many emails are sent in each batch. A
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typical setting would be around 50 – 100. However, if you experience time
outs you should lower this setting to take into account the speed of your mail
server.
Sending: Automatically Process Next Batch - When set to YES, no user
input is required between sending each batch, the page reloads and the next
batch is sent automatically. If set to NO, the sending screen will require you o
click on a link in order to send the next batch. For most, a setting of YES
would normally be used here.
List of Newsletters
This screen provides a list of all the newsletters you have setup using MCart 2005.
Newsletters are not automatically deleted once sent, so they can be sent again
should you wish.
Figure 10-2
Against each newsletter shown you will see the date the newsletter was created
along with a status. The status will be one of the following:
Status
NOT SENT
SENT
BEING SENT
Description
This shows that the newsletter has not currently been sent out from
the system.
This shows that the newsletter has been sent out from the system.
This shows that the newsletter is currently being sent out by MCart
2005. Please see below for more information on this.
Along with each newsletter listed there is are ‘Edit’, ‘Delete’ and ‘Test’ buttons. The
‘Test’ button will send a copy of the newsletter, via email, to the test recipient email
address as specified in the ‘Newsletter Options’ screen.
In addition, depending on the status of the newsletter a fourth button may be seen.
If the newsletter has not been sent this button will say ‘Send’ and, once clicked, will
start the send process. If the newsletter has been sent this button will say ‘Reset’
and will be reset the status of the newsletter to NOT SENT allowing it to be sent
again.
Once you click the ‘Send’ button you will be asked to confirm that you wish to send
the newsletter. Clicking OK will load a pop-up window with the send page and the
first batch will be processed. You will need to keep this window open for the duration
of the sending process. After each batch the screen will update and, depending on
your newsletter options, will either automatically proceed to process the next batch
or wait for user input before sending the next batch.
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By re-loading the List Of Newsletters page you can keep track of the current status
of the newsletter. If the system is still sending the newsletter out to recipients it will
appear as BEING SENT. If the system has finished sending the newsletter it will
appear as SENT.
Adding / Editing Newsletters
The adding and editing screens use the same page and below are details of the fields
available:
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Subject - This is the subject of the email message that will appear in the
recipients email inbox.
Content Text - This is the plain text version of the newsletter that will be
sent to the recipient. If you do not wish to have a plain-text version of your
newsletter then you should leave this field blank.
Content HTML - This is the HTML version of the newsletter that will be sent
to the recipient. If you do not wish to have a HTML version of your newsletter
then you should leave this field blank. It is always good practice to include a
remove link in emails you send and MCart 2005 provides a way of doing this.
By including {removelink} in your newsletter, this will be replaced with a
remove link particular to the individual recipient that, when clicked, will
automatically remove them from the newsletter mailing list.
Latest News
Along with each news item listed there is an ‘Edit’ button and a ‘Delete’ button. In
addition there is a ‘Sort / Reorder News’ button that allows you to change the display
order of news items. By default, news items are displayed in date order.
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Figure 10-4
Note: Please see section 20 of the documentation for more information on
how to display news items in your store.
Adding / Editing News Items
The adding and editing screens use the same page and below are details of the fields
available:
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Title - This is the title of the news items
Content - This is the full detail for the news items. This field can contain as
much information as you require and can include HTML. Note that line breaks
are automatically converted into <BR> tags when displayed in your store.
Reset Date Of This News Item To Now - This option is only available when
editing a news item and if checked the news item’s date and time will be reset to the current date and time when it is saved.
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Customers
MCart 2005 includes a comprehensive customer account and management system.
In MCart 2005, it is possible for customers to open accounts, setup an address book
of delivery addresses, manage and send a wish list and many other features. In
addition the administration system in MCart 2005 provides the ability to setup
multiple customer account types and to allocate customers to these account types.
Rather than just a way of categorizing customers, you can give automatic discounts,
give other special discounts, change the payment options available or even show
sections and products only to certain customer types.
This section allows you to manage your customers, account types and customer
reviews.
General Settings
This screen gives you access to some overall configuration options for customers in
MCart 2005.
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Allow Customer Accounts - If set to YES, customers will be allowed to open
accounts, otherwise customer accounts will not be available in your store.
Take Customer To Account At Login - If set to YES, the customer will
automatically be forwarded to their account home page when they login,
otherwise they will either be taken back to the previous page or, in some
circumstances where this is not possible, taken back to the front page of the
store.
Allow Separate Delivery Address - If this option is set to NO, the ordering
system will not allow the entry of a separate delivery address and customers
will only be allowed to purchase giving their billing address.
Make County/DeliveryCounty Field A Select Box - This option changes
the county/state fields that MCart 2005 uses. If set to YES these fields will
become select boxes, rather than text entry field. The purpose of this is if you
need to provide a set list of counties / states for the purposes of tax and / or
shipping. If you set this as YES, you can set options for these select boxes by
editing the county field in ‘Customer Fields’ or the deliveryCounty field in
‘Delivery Address Fields’.
New Accounts Default Account Type - This allows you to set the account
type given to all newly opened accounts.
Note: The select options in county and deliveryCounty fields will be linked to
avoid inconsistency between the two.
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Account Types
This is where you can create account types for your customers. When a customer
field signs up from your store they are automatically entered into the ‘General’
customer account type. You can then choose to move them into another customer
account type as the need arises.
List of Account Types
This screen shows you the currently available account types you have setup in MCart
2005.
Figure 11-2
The General account type, although it can have its name changed, cannot be deleted
as this is the default account in MCart 2005.
Along with each of the account types is an ‘Edit’ button to edit the account type
details and a ‘Delete’ button to remove the account type.
Adding / Editing Account Types
Adding and editing account types uses the same screen. The following fields are
available for account types:
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Name - This is the internal name for the account type.
Description - A description, never shown on the front-end, to help you
remember what the account type is for.
Show Prices Including Tax - The default product price field that is sent to
the templates can either include or exclude tax, based on this setting. For
instance for general customers you would probably opt to include tax in the
price shown on the product pages and in the cart. However, if you have
wholesale customers, for instance, then it may be preferable to show the
prices excluding tax. In both instances tax will be shown as a separate line at
checkout.
Discount % - This is a very powerful feature that enables you to give an
automatic discount off product prices to members of a customer account type.
This discount isn’t shown as an extra line in the cart or at checkout – the
prices the customer sees throughout the store will be the price excluding this
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discount. This is useful if you have wholesale customers, for instance, that
receive a standard percentage discount off normal product prices.
Special Discounts
In addition to the standard discounts available per customer types, the Special
Discounts section allows you to setup additional discounts based upon both customer
type and goods total amount. These discounts take the form of a percentage off the
goods total cost or off the shipping amount. For instance, MCart 2005 allows for the
setting up a Special Discount that gives a 100% discount off the shipping cost when
the goods in the cart total more than $100 would equate to free shipping.
Special Discounts are shown as a separate line in the cart and at checkout, giving
the total amount of all the discounts that are applicable to the order. Special
Discounts are calculated based on the goods total price, excluding tax.
List of Special Discounts
The list of Special Discounts is separated into two sections, those that give a
discount on the goods total and those that give a discount off the shipping cost. The
list also shows you the goods total level that needs to be achieved for the discount to
take effect, the customer account types it is applicable to and the actual discount
percentage.
Figure 11-4
In addition each line has an ‘Edit’ and ‘Delete’ button and a new Special Discount can
be added by clicking the ‘Add New Discount’ button at the bottom of the screen.
Adding / Editing Special Discounts
Adding and editing special discounts uses the same screen. The fields available are
as follows:
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Name - This is an internal name to help you reference the discounts you
have setup. It is not normally shown to the customer.
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Type - There are two possible options here: ‘Goods Total Discount’ applies
the discount to the goods total value and ‘Shipping Discount’ applies the
discount to the eventual shipping charges for the order.
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Goods Total - Here you can enter the goods total amount after which this
discount becomes applicable.
Discount - This is the actual discount percentage you wish to use.
Account Types - This box allows you to select the customer account types
that the discount is applicable to. ‘All’ literally means all accounts. You may
select any combination of account types by clicking on the account type
names whilst holding the Shift or CTRL key.
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Customer Fields
MCart 2005 has a standard set of customer fields that you cannot delete (some of
them, however, can be made invisible to the customer). In addition to the standard
customer fields you can also setup additional customer fields. These customer fields
do not necessarily have to be editable by the customer – in fact there are a number
of options that give you control over who fills them in (the customer, or you),
whether they have to be completed when ordering (for instance, if somebody orders
from your site with no account) and whether they are to be included in the order
details available in the Order Management system.
There are 4 field types available, as detailed below:
Type
Description
TEXT
Single line entry field
TEXTAREA
Multiple row entry field
SELECT
A select box of options
CHECKBOX
Single check-box
Each of the fields can be validated and validation messages displayed if they are not
filled in.
Note: The county field can be changed to a select box if you need to operate tax and
/ or shipping against a set list of options. This is done in the General Settings page of
the Customer section of the administration system.
List of Customer Fields
The list of customer fields gives you an overall view of the fields for customers, their
internal and viewable titles along with an ‘Edit’ button and, if the field isn’t one of the
standard MCart 2005 customer fields, a ‘Delete’ button. At the bottom of this
screen there is also an ‘Add New Field’ button along with a select box for the type of
field you would like to add.
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Figure 11-6
Adding / Editing Customer Fields
Adding and editing customer fields uses the same screen. However, some of the
options are only available for certain types of fields. Options available are as follows:
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Name - This is an internal name that is used in the database. It must be
unique and you will be told if it is not. This field is not generally shown to the
customer.
Title - This is the description of the field that is shown to the customer in the
default templates.
Size and Maximum Length (only for TEXT type fields) - Size is the
actual size of the form field on the page and maximum length is the
maximum number of characters a customer can enter into the field.
Columns and Rows (only for TEXTAREA type fields) - This is the number
of columns and rows that the field should be sized to on the contact form
page.
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Validation and Validation Message - If you want to make it a requirement
that a field is filled in you should select YES for Validation and enter a
Validation Message.
Include When Ordering - Selecting YES for this option will save any
contents of this field with any order the customer places. This isn’t a link to
the customer record, the order will contain the data that the user (or
internally, see below) had in this field at the time of ordering. In addition
selecting this option will show this field on the checkout billing page for those
customers who do not have accounts.
Internal Only - Selecting YES for this option will mean that the field is not
shown to the customer and they can not fill it in. Instead this is only saved
internally. Selecting both this and ‘Include When Ordering’ would be useful for
making sure that internal accounts references for the customer are saved
with the order and thus available for export using the ‘Import/Export’ section
of MCart 2005.
Visible - Setting this to NO will make a field invisible.
Content (only available for SELECT type fields) - This allows you to enter
a list of options for a select box field. You can enter a new option by typing it
in the Option: box and either pressing return or clicking the ‘Add’ button. If
you select an already entered option its contents will appear in the Option:
box allowing you to change it. You can then click ‘Apply’ to save that change.
In addition the three little buttons on the right of the content box allow you to move
items up and down the list (changing their display order) or, by clicking the red X, to
delete an item completely.
Delivery Address Fields
MCart 2005 has a standard set of delivery fields that you cannot delete (some of
them, however, can be made invisible to the customer). In addition to the standard
delivery address fields you can also setup additional delivery address fields. For any
extra delivery address fields you can specify if they should be included when
ordering, meaning that they will be saved with the order and the customer will also
be asked to fill them in if adding a new delivery address when ordering.
There are 4 field types available, as detailed below:
Type
Description
TEXT
Single line entry field
TEXTAREA
Multiple row entry field
SELECT
A select box of options
CHECKBOX
Single check-box
Each of the fields can be validated and validation messages displayed if they are not
filled in.
Note: The deliveryCounty field can be changed to a select box if you need to operate
tax and / or shipping against a set list of options. This is done in the General Settings
page of the Customer section of the administration system.
List of Delivery Address Fields
The list of delivery address fields gives you an overall view of the fields for
customers, their internal and viewable titles along with an ‘Edit’ button and, if the
field isn’t one of the standard MCart 2005 customer fields, a ‘Delete’ button.
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Figure 11-8
At the bottom of this screen there is also an ‘Add New Field’ button along with a
select box for the type of field you would like to add.
Adding / Editing Delivery Address Fields
Adding and editing delivery address fields uses the same screen. However, some of
the options are only available for certain types of fields. Options available are as
follows:
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Name - This is an internal name that is used in the database. It must be
unique and you will be told if it is not. This field is not generally shown to the
customer.
Title - This is the description of the field that is shown to the customer in the
default templates.
Size and Maximum Length (only for TEXT type fields) - Size is the
actual size of the form field on the page and maximum length is the
maximum number of characters a customer can enter into the field.
Columns and Rows (only for TEXTAREA type fields) - This is the number
of columns and rows that the field should be sized to on the contact form
page.
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Validation and Validation Message - If you want to make it a requirement
that a field is filled in you should select YES for Validation and enter a
Validation Message.
Include When Ordering - Selecting YES for this option will save any
contents of this field with any order the customer places. This isn’t a link to
the customer record, the order will contain the data that the user (or
internally, see below) had in this field at the time of ordering. In addition
selecting this option will show this field on the delivery checkout page for
those customers who do not have accounts.
Visible - Setting this to NO will make a field invisible.
Content (only available for SELECT type fields) - This allows you to enter
a list of options for a select box field. You can enter a new option by typing it
in the Option: box and either pressing return or clicking the ‘Add’ button.
If you select an already entered option its contents will appear in the Option: box
allowing you to change it. You can then click ‘Apply’ to save that change.
In addition the three little buttons on the right of the content box allow you to move
items up and down the list (changing their display order) or, by clicking the red X, to
delete an item completely.
Adding / Editing a Customer
Adding and editing a customer uses the same screen. You can add a new customer
by clicking the ‘Add New Customer’ menu option and edit a customer from the
customer listing / search pages.
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Figure 11-10
The fields shown on this screen are those from the ‘Customer Fields’ setting page
plus the following:
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Email Address - The email address of the customer. The system will not
allow you to setup a customer with the same email address as a customer
that already exists in the store.
Password - Only enter a password here if you want to set/change a
password for the customer. Left blank, any existing password will be left
unchanged.
Account Type - This select box allows you to select which customer account
type this customer belongs to. Please see the ‘Account Types’ heading
(discussed previously in this section) for more information on account types.
Tax Exempt - This allows you to set whether the customer should be exempt
from tax. This is useful if you’re dealing with other companies and tax rules
allow zero tax. By default this is set to NO.
ABC Customer Listing
This shows a list of customers in surname, forename order along with ‘Edit’ and
‘Delete’ buttons.
Date Customer Listing
This shows a list of customer in descending date of sign-up, with the newest first. It
also shows 'Edit’ and ‘Delete’ buttons.
Figure 11-11
Search Customers
This searches the customers in your store on their email address or name along with
an account type and displays the results, along with ‘Edit’ and ‘Delete’ buttons as per
the ABC Customer Listing’ and the ‘Date Customer Listing’ pages.
Unmoderated Reviews
If you are operating the review functionality of MCart 2005 along with the setting
that allows reviews to be moderated (please see the ‘General’ section for more
details on customer reviews), this will display a list of currently unmoderated reviews
(those reviews with the visible flag set to NO).
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Figure 11-12
From this list you can see the author, the date the review was made, the product it
relates to and the rating given. In addition there are ‘Edit’ and ‘Delete’ buttons
available for each of the reviews.
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Visible - If you are running the reviews in moderated mode then all new
reviews will automatically have their visible flag set to NO and they will not
appear in your store. Once you have moderated the review you can set this
flag to YES and the review will then automatically appear in your store.
Reviews by Product
This shows all reviews, irrespective of the visible flag, sorted alphabetically by
product code and product name. As with the Unmoderated Reviews list there are
‘Edit’ and ‘Delete’ buttons for each of the customer reviews.
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Checkout
The Checkout section of the administration system gives you access to configuration
options and settings for the way the checkout procedures of your store should
operate. This section includes any extra order fields, your payment options and gift
certificate settings.
Checkout Settings
This screen lets you set some of the global checkout options for your store.
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Force Customer Account Creation - With this option set to YES, visitors to
your store will not be able to checkout unless they already have an account or
unless they open an account. The option to checkout without an account will
be removed.
Minimum Order Value (Base Currency) - A setting above 0 activates this
option. This allows you to set a minimum goods total value (excluding tax)
that the customer must have in their basket before they are allowed to check
out.
Extra Order Fields
When you first install MCart 2005, an extra order field has already been created for
you. This is the ‘I agree to the terms and conditions’ check box on the final ordering
page. We have included this as an example of the extra order fields and because it is
a field that most people need. Any other extra order fields you setup will also be
shown on this final ordering page and any data entered saved with the order, unless
you opt for them to be ‘Internal Only’ in which case you can edit these through the
order administration system for any other information you need to store against an
order.
There are 4 field types available, as detailed below:
Type
TEXT
TEXTAREA
SELECT
CHECKBOX
Description
Single line entry field
Multiple row entry field
A select box of options
Single check-box
Each of the fields can be validated and validation messages displayed if they are not
filled in.
List of Extra Order Fields
The list of extra order fields gives you an overall view of the fields for the final
ordering page along with an ‘Edit’ button and a ‘Delete’ button.
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Figure 12-2
At the bottom of this screen there is also an ‘Add New Field’ button along with a
select box for the type of field you would like to add.
Adding / Editing Extra Order Fields
Adding and editing extra order fields uses the same screen. However, some of the
options are only available for certain types of fields. Options available are as follows:
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Name - This is an internal name that is used in the database. It must be
unique and you will be told if it is not. This field is not generally shown to the
customer.
Title - This is the description of the field that is shown to the customer in the
default templates.
Size and Maximum Length (only for TEXT type fields) - Size is the
actual size of the form field on the page and maximum length is the
maximum number of characters a customer can enter into the field.
Columns and Rows (only for TEXTAREA type fields) - This is the number
of columns and rows that the field should be sized to on the contact form
page.
Validation and Validation Message - If you want to make it a requirement
that a field is filled in you should select YES for Validation and enter a
Validation Message.
Internal Only - Selecting YES for this option will mean that the field is not
presented to the customer to fill in. Instead it will be saved with an order
empty and this can then be filled in by editing the order in the order
management section of MCart 2005. This is useful if you need extra fields
against an order to store other, internal information. Visible Setting this to
NO will make a field invisible.
Content (only available for SELECT type fields) - This allows you to enter
a list of options for a select box field. You can enter a new option by typing it
in the Option: box and either pressing return or clicking the ‘Add’ button.
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If you select an already entered option its contents will appear in the Option: box
allowing you to change it. You can then click ‘Apply’ to save that change.
In addition the three little buttons on the right of the content box allow you to move
items up and down the list (changing their display order) or, by clicking the red X, to
delete an item completely.
Payment Options
This is where you can setup the various payment options you wish to give customers
when they checkout. In addition to being able to provide Credit Card, PayPal and
NoChex payments (should you want to), you can also setup an unlimited number of
other ‘offline’ payment methods that the customer can choose on the payment
details page when checking out.
List of Payment Options
This screen presents a list of the currently setup payment options. It includes details
on whether the payment option is enabled and which customer types it is available
for. Next to each payment option is an ‘Edit’ button and on all but the Credit Card,
PayPal and NoChex options, a ‘Delete’ button will be available in order to remove the
payment option completely.
Figure 12-4
PayPal, NoChex and Credit Card (if you have selected a payment gateway for credit
cards on the Edit screen) will also have green ‘Settings’ buttons available. For more
information on what the screens clicking on these buttons bring up please see the
‘Payment Gateways’ section of this documentation.
Note: Credit Card, PayPal and NoChex options cannot be deleted from the
store completely but if you do not wish to use any of them you can set the
Enabled flag to NO on the edit screen and they will not then appear as a
payment option to the customer.
Adding / Editing Payment Options
Adding and editing payment options uses the same screen. The fields available are
as follows (some of these are only available for certain payment option types):
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Figure 12-5
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Name - This is the name of the payment option. This will be shown to the
customer in your store.
Enabled - Select NO if you want to remove this payment option completely
from being selected in your store’s checkout process.
Account Types - This selects what customer account types can actually see
this payment option, this gives you the ability to only show specific customers
of a certain account type some payment options. Selecting ‘All’ will make the
payment option available to all customers.
Customer Email Confirmation - This allows you to set when the customer
will receive their email confirmation. This is important especially where
payment gateways are concerned as some of them require that MCart 2005
transfers the customer to the payment gateway for them to make their final
payment for the order. MCart 2005 will first save the order, then forward
them onto the payment gateway. Once the customer has made payment at
the payment gateway, MCart 2005 will normally receive a notification on
payment status. The options available here are:
o No customer confirmation email - If the customer pays using this
payment option they will not be sent a confirmation email.
o When order is placed - As soon as the order is created by MCart
2005 the customer confirmation email will be sent. When order is
marked as paid: As soon as the order is marked as paid, either
manually through the Order Management section or automatically by a
notification from a payment gateway, the customer confirmation email
will be sent.
Route Through Gateway (only available for the credit card option) This allows you to set up how the credit cards will be processed. The select
box lists the currently supported payment gateways along with an option
called ‘Offline’. If you plan on taking credit card details yourself and
processing them manually then ‘Offline’ is the option you should choose. You
should only choose one of the other options if you actually have an account
with that payment gateway.
Once you have set a payment gateway on this page, a green ‘Settings’ button will
appear on the Credit Card line on the List Of Payment Options screen. Clicking this
button will allow you to setup integration details for the payment gateway. For more
information on this see the ‘Payment Gateway’ section of this documentation.
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Credit Card Fields
Note: This screen is only applicable if you are using the ‘Offline’ method for
Credit Cards or if you’re using a payment gateway where credit card details
are taken directly on your site (please see the ‘Payment Gateways’ section
for details on this.)
This screen lets you setup the credit card fields that you would like to present the
customer with on the payment details page should they choose to pay by credit card.
You cannot add fields to this list and you cannot delete them but you can set some
fields to be invisible should you not want it to appear.
Note: If you are not using a payment gateway you should not, under any
circumstances, make the ccCVV field visible for the customer to enter.
The ccType field which is a select box of accepted credit card types has validation
that uses a built in routine within MCart 2005. The credit card names you enter
determine whether or not this validation is carried out. Entering the following credit
card names exactly as shown below will be validated for correctness as far as is
possible:
Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, JCB, Diners Club, Switch, Solo
Any other card types that are sent to the credit card validation routine will simply
return true as it will have no basis on which to accept or decline it for validation.
Figure 12-6
Editing Credit Card Fields
You can edit some of the information against the credit card details. The fields are as
follows:
Note: The Visible field is only available on some fields.
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Name - This is an internal name that is used in the database. It must be
unique and you will be told if it is not. This field is not generally shown to the
customer.
Title - This is the description of the field that is shown to the customer in the
default templates.
Size and Maximum Length (only for TEXT type fields) - Size is the
actual size of the form field on the page and maximum length is the
maximum number of characters a customer can enter into the field.
Validation and Validation Message - If you want to make it a requirement
that a field is filled in you should select YES for Validation and enter a
Validation Message.
Visible - Setting this to NO will make a field invisible.
Content (only available for SELECT type fields) - This allows you to enter
a list of options for a select box field. You can enter a new option by typing it
in the Option: box and either pressing return or clicking the ‘Add’ button.
If you select an already entered option its contents will appear in the Option: box
allowing you to change it. You can then click ‘Apply’ to save that change.
In addition the three little buttons on the right of the content box allow you to move
items up and down the list (changing their display order) or, by clicking the red X, to
delete an item completely.
Gift Certificate Settings
MCart 2005 includes a full gift certificate system that allows the purchase and
redemption of either email-type or postal-type gift certificates (please see the ‘Order
Administration’ section of this documentation for more information.)
Figure 12-8
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Gift Certificates that are sold in a multi-currency store are currency specific. This
means that the currency that the gift certificate is sold in has to be used by the
redeemer in order to redeem the certificate. This is due to problems relating the
value of a certificate in a currency that you have setup not using an exchange rate to
the actual base currency of the store.
This screen allows you to set some of the general gift certificates options. Options
available are:
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Enable Gift Certificates - If this is set to NO, gift certificates will not be
available for purchase or redemption in your store.
Note: It is possible to bypass this option for purchasing of gift certificates
but the standard templates do include a check – if this option is set to NO
the templates will not show the gift certificate purchase option or the
redemption option on the front-end.
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Expiry In Days - This sets up the default length of time a gift certificate is
valid for, with 0 meaning that the gift certificate should never expire. It is
important that you check on the laws in the country in which you operate as
to whether you can set gift certificates to expire at all or have to provide a
minimum length of time. For instance, in some US states it is illegal to sell gift
certificates that expire and this is becoming more and more common.
Gift Certificate Fields
This allows you to edit the display of the gift certificate fields that are presented to
the customer on the gift certificate purchasing page. You can change the display
order of the fields by clicking the ‘Sort/Reorder Fields’ button.
Figure 12-9
You cannot add extra fields to this list and you cannot delete any of the existing gif t
certificate fields either.
Editing Gift Certificate Fields
The editable fields are as follows:
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Figure 12-10
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Name - This is an internal name that is used in the database. It must be
unique and you will be told if it is not. This field is not generally shown to the
customer.
Title - This is the description of the field that is shown to the customer in the
default templates.
Size and Maximum Length (only for TEXT type fields) - Size is the
actual size of the form field on the page and maximum length is the
maximum number of characters a customer can enter into the field.
Validation and Validation Message - If you want to make it a requirement
that a field is filled in you should select YES for Validation and enter a
Validation Message.
Create New Gift Certificate / Editing A Gift Certificate
Both adding and editing a gift certificate use the same screen although when editing
a gift certificate some of the fields cannot be changed. The fields are as follows:
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Figure 12-11
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Certificate Serial – This is a random number and letter combination that will
be copied and pasted by the recipient of the Gift Certificate. When adding a
new gift certificate, this will not appear. It will only appear once one is
added, and edited.
Status - This is the current status of the gift certificate. The different states
for a gift certificate are:
o Activated - The gift certificate is active and can be used.
o Not Activated - The gift certificate is not active and cannot be used.
From Name - The name of the person the gift certificate is coming from.
To Name - The name of the person the gift certificate is going to.
Message - Any message to be put on the gift certificate.
Amount - The amount of the gift certificate and the currency (if applicable)
that this gift certificate is for.
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Expires - Expiry details for the gift certificate. If set to Yes, the expiry date
can be selected from the three drop down boxes.
Type - Sets the type of the gif t certificate. An email gift certificate is sent via
email to the recipient and a postal gift certificate needs to be printed and sent
to the delivery address. Please see the ‘Order Management’ section for more
information on this.
Delivery Details - These fields are for the actual delivery details for the gift
certificate. If you have selected an email gift certificate then you should fill in
the Email Address field. Alternatively for a postal gift certificate you should fill
in the postal address details.
Search Gift Certificates
The Search Gift Certificates section of the Checkout menu gives you the ability to
search for gift certificates based on either the Certificate Serial Number, the from
name or the to name. In addition you can specify a particular status for the gift
certificate, to filter out only those you want to see. You do not have to enter
anything into the search string if you just want to display all gift certificates of a
certain status.
Figure 12-12
The list of gift certificates gives you details of the Certificate Serial Number (which is
auto-generated when a gift certificate is created), who it is from, who it is to, the
type, expiry details and status. Each line has an ‘Edit’ and a ‘Delete’ button as well.
In addition, for email gift certificates a button called ‘Email’ will be displayed which,
when clicked, allows you to automatically send out the gift certificate email. Note:
This also happens automatically when an email gift certificate order is marked as
dispatched in the Order Management system.
For postal certificates a button called ‘Show’ will be displayed which, when clicked,
will open up a new window with the printable gift certificate. This printable gif t
certificate is generated using the template giftcert_print.html which can be found in
the normal templates directory.
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Reports
MCart 2005includes a comprehensive reports sections that produces a number of
different reports covering products, sections, abandoned carts, orders and customer
accounts.
General Options
This screen allows you to set some of the global reporting options – the changes you
make here can limit the reports that are available.
Figure 13-1
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Track Product Popularity? - If this is set to YES, MCart 2005 will keep track
of how many times people view products, this information is used for the
Product Popularity report. If this is set to NO, no information will be stored for
that report.
Track Section Popularity? - If this is set to YES, MCart 2005 will keep track
of how many times people view sections, this information is used for the
Section Popularity report. If this is set to NO, no information will be stored for
that report.
Track Search Statistics? - If this is set to YES, MCart 2005 will track search
terms used in the search facility of your store. It will also track the average
number of products and sections returned for each of the search terms.
Reports Summary
This screen gives a general overview of your store including the total number of
products, sections, product views, outstanding carts, the number of products in
those outstanding carts, orders and customer account totals.
Figure 13-2
Clear Report Data
This screen allows you to periodically clear some of the data that MCart 2005 stores
for the reports.
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Figure 13-3
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Clear Popularity Records Up To And Including - Clicking on the ‘Clear
Popularity Data Now’ will remove any popularity data f or products and
sections before and including the selected date. Obviously tracking data can
build up to be quite large, especially on busy sites, so this should be done
regularly to keep the data manageable.
Clear Abandoned Carts Up To And Including - Clicking on the ‘Clear
Abandoned Carts Now’ button will remove any old MCart 2005 carts from the
database. Again this information can build up over time so it is advisable to
periodically delete old carts after you have run any reports that use this data.
Clear Search Statistics Up To And Including - Clicking on this button will
remove search statistics data up until the date specified.
The Reports
The reports produced by this section are detailed below:
Report
Product Popularity
Description
Report showing store products in order of the number of times
they have been viewed. Grouped by product code/name.
Section Popularity
Report showing store sections in order of the number of times
they have been viewed. Grouped by section title.
Abandoned Carts
Report showing store products in order of the number of times
they appear in abandoned carts. Grouped by product
code/name.
Report showing terms searched for in your store and the
number of products and section returned for those terms
Search Statistics
Total Orders
Report showing the total number of orders.
Ordered Products
Report showing store products in order of the number of times
they appear in orders. Grouped by product code/name.
New Customer
Accounts
Report showing the total number of customer accounts
opened.
Each report is grouped by a certain type of record, for instance the Product
Popularity report is grouped by product code/name which means that all occurrences
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of a product are grouped into one record with a total. The reports then show the
results grouped by the total for each of the types of record, in descending order.
Figure 13-4
By using the Select Range section of the Logs menu you can restrict the date range
you want the reports to cover and in addition select a primary grouping for the
reports, to help split the report up even further.
For instance, should you select Month as the grouping, the report will show totals for
occurrences by month and not for the total in the database. This is useful for reports
such as the Total Orders report as it allows you to show breakdown totals for
particular periods, right down to individual days.
Figure 13-5
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Affiliates
In this version of MCart, we introduced the built-in affiliate system. This provides you
with the ability to run your own Affiliate system (including 2nd tier commissions if
you wish to) directly from your store with no third party software required.
This section of the documentation discusses the Affiliates section of the
administration system and the various features of the Affiliate system.
Note: All commission payments are created in the base currency for your
store and all payment information in the affiliate system will be shown in
this currency.
General Options
This screen allows you to set your global Affiliate options. The changes you make
here will affect how your affiliate system will operate, how commissions are created
and how you will handle the sign-up of new affiliates.
Figure 14-1
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Activate Affiliate System - If you wish to use the in-built affiliate system
for MCart 2005, you should set this option to YES, otherwise set this to NO.
Affiliate Signup Moderated - If you wish to review each affiliate before
allowing them to actually use the system then you can moderate signups by
setting this option to YES. Alternatively, setting this option to NO will activate
the affiliate account right away. If you wish to add a link to the affiliate
registration form you can add a hyperlink that points to
affiliates.php?xCmd=register.
Activate 2nd Tier Feature - A second tier affiliate system provides two
levels of commission on sales. Imagine this scenario: An affiliate signs up
and via the link on their web site another customer comes to your site and
signs up as an affiliate. When that affiliate places a link to your site on theirs,
any customer coming through and purchasing from your site will create a
commission for them. In addition, with the 2nd Tier feature you can set a
commission level to the original affiliate, through which this affiliate signed
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up. This is a 2nd Tier commission. Setting this option to YES will activate the
2nd Tier commission functionality in the affiliate system.
Minimum Payment Amount - This is the level over which you will pay out
to affiliates. It is used when creating the ‘Show Payment Due List’.
Life Span Of Cookie - By adjusting this setting you can decide whether a
customer who has come through an affiliate needs to purchase on their first
visit for the affiliate to obtain a commission (set this to 0 to operate like this)
or whether they can order at any time within ‘x’ number of days for the
affiliate to receive commission.
Create Affiliate Commission - This option lets you decide at which stage of
order processing to create an affiliate’s commission. The options are ‘When
Order Is Placed’ and ‘When Order Is Paid’.
Status Of Created Commission - Your affiliates will only see authorized
transactions appear in their account administration. This option lets you say
whether you would like the automatic commissions generated from the order
processing system to be unauthorized or authorized by default. Unauthorized
payments have to be manually authorized later. If a customer checks out in a
currency that isn't linked to the base currency by an exchange rate the
system will create an Un-Authorized payment regardless of this setting.
Include Shipping For Commission Calculation - This option decides
whether you will include an order’s shipping total in the total used to calculate
a commission. This is only applicable if you are calculating commissions based
on percentages.
Include Tax For Commission Calculation - This option decides whether
you will include an order’s tax total in the total used to calculate a
commission. This is only applicable if you are calculating commissions based
on percentages.
Affiliate Groups
The affiliate system in MCart 2005 provides a means to create different groups of
affiliates, each of which has different commission rates. This is useful if you have
some affiliates that you wish to enter into special agreements with or you wish to
reward with higher commissions.
List of Affiliate Groups
This screen shows you the currently available affiliate groups you have setup in
MCart 2005. By default there is a General affiliate group that all new affiliates will be
placed into. This is where you should set you default commission rates to normal
affiliates.
Figure 14-2
The General group, although it can have its name changed, cannot be deleted as this
is the default group in MCart 2005.
Along with each of the groups is an ‘Edit’ button to edit the group’s details and a
‘Delete’ button to remove the group from the system.
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Adding / Editing Affiliate Groups
Adding and editing affiliate groups uses the same screen. The following fields are
available for affiliate groups:
Figure 14-3
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Name - This is the internal name for the affiliate group.
Base Commission - This is the commission orders that have come through
an affiliate that is a member of this group will attract. It can either be a
percentage or a flat rate in the base currency for your store.
2nd Tier Commission (if activated) - If the 2nd Tier Commission function of
the affiliate system is activated, this is the commission the original affiliate
will attract. It can either be a percentage or a flat rate in the base currency
for your store.
Affiliate Banners
You can provide your affiliates with any number of banners you would like them to
use to link through to your site and you can even limit which affiliates have access to
which banners through their affiliate administration.
List of Banners
This screen shows you the currently available banners that you have setup.
Figure 14-4
Along with each of the banners is an ‘Edit’ button to edit the banner’s details and a
‘Delete’ button to remove the banner from the system.
Adding / Editing Banners
Adding and editing banners uses the same screen. The following fields are available
for affiliate banners:
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Figure 14-5
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Name - This is the descriptive name for the banner.
Banner Image - The actual banner image itself. You have the option of
clicking ‘Browse…’ to upload an image from your local PC or clicking the ‘Pick
Image…’ button to launch the in-built image picker. The image picker will
show the banners directory contents and you can search f or the correct
image through that, if it has already been uploaded. In addition you can enter
a name directly into the Pick: field if you know it already exists in the banners
directory. The pick field will also accept a URL to an image if you wish to
directly link to images on another site.
Image Size - To give more information to your affiliates on the banner you
can enter the ideal width and height for displaying it on their site.
Description - Informative description to help your affiliates decide which
banner to use.
Available To Affiliate Groups - With this option you can limit which affiliate
groups see this banner as an option in their affiliate administration. You may
select more than one group from this list by holding down the CTRL key whilst
clicking on them. Selecting the ‘All’ group will make this banner available to
the members of all affiliate groups.
Affiliate Fields
MCart 2005 has a standard set of affiliate account fields although you are free to
add, edit or make these invisible as your needs dictate
There are 4 field types available, as detailed below:
Type
TEXT
TEXTAREA
SELECT
CHECKBOX
Description
Single line entry field
Multiple row entry field
A select box of options
Single check-box
Each of the fields can be validated and validation messages displayed if they are not
filled in.
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List of Affiliate Fields
The list of affiliate fields gives you an overall view of the fields for customers, their
internal and viewable titles along with an ‘Edit’ button and ‘Delete’ button (if
applicable). At the bottom of this screen there is also an ‘Add New Field’ button
along with a select box for the type of field you would like to add.
Figure 14-6
Adding / Editing Affiliate Fields
Adding and editing affiliate fields uses the same screen. However, some of the
options are only available for certain types of fields. Options available are as follows:
Figure 14-7
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Name - This is an internal name that is used in the database. It must be
unique and you will be told if it is not. This field is not generally shown to the
customer.
Title - This is the description of the field that is shown to the customer in the
default templates.
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Size and Maximum Length (only for TEXT type fields) - Size is the
actual size of the form field on the page and maximum length is the
maximum number of characters a customer can enter into the field.
Columns and Rows (only for TEXTAREA type fields) - This is the number
of columns and rows that the field should be sized to on the contact form
page.
Validation and Validation Message - If you want to make it a requirement
that a field is filled in you should select YES for Validation and enter a
Validation Message.
Visible - Setting this to NO will make a field invisible.
Content (only available for SELECT type fields) - This allows you to enter
a list of options for a select box field. You can enter a new option by typing it
in the Option: box and either pressing return or clicking the ‘Add’ button.
If you select an already entered option its contents will appear in the Option: box
allowing you to change it. You can then click ‘Apply’ to save that change.
In addition the three little buttons on the right of the content box allow you to move
items up and down the list (changing their display order) or, by clicking the red X, to
delete an item completely.
Adding / Editing an Affiliate
Adding and editing an affiliate uses the same screen. You can add a new affiliate by
clicking the ‘Add New Affiliate’ menu option and edit a customer from the affiliate
listing / search pages.
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Figure 14-8
The fields shown on this screen are those from the ‘Affiliate Fields’ setting page plus
the following:
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New
Username - This is the affiliate’s username that they use to login to their
account.
Password - Only enter a password here if you want to set/change a
password for the affiliate. Left blank, any existing password will be left
unchanged.
Affiliate Group - This select box allows you to select which affiliate group
this affiliate belongs to. Please see the ‘Affiliate Groups’ heading (discussed
previously in this section) for more information on affiliate groups.
Status - This lets you set the status of the affiliate’s account. Possible values
are:
o ‘New’ – Generally used when affiliate signups are being moderated.
Affiliate will not have access to their administration system.
o ‘Live’ – Normal status for an affiliate account that is operational.
o ‘On Hold’ – Status you can use in exceptional circumstances when you
wish to halt the affiliate logging into their administration system or
receiving commission payments.
o ‘Declined’ – Generally used when the affiliate signups are being
moderated and the account has been declined.
Affiliate Listing
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This shows a list of all affiliates with the account status of ‘New’. This list is mostly
used for moderation of affiliate signups.
ABC Affiliate Listing
This shows a list of all affiliates of all status in alphabetical order of company name.
Figure 14-9
Date Affiliate Listing
This shows a list of all affiliates of all status in descending date order, with the
newest first.
Search Affiliates
This searches the affiliates in your store on their email address, company name or
username along with a status and affiliate group selection and displays the results,
along with ‘Edit’ and ‘Delete’ buttons as per the ABC Affiliate Listing screen.
Creating / Editing a Transaction
Each commission or payment is created as a transaction in the affiliate system. You
can, at any time, create or edit transactions for affiliates and both these operations
are carried our on the same screen. Some of the information, however, cannot be
edited once a transaction has been created.
Figure 14-10
The fields shown on this screen are as follows:
• Affiliate - When adding a new transaction you can choose the affiliate to
create this for from the drop-down box shown for this field. Once a
transaction has been created you cannot edit the affiliate it is for.
• Reference - Use this to enter a reference for the transaction that the affiliate
will see. When transactions for commissions are automatically created by
MCart 2005 the reference will be the order number it was for.
• Transaction Type - This select box allows you to set the type for the
transaction. The possibilities are:
o ‘Credit’ – The affiliate account is credited with the transaction amount.
o ‘Debit’ – The affiliate account is debited with the transaction amount
(this is useful for refunded orders etc.)
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o ‘Payment’ – A payment transaction is created.
Amount - This is the amount of the transaction in the base currency of your
store.
Transaction Status - Affiliates only see Authorized transactions and this
select box allows you to change the status of the transaction. Options are
Authorized and ‘Un-Authorized’.
Transactions (All)
This shows a list of all affiliate transactions in date order with the newest first.
Figure 14-11
This shows a list of all un-authorized affiliate transactions in date order with the
newest first.
Show Payment Due List
When you are ready to make payments to affiliates this report will show you a list of
all the affiliates whose balance is over the minimum payment amount (set in General
Settings). Each entry shows how much is payable along with the company name,
payee and postal address. There is also a button for each entry called ‘Mark Paid’
that will set the account as paid and send an email to the affiliate alerting them to
the payment.
Figure 14-12
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Orders
MCart 2004 includes a comprehensive Order Management system that features
automatic emails to customers and merchants, dispatching with dispatch tracking
and partial dispatching / back ordering, receipt printing and order editing.
The order management is designed to be quick and easy to use and, above all,
productive. There is a comprehensive searching mechanism always available on the
orders screen and orders can be printed en-mass. Linked with the Checkout ->
Extra Order Fields settings and Customer -> Customer Fields settings, the
information stored with each order that’s both publicly available to the customer and
privately available to your own organization within the order management system
can be expanded and tailored to your own company’s needs.
Orders List
The main orders screen constitutes the orders list and is presented full screen width
and in descending order number order. Each line shows you the order number, the
date and time that the order was placed, the customer’s name, order total, printed
status, order status and action and process options.
Figure 15-1
In addition on the far left of the list each order line has a checkbox. Multiple orders
can be selected and either viewed in one go by using the ‘View’ button, printed enmass by using the ‘Print’ button or deleted by using the ‘Delete’ button.
Order Status
MCart 2005 has a number of order statuses, and these are explained below. The
dispatching status codes will not be applicable if you are not using the dispatch
functionality of the system.
Internal
N
P
F
C
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D
Full Name
New
Paid
Failed
Cancelled
Part Dispatched
Dispatched
Description
A new order, yet to be processed
Payment has been processed
Payment has failed
Order has been cancelled
Order has been partially dispatched/shipped
Order has been fully dispatched/shipped
Note: The internal status codes can be picked up in the templates and used
to change the way order are displayed in the customer’s order history, for
instance.
Order Searching
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At the bottom of the order management screen in their own frame are the order
searching controls. These stay on screen all the time you are in the order
management system giving you quick access to them. There are several different
ways in which orders can be searched for:
Note: Orders are always displayed with the most recent at the top of the
list.
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Date Range - Here you can select a range: Today, Yesterday, Last 7 Days or
Last Month, or you can select a month and year to view.
Order Type - This allows you to view orders by a specific order status and
whether the order is marked as printed or unprinted.
Search - This is a free text search that searches customer’s name, order
number and customer’s email address.
Accessing an Order’s Details
To see the full details of an order, simply click the order number from the Orders
List. This will show a screen containing the product information at the top, followed
by billing and delivery addresses (if applicable), then payment details, processing
details, any extra order fields and finally other fields such as the standard internal
notes field and the customer’s IP address.
In addition to viewing orders singularly you can view a selection of orders at once by
using the checkboxes on the orders list page and you can print either a single order
from the order details page or multiple orders at once from the orders list page.
Editing Orders
To edit an order click the ‘Edit’ button in the Action column on the orders list page.
From here you can update many of the order’s settings and, in addition the top of
the screen gives you access to editing of the actual products and totals of the order.
Figure 15-2
You’ll see text entry boxes next to the Quantity boxes, Price boxes, Discount Total,
Shipping Total, Shipping Method and Tax Total lines. Here you can change the values
for the order and click ‘Update Order Lines’ for them to take effect. For all these
fields (except the shipping method) the current values are also shown for clarity.
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In addition there is a checkbox for each line in the ‘Remove’ column. Any checked
lines will be deleted from the order once ‘Update Order Lines’ is clicked.
Finally, if the ‘Zero Tax Charges’ checkbox is checked when ‘Update Order Lines’ is
clicked all tax on the order will be zeroed.
Processing Orders
The Process column on the order list page provides a processing flow depending on
the current status of an order. For instance, if an order is marked as New, you will
see a ‘Cancel’ button to set the order as cancelled and a ‘Set Paid’ button to mark
the order as Paid. If you have the dispatch functionality enabled, the order would
then present a ‘Dispatch’ button to progress the order through to the next stage.
This ensures that orders are processing in a logical manner.
In addition to this the Printed column in the orders list provides you with visual
confirmation that orders have been printed, often a pre-requisite before progressing
an order through your dispatch process.
Dispatching
There are a number of different ways that dispatching can work, depending on the
settings you have chosen in General -> Order Admin Settings. We shall take each
option in turn here.
Note: If you are using the Digital Products feature of MCart 2005 you should
make sure that you have dispatching enabled for it to work correctly.
Figure 15-3
If the dispatch functionality has been activated a ‘Dispatch’ button will appear in the
Process column on the order list page. Clicking this and OK’ing the confirmation box
that will appear will mark the order as dispatched and you will be returned to the
orders list page.
Dispatch Tracking Activated
If the dispatch tracking functionality has been activated, clicking the ‘Dispatch’
button will bring up an intermediate page that allows you to enter the dispatch
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tracking information that can, in turn, be included on the email sent to the customer.
This also pulls on the Courier information which is setup in Tax/Shipping -> Couriers.
Each order can have the following dispatch tracking information with it:
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Enable Tracking - If set to NO this will disable dispatch tracking for the
order and dispatch tracking information will not be sent to the customer.
Tracking Reference - This is where you enter the tracking reference for the
courier you have used to dispatch the goods to the customer.
Tracking Misc. - This is a free field in case you need to give the customer
any extra information about the dispatch.
Courier - This lets you select the courier that you have used which allows
both the courier name and contact details to be included in the email to the
customer.
If this option has been turned on, the intermediate page after clicking the ‘Dispatch’
button will contain a basket at the top. This will detail the order lines and quantities
that are left to dispatch on the order. Here you can change the quantities to those
actually being dispatched. If there are still product lines left after the dispatch the
order is marked as Part Dispatched and remains open for further dispatches. Any
order lines that are not included at all in the dispatch can have their quantities set to
0.
By default when you first view this page, the Dispatch field box for each line will
equal the total quantity left on the order line.
Dispatching Gift Certificates
Email gift certificates can be dispatched by clicking the ‘Dispatch’ button on the
orders list. If you are not using the dispatch functionality they can be sent to the
recipients email address using the routines in Customers.
Postal gift certificates require printing and this can be done from the orders detail
page. A link to the printable gift certificate can be found with the other gift certificate
information in the order’s basket at the top of the details page. The postal gift
certificate is designed using the template giftcert_print.html which is in the normal
templates directory for MCart 2005.
Receipt Printing
MCart 2005 can also print receipts. In the Action column on the orders list page is an
orange ‘Receipt’ button (if you have enabled Receipt printing in General -> Order
Admin Settings). This will open a new window with the receipt ready for printing.
This receipt is designed using the template receipt.html which is in the normal
templates directory for MCart 2005.
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Backup
MCart 2005 includes a full backup and restore system to help you store and, if
necessary, retrieve the data for your store. It is always advisable to keep backups of
your data and not only can this be done through MCart 2005, but there are also
other methods that can be used to ensure your data is safe (please see later in this
section).
Backup Database
This screen simply asks you if you are sure you wish to backup your database. If you
do, click Yes.
Once you click Yes, the system will create a backup file and you will be presented
with a File Download screen like the one below:
Figure 16-1
You should click the Save button to save the file to your local machine. The name of
the file to save should appear as backup.sql – it isn’t imperative that the file is
called backup.sql, but you should ensure that no editing is performed on the file at
all, otherwise this may invalidate the backup. Once saved the backup is complete.
Note: If your database is large the backup file might take many minutes to
create and also take some time to download.
Restore Database
If the need ever arises for you to restore a previously made backup, this option
allows you to do this.
SQL Backup File
By clicking the Browse button you can locate and choose a previous MCart 2005 file
from your local machine to use for the Restore. Once you have picked your backup
file, click Restore Data and the process will begin.
Note: As soon as the restore begins all tables currently in the MCart 2005
database will be dropped and you will not be able to retrieve them. Please
be certain that you wish to restore your data. It is advisable to only make
the Backup/Restore section available to the administrator account to avoid
any accidental use.
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Payment Gateways
This section describes the payment gateways that MCart 2005 supports. Some of
these payment gateways require extra setup, normally in your payment gateway’s
administration system.
Note: We cannot guarantee that the order statuses within MCart 2005 will
always update correctly. This can be down to the customer not completing
their purchase, the payment gateway not sending a notification of payment
status back to MCart 2005 or time-out problems when the payment gateway
tries to contact your server.
You should always check payments with your administration system from the
payment gateway – this is the only 100% authoritative source of payment
information.
Secure Server Requirements
If you are taking credit card details for processing off-line or if you are using one of
the payment gateways that require your site to take the credit card details, such as
USA ePAY, you will need a secure server. AIT offers secure certificates (i.e. https or
SSL certificates) for use with MCart 2005.
Gateways Accepted for use with MCart 2005
The following gateway providers are a short list of the number of payment gateways
that MCart 2005 will work with. AIT highly recommends Merchant Commerce and
Payment Services (http://merchantcommerce.net) for MCart 2005 integration with a
payment gateway, however these others will work as well.
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Merchant Commerce and Payment Services (MCPS)
2checkout
PayPal
Authorize.net
InternetSecure
Protx
SecPay
SecureTrading
WorldPay
Gateway: MCPS
• Settings Page Details
o Login ID - This is the login ID issued to you by MCPS when you
signed up for an account with them.
o Transaction Key - This is a valid transaction key for your MCPS
account. These can be created in your Authorize.net administration
system.
o Test Mode - When set to YES no live transactions will take place via
MCPS. Set to NO when you do wish to process live transactions.
o Description - This is the description of the order that you would like
to appear on the MCPS payment page.
o Send Customer Email From MCPS - If set to YES, the customer will
also receive an email confirming their payment from MCPS.
• What Do I Need To Setup At MCPS?
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You need to ensure that you set the Response/Receipt URL correctly in
your MCPS administration system. On the settings page for MCPS, in
MCart 2005 you will be told what the correct URL should be for this.
Make sure you use this exactly otherwise MCart 2005 will not receive
responses from MCPS. In addition you need to make sure that the
transaction key you enter into MCart 2005 is a valid transaction key
for your account.
Log on to your gateway, Click settings, Click transaction version and
make sure that you are using version 3.0 or higher.
Gateway: 2checkout
• Settings Page Details
o Account Number - This is the account number issued to you by
2checkout when you signed up for an account with them.
o Secret Word - This is the secret word you setup at 2checkout. This
needs to be correct otherwise MCart 2005will not receive payment
status notifications from 2checkout
• What Do I Need To Setup At 2checkout?
o In your 2checkout administration system you should go to Shopping
Cart -> Cart Details and set the following:
ƒ Return to a routine on your site after credit card processed?:
• Set this to Yes
ƒ Return URL:
• Set this to the gateways/response/2checkout.php URL
on your server, i.e.
http://store.yourdomain.com/gateways/response/2chec
kout.php (this will be different on your server and
depends on where you installed MCart 2005 to).
ƒ Next go into Account Details -> Return and set the following:
• Secret Word:
• Set this to the same secret word you entered into MCart
2004’s 2checkout settings. This secret word setting is
right at the bottom of the Account Details -> Return
page on 2checkout.
Gateway: InternetSecure
• Settings Page Details
o Merchant Number - This is the account number issued to you by
InternetSecure when you signed up for an account with them.
o Transaction Mode - InternetSecure have 3 transaction modes. Use
‘Test Mode (Success)’ to test successful transactions, use ‘Test Mode
(Failure)’ to test failed transactions and use ‘Live Mode’ to use your
InternetSecure account live.
o Language - Select the language you wish the payment page to be
displayed in.
o Description - Enter a description for orders passed to InternetSecure.
• What Do I Need To Setup At InternetSecure?
o In your InternetSecure administration system you should go to Export
Scripts -> Export Script Options and set the following:
ƒ Server Domain Name:
• Set this to the domain name of your server.
ƒ Web Page:
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Set this to the gateways/response/internetsecure.php
URL on your server, e.g.
/gateways/response/internetsecure.php (this will be
different on your server and depends on where you
installed MCart 2005 to).
Note: InternetSecure will only send a notification if the payment is successful. MCart
2005 will receive no notification if payment fails.
Gateway: Protx
o Settings Page Details
o Vendor ID - This is the account number issued to you by Protx when
you signed up for an account with them. If you just wish to test you
can use the testvendor Vendor ID.
o Encryption Password - Again issued by Protx. If you just wish to test
you can use the testvendor Encryption Password.
o Description - Enter a description for the order that will appear on
Protx’s payment page.
o Transaction Mode - Protx provide both a test mode and a live mode.
If you are testing with the testvendor details ensure that you also use
‘Test Mode’ here.
o Authorization Mode - Protx provide ‘Full Authorization’ where
payment is taken straight away and ‘Deferred’ where payment is only
taken after it is released by you in Protx’s administration system.
o Vendor Email - The email address you would like Protx to send the
merchant confirmation email to (this is separate to any email sent
from MCart 2005).
o Send Customer Email From Protx - If this is set to NO, MCart 2005
will not forward the customer’s email address to Protx and Protx will
not send the customer an email confirming the order.
o What Do I Need To Setup At Protx?
o Nothing needs setting up in your Protx administration system.
Note: Direct integration with Protx which will require your own SSL will be
available in MCart 2005 soon in addition to the current integration method.
Gateway: SecPay
o Settings Page Details
o Merchant ID - This is the account number issued to you by SecPay
when you signed up for an account with them. For testing you can use
the secpay Merchant ID.
o Transaction Mode - SecPay have 3 transaction modes. Use ‘Test
Mode (Success)’ to test successful transactions, use ‘Test Mode
(Failure)’ to test failed transactions and use ‘Live Mode’ to use your
SecPay account live.
o Authorization Mode - SecPay have 3 authorization modes. ‘Full
Authorization’ takes the payment straight away, ‘Deferred’ secures a
nominal payment on the credit card until fully released by yourself in
the SecPay administration system, ‘Deferred Full’ secures the full
payment on the credit card until fully released by yourself.
o Digest Key - This is the digest key that you need to setup at SecPay
(see below). It is required for payment notifications.
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What Do I Need To Setup At SecPay?
o In your SecPay administration system you should go to Change
Remote Passwords and set the following:
ƒ Which Password Type?
• Select ‘Digest Key’ and enter a digest key password (this
needs to be the same as you enter into MCart 2005’s
SecPay settings page, otherwise MCart 2005 will not
receive payment notifications correctly.)
Gateway: SecureTrading
o Settings Page Details
o Merchant ID - This is the account number issued to you by
SecureTrading when you signed up for an account with them.
o Email Customer Confirmation - Set to YES if you would like
SecureTrading to email a confirmation to the customer as well as
MCart 2005.
o Merchant Email Address - Enter the email address that you would
like confirmations from SecureTrading to arrive.
o What Do I Need To Setup At SecureTrading?
o In order for MCart 2005 to receive payment status notifications you
need to edit and upload some files to your SecureTrading
administration system. When you installed MCart a sub-directory was
created in the main gateways directory called ‘resources’. Within this is
a directory called ‘SecureTrading’. The following files are in there:
ƒ callback.txt
ƒ callback-f.txt
ƒ form.html
o Editing callback.txt and callback-f.txt
ƒ Open both of these files in a text editor. The contents of both
are exactly the same, like this:
method1 POST
url1
http://shop.yourdomain.com/gateways/response/securetrading.php
fields1 orderref, streference, stauthcode, stresult, rnd
pipe1
yes
You need to edit the url1 line in both and change the URL to the url where
gateways/response/securetrading.php can be found on your server. All three files
(including form.html) then need to be uploaded to your SecureTrading account.
Gateway: Worldpay Select Junior
• Settings Page Details
o Installation ID - This is the installation ID issued to you by Worldpay
when you signed up for an account with them.
o Description - This is the description of the order that will appear on
the Worldpay payment page.
o Transaction Mode - Worldpay have 3 transaction modes. Use ‘Test
Mode (Success)’ to test successful transactions, use ‘Test Mode
(Failure)’ to test failed transactions and use ‘Live Mode’ to use your
Worldpay account live.
o Authorization Mode - Worldpay have 2 authorization modes. ‘Full
Authorization’ takes the payment straight away and ‘Pre-Authorization’
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secures payment on the customer’s credit card until it is released by
you in Worldpay’s administration system.
o Callback Password - This is the callback password that you also need
to enter into Worldpay’s administration system (please see below).
• What Do I Need To Setup At Worldpay?
o In your Worldpay administration system you should go Configuration
Options and set the following:
ƒ Callback URL
• Set this to the gateways/response/worldpay.php URL on
your server, e.g.
http://shop.yourdomain.com/gateways/response/worldp
ay.php (this will be different on your server and depends
on where you installed MCart 2005 to)
ƒ Callback Enabled?
• Make sure that this is checked
ƒ Callback Password
• Enter the same callback password as you entered into
MCart’s Worldpay Settings page.
ƒ Use Callback Response
• If this is checked the order success page from MCart
2005 will be shown as the confirmation page rather than
Worldpay’s own confirmation page.
Gateway: PayPal
• Server Requirements
o In order to receive payment status notifications your account will
require SSL support. Sending the customer to PayPal to make
payment and returning them to your order success page does not
require any special server requirements however.
• Settings Page Details
o Account - Enter the email address of your PayPal account here.
o Description - This is the description of the order that will appear on
the PayPal payment page.
o Logo - This lets you specify a logo to appear on the PayPal payment
page. However, this needs to be from a secure server otherwise a
security notice will be shown to the customer on the PayPal payment
page.
Gateway: Authorize.net SIM
• Settings Page Details
o Login ID - This is the login ID issued to you by Authorize.net when
you signed up for an account with them.
o Transaction Key - This is a valid transaction key f or your
Authorize.net account. These can be created in your Authorize.net
administration system.
o Test Mode - When set to YES no live transactions will take place via.
Authorize.net. Set to NO when you do wish to process live
transactions.
o Description - This is the description of the order that you would like
to appear on the Authorize.net payment page.
o Send Customer Email From Authorize.net - If set to YES the
customer will also receive an email confirming their payment from
Authorize.net.
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What Do I Need To Setup At Authorize.net?
o You need to ensure that you set the Response/Receipt URL correctly in
your Authorize.net administration system. On the settings page for
Authorize.net in MCart 2005 you will be told what the correct URL
should be for this. Make sure you use this exactly otherwise MCart
2005 will not receive responses from Authorize.net. In addition you
need to make sure that the transaction key you enter into MCart 2005
is a valid transaction key for your account.
o Log on to your gateway, Click settings, Click transaction version and
make sure that you are using version 3.0 or higher.
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