WebBlocks, Shopping Cart Control

 Concept:

"Shopping cart control" form elements let you create sales procedures without going through the "Shopping Cart (Shop)" component.

To make a form behave this way, add a submit button and define it's submission type as "Submit to the shopping cart". Without this step, no item will be added to the Shopping Cart.

We suggest previously reading this help topic: WebBlocks, Web Forms
 
 Several Relevant Examples:
  • The choice of a product is dictated by the reading of numerous WebBlocks containing text, or even formulas to help with the decision. In the end, you will have determined the product that the customer should possibly buy and you directly offer them the possibility to fill in their quantity and to validate their purchase.

  • The same product exists in several sizes or colors and the customer generally buys several units (small tubes of paint for scale models, colored thread for needlepoint, small bottles of essential oils). Of course, it is possible to add a product (tube, thread, bottle) to the shopping cart by going through Shopping Cart (Shop) component, then return to the shop, add another product, and so on and so forth. Going back and forth like this is not very ergonomic and does not maximize the sale. Presenting all of the elements (tubes, thread, bottles) on a single page with the possibility of specifying the quantity of those that they want to purchase, and then directly adding the group of elements making up the order to the shopping cart at the same time is much more efficient.
  • An item is made up of numerous elements. For example, a PC is made up of a frame, a processor, memory, one or several hard drives of varying capacity, a video card, etc. A single form can allow the customer to select all of the elements at the same time and add them all to the shopping cart together.
Warning: The fact that the entry can be made using a WebBlock does not signify that an item is not present in the catalog. Its code, stock, weight, etc. are essential elements for determining the behavior of an electronic transaction. A form containing one or several shopping cart controls is intimately related to your product catalog (shop). It is a way to sell better, and not a method for setting up an online commerce system without using a catalog.


 
 Use
  • Main Item Code: Enter the main item code. This code will be displayed at the top of your item files and must correspond to an existing product in your catalog.

  • Extended Item Code: If applicable, specify the extended item code. This code is essential if your product is associated with one or several multiple attributes or options (size, color, etc.). The extended code represents the final item code after applying the attribute(s) or options. For example, a product with a main code of "SRTX" that has a color option defined as yellow (color code "1327") will be identified with an extended code of "SRTX1327".

  • Default Quantity: Enter the default quantity that you wish to assign to the control. It is unnecessary to specify a value of zero.
Warning: It is often tempting to define a default quantity of 1 in the element so that all the customer has to do is click on the submit button to add it to the shopping cart. This is good when only one Shopping Cart Control is used on a page.

However, if you select a non-null default value and you place several "shopping cart controls" in the same WebBlock, a simple click of the submit button will add ALL the listed products to the customer's cart.
 

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