PDG Shopping Cart 2002
E-Commerce and Shopping Cart Software

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Welcome to PDG Shopping Cart 2002

PDG Software would like to thank you for evaluating PDG Shopping Cart 2002, PDG's popular e-commerce platform. This introductory page jump starts you on your way to configuring the Cart for your Web store. Of course, we are here to help you along the way, if needed. You can reach our Technical Support Team using the support form at support.pdgsoft.com. Additionally, be sure to visit our Web site to access product documentation, listings of other compatible services, and the latest information regarding new releases.

So, now that my Cart is installed, what do I do next?
Follow this simple checklist to get started with your Cart:
1. Take the cart for a test drive to familiarize yourself with its basic operation.
2. Configure the cart to operate as your store requires using the Administrator.
3. Define (add) the products you are going to sell.
4. Link your Web store to the cart so that customers can begin shopping.

1. Test Drive the Cart 2. Configure PDG Shopping Cart
Use the sample products below to test drive your cart:

Small Gadget
$5.00
Order Now!

Huge Widget
$25.00
Order Now!

Try the Cart's search feature. Enter the word "gadget" below and press Search!


Price Range (=,>,<,x-y):
Keywords:
Category:
Sku Number:


The Cart's Administrator is like your store's "main office".

To enter your Administrator, click the link below:

Enter your Cart's administrator
**use LETMEIN for the password.

Don't forget to change your Administrator's password!!


Display Cart's License / Version Information
3. Set- Up Products in Your Cart 4. The Store Builder feature
After you have configured the Cart's general options, you should next define the products within the Cart's Administrator. The store builder is an optional feature that allows you to get up and running faster by using the Cart to dynamically generate your category listings and product catalog.
Store Builder


5. Linking Your Web Store to the Cart
Now that your Cart is configured and your products are defined, you should link your site to PDG Shopping Cart 2002 so that customers can begin shopping. This is also referred to as "integrating" or "embedding" the Cart into your Web store. First, it is important to note that your Web store pages and PDG Shopping Cart 2002 are actually two separate, or independent, entities. Therefore, integrating the Cart into your store is really the act of creating links that "call" PDG Shopping Cart 2002 into action. These links are words or images (buttons) that add products to the Cart, display the Cart's contents, let customers proceed to check-out, perform a hard or soft search etc.

The following are basic links to get you started. You should also consult the User's Guide for more information and more links - such as search links and links specifying pricing categories.

'Order' or 'Buy Me' link:



This is usually the initial link which calls PDG Shopping Cart 2002 into action. It displays the chosen product on the Pre Add page and allows the customer to specify the quantity and options for the product. Usually this link is placed somewhere adjacent to the product description or image on your static pages that you have created yourself.

To add this link using text (such as the word Order):

<a href="http://www.domain.com/cgi-bin/shopper.cgi?preadd=action&key;=XXX">Order</a>

Use your Web store's domain and specify the appropriate CGI directory. Also, if your site resides on a Window's server, then the 'shopper' reference is correct. If your store resides on a UNIX server, then you should use either "shopper" or "shopper.cgi". Finally, replace XXX with the product code of the product you are calling.

To add this link using an image:

Most HTML editors have a tool which allows you to create a "hot spot" over an image. This hot spot is the link. Once the hot spot is "drawn" over the image, a dialog box should appear asking you to enter the URL for the hot spot link. You should enter the following:

http://www.domain.com/cgi-bin/shopper.cgi?preadd=action&key;=XXX

If you are not using an HTML editor, then you should code the HTML like this:

<a href="http://www.domain.com/cgi-bin/shopper.cgi?preadd=action&key;=XXX><img src="[location of image]" border=0></a>

Display the Cart link:



This type of link allows customers to view the contents of their Cart at anytime, from any place in your Web store that you place the link.

To add this link using text (such as the word View Cart):

<a href="http://www.domain.com/cgi-bin/shopper.cgi?display=action">View Cart</a>

To add this link using an image:

For those developers using an HTML editor, you should enter the following link:

http://www.domain.com/cgi-bin/shopper.cgi?display=action

If you are not using an HTML editor, then you should code the HTML like this:

<a href="http://www.domain.com/cgi-bin/shopper.cgi?display=action><img src="[location of image]" border=0></a>

Check-out link:



This type of link allows customers to proceed to check-out at anytime, from any place in your Web store that you place the link.

To add this link using text (such as the word Check-out):

<a href="http://www.domain.com/cgi-bin/shopper.cgi?checkout=action">Checkout</a>

To add this link using an image:

For those developers using an HTML editor, you should enter the following link:

http://www.domain.com/cgi-bin/shopper.cgi?checkout=action

If you are not using an HTML editor, then you should code the HTML like this:

<a href="http://www.domain.com/cgi-bin/shopper.cgi?checkout=action><img src="[location of image]" border=0></a>



Additional Information:



For additional information regarding these, and other links and actions for PDG Shopping Cart 2002, please refer to the Cart 2002 User Guide and Technical Reference Guide- both available for download from here.



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