The NetStores E-Commerce system allows
multiple ways for your customers to order your products. One way is
to use the NetStores Add to Cart
or instant-purchase button. However, if you prefer additional flexibility
and features, or you have a small number of products you can use the
Quick Form configured ordering system. Quick Form allows
you to create a form on one page that allows your customers to select
and input the products they wish to buy, and then click one button to
order several products.
Before you use
Before you start using the Quick-Form feature, if you are using FrontPage 2002 or later and you have not already done this, see if the NetStores toolbar (see image below) is visible, and if it is not, Choose View > Toolbars > NetStores.
For the Quick-Form system to work, you must first perform Steps 1-7 (start at Step 1 - Setup).
Adding the Quick-Form to a page (top)
To add the Quick-Form system to a Web
page, position the cursor where you want the form and click the Quick
Form icon in the NetStores objects toolbar or select Quick
Form from the NetStores menu (choose NetStores E-Commerce > Quick Form).
Quick-Form dialog box will appear (see picture below) that allows you to configure the presentation of the Quick-Form Order button to match your aesthetic preferences.
You can change the appearance of the Quick-Form button by selecting your own text or image for the button. To make these modifications, insert entries in the NetStores Quick-Form dialog box (see picture) as follows:
Button text entry: Changing this entry changes the text on the Quick-Form input button on your Web page, if you are not using an image to replace the button.
Use Image check box: Clicking the check box changes the Quick-Form link on your Web page from a simple button to an image that you provide. You must also enter a file name in the Image text box.
Image entry: Enter the name of an image to use as the Quick-Form link. You can look for the file name using the Browse button. For the image to be used, you must also click the Use Image check box.
The settings you used when you last created an Quick-Form button (by clicking OK), are saved and will reappear the next time you use the Quick-Form object.
Inserting elements in your quick form (top)
After you click OK, a form object with
some special elements is inserted into the currently opened document
Adding products to the form (top)
Next, add HTML input elements and other elements like text, graphics, etc. into this form so your customers can make selections and order your products. There are several different types of input elements you may use, and they provide different ways your customers can order your products. Form Objects can be inserted by choosing from the menu Insert > Form > (Form Object).
Check Box for selectively purchasing products (top)
To allow customers to choose the products they wish to buy, you can add the check-box element. Position the cursor in front of the order button in the form made by Quick-Form and choose Insert > Form > Checkbox from the menu. Select the check box and set the value to a product code from your inventory in the item
file. The name of the check-box element is not important, but should
not be a valid product code. Your customers can now check the box and
click the order button, to add the product to their Shopping Carts.
In addition, you can add text, graphics, or other elements to the order
form to give it the appearance you want.
At this point, you should be able to create a page that allows your customers to select which of your products they wish to buy in any combination.
Text Box for selecting the quantity of products (top)
To allow your customers to indicate the quantity of an item to purchase, you can use a Textbox instead of a check box. In this case, you simply position the cursor within the quick form and choose Insert > Form > Textbox from the menu. Change its name to the appropriate product code from the item file. Usually,
you will want to use an Initial Value of 1 and change the Width in Characters text space to 1, 2 or 3. Then, users can type in the number
of products they wish to buy.
Option button choices (top)
Next, if you want the customers to be able to choose one option from several, you can use either options buttons or a drop-down box. Using Insert > Form > Option button from the menu, simply add several option buttons with the same Group name name and with their Value equal to the product codes
from the item file. In the
example shown below, the name demos was used for both group buttons.
Drop-down box choices (top)
Creating a drop-down box for selecting between different products is even easier than creating option buttons to perform the same function. Simply position the cursor within the quick form and choose Insert > Form > Drop-Down Box from the menu. When adding Item Label entries to the pull-down menu, set the Values to appropriate product codes from the item
When it is done (Example) (top)
Now you should be able to create a Web
page where customers select from a variety of your products and order
them all at once.
Here is a simple example of the "Configured System" in action.
Getting Started / Installing / Setup / Item File / Configure Store / Connect Item File /
Objects: / Add to Cart / View Cart / Search / Quick Search / Driven Search / Quick Form
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