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Anyone know how to do this?

 6:52 am on May 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

I have search everywhere but can't find any information on how to create a product module similar to Dells customized computer ordering module. example link: [configure.us.dell.com...]
What should I be looking for? I know its out there, but just don't know the terminologies to do a proper search. Any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks.



 6:22 pm on May 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

That URL is horrible. There are many parameters there that should just not be exposed into the URL.


 7:37 pm on May 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

Yikes! Why would you ever want to do that?


 7:34 am on May 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

The reason why I want to do this is because the product I am selling is customized. Customers have to pick and choose one item from each category to make one final product. I am currently zen-cart but don't know enought to build my own module. Help is welcome here.


 7:43 am on May 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

You'll need to look into using forms, java, possibly MySQL, php or perl to create the option based frontend you want to send to your cart. You'll find some of that here at WW, the rest you can find on the web. If you are not into programming, or learning it, you might want to farm this out to a third party.


 8:00 am on May 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

Any referals thats reasonably price for such project?


 4:57 pm on May 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

A previous discussion from last year [webmasterworld.com], I doubt you'll find anything "off the shelf" and this will have to be custom programmed. It would be very easy to throw 2K or more into such a project. "Reasonably priced" is relative, "buyers" seldom understand the hours that go into custom development.

An alternate solution, use some off the shelf cart system, pre-configure a series of them, and offer optional components. Example: configure a computer with a 120GB HD, you could add a second HD or a larger one as an option with a note that the price of this HD is not for individual sale but only in conjunction with a computer purchase.

It's a workaround, but would save you the development costs.

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