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Drupal® For Dummies®, 2nd Edition by Lynn Beighley

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Chapter 15

Building a Storefront

In This Chapter

  • Putting up a storefront with Ubercart
  • Tweaking storefront configuration settings
  • Showing off products with images and a catalog
  • Accepting online payments
  • Keeping your store tidy with fulfillment modules

If you've decided you want to sell products online, the Ubercart module is an easy-to-use, robust option. You can have your items online in minutes, complete with a shopping cart and an online order form that collects the necessary customer information. Additional modules allow you to add more robust product listings, automatically figure sales tax, and of course, accept credit card payments.

In this chapter, we discuss the parts of an online storefront. You find out about Ubercart and how to install it. Then we show you how to build and customize your own storefront, fetch order information, enhance your product listings, and finally how to accept payments.

Understanding Storefronts

At their most basic, storefronts are made up of products for sale, a shopping cart, and a form that a customer can use to provide information and purchase items by placing them (virtually) in his or her cart:

  • Product listings: An individual page with product information and a button for the shopper to click to add an item to her cart.
  • Shopping cart: A form that displays all the products a user has clicked to purchase.
  • Order form: A form the shopper fills out to finish making his order. It collects information and saves it for processing.

    Figure 15-1 ...

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