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Our store is simple, but ready for customers, but you should never launch a site until you have walked a mile in your customers shoes, so to speak. In this case, that means we have to actually go through the process of ordering something. To do that, I'm going to switch to another browser where I am not logged in so we can see the site exactly as everybody else will see it. I will switch over to the Firefox browser, where as you can see from this User login block, I'm not logged in. I'm also logged in to our fictitious user's e-mail account right here.
Now let's pretend that I'm an ordinary customer buying a product from the site. So I will go down, and I will add something here, I will add something else here, and as I go through, you'll notice that the Shopping cart starts to fill up. I could look at the cart. Okay good; two items. I could actually make this 2 of the Lip balm instead of one, and say Update cart. Great; $26.00, and then I go to the Checkout. Terrific; so far it works perfectly. I have my items, I have the tax, and I have the total. I am going to add little bit of account information here.
Here, I will put the e-mail address of the purchaser, and I will make up a name, and an address, and finally, continue on. It's asks us to confirm all of this information. Yup, looks good to me, and then down at the bottom you have a choice of what payment method to use. You will notice that when I change from one payment method to another, it changes the parts of the form that you have to fill in.
The example payment just has this little test area where it will fail for single character value, so I will just enter something here: test, so I know that it will go through. Continue on, and there we are. Once we have completed our order, we see that as this user, we can view the order, and see exactly what we ordered. Some other things are happening, though. If we switch over to the purchaser's e-mail box, they've received some e-mails. Now remember, they have never been to the store before, so the first thing that happens is that the store creates an account on the site, and it tells them how to log in, and so on.
The other e-mail message that we got tells us a little bit more about that order, and it tells us how we could go in and take a look at that order. If we go back to our site as the administrator, and click People, there! We see that person right here. And it says that they have never been to the site; that's because they have never actually logged in to the site. So each person who makes an order from your site actually becomes a user as well. That's good because it gives you a way of presenting their information in a collected format. They can log in, and look at all of their orders, the entire order history, and so on.
The other good thing about this is that you can create a community in that way, which ties in with the orders that people make. If they want to talk about their orders, they have a persistent personality on your site as a result. You can also configure your site so that different people get e-mails whenever somebody makes an order; so the person who has to ship it, and wrap it up, and so forth. But we will get into those parts later on in the course. That's a pretty satisfying procedure, isn't it? The way that somebody went through and actually made a purchase looks a lot like any other store that you see on the Internet, including those that are much, much bigger than the sites that you and I will probably build.
Now we are going to go back behind the scenes, and see what happens on the administrator's side when an order comes in.
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