(This is assuming you already have a cart and a website created with Visual Site Designer)
You can easily embed your Visual Site Designer-generated website into a cart made with Shopping Cart Creator through the following steps:
Note: Option 1 is limited to the five pages that SCC allows; otherwise, use Option 2.
- Locate the "_websites" folder and open the page(s) within a text editor such as the HTML Editor or Notepad. (This folder will be in the same location as your VNU file, and if you are unsure where to find that, you can select File > Save As within VSD to find the path.)
- Copy the markup within the body tags — <body> </body> — then open your art in shopping Cart Creator, click on the Pages icon and select the Insert HTML tool.
- Paste the code into the Insert HTML tool and select OK. Notice that your markup will not be placed within [[[ ]]] brackets; these brackets are what tells Shopping Cart Creator to render the text/markup as code. Without them, this won't work. Pasting anything other than what was in the body section may break the theme.
- Repeat the steps for each additional page.
When you're done you will need to upload all files from the "_websites" folder (excluding HTML files) to the same folder as your cart. This should include .xml, .swf, .php, .asp, .js, .css and the "files" folder including its contents.
How to Manually Upload your files using Direct FTP:
Before you can upload to your server, you will need to have your FTP account information from your hosting provider.
Once you have all of the correct FTP login info, you will need to click on the Servers option, then the green plus sign to add a new profile. Then place them in the following locations:
- Nickname: The name of the server profile that you wish to reference (It can be anything you want to call it so you can remember the account that you are using.)
- Server: This is the address of your website excluding "http://www" (for example, mywebsite.com)
- User name: The username that your hosting provider has given to you for FTP access.
- Password: The password your hosting provider has assigned you for FTP access.
Next you will want to check the "Passive" box and "Remember Password".
Click on "More Options" and make sure that the Protocol is set to FTP, and that the port is set to 21, unless specified otherwise by your hosting provider.
Now click OK to close the set up window, and finally, select the drop down box next to Servers to choose the profile that you have just created.
Once you are connected, you will need to navigate to the "_websites" folder in your local computer (the window to the left), highlight the files and folders within it (shift+ or ctrl+click), then transfer them to the public folder on your server (the window to the right.)
Option 2 will allow you place an entire website into Shopping Cart Creator. it will require a little more work, but can be completely worth it. What we will do here is place an iframe on the page and then load your website within the frame. Note that this will load the entire VSD website onto the home page of your shop.
- Open Shopping Cart Creator and select the Pages icon, then make sure that you are on the Homepage tab.
- Select the HTML tool then insert the frame script which should look like this:
<iframe src="page-1.htm" frameborder="0" height="800" width="600">You need a Frames Capable browser to view this content.</iframe>
Note: The src is the URL of the site folder (i.e. src="http://www.mywebsite.com/site/") This must match the folder name exactly and is case sensitive.
The height and width should be customized to the page dimensions of your shop's theme. Shopping Cart themes come in two sizes: 1024x768 and 800x600, but the view area can also vary as each theme is unique, so you may have to further adjust the dimensions for the frame.
Once completed, you can select OK.
- Finally upload your Shop and your website into separate folders so that they do not conflict/overwrite each other. (i.e. "/public" for your cart so it loads initially and "/site" for the VSD page since we want it to load within he shop.)