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WebStore Reseller Configurations

 
WebStore's reseller database is /Web_store/Databases/Resellers.data.
 
For WebStore, the database filename is defined in $reseller_data_file in outlet.setup and may also be defined in $reseller_spreadsheet. For WS Editor, the database filename is defined in $data_file in Resellers.data_editor.setup.
 
 
General Information
Operating Modes
  1. Automatic addition of reseller applications to reseller database
  2. Storing reseller applications to a temporary database
  3. Receiving reseller applications by e-mail only
  4. Disable Reseller Functions
Reseller Generated Orders
 
 
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Resellers.data:   Record structure defined in %RESELLER_FIELDS in outlet.setup

0| 1| 2| 3| 4| 5| 6| 7| 8| 9|
 Reseller Code | Name | Company | Addr 1 | Addr 2 | City | State | Country | Zip Code | Phone Number|
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10| 11| 12| 13| 14| 15
Fax Number | E-mail | Web Page URL| Password | Date | Id 
 
 
 
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Operating Modes
 
 
Reseller operating modes are controlled by the variables listed in the Product Resellers section of outlet.setup.
 
All reseller operating modes require a database filename to be defined in $reseller_data_file in outlet.setup. Setting $reseller_data_file = 'Resellers.data' activates one of three reseller operating modes in WebStore.
 
The filename (or no filename) assigned to $reseller_spreadsheet determines which reseller operating mode will be utilized.
 
The secondary form file used for reseller application submissions is Form.Reseller.setup. WebStore determines which reseller operating mode has been configured, prints specific header text at the top of the reseller submission form, and sends specific e-mail messages to the reseller applicant and store administrator.
 
 
  1. Automatic addition of reseller applications to reseller database:

    Setting $reseller_spreadsheet and $reseller_data_file equal to the same filename, Resellers.data, writes reseller application records directly to the reseller database. Resellers become active immediately.

    WebStore sends a confirmation e-mail to the applicant which includes cut and paste HTML code with the applicant's assigned reseller code. The reseller places the HTML code on his advertising web page(s).

    The store administrator receives a reseller account activated e-mail message.


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  2. Storing reseller applications to a temporary database:

    Temporarily storing reseller applications allows the store administrator to review the applicant's web site for appropriate content prior to accepting the applicant as a reseller. Applications stored in this file remain inactive until moved to the reseller's database, Resellers.data.

    WebStore sends a confirmation of receipt e-mail to the applicant and store administrator. No HTML code or reseller code is sent in the applicant's e-mail message.

    Setting $reseller_spreadsheet = 'Resellers.data.txt' stores reseller applications to a temporary holding database.

    The WS Editor setup file for the reseller spreadsheet, Resellers.data.txt, is Resellers.data.txt_editor.setup. Using WS Editor and the setup file for the reseller spreadsheet, Resellers.data.txt_editor.setup, the store administrator may delete applicants with inappropriate web site content or modify accepted reseller applications before merging the spreadsheet into the reseller database, Resellers.data.

    Accepted resellers may be moved from the spreadsheet to the reseller's database using one of WS Editor's merge options for spreadsheet conversion.

    Cut and paste HTML code with the applicant's reseller code must be manually sent to accepted resellers by the store administrator.


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  3. Receiving reseller applications by e-mail only:

    Setting $reseller_spreadsheet = '' disables the addition of reseller form input to a database. Resellers must be added to the reseller database using WS Editor or an alternative method of your choosing.

    WebStore sends a confirmation of receipt e-mail to the applicant and store administrator. No HTML code or reseller code is sent in the applicant's e-mail message.

    Resellers must be manually added to the reseller database using WS Editor or an alternative method of the store administrator's choosing.

    Cut and paste HTML code with the applicant's reseller code must be manually sent to accepted resellers by the store administrator.


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  4. Disable Reseller Functions:

    Setting $reseller_data_file = '' in outlet.setup disables reseller functions in WebStore.
 
 
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Reseller Generated Orders:
 
Orders generated from a reseller's referencing web page are documented and demonstrated at http://www.ratite.com/400/demo/reseller.html.
 
Submitting an order after entering WebStore from any of the href anchors located at http://www.ratite.com/400/demo/reseller.html will return all generated order e-mail messages to the e-mail address you enter on WebStore's order form.
 
 
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