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    Default Re: custom forms - data collection

    Yep!!!
    I took into consideration what schoolboy was saying which was the absolute TRUTH.
    I actually went ahead and bought the unlimited version of MachForm.
    Zencart Websites I've Designed:
    deejaycentipede(DOT)com
    djellery216(DOT)com

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    Default Re: custom forms - data collection

    MachForm is one of our "lifesaver" additions. This week, we landed a contract where the site needed FIFTEEN CUSTOM FORMS. We had all the forms built, styled, configured, tested and embedded in under 20 minutes.
    Our latest project is Pet Tags.

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    Default Re: custom forms - data collection

    Quote Originally Posted by schoolboy View Post
    MachForm is one of our "lifesaver" additions. This week, we landed a contract where the site needed FIFTEEN CUSTOM FORMS. We had all the forms built, styled, configured, tested and embedded in under 20 minutes.
    Hi Schoolboy

    Have you used Machform to write data to a zencart mysql database?

    Does Machform create the necessary tables and fields in a zencart mysql database, or must this be done separately?

    TIA

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    Default Re: custom forms - data collection

    Quote Originally Posted by dw08gm View Post
    Hi Schoolboy

    Have you used Machform to write data to a zencart mysql database?

    Does Machform create the necessary tables and fields in a zencart mysql database, or must this be done separately?

    TIA
    No, we have not tried to "merge" or "blend" the functions of MachForm to read/write to zencart tables/fields. While it MIGHT be possible, we have been content to use the forms purely as a means of collecting info that our sites' visitors need to communicate to us.

    MachForm has its own database - so the data is stored, and can actually be "parsed" into a CSV of XLS file format.

    There is an argument for the system having certain FUNCTIONAL limitations, for example... Such as when a person is logged into ZC, their name and email addresses will self-populate in the standard ZC contact_us form. Of course, this will not be recognised in the MachForm forms, because there is no "user login" feature for these forms.

    But we don't mind about this... we have not yet had a need to look at "merging" or even "bridging" the databases.
    Our latest project is Pet Tags.

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    Default Re: custom forms - data collection

    Is the following code, placed at the beginning of includes/modules/pages/myform/header_php.php, all that is needed to ensure a user is logged in before completing form:

    Code:
      if (!$_SESSION['customer_id']) {
        $_SESSION['navigation']->set_snapshot();
        zen_redirect(zen_href_link(FILENAME_LOGIN, '', 'SSL'));
      }
    Thanks

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    Default Re: custom forms - data collection

    I have a fully working custom form to take bulk orders. However, I have hardcoded the dropdown for the products we have in our store. But it is becoming apparent that this is becoming a choir when we take items off the site as active. Is their a function built in zencart to auto populate the product array of products marked as instock only?

    I found this function below that is used with country and manufacturers and want to know what needs to be enclosed in the parentheses to array the products.

    Code:
    zen_draw_pull_down_menu

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    Default Re: custom forms - data collection

    Well, I think this is the place I want to be.... I need a Registration Form for my site. Not to be confused with a Customer Registration. I do fundraising, so I need a form for the Teams/Groups/Charities to register with my site and then I will manually add them to the list so that they are a option when customers are buying and choosing who to give their 20% to. I only need certain info and then for it to be emailed to me once completed. I thought about using a copy of Contact Us page, but I'm concerned I won't know where exactly to edit everything in every file and it will break my site which is almost completed. Again, this will have nothing to do with my actual customers who are there to buy and will register the usual way. Thanks! P.S. does anyone know why I have to type all in one paragraph now in this box instead of hitting return and going to a new line ? This is a recent issue and its driving me nuts! :-)

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    Default Re: custom forms - data collection

    What I finally did is to use an external form processor, on completion it simply sends the user to a link on Zen Cart. We are an Amateur Radio Organization and do membership apps, renewals and sometimes convention registrations. Works fine 3200 + transactions at this point.

    Mel

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    Default Re: custom forms - data collection

    The purpose of this entire thread is to provide info on what is required to create a custom form for your site.. there is even a set of sample files to help you see how its done. You really will need to read through this thread if you want to tackle this task..
    Quote Originally Posted by LilleyPadGifts View Post
    Well, I think this is the place I want to be.... I need a Registration Form for my site. Not to be confused with a Customer Registration. I do fundraising, so I need a form for the Teams/Groups/Charities to register with my site and then I will manually add them to the list so that they are a option when customers are buying and choosing who to give their 20% to. I only need certain info and then for it to be emailed to me once completed. I thought about using a copy of Contact Us page, but I'm concerned I won't know where exactly to edit everything in every file and it will break my site which is almost completed. Again, this will have nothing to do with my actual customers who are there to buy and will register the usual way. Thanks! P.S. does anyone know why I have to type all in one paragraph now in this box instead of hitting return and going to a new line ? This is a recent issue and its driving me nuts! :-)
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