I created a Physical Product - Have a Few Website Questions..

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Over the last 3 months I have been developing products in a multimillion dollar market.

The Products are finished and the website is purchased. I want to create a feature on the website where customers can create and customize their own version of the product.

Here is my question. What kind of code or script will allow that type of functionality on my website? And, how can I integrate it with a shopping cart system? DO I have to have it custom written?

To give you an idea it something like the customization feature Reebok and Nike have on there websites. ( its not in the shoe or sneaker markets )

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. I was thinking maybe rent a coder or elance but decided to ask this wonderull Forum first!

Thanks
Ryan
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  • Profile picture of the author tmoby
    Sounds like it's a custom job for sure. I know there are pre-made ones for t-shirt customization, but even they are just the basics.

    If it's anything remotely like nikes or reebok's prepare to pay allot!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Thompson
    I think if you want quality help you need to do a MUCH better job detailing what you want. Nobody has a clue what kind of product you want to customize or how.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
    Originally Posted by RyanLima View Post

    Here is my question. What kind of code or script will allow that type of functionality on my website? And, how can I integrate it with a shopping cart system? DO I have to have it custom written?

    To give you an idea it something like the customization feature Reebok and Nike have on there websites. ( its not in the shoe or sneaker markets )
    It depends on how many level of customizations there are.

    For example, let's say you're doing a shoe where you can pick the base color and the sole color.

    If you have six basic colors of each, you have 36 possible versions of a shoe.

    So, you could have 36 shoe styles in your database, and the front end of the database will be a process by which your customer customizes their shoe. Then, once customized, your website adds that particular shoe to the cart and any shopping cart can handle that.

    Now, let's say they can pick the base color, the sole color and the lace color. If you have six basic colors of each, you have 216 possible variations of a shoe.

    So, once again, you could enter 216 variations into your database, have the front end allow the customer to customize their shoe and then your website picks the matching variation and adds it to the cart.

    Again, you could have any ol' shopping cart handle that.

    Then, if you add a new color or group of colors, the variations will increase and those additional variations will need to be added to your database.

    So, it really depends on how much customization is possible for your product. If you only have what amounts to 36 variations, for example, that's not a lot of work to enter that into your database as 36 different products. But, if you have a lot more than that, you're going to have to weigh the options of whether it's better to pay someone to enter all those variations into your database or whether it's better to go ahead and have your custom script written now so all you need to do is enter the available selections into whatever administration panel is developed for your eCommerce site, and let the custom script do the heavy lifting.

    Of course, another option is to write a script that will let you tell it the color selections and have it automatically populate the database with all the possible variations.

    So, there are several ways to do it. It just depends on what route you want to take.
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