How to add free item to the basket during checkout in AbleCommerce 7

Introduction   This short tutorial describes a common need in AbleCommerce storefronts.  You are going to see line-by-line descriptions of the tasks required and how they are accomplished with my code.  At the end, the full source code is available free for you to use as you wish.  If you want to skip the entrée and go straight to the dessert, scroll to the bottom of this post.   The Need   You want to offer your shoppers a freebie when their order total exceeds a specific amount.  Currently AbleCommerce has coupons, but coup...

Mar 26, 2011 READ MORE
How to explode checkout basket items into separate shipments in AbleCommerce 7

Need:  The project requires every item ordered from the AbleCommerce 7 storefront to be assigned it’s own shipment.  The reason is each item is made separately and must ship separately.  Even if multiple quantities of the same item are purchased, each unit of 1 must be by itself on a separate shipment.   Justification: Existing AC7 code will automatically split basket items up into separate shipments based on the WarehouseId value assigned to each product in the basket.  However this does not split up multiple quantities of the same item.&#16...

Mar 25, 2011 READ MORE
QBWC sales tax are double taxed

If you are using QBWC aka QuickBooks Web Connector to import invoices or sales receipts to your company file, you may see the sales getting double taxed. This is caused by having sales tax calculated by the original source of the data (in my case AbleCommerce 7) and then again in QuickBooks. The solution is to change the default sales tax setting in the QuickBooks company file.  QuickBooks likes to set the default taxable status of a customer to “Taxable”.  However in situations where the data is being imported from another app, it’s quite possible that taxes are alrea...

Mar 25, 2011 READ MORE
How to edit existing blog posts with Windows Live Writer 2011

I finally figured out how to edit existing posts in my blog using WLW 2011.  It’s actually simple but not obvious with the Microsoft style of menus and toolbars. First you have to click the primary app menu in WLW that looks like this:  Then click on Open Recent Posts.  Don’t click a choice on the fly-out menu to the right, just click the menu option itself. Finally, the traditional File/Open dialog appears.  On the left side you will see your specific name.  Click your name and all your previous blog p...

Mar 23, 2011 READ MORE
Odd web traffic statistics for my store/blog/support site

You’d like my support pages, my product pages and my online store would get the most traffic.  Wrong! I just started looking seriously at web traffic stats for my www.AbleMods.com web site.  Oh what interesting details have I found.  Take a look at the top pages in a site that sells software products.  Thank goodness at least ONE of my products actually made the Most Popular Pages top 10 list ...

Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE