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There's got to be a way to do this

 
 
sozobe
 
Reply Tue 27 Mar, 2012 06:26 pm
I'm the website person for the local PTA. They're having this fundraiser, and they want to have it so people can submit the order forms and pay over the website. Coolness.

The paying part is no problem. Have done the preliminaries, just need Paypal to make the confirming deposit, then we should be set.

The form is giving me fits.

This is a spring plant sale and there are about 60 different varieties. In addition to that, people need to be able to choose to buy more than one of a single variety. (As in, four flats of pink impatiens.)

I can't do it via Paypal because they just don't have enough options (they max out at 30).

Ugliest way to do it is to make people say exactly what they want in a text box on the website. (As in just type in, "Three flats of pink impatiens, one begonia, [yadda yadda] for a total of $75.25.")

The order forms are already on the website but are not writable. They are PDFs and I don't think I can make them writable.

I can ask the person who made them to convert them to MS Word and that should be writable. Might work.

I don't have MS Word, though, just Open Office, which can mess with formatting. Still might be worth a try.

I had one bright idea to do it via Survey Monkey, it didn't work in the free version though. (No way to connect selections to who made the selections.)

On the website itself I've gotten as far as making a form with text fields for someone's name, email address, regular address, phone number, and then each of the kinds of plants -- they can select more than one with "command" in macs and "ctrl/ shift" on PCs.

But they still can't select more than one of something, they'd have to add that in a separate text box.

They can also print out the order forms, fill them out by hand, scan them, and then email, but that seems really icky.

Ideally I want the order form we already have but some way for someone to mark it up and send as an email.

Thoughts?

Thanks!
 
dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 27 Mar, 2012 06:48 pm
@sozobe,
All I can offer my dear is bumpage and another star!
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 27 Mar, 2012 06:52 pm
@dlowan,
I appreciate the bumpage!

I'm making slow progress in making it writable... now to see if the website will accept an RTF document.

If I had proper MS Word this would probably be easier.... (Converting it to Open Office Word makes it look terrible, and if I make it look shipshape it still won't necessarily look OK for people who download it in MS Word.)
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maxdancona
 
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Reply Tue 27 Mar, 2012 06:57 pm
@sozobe,
My quick google search came up with FormStack which lets you design order forms. It is $14/month with a 2 week free trial and a 25% discount for non-profits. I don't know how long you will need this for.

Wufoo has a similar setup which is free if you have fewer than 100 entries a month.

The other two I found, emailmeform and formlogix didn't look as cool
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 27 Mar, 2012 07:02 pm
@maxdancona,
Thanks so much!!

We'd need it for less than two weeks so that could be perfect.
Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Tue 27 Mar, 2012 07:12 pm
@sozobe,
Wufoo will work perfectly for what you describe. I use it extensively; if you need help setting it up, just PM me.

You can have a field for each type of flower, and the person chooses how many of each they want; they get a total amount at the end and can pay by credit card, one amount is then transmitted to Paypal or whoever you use as your CC processor.

Cheers
Cycloptichorn
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 27 Mar, 2012 07:18 pm
@Cycloptichorn,
Promisinger and promisinger!

Three forms for free, and I only need one. (For now, if this goes well I can think of lots of other uses for it.)

Thanks!
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sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 27 Mar, 2012 07:23 pm
@Cycloptichorn,
Going well so far, quite intuitive and easy, quick question if I may... how do I make it so someone can choose how many of a given flower they want?

I get how to add each plant name (multiple choice/ checkboxes) but not how to add something where they can designate how many of each plant.
Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Tue 27 Mar, 2012 07:26 pm
@sozobe,
sozobe wrote:

Going well so far, quite intuitive and easy, quick question if I may... how do I make it so someone can choose how many of a given flower they want?

I get how to add each plant name (multiple choice/ checkboxes) but not how to add something where they can designate how many of each plant.


Do a drop-down box for each plant name, and a number of pallets of each. So it might say, 'how many begonias do you want?' and the options would be 'One pallet - 10 bucks. Two pallets - 20 bucks.' And so on and so forth. You then assign a certain price to each option in the payment screen.

I've never hooked it up to Paypal before - we use Authorize.net - but I'm given to believe that it works well.

Cycloptichorn
Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Wed 28 Mar, 2012 11:39 am
@Cycloptichorn,
Did this end up working out for you?

Cheers
Cycloptichorn
sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 28 Mar, 2012 01:03 pm
@Cycloptichorn,
Still pending.

I figured out how to make the PDF writable with rtf. That might be simplest. (Download, fill it out, email to the sale chair.)

E.G. thinks he can maybe make the PDF writable at work (we can't on the computer at home). He hasn't gotten to that yet.

I've already spent a ton of time on this when I have a bunch of other stuff I need to do (kid was sick Monday and Tuesday and I'm behind), so simpler is better.

If I have both PDF and rtf versions I think most people would be able to download them and do stuff with 'em.

BUT I might still break down and do the Wufoo. (After some wrangling last night I never figured out how add a field for the number of plants -- if I do go that direction I might need some step-by-step guidance from you.)

Wufoo's definitely a find though, even if I don't use it now I think I will be.
sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 28 Mar, 2012 01:04 pm
@sozobe,
And in a patented bit of mind-reading (really, this happens all the time), E.G. *just* (right before I hit "submit") emailed me to say that he can't make the PDF writable.

Excel is another possibility though. Or just keep it rtf.

That's pretty universal, right?
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