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    Hello,

    I am trying to build a website where I would like for my customers to be able to customize the product online, and for them to see the image for that product change based on the options they pick.
    This is kind of like what you see on automaker websites that allows you to customize and build a car, and incorporate all the options (colors, exterior modifications, wheels, etc.) and then see what that car would like at the end. I have no idea what I should be looking for, so would appreciate help in figuring out what tools are used, how difficult it is to build this in a website, how much time it takes, and the cost involved.
    I have developed very simple websites before, but I am by no means a web developer, so I would appreciate if you could keep things simple for my sake.

    Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
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    Its all going to depend on what level of complexity, products, number of items to be customized, etc...

    Most of what you're talking about is all custom work, again, it depends on what you're looking to do and to what .

    Many developers used to use flash for this kind of stuff, and I'm sure there are still some out there, but remember, flash is not supported on many mobile platforms ( apple products in particular ), so moving forward, you should consider something using technologies that are not flash based.

    I think the last one I looked at was a car lot, basically what they were doing was using jquery, and custom CSS to replace layers, or course, then you have to preload or background load the images so when a user makes a requested change, they don't actually do a server request... They just change the visibility of a particular layer. I'm sure they probably paid a good bit for it, but transitions were smooth and seemless.

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    This isn't a website as such, but Fireplace Products International (aka Regency) has a picture for every permutation and combination of their products and options (e.g. doors, fronts, finishes). Whenever one of their dealers uses their program (you download what IIRC is a .NET app from the FPI dealer site) in their showrooms, their customers can see the products on a monitor as the salesperson goes through and adds in the options. it can also print out a quote right there on the spot. They even used to have custom kiosks built with a shelf for a tower and a cutout in the front so that when the quote was printed, it came out through the front of the kiosk and the customer or salesperson could grab it.

    I don't know exactly what this particular approach costs, but I do know they have marketing staff dedicated to its development and the development of the site, so I would suggest it's somewhere in the six-digit range. Keep in mind, however, that FPI is a manufacturer and as such would spend a lot of money on this because they'll make it up in sales volume. They have to take that kind of risk. Whatever it will cost in terms of time and development, as WZ said, would depend on the number of items, the customizations, the combinations of such, whatever server resources are available, and many other factors. There's no way to keep this simple because there are too many variables involved.
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    Thanks for your advices
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