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    Question Selection dependent choices???

    I need to be able to create a selection process for ordering that is dependent on the previous choices.

    The site will be selling custom made pens, so first option is Style of pen, each style comes in various metal finishes (but not all styles come in all finishes), then after style & finish are chosen, wood type is avail, once again certain lighter colored woods will have a stain option (but obviously darker colors have no need of a stain).

    What I would like to know is should I go with a drop-down menu theme or simply create a check-box type of selection process?

    Either way it needs to be so that as soon as you make one selection, the following selection is specifically geared towards that selection & not just general.

    Furthermore, as I am new to this I would also love to know how to code it into my site.


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    It's a good question, but you're going to have a hard time doing this if you're new as it requires the ability to apply knowledge, and it sounds like you haven't gathered it yet.

    Here's how I'd handle it...I'd create a database, store all the pen styles, finishes, and wood types in tables, and join them together so that the correct associations are made. Then I'd create a dynamic page for each pen that shows the various details and allows users to select the finish, then the wood stain if applicable. I'd use select boxes for the finish and stain myself.

    I can't think of an easier way to explain this. Maybe someone else can. The other option, as much as I hate to suggest this as I think they're garbage, is to get a third-party cart that can handle the logic. Magento is about the only one I can think of that might work, and it's a bugger to customize and configure.
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