The e-commerce system basically functions by embedding proprietary tags in the html which make up the web pages. The Windward WebStorePOS looks for these tags and replaces them with the html content it was set up to represent. In this way, a single html template can be used to give the site a consistent appearance while still presenting dynamic content. Proprietary Windward Software tags are easily identified since they always have the form <ww:something>, wherein something is a word or several words separated by underscores that best describes the html code that will be generated after the e-commerce system has replaced it with the content it represents. The e-commerce system is written in PHP language and uses MySQL as the database back end.
Help on this can be found here: http://mywindward.wws5.com/selfhelp/helpfile/wecs/
As for what files can be edited anything in the Content Directory can be changed, used, and or deleted, you can also edit all of the appearance segments in the eCart as well (please see help above for more on this)
A good guide line to use is to build/design your site out side of our eCart, once it is finished cut and paste the HTML code into our eCart.
index.html would turn into default.html with (at least) 2 <ww:codes> included in it (normally <ww:category_tree> and <ww:content>)
<ww:category_tree> - would be replaced with the HTML segments from the Category Appearance section of the eCart based on the action sent
<ww:content> – will be replaced with the HTML segments from a number of different Appearance sections (again the segment(s) used would be based on the action sent)
Correct and then upload into the “/content” directory
Correct it will act as the “frame work” to display the HTML segments found in the Admin Panel of the website. The eCart works on a find and replace principle based on the action sent. So is we send a “action=cart_view” the cart will find <ww:content> and replace it with the HTML segments used to create the cart.
Yep you are correct.
Yes and No, you will be over writing the “framework” you still need to edit the HTML segments (if needed) to complete the “makeover” of the site.
There are 3 themes included with the cart, you will need access to the admin panel to “install” them but they should give you a good idea of how the cart will work.
No you will need to upload the changed “default.html” file to the content directory and then upload all of you CSS/Scrpting/Images to the site as well (please note it is wecs.php that is serving the pages so make sure all of your paths are from that point) and if needed you would change the HTML Segments as well.
Its in the TEMP directory but it is just a backup