How do I take Phone Orders?Every couple of months someone asks me how to take phone orders with their Zen Cart. Here is a process that has worked well for many of my clients.
Relevance: Zen Cart™ 1.3.0 - 1.3.9, 1.5.x.
- Install the mod Encrypted Master Password. This gives you a single password for all customer accounts.
- When someone calls for a telephone order:
- If they have an email address, create an account for them as usual with their email address.
- If they do NOT have an email address, simply enter firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Enter their order.
- Log out.
- The next time they call, login using their email and the master password.
- If they get an email address at some point, you can hand the account over to them by logging in as them and going to My Account->View Account Information, and changing their email address from email@example.com to their new email address. You should then click "Change my account password" and change their password.
If you are taking phone orders and creating accounts a lot, you may wish to purchase my Customer Password Edit mod, which makes it possible to modify passwords from the admin panel.
Another variant of these steps that some stores use is not to use a Master Password, but rather to simply use the same password for all phone accounts. This may be desired if telephone order processing is done by a third party, and you wish to limit the number of accounts they can access.