This guide will walk you through the process of understanding the eDatCat templates, customizing them for your needs, and explaining some of the intricacies of dealing with a product that relies heavily on your creativity.

As you delve into the subject of the eDatCat templates, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. These principles will help you earn a great grasp on the templates and give you the ability to truly enjoy the flexibility and potential of this product.

1. Nothing is “canned”.
Sure the default templates are enough to power a basic store, but they are meant to be customized. This product is designed to allow you control over the presentation. EDatCat does not can the output of the shopping cart, the database, the templates, etc…it is all left to your creativity…designed to allow you to do your job as a developer. The key is to think creatively.

2. eDatCat is not designed as a quick-fix solution.
Many developers look for a quick-fix solution for clients that need their store up and running within a few days. In most cases, eDatCat is not the solution for this situation. If you have used the product before and are familiar with it, then, yes, it can be done. We have customers who have designed entire sites around eDatCat- including a 60,000-item inventory- in just a few days. However, if this is your first time with eDatCat, plan for a couple of weeks in development. Because eDatCat is so flexible and relies on your creativity for the presentation, it takes a little time…all good things do.

3. Use the available resources.
Our support site contains a wide variety of information- from instructional tips and manuals to articles, notes, discussions, and examples. Use these resources to help fuel your creativity and provide some guidance for your specific needs and ideas. If you get stuck, or if you cannot find an answer to your question on our support site, we are here to help. You can open a support ticket, and, if your need is urgent, contact us via MSN Messenger (MSN handle: Don’t let the fact that phone support is not available scare you….it just isn’t effective. Via online support, we can offer real-time chat, audio/video conferencing, file sharing, etc. Our support methods are proven to be very effective in addressing your needs.

OK, now you’re ready to start learning the eDatCat templates and how to bend them to meet your specific needs. Let’s get started!