Merchant Helper is the easiEST software tool to use for creating a Web-based shopping site right from your PC. Our goal at 2DEG is to provide merchants with an affordable way to participate in the e-commerce paradigm on the Internet. No HTML (a scripting language used to create Web pages) experience is necessary. Merchant Helper is flexible, user friendly, and powerful. What you need are an e-mail account, an Internet account, and enough disk space for the shopping site web pages. Using Merchant Helper, a merchant has to do the following:
Entering Product Information The product information includes product ID, name, price, description, and image if any. The product image must be in either GIF or JPEG format. Products are organized in category and/or sub-category folders. The merchant specifies different shipping methods and their corresponding costs as well as the types of credit cards which are accepted.
Publishing and Viewing the Shopping Site At any time, the merchant may publish the shopping site on his hard disk. He/she can then examine all generated web pages by invoking the view option.
Uploading the Shopping Site to the Internet Service Provider's Site All web pages generated can be uploaded through a built-in File Transfer dialog box in Merchant Helper. Since there is no scripts or programs compilation on the ISP's server, the shopping site can be hosted with any ISP and is guaranteed to work.
Order Notification When a shopper places an order in the merchant's shopping site, it invokes 2DEG's secure server. The order information is then encrypted at 2DEG's server and transmitted back to the merchant. The merchant will receive an encryted e-mail and he/she will decrypt the e-mail using Merchant Helper. The merchant then manually processes the credit card.