This Zen Cart tutorial is the second installment in a series which aims to teach zen cart users and store owners how to create downloadable products. In this segment, we will deal with enabling multiple download options for one product. Enabling multiple downloads on a product is most useful in cases where the file to be downloaded is so large that it must be broken into multiple segments to make downloading and accessing it easier, and safer.
Each download item must have an option name, and for each option name, you will need to add the appropriate number of option values. This figure is determined by the choices you wish to present your customers with on the product info page. For example, let’s say you have five downloads on one product. In this case, you would need five Option Names, each with one Option Value assigned to them. This configuration should look something like this:
'Option Names: Download 1 Option Type: Radiobutton, Sort Order 10 Download 2 Option Type: Radiobutton, Sort Order 20 Download 3 Option Type: Radiobutton, Sort Order 30 Download 4 Option Type: Radiobutton, Sort Order 40 Download 5 Option Type: Radiobutton, Sort Order 50'
So, create your option names, and then create one option value per option name.
If your store has a lot of multiple download products, and(for example) every product has five downloads, you can create a pattern of sorts, so that the names are easier to read and understand when displayed on a screen. This way, instead of a jumbled, indecipherable mess, you would see something like this:
Download 1 of 5 Download 2 of 5 Download 3 of 5 Download 4 of 5 Download 5 of 5
Obviously, the information displayed will vary depending on how many downloads you actually have in your store, but it will all be displayed in this same basic format.