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Using a different collection for Simple Commerce Products

There's some cases where you'll need to bring in Simple Commerce to allow charging for events or tickets.

You may also already have a collection for events or tickets and you want to continue to use that collection, instead of a brand new 'Products' collection.

Here's a really simple guide of how to use an existing collection for Simple Commerce's products.

1. Install Simple Commerce

If you've not already, you'll need to install Simple Commerce. There's documentation on doing that right over here.

2. Configuration

Once installed, you'll need to tell Simple Commerce which collection you want to use as your 'products' collection. This is easily changed in your config file.

1// config/simple-commerce.php
3return [
5 /*
6 |--------------------------------------------------------------------------
7 | Content Drivers
8 |--------------------------------------------------------------------------
9 |
10 | Normally, all of your products, orders, coupons & customers are stored as flat
11 | file entries. This works great for small stores where you want to keep everything
12 | simple. However, for more complex stores, you may want store your data somewhere else
13 | (like a database). Here's where you'd swap that out.
14 |
15 | https://simple-commerce.duncanmcclean.com/extending/content-drivers
16 |
17 */
19 'content' => [
20 'products' => [
21 'repository' => \DoubleThreeDigital\SimpleCommerce\Products\Product::class,
22 'collection' => 'products', // handle of your collection
23 ],
24 ],

Just update the collection variable to match the handle of the collection you'd like to use instead.

When you installed Simple Commerce, it will have created a 'Products' collection by default. It's safe to delete it now.

3. Add price field to existing blueprint

Now that we're using one of your existing collections to hold your products, you'll need to add a 'Price' field.

Simple Commerce provides its own 'Money' fieldtype which should be used for this field. It's available in the blueprint builder.

GIF of adding Price field to blueprint

This field will need to have the handle of price or else Simple Commerce won't be able to find it.

4. All ready!

And that's you! All ready to start off on your Simple Commerce journey!