Customers in E-commerce systems are one of the very basic data models.

Some webshops however, don't use them at all: all orders are "anonymus" without user login, customer account.

It's more likely that E-commerce systems of 2018 need the handling of customers, therefore they're enabled by default in Vanilo, but it's possible to opt-out.

The customer component is built using the konekt/customer library.

Creating Customers

Just go the plain old Laravel way:

use Vanilo\Framework\Models\Customer;
use Konekt\Customer\Models\CustomerType;

$johnDoe = Customer::create([
    'firstname' => 'John',
    'lastname'  => 'Doe',
    'type'      => CustomerType::INDIVIDUAL

echo $johnDoe->getName();
// John Doe
// bool(true)
// bool(false)

$acmeInc = Customer::create([
   'company_name' => 'Acme Inc.',
   'type'      => CustomerType::ORGANIZATION

echo $acmeInc->getName();
// Acme Inc.
// bool(false)
// bool(true)


Name Type Notes
id autoinc
type CustomerType enum
email string
phone string(22)
firstname string
lastname string
company_name string
tax_nr string(17) Tax/VAT Identification Number
registration_nr Company/Trade Registration Number
is_active bool true by default



Const Value Notes
ORGANIZATION organization (default) Use for companies, foundations, GOs, NGOs, etc
INDIVIDUAL individual For natural human customers

Extending, Customizing

Please refer to the Models and the Enums sections first for general customization information.

Customer Type

This is an enum type so if you want to add further variants, extend the class and define new consts.

1. Create The Extended Class:

// App\CustomerType.php
class CustomerType extends Konekt\Customer\Models\CustomerType
    const ROBOT = 'robot';
    const ALIEN = 'alien';

    // You can also change the default value:
    const __default = self::ROBOT;

2. Register The Extended Type:

// app/Providers/AppServiceProvider.php:
use Illuminate\Support\ServiceProvider;
use Konekt\Customer\Contracts\CustomerType as CustomerTypeContract;

class AppServiceProvider extends ServiceProvider
    public function boot()
            CustomerTypeContract::class, \App\CustomerType::class

So now your extended type is in effect:

use Vanilo\Framework\Models\Customer;

$robot = Customer::create([
    'firstname' => 'R2D2'

// object(App\CustomerType)#1050 (1) {
//     ["value":protected]=>
//     string(5) "robot"
//   }

Extending The Customer Model

1. Create the extended model class:

// app/Customer.php
class Customer extends Konekt\Customer\Models\Customer
    public function getName()
        if ($this->type->isRobot()) {
            return 'Robot ' . $this->firstname;

        return parent::getName();        

2. Register the model with concord:

// app/Providers/AppServiceProvider.php:
use Illuminate\Support\ServiceProvider;
use Konekt\Customer\Contracts\Customer as CustomerContract;

class AppServiceProvider extends ServiceProvider
    public function boot()
            CustomerContract::class, \App\Customer::class

So now any other library using the Customer module will be aware of your new type and it will be used.

If for any reason you need to know what is the current concrete class in effect, use the proxy class:

use Konekt\Customer\Models\CustomerProxy;

echo CustomerProxy::modelClass();
// App\Customer