Cart advice needed

I’m putting together a revised site for a music club that currently sells
tickets through a third party website.

Typically there are about 8-10 gigs per season [3 seasons per year] they
like to sell about 30-40 tickets in advance for each gig.

The purpose of wanting to do it ourselves is to reduce/retain the costs to
develop for example the website & other marketing.

I have seen mention of Shopping carts on the list although I’ve never looked
at then in any detail.

The questions:

Can I sell [non-numbered seats] tickets and when they are sold the number
available increments down?

What about payment systems?
PayPal, or Verisign, Thwaite, Quick SSL or something else, currently the
site is hosted at Have-Host, it could move to a more appropriate location,
perhaps UK based, if that would make it easier ­ the club is based in the
UK.

And what are the related costs for these payment collection services?

Easy integration into Freeway for a non-coder would be a BIG advantage!
Although I acknowledge the excellent help on these Freeway lists.

Best wishes Peter


Peter Tucker, Oxford UK email@hidden


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1 - Have a look at Mal’s ecommerce - easy integration into FW. I dont know what their webshop offers in the way of numbers of items but to get this feature on your FW page you will need to use PHP and MySql

currently the site is hosted at Have-Host, it could move to a more appropriate location, perhaps UK based, if that would make it easier the club is based in the UK.

Where your site is hosted makes no difference - the web is the web and does not take geographical location into account.

Mal’s easily integrates with PayPal and everyone that uses Ebay is familiar with them. Their site will give you an idea of costs.

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… "Google and other sites will take a sites geographical location into account when serving up links. If your visitors often search through google.co.uk rather than the .com version and select the option for sites located in the UK, this will be particularly relevant.

(MacUser UK 22 May 2009)

On 10 Apr 2009, 8:10 pm, DeltaDave wrote:

Where your site is hosted makes no difference - the web is the web and does not take geographical location into account.


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Sometime around 30/5/09 (at 08:29 -0400) David Owen said:

… "Google and other sites will take a sites geographical location
into account when serving up links. If your visitors often search
through google.co.uk rather than the .com version and select the
option for sites located in the UK, this will be particularly
relevant.

Uh-oh… it seems that was not entirely well phrased. It doesn’t make
sense for Google to worry about the server’s location; there’s very
little reason at all to assume that the location of a site’s server
has anything to do with what location the site’s contents might be
about.

Country codes in domain names will be what’s relevant here, as will
any clues Google can find within the site contents to help it know
relevant location info. Using Google.co.uk is one way someone tells
Google that they’re (probably) interested in results with some kind
of UK connection.

But it doesn’t really hold that the physical location of a site’s
server has anything to do with the ‘virtual’ location, meaning
what/where the site is about.

(MacUser UK 22 May 2009)

On behalf of the Mighty 'User I apologise if anyone was misled. I
hope I’ve helped clarify things here.

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I’m not entirely sure, but I think that a lot of the balance of which
sites are sent your way is based on your location (you, the browser)
because Google usually knows that pretty accurately. Your Google
cookie is key to acres of information that Big G has about you.

Server location is easily divined, but less likely to be useful
information, and I imagine that Google probably takes address
information found in the content of the page more seriously than the
IP-based geolocation of the server.

My servers are in my basement, San Diego, Australia, Texas, Montana,
probably lots of other places. The sites they serve are usually
relevant to the same continent as the server, but not necessarily. And
then there’s the stuff I have stashed in S3, which is everywhere at
once…

Walter

On May 30, 2009, at 8:47 AM, Keith Martin wrote:

Uh-oh… it seems that was not entirely well phrased. It doesn’t
make sense for Google to worry about the server’s location; there’s
very little reason at all to assume that the location of a site’s
server has anything to do with what location the site’s contents
might be about.


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Sometime around 30/5/09 (at 09:24 -0400) Walter Lee Davis said:

My servers are in my basement, San Diego, Australia, Texas, Montana,
probably lots of other places.

Mine are in Gloucester (UK), Canada, California…

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Hi Keith,

I’m not 100% sure on the MacUser’s articles author (Nick Rawlinson)
if his research is correct or not, but it might help explain some of
the odd results I get depending on a global or a UK Google search.

Nick goes on in the article…

"Shashi Thukur of Google’ quality search team wrote… … "in our
understanding of web content, Google considers both the IP address
and the top level domain… …because we attempt to serve
geographically relevant content… etc etc…

David

On 30 May 2009, at 1:47 pm, Keith Martin wrote:

Uh-oh… it seems that was not entirely well phrased. It doesn’t
make sense for Google to worry about the server’s location; there’s
very little reason at all to assume that the location of a site’s
server has anything to do with what location the site’s contents
might be about.


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Sometime around 30/5/09 (at 15:05 +0100) David Owen said:

it might help explain some of the odd results I get depending on a
global or a UK Google search.

Curious. Thanks for the feedback and the quote.

One thing’s certain: Google constantly changes the details of how it
works. If this is how it finds things at the moment, and if this
produces ‘odd results’, then I would expect it to change at some
point in the not-too-distant future.

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