eshop and database

Hi,

I have just been asked to look at an ecommerce site which the prospective client has but is not happy with in terms of ease of use and customer service from the designer. When asked if I did ecommerce I said yes (this would be my first) thinking that Freeway has the eshop which appears to be fairly straight forward to use but on looking at it more closely, it would appear that to updating it is not something the client can do. Therefore I assume I need a database or some sort of CMS. I have seen some old threads suggesting that webyep could be used. Has any one built a client editable eshop site, and if so what system can you recommend?

thanks

Neil


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Hi Neil,

A lot depends on what functionality the shop needs to take.

One route in to design a Freeway site front end, and then use existing ecommerce scripts to drive your shop. the client can add products to these, have client account log-in etc etc.

You can look at these (one click install) scripts if you test drive a web hosting account on our site.

The other way is a simple CMS system like WebYep, which can drive a simple shop by having Buy Now buttons linking to PayPal for example.

David

On 30 Apr 2008, at 11:42, Neil Rowland wrote:

Has any one built a client editable eshop site, and if so what system can you recommend?

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What you should do is let us see the existing shop so that we can judge it for its ease of construction using the various systems out there.

Once we have seen it we will be better able to give recommendations depending on its functionality.

Post the URL - if you have it.

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Hi David,

he site is at http://edinburghoutdoorwear.com/shop/ it has been
produced using osCommerce which appears to be a good system. Having
looked into the functionality of it I think that the client might
just need some help in how to use it. If there is a better system
that can be integrated into a freeway site that you would recommend I
would like to know, for future projects if not this one.

regards

Neil
On 30 Apr 2008, at 20:15, DeltaDave wrote:

What you should do is let us see the existing shop so that we can
judge it for its ease of construction using the various systems out
there.

Once we have seen it we will be better able to give recommendations
depending on its functionality.

Post the URL - if you have it.

David


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I suppose one of the questions to be asked is - how much the client has invested in the existing system and does he want to spend more?

A lot of carts out there are pretty easy for the client to manage - one I have used is Shop-script

But all these carts do require a fair bit of work to get them looking like the rest of the site.

For his product range - limited at the moment - you could certainly deal with it using the Freeway shop tools - if you can just persuade the client that the easiest way to use it would be to let you manage it for him. At least until he has expanded his product range to a stage where you need a more complex solution.

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I would normally recommend OptionCart (http://www.optioncart.com) as it is both
really reasonable in price, easy to set up and interfaces with the Mals store
(as do the standard Freeway store actions). It’s also quite easy to re-skin to
suit your site design.
However, replacing your existing store is going to be a LOT more work than
working with the existing one and if both you and your client aren’t fighting
fires with osCommerce then I would suggest sticking with this for this site.
Regards,
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