[Pro] E-commerce Site

Hi there,

I have a client that wishes to add an online shop facility to a Freeway Site I have produced. I am used to using Mals Ecommerce, for smaller shops… but he has thousands and thousands of products, which he needs total control over - whether it be adding or subtracting products.

Could anyone direct me to something that will solve this problem… either by way of using WebYep CMS to create page templates or alternatively a shopping cart that will give my client the control he needs and function as part of the Freeway site.

Many thanks for your help in advance

Jon


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One option it to create a dedicated e-commerce store using OSCommerce or CubeCart with can handle 1000’s of products (we have those script to cone-click install on our servers). And install this into a “shop” directory to work within your Freeway site on the server. These scripts will handle all the extras you might want like logging in, invoicing etc.

You just then hyperlink in at out of the e-commerce script to your Freeway site.

I’m just working on one now that is going to do just that but using CubeCart :slight_smile:

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On 17 Nov 2009, at 15:07, wingnut wrote:

Hi there,

I have a client that wishes to add an online shop facility to a Freeway Site I have produced. I am used to using Mals Ecommerce, for smaller shops… but he has thousands and thousands of products, which he needs total control over - whether it be adding or subtracting products.

Could anyone direct me to something that will solve this problem… either by way of using WebYep CMS to create page templates or alternatively a shopping cart that will give my client the control he needs and function as part of the Freeway site.

Many thanks for your help in advance

Jon


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Hi Jon,
Over the years I’ve always tended to recommend content management
systems that interface directly with your payment gateway - be it Mals
or otherwise. One of these is Optioncart (http://www.optioncart.com)
and runs on the server using PHP and MySQL. Basically you install it
on the server, enter all of your product, price and stock details and
finally add a custom skin for the interface. The benefit of such a
system is that everything is handled on the server so you, or your
client, can easily add, edit or remove products without having to do
this manually in Freeway and then re-upload.
The downside is really making the site look compelling as, certainly
for Optioncart, the templates can look functional and uninspiring.
Optioncart has gone through some changes in the last few years and
although it still looks like a reasonable product I would suggest you
shop around for similar solutions.
Regards,
Tim.

On 17 Nov 2009, at 15:07, wingnut wrote:

Hi there,

I have a client that wishes to add an online shop facility to a
Freeway Site I have produced. I am used to using Mals Ecommerce, for
smaller shops… but he has thousands and thousands of products,
which he needs total control over - whether it be adding or
subtracting products.

Could anyone direct me to something that will solve this problem…
either by way of using WebYep CMS to create page templates or
alternatively a shopping cart that will give my client the control
he needs and function as part of the Freeway site.

Many thanks for your help in advance

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Cheers guys,

If anyone has any further suggestions, I’d like to look into as many as possible before making a decision.
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I’ve only used some of the big big ones like Magneto (http://www.magentocommerce.com/) which is free, which I had to buy the manual for and get an ebook on theme design, and I’ve used Interspire’s Shopping Cart (not free, but so far the easiest of use in adding products and what not). The selling points for me was that the templates were good for both and it was functional, but I haven’t found a solid solution using FW to custom design the store templates with any of these or without a great hassle.


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Cheers guys. Really appreciate your input, I’ll have a look and see what fits.

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David,

I have a question about this… if you are using oscommerce - how do
you do the shop directory to work in a freeway site?

and by doing that can you change the font etc… like you can w mals?

or what do you think of zen cart?

Thank you

Julie

On Nov 17, 2009, at 10:21 AM, David Owen wrote:

One option it to create a dedicated e-commerce store using
OSCommerce or CubeCart with can handle 1000’s of products (we have
those script to cone-click install on our servers). And install
this into a “shop” directory to work within your Freeway site on the
server. These scripts will handle all the extras you might want like
logging in, invoicing etc.

You just then hyperlink in at out of the e-commerce script to your
Freeway site.

I’m just working on one now that is going to do just that but using
CubeCart :slight_smile:

David Owen :: Freeway Friendly Web hosting and Domains :: http://www.ineedwebhosting.co.uk

On 17 Nov 2009, at 15:07, wingnut wrote:

Hi there,

I have a client that wishes to add an online shop facility to a
Freeway Site I have produced. I am used to using Mals Ecommerce,
for smaller shops… but he has thousands and thousands of
products, which he needs total control over - whether it be adding
or subtracting products.

Could anyone direct me to something that will solve this problem…
either by way of using WebYep CMS to create page templates or
alternatively a shopping cart that will give my client the control
he needs and function as part of the Freeway site.

Many thanks for your help in advance

Jon


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You would change things like fonts styles in the CSS files for ZenCart, or osCommerce. You would have to FTP into the source files on the server and change the code by hand in a text editor.

If you were wanting to have one of these shopping carts to work alongside a Freeway site you could…

  1. Create your Freeway site as usual, and create a page link to yoursite/shop

  2. Using FTP create a folder called ‘shop’

  3. Install your Shopping cart script into this ‘shop’ folder on the server

If you then work on the CSS files for the shopping cart script you can style the shop to use similar font sizes colours etc. as your Freeway site. You can even use Freeway to export and replace the shopping script graphics by matching the image sizes and files names, uploading to overwrite the existing files in the shopping cart images folder.

David

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On 20 Nov 2009, at 01:48, julie maxwell allen wrote:

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David,

Thank you for the info.

Is there one you recomend more than others?

I like mals and its flexability, but it does not seem able to have her
do uploading of products her self wo freeway.
Thank you again

Julie
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You would change things like fonts styles in the CSS files for
ZenCart, or osCommerce. You would have to FTP into the source files
on the server and change the code by hand in a text editor.

If you were wanting to have one of these shopping carts to work
alongside a Freeway site you could…

  1. Create your Freeway site as usual, and create a page link to
    yoursite/shop

  2. Using FTP create a folder called ‘shop’

  3. Install your Shopping cart script into this ‘shop’ folder on the
    server

If you then work on the CSS files for the shopping cart script you
can style the shop to use similar font sizes colours etc. as your
Freeway site. You can even use Freeway to export and replace the
shopping script graphics by matching the image sizes and files
names, uploading to overwrite the existing files in the shopping
cart images folder.

David

http://www.ineedwebhosting.co.uk

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No it won’t without some effort.

It is possible to use a CMS something like WebYep Actions and a shopping cart, like Paypal or Roman Cart (a bit like Mals). So that use could add products, pictures, prices and descriptions and buy now buttons.

David

On 20 Nov 2009, at 12:23, Julie wrote:

I like mals and its flexability, but it does not seem able to have her do uploading of products her self wo freeway.
Thank you again


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Thank you again…

If I was just to do a “store” is there one you recommend more than
others? With the flexibility for her to upload product, but make it
personal easily.

Thanks

Julie
On Nov 20, 2009, at 9:16 AM, David Owen wrote:

No it won’t without some effort.

It is possible to use a CMS something like WebYep Actions and a
shopping cart, like Paypal or Roman Cart (a bit like Mals). So that
use could add products, pictures, prices and descriptions and buy
now buttons.

David

On 20 Nov 2009, at 12:23, Julie wrote:

I like mals and its flexability, but it does not seem able to have
her do uploading of products her self wo freeway.
Thank you again


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A lot depends on what you are selling, how many products, what kind of product, etc etc.

for example, If its only a few products, its a starter site, and you’re a beginner with Freeway and you don’t want to get bogged down with coding, you can’t go wrong with using the basic Paypal Cart. Just paste in the Paypal buy now button code into your Freeway Page alongside a picture and you’re off.

David

On 20 Nov 2009, at 14:20, julie maxwell allen wrote:

If I was just to do a “store” is there one you recommend more than others?


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My client has about 50 - 100 products right now. She has os commerce
right now- but is having problems. In addition she wants some thing
that she can update / add product easily wo turning to me.

SO that I where I am unsure if mal’s would work or just to do a store
that can be personalized.

TY
Julie
On Nov 20, 2009, at 9:46 AM, David Owen wrote:

A lot depends on what you are selling, how many products, what kind
of product, etc etc.

for example, If its only a few products, its a starter site, and
you’re a beginner with Freeway and you don’t want to get bogged down
with coding, you can’t go wrong with using the basic Paypal Cart.
Just paste in the Paypal buy now button code into your Freeway Page
alongside a picture and you’re off.

David

On 20 Nov 2009, at 14:20, julie maxwell allen wrote:

If I was just to do a “store” is there one you recommend more than
others?


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