I want to build a shop for an Audio book site I’m working on that sells, paperback books, MP3 downloads, Ebooks, and CDs.
I’m new to this, but have a vague idea of what is needed.
There are may carts out there, from Mal’s to optioncart, bigcartel to linklok and many many more…
I have had a brief look around and due to time, I want a cart thats simple and fast to set up, but with the potential to expand and modify once things get moving…
Is Mal’s best for my audio book site as its free and widely used? I don’t yet fully understand the Linklok Mal’s e-commerce package but it looks like it will automate the delivery process keeping my clients happy and making my life just that bit easier!
Any advice will be great at this point!??
Also I’m assuming I first need to purchase Tims Mals E-Commerce Suite - FreewayActions.com | Mals E-Commerce Suite
build the shop into my FW site, set up paypal etc, select a shopping cart system, test a lot and I may be cooking with Gas?!!! lol
I’m now reading around, and getting mixed vibes on what is best practice and the best course of action… if an experienced E-commerce FW user could please give me and others a helping hand, that would be great!!
Not necessarily. The standard e-Shop actions that ship with Freeway will cover most of the bases if you want to add single products or simple variation products to your online store. Where my Mals actions really help is where you want to build more complex buy forms that offer multiple products, with options and user defined content. The actions have been created so you can pretty much build any forms you like.
Unfortunately because of the way that both action sets differ you can’t migrate easily from an eShop site to a Mals actions based site without recreating the store.
Although I’ve never used Linklok I’ve heard good things about it from other here who have. It appears to integrate well with Freeway and Mals.
My first questions before going down any Cart route would be to ask how many products are likely to be involved, does the client want to deal with adding product, are you going International for sales/shipping etc. etc.
I’ll be working on a new project soon that requires me to build a CD/DVD store
Perhaps your client would consider using a service such as CDBaby http://www.cdbaby.com/
that handles the whole transaction and file storage for you. You just link to their store. They also offer the option to post the CD to iTunes for you.
My client wants to sell his CD & DVD along with the mp3 & mp4 version of that same CD & DVD artist release. That means 1 (one product only) basically. He will also create some special mp3s & mp4s that will not come out on the CD & DVD , but I believe they are going to be about dozens of songs, not more than 50…
Ok, this is my customer question:
“i just really liked the idea of promoting my site and having everything there for the customer to purchase without having to go any where else, but like i said im not an expert in making that decision yet… I would have to research it more…”
I tried to find on the in the FAQ but didn’t find it: Chuckamuck or Jan: Do you know if the CDBaby can be customized in order to appear just the client logo, not the CDBaby’s?
Do you know if the CDBaby can be customized in order to appear just the client logo, not the CDBaby’s?
Never heard of Tunacore.
Take a look at how it’s handled on this WP site http://stephanieburkettgerson.com/. Basically, no, but your link takes you right to the cart with the CD cover art and tracks so there is no doubt what it’s for.
They are a stand alone service that takes a very small percentage of each sale but in return handles everything for you. They just send you the checks. Personally I think the option to have them upload your music to iTunes for you is alone enough to seriously consider them.
Hello Chuckamuck, I hope you’re well.
I forgot to mention that my client also wants the ability to sell mp4 videos through his website. He liked the cdbaby but asked me this…Do you know if cdbaby.com also works with videos or in this case I have to go for something else?
The videos my client wants to upload are professional videos and he wants to also show a preview and sell them. I suggested him to use a third part service to sell them such as cdbaby.com but he wants to have his own store… Not a problem. I can build I, but I have two questions: 1) Can I use Vimeo to upload professional videos and sell them through his website or I should upload them to his own database? 2) Should I use the standard e-Shop action for this purpose to include an option to download or I should go for the Mals action?