IMHO, this add on needs help, especially in the documentation area
Would I use it again? Probably, now that I know what the shortcomings are. Support is on the weak side; they don't put much effort in finding out what exactly is causing a difficult problem. And I do know this is not a trivial add on, so maybe if the docs were spruced up, it might be easier to incorporate into a website.
But on the plus side it's very tightly integrated into Concrete5, I can add products wherever I like on the site, it's reasonably configurable and the license fee is fair. I'd hate for it to become abandonware - I really, really want it to migrate to 5.7 at some point. Not that I use it much but I like to know it's an option. Although reading the intro to the add-on written by the developers I am not holding my breath - they're basically saying 'use something else!'.
I bought it and played around with it on a test server but never went production with it.
Decent product, needs additional add-on for shipping and documentation is poor.
However, the learning curve is fairly steep for anyone still learning Concrete or anyone without extensive coding skills. Documentation wasn't much help, as it was written by people who understand the addon well for other people who understand the addon well. It is not written as introduction to how to use addon. It lacks basic how to aspects to be truly useful for teaching.
Plus, not all features have documentation. Extensive searching and still couldn't find proper documentation on multiple images for products.
Great for small shops, still missing many standard shop options
Most gateway's are not maintained, some do not work!
Would be better to have all gateways standard integrated!
It does have a learning curve but if you are patient and sit down with it you will find it is really easy to navigate and learn!
Super 5 Stars
Very useful and powerful.
Not so simple to learn, but in tow hours you be able to work with it.
Very scalable also.
been using eCommerce for a long time
The tax system has really saved me some headaches the fact that I can have digital items not being taxed then in the same cart have physical items that need to be shipped but only taxed based on country could had been a disaster. But from the git go the options where there so thumbs up.
I've had a few problem with other add-ons that work with the eCommerce add-on, but I have never had a problem where someone from the concrete team couldn't point me in the right direction if not find a solution.
I probably sell about 200 different products ranging from
-books and supplies (need to be shipped and taxed)
will slow website to a crawl
Tackles complexity very well
Zone based shipping, CSV mass update and Table based shipping solved these issues. I would love to see them integrated into the add-on as they works so well and improve the experience so much.
The ecommerce / C5 team really went way out of their way to help me ghet this to work for my clients needs and I am extreemly grateful for that.
I wish I was smart enough to integrate this addon with other online accounting systems so that my clients could automate inventory and sales!
Looks simpel but works nice. Has some bugs (v2.8.7)
-No 5.6 dashboard
-Bugs not fixed
-Product single pages pour design
-No automated system messages for send status
-Does not get updated for long time.
-Translation files outdated
Looks like the good e-commerce solution for us
Just a star lost for the tax application mode which is "very US oriented" (linked to the state) and does not really fit an European view, we'll focus our work on this point now to see if we can improve it with a bit of custom code.
Great for small inventories
Highly recommend and would defiantly buy again, keep up the good work. (I do like ducks by the way!).
I just had a couple of thoughts for the next time you push an update and as being much of this is beyond my skill level, I thought I would pass them on.
1). I think the Love of Duck thing is pretty funny, and it helps me
to understand how to set things up for a client but, sometimes I wish there was an option to choose whether or not to include the Love of Duck examples.
2). It would be great to see a feature that would allow someone to delete multiple products from the product list rather than having to click on each individual product and then click delete.
Keep up the good work guys
There is a way to avoid the ducks--when you install, don't select to install with sample content.
We'll consider your suggestion for some kind of bulk delete functionality in the future.
Yes, it is powerful and awesome IF your needs are full-filled - more for small and easy shops.
No, it's not made for the European market (different VAT taxes on a per product base doesn't work for example)!
No, it's not bug-free.
Yes, if you delete the wrong pages you will have a hassle to get everything going again.
Do not uninstall and reinstall it! You will have incredible problems. In fact, you will probably not be able to use e-commerce anymore.
Ecommerce add on
Glad you're enjoying it! As for importing products via spreadsheet, be sure to check out the eCommerce Import add-on. That should give you that functionality:http://www.concrete5.org/marketplace/addons/ecommerce-import/...
When I needed an ecommerce solution I traditionally went to magento. I have found so much frustration with magento it's not called the 500 pound gorrilla of ecommerce for nothing....but trying to get that thing to work has been a nightmare....it's very sensitive
When my client ask me to do a cart that had specific requirements I thought magento would help me out....I was wrong. I had modules colliding and the site breaking every at every turn.
I was desparate so I took the plunge and brought the C5 ecommerce solution. I have to say I am very impressed. Because I know C5 I could manually build the functionality the customer wanted and was able to set up the site in a few days.....I did not get this far in Magento in 2 weeks. I love the way it works and allows itself to be set up the product list page block is freaking amazing....I love that I dont have to thing about categories etc as that is a really old notion.
The reason I am writing this right now is to say, surely it is time to let go of the ducks? In case you don't know what I'm on about, when you install the package you get a whole host of ducks installed as products, complete with images.
I want the ducks GONE! Because each time I have deleted the products, thinking 'yay, the ducks are gone, now I can get on with adding some real products.' But then I go to product attributes and hello, there are three quack-related items there too. And so I delete these, thinking 'NOW they're gone'. But my memory being what it is each time I have then gone into the File Manager and of course that is still stuffed full of unwanted duck-related pictures. Handsome, but unwanted.
I get the point of the ducks. In fact I thought them funny, perhaps even hilarious, the first time. But couldn't there be an option to NOT install 'em each time? Guys - it's time to hunt some duck.
A Great add-on
Works great and... très pratqiue
Fait très bien ce qu'on attend de lui, juste ce qu'il faut, facile à paramétrer même si au début tout n'est pas spécialement clair (pour moi du moins). Il est combiné avec DigitalDownlad et ça fonctionne à merveille. Tout ce qu'on attend est prévu sans être une usine à gaz.
Encore quelques petits détails à améliorer et ce sera parfait.
It does the job, but there is room for a bit more polish.
For me, it doesn't get 5 stars because there is still room for a bit of polish. Shopping carts are not persistent (thanks Ryan for your advice on hacking this). The default shipping option is too basic and if none of the shipping add-ons suit your requirements, you have to code your own. There are occasionally funnies on the back/previous buttons during the checkout process. Don't get me wrong; these are only minor niggles and overall its a great product.
Had a few bugs at first, but support is very fast and helpful.
Fantastic support, as usual!
Usability vs. Functionality
Design is pretty hard to modify too. I suggest using template variables for a flexible customization.
No prior experience
Set up was super easy and I didn't mind the back and front end editing as others have complained about. It was nice to set attributes on the back end that I could select from and then just make them visible when customizing my pages on the front.
Though it may not have absolutely every feature I would want, I'm sure if I knew anything about writing and editing code I could customize it even more, but for what I am using it for, it fits me just perfect.
I would give it five stars if it could do all that I want. (i.e. rearrange product attributes in the order I want without having to delete and reenter, change font and layout of descriptions of product).
Good Product - not for large scale use.
Flexible and Relatively Easy to Use
The basics of this system are simple. It does take some time to get everything setup but I'd rather have it that way and have flexability in the system than have it take less time and not be able to do what I want.
I'd like to see more discount pricing options in the system (particularly tiered pricing) in the future and an easier way to change the display of the product detail pages. I'd also like a block that allows you to list product categories with the number of products available in that category next to it's name. That has been a request from a couple of different clients. Lastly an easier way to make bulk changes to product detail pages is a must. When you have 450 products in the system and the client makes a request to change 300 of the product detial pages there isn't an easy way that I have found to do that if it isn't in the template.
1. Flexible System
2. Fairly simple to add products
3. No install problems.
4. If you know your PHP, it's got a decent base to develop on.
1. Not especially intuitive. Telling a client, "in order to add a product, first add it to the back end. But wait you're not done. also go to the product page, edit this block and set these properties..." that's too much.
2. Lacks a lot of basic features such as attribute quantities, discount options..etc. Most add-ons will cost money, and just add "more stuff". A good example is ChadStrat's "eCom Tools", which is a great product that fills some holes of some of the basic features that this product is lacking. But it's added as another tab, instead of grouped with eCommerce which makes it unorganized.
3. TABLES! Why oh why was this built with tables?!?! and at that, half of them are missing ID's or classes. I had to spend about 15 hours rewriting it to get rid of most of them so that I could work with it in a decent manner.
COMMENTS: If you have a nice website, and it happens to sell a few products, this is perfect. If you need complex discounts or additional shipping/payment options, you'll need to pay extra. If you need complex attributes, you're out of luck.
Huge Privacy and Security Risk
Much improved in version 2.0
Id take it or leave it
Don't like it
I started with rewriting the whole code so it doesn't use tables. Then I went debugging what not but there was a lot of uncommented code so I had a hard time doing it.
It does have most of the features I need but I really don't like the way it's been coded.
Real nice eCommerce solution for extending C5.
It is really great for extending C5, without have to deal with a pro ecommerce software like magento or oscommerce.
I can really recommend this! Good work!
i miss somthing
i have been testing it on demo admin
look nice simple
ad product bla bla flexible
then i have done like i am a customer and try to buy somthing
and BOOM!!! i see there is no registration or account for buyer !!!
buyer can not review is order or print is invoice...
i am not sure i understand but if there is not this feature it is basivly a paypal shoppingcart with some design lool
anyway ... good luck with it.. but very far from what expectes
Good, but takes a little getting used to
That said, I do have to admit that it's not quite as intuitive as I expected it to be. For me, using C5 came as second-nature almost right away. I played for it for a few minutes and had the basics of everything down. The e-commerce package hasn't quite been the same way. Of course, e-commerce is totally different than content management, and there are all sorts of variables that can complicate things.
Overall, it is a great package that seems like a very flexible solution that will meet the needs of many e-commerce sites.
Error given upon enter shipping info as the same as shipping, and clicking next
Fatal error: Uncaught exception 'ADODB_Exception' with message 'mysql error: [1048: Column 'uID' cannot be null] in EXECUTE("insert into CoreCommerceOrderStatusHistory (orderID, oshStatus, oshDateSet, uID) values ('1', 2, '2009-11-15 08:56:05', NULL)") ' in /home/c5man/public_html_corecommerce_demo/concrete/libraries/3rdparty/adodb/adodb-exceptions.inc.php:78 Stack trace: #0 /home/c5man/public_html_corecommerce_demo/concrete/libraries/3rdparty/adodb/adodb.inc.php(1042): adodb_throw('mysql', 'EXECUTE', 1048, 'Column 'uID' ca...', 'insert into Cor...', false, Object(ADODB_mysql)) #1 /home/c5man/public_html_corecommerce_demo/concrete/libraries/3rdparty/adodb/adodb.inc.php(998): ADOConnection->_Execute('insert into Cor...') #2 [internal function]: ADOConnection->Execute('insert into Cor...', Array) #3 /home/c5man/public_html_corecommerce_demo/concrete/libraries/database.php(73): call_user_func_array(Array, Array) #4 [internal function]: Database->__call('Execute', Array) #5 /home/c5man/public_html_corecommerce_demo/packages/c in /home/c5man/public_html_corecommerce_demo/concrete/libraries/3rdparty/adodb/adodb-exceptions.inc.php on line 78
Perfect for the Small Business
Great work c5'rs.
Happy to buy this
Are there some things that might need improvement? Of course. Most of those things are in the "nice to have but not necessary for everyone category". But that's true of everything and all the core functions are there in my opinion not to mention nicely integrated with the rest of the CMS.
Although I appreciate many developers third-party efforts, using the core team's plug-in inspires confidence that it will play well with other standard add-ons, ensures compatibility in the future and perform well as what is, for many business, a mission critical component of their website.
Many thanks to the Concrete 5 team for their hard work and making c5 an even more robust CMS than it already is. :) Give the demo a try and see if it'll work for you.
The wait is over!
Are there some things missing? Sure. What do you expect for an initial release? Overall, though, it's simple, flexible, and functional. Very slick. Well worth the $95, in my opinion.
I had also been considering FoxyCart -- which I think might be a close second -- but considering how much I love Concrete and how tightly eCommerce integrates with the CMS, this is definitely the way to go. (And FoxyCart is $15/month -- in 7 months you've already paid for the ONE-TIME cost of eCommerce.)
In short, buy it -- you won't regret it.
It'll be easy for our clients to update and it's flexible enough accomodate anything from a single product to shelves full of them.
Some of the features don't go quite deep enough for my liking (mainly discounts and shipping) but it's still a fantastic eCommerce solution and I'm certain the next few updates will earn that extra star.
Thanks for a great product,
Haven't bought it yet BUT...
As for small businesses, any small business will be able to afford this add-on. Larger companies will be like "Your kidding me! One time cost! Can't be true!" I will have to convince them of the truth of it. It's great.
Thanks so much again. As a reviewer already stated, this add-on just brings the maturity of Concrete5 further into the playing field. Great job!!!
'bout time to rock
No, really…you guys should be proud. All that customizability in the callouts and lightboxes should go above and beyond anyone's expectations for out-of-the-box anything. And I'm sure you'll be busting out some more features with it … it just makes c5 ever the more complete, and all the more reason not to go anywhere else.
But the price……the price is ridiculous. RIDICULOUSLY LOW. My friends, as a business owner I can confidently say that he who cannot spend $95 on eCommerce (ahem…did I mention ONE-TIME?) is not willing to invest in making any money at all online. $95 is a measly tax write-off. I don't care if c5 is free. I researched shopping carts up the yin-yang not long ago, and for something this drop-dead simple (not to mention good-looking), a one-time $95 is nothing. It's like hiring a programmer to build something custom for your site that you can go on managing forever without it breaking or just being a beast or so-1995, and then being billed for like, what, an hour? OK, maybe 10 hours if they're offshore. I rest my case.
c5, thou art modest.
this is no where near as powerful out of the box, but its a really good framework for building just what you need. With Magento pricing their commercial version at $9k/year on the LOW end, clearly we're speaking to different markets.
If you've got some stuff to sell on your site, this add-on is perfect.
If you've got a huge ecommerce site with hundreds of thousands of products, multiple languages, multiple currencies, etc - you probably should look at something less focused on flexibility and more focused on enterprise workflow.