eCommerce package1 user found helpful
I'm building a new eCommerce package for C5 5.7, from the ground up, for the purpose of selling art. But as things are coming together, i can see it could really sell anything. I plan on posting it to the marketplace after it has been thoroughly tested and working for my current site.
How it differs.... It's designed to let site MEMBERS do the selling! I'm using "user groups" and "group sets" to map product types to site members, and building tools for members to manage their products from their profile pages.
The main reason I am posting this note is because, this weekend things started working (in my development environment) so well, I am getting a little excited and wanted to share my joy with other c5 developers!
My site will allow artists (painters, potters, photographers...) to sell their own work from my website. Typically, art is sold as finished product so any eCommerce package would work. But too often (mostly by photographers) it is a process, of printing, mounting, framing, shipping, often done by different people.
The challenge was to build a marketplace package that not only allowed members to setup their own storefronts, but also to correctly allocate what products are sold by what types of artists. To my surprise, the result also allows members to pass work between each other (and 3rd party vendors like Shutterfly.com). The whole working-together concept was built in by allowing members to also become vendors. Then, allow sellers pick which vendors provide a given service. So a photographer can sell an image, and pick a vendor to do the printing, mounting and/or framing. This workflow is kicked off (automagiclly) when a customer buys the image.
I should point out this package will (or should) work just as well for sites which do not enable user profiles and just need a simple eCommerce solution. Also note that customers will not need a user account in order to purchase product.
I am just so excited that concrete5 allowed this to come together so nicely.
A big thanks to the Concrete5 development team!!!
So, I actually have a consulting company slated to critique my c5 package the end of August and plan to go live in early September.
This package will be called "Member Marketplace" and uses Authorize.net for the payment gateway. I'm also developing a (paid) pro-member block, user login block, and a "Member Gallery" package to support this effort. all of these packages are for c5 5.7 and will be coming to the c5 marketplace soon. Planned add-on packages will include a photo contest package, and a solution for wedding photographers to group and sell photos.
All of this is going on GalleryGig.com if you want to monitor progress.
This looks very interesting.
When it is finished, will you write about some of the technical processes involved in creating the project?
Keep up the good work.
Great job! This sounds exactly like something I'll be needing soon. I'll be following your progress. Be sure to announce it when it's available.
I'm just curious if there's been any more progress on this. Are you still planning to put it in the marketplace?
The plan is to have three stand-alone packages...
1. Member Gallery: Where members upload images for display on their profile page and shown in a common (public) gallery.
2. Member Market: Where members could set prices on the images (in their "Member Gallery") and sell them in a common Marketplace. (basically the same thing Concret5.org does with themes and plugins).
3. A private package for all the unique tweaks needed to make my website do what I want.
The problem is: The 3rd package is not built yet and my special needs are scattered all over the other packages. I really don't want my special tweaks in a public version up on the Cancrete5 marketplaces, and I'm also sure it would reduce the usefulness to other websites.