This template is setup with tons of fake products and images. Just to show an example of what can be setup.
There are a lot of links on the home page that do not go anywhere; as they are just examples of what could be on the home page.
This demo site was setup as “Non-Responsive”. If you would like to see some responsive sites that I have setup, I will be happy to show those to you. Responsive sites (in addition to this site) that we have setup include:
And you may view the Gcommerce Demonstration site here:
To continue, this template is being setup to rival “amazon”. So – we have built it so that thousands (or a million) products can be loaded with categories and subcategories. Everything is loaded into the database and accessed that way. A lot of ecommerce templates for wordpress basically function by making every product a “post”. While that does help with categories, it does not allow for subcategories and so many other cool things that can be done when everything is run through the database. Setting up of all products is done from within the wordpress admin panel. And you can setup an entire product on our pre-built form and then just browse for a picture…
Once the main product picture is loaded it is resized automatically for all the different places it will need to be…
This template can be setup anyway you want. For example, the home page can have a slider or a video or an opt-in form. What is on the home page right now is just an example of what it could be. There can be a sidebar on the home page with interesting stuff in it as well. And product pages, they can be setup many different ways to display the info from the database for that product. For example, there can be multiple pictures for each product, all with it’s own description. All of these things just need to be setup in the database. Oh – and there can be “conditional” things loaded in the sidebar depending on what product page you are on…
Content “Tabs” on Product Pages
There are many things that can be put on the product pages, and they all can be populated automatically by all the product information in the database. As an example, I set up some tabs in the lower section of the product pages. There are different tabs you can click on to display different information on the product. On the “full-size image” tab – that could be setup so there were “thumbnails” of more images below the big image. And if you clicked on them the big image would switch to that one. Also on these tabs, I did not populate the “accessories” and “specifications” tabs, but those can both be fed by the database as well.
Customer Reviews Tab on Product Pages
I built this review system from scratch. It all works and everything is stored in the database. To save time in setting this up I created 10 unique reviews and then put those same ones on every single product. So that is why they are all the same. But it all works and if you enter a review right now on one of the products it will only show on that product. I did not set it up so a person had to sign up and then be logged in to enter a review but that is doable as well.
We can add multiple “branching categories” to an item – for example:
Main category: Cars
Subcategory level 1: trucks, passenger, sport-cars
Subcategory level 2 (under “passenger”): ‘2 door’ or ‘4 door’ and so on…
Master Control Page
The template includes a master control page where you can view, edit or delete products. You can also do a search on this page to pinpoint the product you want to take action on.
Mass Imports of Products
The interface we built will load one product at a time. But we realize that if you have just 100 or more products; that can be very tedious. And so products can be imported “en masse” into the database with a CSV file. Even though images cannot be loaded “directly” on a CSV, it is an easy matter to include the needed info on the CSV for each product so it can link the correct image or “images” to it…
Just so you know, we did load all the products on here via a CSV file, and so it works well.
Products can include digital downloads, different shipping (or no shipping) can be set for each product. “Coupon Codes” can also be set for each product. Products can have “options” where people choose colors or choose different sizes with different costs. Oh – and the cart can handle sales tax as well.
This is not setup on the template right now. But we can easily set it up so customers can have an “account” where they can look up past orders among other things…
Gateways, Merchant Accounts and SSL Certificates
The gateway is the credit card processor, the merchant account links with the gateway and handles the money. The SSL certificate is needed to have any local “checkout page” be secure (https vs. http).
- your site can be setup with a monthly cost of $0 and no need for an SSL certificate. This can be done with the Paypal “Standard” Business Account. An SSL certificate is not needed as customers are redirected to a checkout page on Paypal. We do not like this setup as customers on their way to being redirected to Paypal are sent to a page which can be confusing. And they may assume they have to have a paypal account and decide not to order. That is the problem with this “free” setup. But you can’t expect it to be very good with it being free…
- if you go with a traditional gateway and merchant account; that can run you around $80/month. And then the SSL certificate is about $80/year. It all works very well though and customers remain on your site the whole time.
- What we recommend is getting a Paypal Pro account. It serves as both gateway and merchant account, and only runs $30/month. It can be setup so that they stay on your site for checkout (which then requires the SSL certificate). Or you can have it so they go to Paypal for checkout, but this is ok here since there is no confusing page and they are redirected straight to a Paypal checkout page.