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I have a working ecommece site that runs on Umbraco but its totally custom.
ie. my own Database with the products and order information.
My problem is that my site needs an update and its about time that I use an ecommerce theme.
I am debating between using an Umbraco ecommerce option( such as Merchello or Ucommerce) or just updating my existing system with a new Responsive Ecommerce HTML (css/js) theme.
My site only contains 4 products. We have about 20 orders a day for a total of about $60,000 a month
What are your thoughts and suggestions?
You have only 4 products so you basically need an e-commerce system for managing orders and payments. I think the next question to answer is how payments are working and do you need some payment control from the backend?
I have an existing system that manages the orders.
I am looking for a better Shopping Experience for my users.
We do not process the payments online during checkout, rather we offer multiple payment options, but no Online Gateway system needed.
How uCommerce or Merchello can improve Shopping Experience for users?
I'm a bit late to the party, don't know if you've found a solution to your problem?
Anyway, I think it's worth mentioning for anybody else reading this that uSkinned just came up with a killer e-commerce theme for Umbraco, called Merch.
It's powered by Snipcart, so you get both powerful backend functionalities and a customizable HTML/JS shopping cart.
You should check it out, or read this blog post we wrote about it to know more.
I do not know if you are affiliated with either Uskinned or Snipcart.
I was aware that Uskinned was working on an eCommerce them.
But when they finally released it, I was extremely dissapointed that they are relying so extensively on SnipCart.
IMO, the main part of an eCommerce theme, is in fact the checkout, and they basically outsourced to a company that wants 2% of my sales (without even using them for any credit card processing) in addition to the 200 GBP yearly that uskinned wants for the theme.
Thankfully, we have sales around 2.4 millionUSD/year with our current system and i do not plan on giving Snipcart $50,000 a year.
Uskinned should have written an entire theme including a cart system and then I would happily pay them 200gbp a year.
I'd much rather take the $50,000 and get a beautiful custom working site (and no, it it will not cost me that much)
Hello Yoni i think you pay only once for uskinned ecommerce skin and you can contact snipcart for special plan, corect me someone if i am wrong.
I do work for Snipcart, btw.
Josip is absolutely right here. The uSkinned fee is a one-time deal for buying the theme.
Then, we offer special plans for clients with high-volume sales. You would never pay 50K a year to use Snipcart, far from it.
The whole thing would probably be very affordable for a business like yours! ;)
First of all regarding Uskinned's own pricing, its 129gbp per theme, but that's only for 1 year of support & updates, the whole point of a theme, is its updates otherwise, most of the features become out of date (especially responsive design, considering the everchanging landscape of the mobile world) So, essentially its a yearly license.
As for snipcart, I contacted you, and received a response that its 2% and if we have higher sales, then we can consider a fixed plan, but neither your website, nor your customer service rep, Francis , seemed willing to give me the numbers, so I am forced to stick with the 2% number, and thats not something that I think is worth it.
And again, I go back to my original argument. Uskinned has only done 1/2 the job here in creating (and selling) an eCommerce theme
Teacommerce is a great e-commerce platform and is well supported.
Depending on exchange rates.
Its a one of fee and the intergration process is well documented One off fee. https://docs.teacommerce.net/3.3.0/getting-started/installation/
(To be clear I do not work or benefit from this recommendation)
You mention the turnover is $60,000 a month but worry about a small, one off, licence fee?
I'd always work on the basis what would it cost in terms of time (and therefore money) to build it myself.
But for four products and you already have your own backoffice order viewing system it seems like you could easily build your own checkout process with payment processing.
And to add to these recommendations, if all you need is a basic eCommerce, and a decent back end on to which you can extend, think about Merchello
It's open source and free
Also not affiliated in any way with Merchello or any of the others :)
If you've got a working ecommerce engine you built yourself, why break it? You can add in a payment gateway easy enough: https://stripe.com/docs/api?lang=dotnet and there are plenty of others. Sounds like you've done most of the hard work already anyway.
Good luck :)
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