Marketing Director at WebAbacus
12 February 2004 00:16am
Anybody out there got any hot recommendations for e-commerce platform software for an SME B2C site? My wife is looking to set up an online store, and is looking at what platform to run it on. Currently out in front is Actinic, mainly by virtue of its visibility and partner network - anybody have any experience/horror stories about Actinic, or any other hot tips? Needs to be fairly low-cost (probably sub-£1,000).
Consultant at ALacook
16 February 2004 08:47am
I have no experience with Actinic but have used www.shopfactory.co.uk on many projects.
The product comes well within £1,000 with the product import and sales manager software add ons.
Easy to use, you will need some experience of HTML if you want to edit the tem,plates which are a bit basic in design.
The import feature works great for transferring data from excel to the product database.
There are a number of payment providers included, from the cheapest pgp which is free ssl to paypal et. al
The shopping basket works well and avoids the clutter of many other "off the shelf" products.
Finally for the search engines the code is structured well for each sub department to be spidered by the search engines.
A couple of my creations,
Hope this is useful, unfortunately as with most software, you only get to know the pitfalls once you have begun building the site.
Actinic is a well established product so I would download the free evaluatuions for both products and have a test run first
Challenge seeker! at Individual
24 February 2004 16:33pm
We've worked with a couple of clients who've built their own Actinic solutions and they certainly seem to like it. We were asked to redesign the sites to help them sell more, without changing the Actinic technology that they were familiar with. Whilst there are clearly limitations on what could be achieved, for the money it offers a great way in. Then, when things are up and running, it is not too difficult to employ an agency to redesign it without throwing away all your work and without losing the familiarity of the back end.
Project Manager at Magicalia Commerce
25 February 2004 12:22pm
Do give me a call, or ask your wife if she would like to call, for advice on Actinic...
We sell our own e-commerce platform which is enterprise grade and hence probably well outside the price point which you will be willing to bear for a personal set up site.
However, I can certainly talk you through the limitations of Actinic - there are some very clear and big ones - which you should at least be aware of before you go ahead. As others have said here it is a reasonable platform and certainly very inexpensive. It has some big benefits too (like fair scalability and reasonable search engine indexing which are both down to the fact that it's essentially a flat, non-database, site on the server) - but it has some pitfalls too. Again many of these pitfalls are due to the fact that it's based on flat pages on the server. I can explain these factors in plain english for you on the phone if you like.
We have 10 clients in total 3 of whom have upgraded due to hitting the problems and limitations intrinsic in Actinic, so we are very familiar with the reasons people upgrade. I can talk you through those and you can decide if they are things you need to worry about or not. It may push you to consider a few other database driven products.
Anyway, here's my number if you want to call: 0207 861 9866
Best of luck,
Owner at Fuzzbox
10 March 2004 10:29am
On 00:16:36 12 February 2004 thomaid wrote:
>Anybody out there got any hot recommendations for
>e-commerce platform software for an SME B2C site? My wife
>is looking to set up an online store, and is looking at
>what platform to run it on. Currently out in front is
>Actinic, mainly by virtue of its visibility and partner
>network - anybody have any experience/horror stories about
>Actinic, or any other hot tips? Needs to be fairly
>low-cost (probably sub-£1,000).
Actinic is very basic, however if you're looking for a bespoke e-commerce website well within your budget take a look at www.fuzzbox.net alternatively call 0800 061 2450, they can easily build you something within your budget, a typical example www.polkacards.co.uk.
Director at Smilehouse
17 March 2007 10:06am
here is a new free e-commerce service: www.wosbee.com
See also: http://www.tech.co.uk/computing/internet-and-broadband/news/cebit-2007-start-up-a-webshop-with-wosbee?articleid=638542130
On 10:29:48 10 March 2004 Fuzzbox wrote:
>On 00:16:36 12 February 2004 thomaid wrote:
>>Anybody out there got any hot recommendations for
>>e-commerce platform software for an SME B2C site? My
>>is looking to set up an online store, and is looking
>>what platform to run it on. Currently out in front is
>>Actinic, mainly by virtue of its visibility and
>>network - anybody have any experience/horror stories
>>Actinic, or any other hot tips? Needs to be fairly
>>low-cost (probably sub-£1,000).
>Actinic is very basic, however if you're looking for a
>bespoke e-commerce website well within your budget take a
>look at www.fuzzbox.net alternatively call 0800 061 2450,
>they can easily build you something within your budget, a
>typical example www.polkacards.co.uk.
Managing Director at Free Rein Ltd
18 March 2007 08:39am
Jeremy is spot on here. It depends whether this is a proper business or a hobby really (and how much time you intend spending on it each day.
If you investing in a propoer business then invest wisely and with an eye to the future. There are systems that may cost a little more than you plan today but are robust enough (and easy to maintain) that they will last you many many years of growth.
Upgrading from one package to another after a couple of years when you have a substantial customer history on site, products set up well etc. could be a nightmare.
As Jeremy, we have a larger bespoke solution but costs start quite low. You have little to lose talking to larger companies and you never know, there may be a deal to be done.
Drop me a line or call if you haven't already jumped.
0870 770 8757
Head Of E-Commerce at JWI Ltd
18 March 2007 21:32pm
I've used a few e-commerce platforms and obviously each have their pros and cons. Overall Actinic has been the best solution I can find for sites with up to 10,000 products. If you are looking to setup for sub-£1000, actinic includes some great CSS templates which come as standard and can be customised easily to suite your needs. You will find it difficult to build a custom site with this kind of budget unless you are already an excellent web designer and don't mind investing your time. Most Actinic designers charge around 1800 quid to setup a site which you can import products into. Out of the box I would highly recommend Actinic since it is a fantastic product which can produces very scaleable and SE friendly sites. You'll struggle to find better and you cannot beat the technical support or the forum!!
co-founder at neowave
25 November 2008 03:04am
Actinic Std must installed and run on your desktop, unlike most of the modern days shopping cart (like webShaper e-commerce) are now web-based, which means you can just use a web browser to operate it.
web-based solution's benefits far outweight the desktop-based (esp when it comes to setting up online store) as you can easilly login to your store as long as you have a browser and broadband connection. Since online store is "always online" anyway, why bother for desktop app?
For SME that's looking for a reliable platform, especially those who wanted to host your own branded store at your own server, check out http://www.neowave.com.my/webShaper_ecommerce.asp
Apart from the Search Engine Friendly Store Structure, it offers some nifty technology like FAS (Fraud Alert System) which help you significantly reduce the risk of online fraudulent order. Especially if you are selling more valueable items which have high resell value, one fraudulent order detected will probably cover your whole investment in the software.
On 10:06:15 17 March 2007 JaakkoHallavo wrote:
>here is a new free e-commerce service: www.wosbee.com
>See also: http://www.tech.co.uk/computing/internet-and-
>On 10:29:48 10 March 2004 Fuzzbox wrote:
>>On 00:16:36 12 February 2004 thomaid wrote:
>>>Anybody out there got any hot recommendations for
>>>e-commerce platform software for an SME B2C site?
>>>is looking to set up an online store, and is
>>>what platform to run it on. Currently out in front
>>>Actinic, mainly by virtue of its visibility and
>>>network - anybody have any experience/horror
>>>Actinic, or any other hot tips? Needs to be fairly
>>>low-cost (probably sub-£1,000).
>>Actinic is very basic, however if you're looking for a
>>bespoke e-commerce website well within your budget
>>look at www.fuzzbox.net alternatively call 0800 061
>>they can easily build you something within your
>>typical example www.polkacards.co.uk.
Managing Director at n3w media
25 November 2008 11:19am
Have you looked at Magento for this? We have had some good results with it.
Normally I would be *VERY* anti Open Source applications - but we have been pleasantly surprised in this instance...
We also have experience with Actinic and have not really had any horror stories. In some cases (certainly where there is an off-line shopping environment to consider) Actinic can be a very good low cost solution. However do think through it's architectural considerations first!
If you would like to discuss in more detail please drop me a note through our website and would be happy to share our experiences.
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