Depending on exactly what the project parameters are, you might very well be looking for the package my company works with. E-mail/StickyMail me if you want more details
The package can handle '000s of stock items, and can draw info from external d/bases, so it might be suitable
Hi Tigger - I too want to get a site working with server based data and asp's. I propose to use Miva and a search as well, but need some non-geek software to set it up. I'm too old to learn more new languages just to do this job...
Hi Rhys & welcome to WmW
I've had some interesting offers made sticky sent with details
What'd you guys ever come up with for this? I'd really like to hear it.
There are some off-the-shelf solutions out there, but they can be soooo expensive. ($10k+)
Lo Brett -
I looked at some off the shelf stuff and got frightened to death. I am now looking at Frontpage generated ASP pages hooked to a data base to try and write this myself. I have seen a site that appears to do what I want and it sems to have been generated with FP.
cheers - Rhys
I've had a couple of companies contact me direct offering either services or software so I've asked the client to copy the database over to me so I can have a poke around with it.
I'll let you know how this all pan's out, but this certainly isn't as straight forward as I’d originally thought.
1. I've been reading some articles from Direct magazine that indicate many big retailers have decided to limit their website offerings, using the 80-20 rule to minimize work and maximize profits.
2. Americart offers a very inexpensive service (usually under $25 a month) which allows you to create pages from comma separated data -- and they then output flat HTML pages for the site using your template(s), making a very SE friendly site. I've found their service to be extremely flexible and technically rather straightforward.
I use a db/cart solution on several sites that is really a no brainer. Try webteacher.com. It's not free, but I have found that when dealing with shopping carts, "free" is not really a bargain. I have no interest in the software other than the fact that I use it.
There is a SQL version and a flat file version. If you have a db to import, you could probably have the whole deal set up within an hour.
I know I am late on this one, but Miva Merchant is not that hard to set up, you can convert a product data base to a flat file and upload all of your products at once. You do have to create the product catagories first. There are 2 plug ins available to create static copies of the cart for the search engines.