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Candypress, PDShop or...

Which one?



5:36 pm on Feb 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have experimented with Candypress and PDshop both are good, CP required a lot of coding to get it to accept UK switch cards and I don't like coding :( PDshop is better because it allows the admin to edit an order which is something I was looking for.

Is there anything similar to these two stores or something that has the best of both? I would prefer ASP as PHP looks complicated. I would like to use Access as my db and then maybe MSSQL or MySQL. Some of the main features I am looking for are:

Order editing
Amazon style "Ships In"
Featured items
Multiple pics of items
Printable dispatch sheets/labels
Unlimited/generous categories
Unlimited items
Sale items
Compatible with NoChex/Paypal
Customisable pages - although I am not good at it :)

I have been looking through soem ASP sites, I came across www.uniwin.com which actually looks quite good, it has everything I need bu tI have only had a quick test of their demo. Has anyone had experience with this particular software?


9:36 pm on Mar 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Its www.uniwin.com.au the other site was something else completely different. Has anyone used this software? I have bought PDShop Plus as I had PDShop Pro - but I am still thinking of using something else - I may have to settle for Actinic.


11:27 am on Mar 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi furman

You could take a look at these:


Hope that helps widen the field a bit for you - all ASP.


12:58 pm on Mar 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have been working with PDShop Pro and I am starting to like the flexibility and although my coding is not great I have found it reasonably easy to add code the the shop. Now I am thinking of going to Elance to find a webfront designer.


2:15 pm on Mar 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi folks, I'm slowly adding features to my webstore software (J2EE/MySQL or Postgres). This is slightly off-topic, but I'd like some clarification on some of the features furman mentionned.

Order editing- I imagine that would require pre-authorization, and then a charge after you are done editing the order?

Printable dispatch sheets/labels- a print-out of the order that goes to the shipping department / warehouse and the mailing label?

Amazon style "Ships In"- I'm lost on that one... please explain.

Thanks :)


10:11 am on Mar 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Order editing- I required this feature as customers often contact us to change quantities or add items to orders before the order ships or payment is taken. With candypress I could not edit the order but PDShop allows this. There is a function to allow internal notes in pdshop which I will use to keep a record of Reasons for order modification.

Printable dispatch sheets/labels - I don't think I will bother with shipping labels but I will add my own feature to pdshop to basically add a delivery note stating what is in the order and any backorders.

Amazon style "Ships In"- I had this feature with my candypress store where I could enter the estimated shipping date/in stock date whilst adding products. Its useful for customers as they roughly know when to exepct products to be instock/shipped. I don't think I will add this at this time.




2:18 pm on Mar 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks furman.

I think the labels should be handled from a back-office CRM suite. In fact, I think we are cramming too much into shopping carts and their clunky web interfaces.

Adding availability is trivial, but order editing could be a bit trickier: you would want enough information kept to have a decent audit trail.

I looked at PDShop, and it says it comes with the source code (yay!), so if you like that solution you could just add some code for availability. Alternatively, you could just contact them and request they add that feature.


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