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1. How much code needs to be implemented on each page?
2. How much manipulation needs to be done to the code for each page?
Does anyone have experience with these vendors? Any help would be appreciated.
If you have a templated page, the code usually fits neatly into the template somewhere. Otherwise, you'll need something to do a global search and replace, adding multiple line of text. ( they may have a wizard to do this for you).
So - easy job if you have a web developer. Nightmare if your web development experience is limited to wysiwyg or using a content mamangement system as a user only.
Sometimes the cost of implementing those tags is massively undestimated or conveniently overlooked by vendors during the selling process. Implementation is a major profit-maker for their professional services groups. You may find out too late that some of the coolest features are add-ons. Figure out what you'll need first and get it all spec'd out by the various vendors.
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I just have the head developer in my office asking me about how time intensive the implementation process is going to be. All of vendors talk about how great their products are, but none of them have told me how much time it is going to take to implement.
For each page that needs extra coding, such as a receipt page, count on anywhere between 10 minutes to 4 hours for the special code, depending on the number of extra pieces of info you want to be collected. Once the engineer gets the basic idea, that is.
On the other hand, I've watched a team of two people from *********** (one of the vendors you listed) struggle on-site for four weeks to tag a commerce site. I don't want to slander them by describing a bad situation that may not be typical for that vendor, so I won't name them. Phoenix, a huge organization like yourselves will probably be able to get the vendors to get really specific about implementation, considering what's at stake for them.