What’s In the Store?
As mentioned in the last post, the KautzCraft Studio Store was never intended to take top billing with the search engines. It’s really just an outlet for the items I make in my studio. Lost wax silver cast jewelry. I am considering the addition of some of the nicer 3D printed items I create. I intend to not put limitations onto what items I may have to offer.
I built two complete fully operational e-commerce websites for the store. The original, which is named PrestaShop and another built with WordPress and WooCommerce. Both have a lot of upgrade for $$ premium features. My intention was to keep it cheap… but nice looking.
The winner is PrestaShop. WooCommerce looked good at first, but I discovered it was missing many of the included free features of the basic PrestaShop. The biggest issue was lack of an operational customer emailing system in WooCommerce. It is an extra cost add-in. Strangely, there are built-in email templates but nothing there to send them. Had me fooled for a while.
The choice has been made, so I will dig in and learn more about the operation of PrestaShop. It does have a very nice front-end look.
BTW, the “other” store, Ramblin’ Dan’s Store, operates using Zen Cart, another e-commerce webstore. It’s installed on a server in the AWS cloud and does a fine job with my machine tool sales. Oh yeah, emails work fine from there as well. Email operation is a standard (expected) feature, not an extra cost add-in.
Tweaking things is an e-commerce website is S.O.P. so it will be constantly under development. I do it because it is one of the things I like to do, as well as a must do.
Take a look at the store. The link is again the top menu bar of this website.
The KautzCraft Store website has now switched back to WordPress./WooCommerce. PrestaShop fizzled out and wouldn't upgrade or let me do store item edits. I think update changes in server PHP created the issues. Discovered (at least the present) WP/WC does send emails and all the features I want. It is actually a very nice ecommerce site, with very manageable features for my size and needs.