I am in the heady throngs of setting up a new online business and appear to have come up with the most complex structure for a website known to man.
It will be selling uniquely branded/bespoke clothing, so the main part of the site needs to be a 'designer' section where customers can chose from the options available to them and these options are then displayed as they create their item.
i.e. Chose a t-shirt - chose a colour - chose an image/logo/brand - customise chosen image/logo/brand with colours, fonts, size, location - see finished article (and each step along the way).
The website then needs to be able to export the create item in .EMB, .DST, .DSB or .EXP formats, so as to be made correctly.
I have been advised by one company to 'find' a custom clothing software application (off the shelf) for which the licence can be purchased to embed/bolt on to my site. This obvoiusly may be a much more cost-effective solution, but I wouldn't know where to start looking or what exactly to look for. It needs to be able to take my options of course...
I hope this makes enough sense to those that can help and hope to hear from you soon.
You've a few solutions depending on your current platform and your developer skillset.
Off the shelf kit can be something like this or this but I've never used either.
If it was WordPress based, you can invest in using something like WooCommerce and buy this add-on or even go this route.
What you're asking can be done, depending on various factors.
like Lee said, most off the shelf ecommerce systems will have something that will do what you want, my recommended platform for ecommerce sites is opencart which they have a few modules that do what you want.
Your first step would be to decide which platform that you want to use (test them all for ease of use, ease of development and expandability, will it be good enough in 6, 12 and 24 months). Once you have a platform then look at the modules to add the functionality you need
for any 'off the shelf' products I would strongly suggest asking for a list of at least three reference sites and then taking the time to talk to the owners and the developers. You can understand so much more by talking to the people who have actually had to pay for or develop with the software.
Jay - your website structural requirements are, in fact, standard within your sector, and most Ecommerce platforms can deliver them. The key is in the data structures, so I am told by the technical people.
When we were setting up Soleheaven, the website company (a large, leading website company) never got the data structures tight. Obviously, we are happy with them now, as the system we use is our own. It does exactly what we want.
The main challenges we faced were not, in fact, these kinds of things, but handling traffic volumes that could run into 100's of thousands of users in a one hour period at product launches. This too, is solved with our current arrangements.
To ben honest having worked with designer clothing brands in the past what you are looking for is in fact a bespoke solution. Whilst you will be able to get the E-Commerce and even the product database in OTS formats I doubt you will find it the bespoke clothing design aspect of the business.
Give me a shout if you want to talk through the practicalities of what you are looking for, what you want to acheive and we should be able to give you some ideas.
0791 391 0820
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