Drupal for e-commerce?
September 22, 2011 7:35 PM Subscribe
I need to replace an old e-commerce website with something more modern. Can you make recommendations for a non-programmer - Drupal or other CMS? Something else?
posted by anonymous to computers & internet (6 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I maintain a website that was written a million years ago in ASP. It's time for a new site, and I'm not sure where to start. I got it in my head that a CMS might work well for us - I was thinking Drupal. The problems with the current website are that it doesn’t have all the features we would like, it looks dated, and it’s a hassle to update. I don’t think it’s standards compliant, and if someone else needed to take over the site it would be a major hassle.
The current website has probably $350k a year in sales, and we sell ~200 different products. We have our products in a SQL database right now. I don’t know if we’d be able to use that, but if not, ease of importing products would be important.
Here's what we would like the new site to do:
*Display products by category, ideally individual products would be able to be in more than one category, AND it's important that we're able to control the display order of products within categories. This seems silly and specific, but it’s something we’ve struggled with on the current site.
*Run promos (usually this is a percentage off your order)
*Let users create accounts so they can save info, view orders, create wish lists, etc.
*Let our wholesalers shop online
*Have some interface for our customer service reps to enter phone orders (we’d like web and phone sales to both run through the site)
*Let us run reports on inventory, sales, etc.
So, can Drupal do this? Is there a better solution? (And the budget is really tight, there’s no way there’s money for a real developer – if that is the best option, then we would probably be stuck trying to spiff up the existing templates just to make the site look a little better and leaving it at that.) I do understand that there is a huge learning curve for Drupal in particular, I just want to make sure this is possible before I dive in.
Also, is this totally crazy? I'm not a programmer, but I have had no trouble picking up enough ASP to keep the current site running and to add new features to it. I learn well from books and online, will that be sufficient here or do I need to try to find an in-person class? Any suggestions for learning material would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Anonymous because 1) I’m a little embarrassed to know less than I probably should about some of this stuff, and 2) I don’t want this info linking back to the company via my profile.