Please help me find the ideal off-the-shelf e-commerce template for an online store project.
December 12, 2011 3:38 AM   Subscribe

Please help me find the ideal off-the-shelf e-commerce template for an online store project.

I am looking to set up an online store where individual sellers can upload and manage their own content, something along the lines of Etsy.

While I would give sellers some guidelines regarding the content and would be able to edit images/text if necessary, I would like them to be able to manage most of it. Payment methods would be PayPal and credit/debit cards.

I would generate a lot of content for the website as well (image/video/audio/text).

My question is: I have found a lot of websites that sell off-the-shelf e-commerce templates, but could not find one that offers that capability, of letting third parties create a user/password and add content themselves (a bit like Wordpress group blooging would look like).

Suggestions of off-the-shelf solutions or ideas for customization (preferably simple and not too costly!) would be much appreciated. Thanks!
posted by heartofglass to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Maybe a stupid question but have you tried googling 'etsy clone'
posted by missmagenta at 3:41 AM on December 12, 2011

Check out Shopify. It's a hosted, but customizable shopping cart. I just built a shop on it it and was fairly impressed.
posted by pyro979 at 5:49 AM on December 12, 2011

I haven't used it, but the popular WPMUDev Wordpress plugin site has an ecommerce plugin called Marketpress. One of the features is listed as: MarketPress is also 100% WordPress Multisite and BuddyPress compatible - so you can use it to start your own Etsy or Ebay style network of stores.

Sounds worth investigation.
posted by Magnakai at 6:37 AM on December 12, 2011

I work at Shopify. You won't be able to run an etsy like marketplace using our platform. While you can have multiple users, it's not setup to allow multiple vendors to go in and sell their own products. It might be doable, but would require custom coding for sure.
posted by dripdripdrop at 7:32 AM on December 12, 2011

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