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Needs some refinement
Written by Stuart L from Scotland (Wednesday, July 30, 2003)
Writer is with: http://scottishbeers.com
||Listing Reviewed: PDshop Shopping Cart & Store
Strengths: Great price, good features
Weaknesses: Database errors, not great for UK shops and some things don't work
Details: We installed it at scottishbeers.com. At first glance it looked excellent but on actually running the app and customising it there were a number of errors and type mismatches when filling in forms. EG if you leave a field empty then it will spit out errors. Almost all of the forms need some kind of validation to stop this happening.
The shipping tax section lists only US, Canada & Intl tax fields...so if you set the LCID to the UK option, it still references everything as a US site for shipping. The image upload feature struggles to upload anything bigger than a 10K file and we had to create our own upload page. The default page redirects to the main shop pages which are in their own directory which is a real problem with customisation. If want this type of directory structure then that's fine but the problems is with the search engine indexing. On the default page there is an instruction to pleace your "doorway" page here. Search engines are banning doorway pages so that's not such a great idea.
It would be much better iof the shop pages were in the web root but because they aren't it makes it very time consuming to integrate the look and feel to that of your existing site.
On the plus side, the price is crazy and worthy of a 5 star alone. It has the best features of any of the shops I've tried by far however, it's spoiled a little by the form bugs. Once they see to the likes of the form validation and bring out a version where it redirects, then it will be a much easier application to add straight into your site. Editing in ultradev was quite easy and we were able to adjust table sizes for the look and feel
It's an excellent app but there needs to be a little bit of housekeeping to make it a 5 star app.
Review Based On: 6 Day(s) of usage