Multi-Vendor eCommerce Store – Build Study 4
There are many eCommerce websites out there… but most are lacking in proper design, and more importantly, overall functionality. When I started building this Thailand OTOP & SME Multi-Vendor eStore, I needed to cover every Province and Region in the country of Thailand. Of course, Thailand is about the same size as the state of Texas, so building a database to accomplish this objective was much easier than trying to build one for the whole of America. Nevertheless, Thailand has many “Provinces”, “Amphurs” and “Tambons” (Same as America has many States, Cities and Counties). Proper Search criterion is reliant on building out the database with the proper fields. This was an extended effort that paid off in the end, with the website enjoying a smooth User Interface for detailed searches.
Another challenge with this website was harnessing the multiple potential product and service categories, and building them into the database. Of course, a multi-vendor eCommerce platform may sell just about any product or service imaginable, so it was important to set up the Category structure tree accordingly. A “Points” payment system was also build into the available payment methods as well. In addition to secure payment channels, advertisers have the option to upgrade their listings and purchase products with Points, which can be purchased in blocks. Finally, I built a very sleek Geo Location module into this website, which allows purchasers to use localization and print out driving directions. This website was build on the powerful Joomla CMS platform.*
*Disclaimer: After years of faithful development with Joomla, I have finally made the switch to WordPress. Like a lost friend, I now relegate Joomla to specific use instances, and recommend that all my clients choose WordPress CMS over Joomla (or any other CMS).