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Tienda is not a fork or bridge; it is a brand new extension designed and written from scratch by Dioscouri Design. It is built on Joomla's MVC framework and can therefore be easily modified or themed using Joomla's templates.
Tienda has been built with you, the site's administrator, in mind. While building Tienda, we focused on answering the question, "What would make it easier for us to operate our online stores?"
Some of the cool features:
* Unlimited Products and Categories
* User Group Pricing
* Unlimited User Groups
* Sell subscriptions (recurring and not recurring)
* Sell digital downloads
* Integrate with Billets, Juga, Amigos, and the core Joomla ACL to sell functions in each of those components
* Perform ANY SQL query after a user purchases a product, so you can integrate with ANY extension out there (such as selling Jomsocial group membership or Agora Forum group membership)
* One-click related products
* Content Plugin to insert products' add-to-cart buttons in any content article, including Zoo, K2, and FlexiContent
* Product Reviews & Ratings
* Product Cloning
* Custom fields for products
* Google Analytics ecommerce tracking
* Facebook Like and Twitter "Tweet This" integration
* Product Comparison
* Tools to Migrate from Xcart, Virtuemart, and Redshop
In total, there are over 50 extensions for Tienda!
For a full feature list and video previews, please see our Tienda page overview:
And if you are interested in following development on Tienda, please join us at http://projects.dioscouri.com where you can report bugs, make feature requests, and see our roadmap.
Support subscriptions for Tienda are available, so if you would like configuration assistance, you can reach out directly to us.
Please, please, please participate in the development of Tienda by reporting bugs and feature requests on http://projects.dioscouri.com - that's the only way Tienda can become exactly what you need!
I am a developer myself and I had trouble setting up a paid downloads site (event though that's one of the highlighted features of this component!). I spent half a day trying to setup a simple one product shop! The worst part is that I didn't suceed!
Just from the top of my head:
1. they need a Lock Tables priviledge! I don't want to allow that and I don't understand why they need it, it's simply bad programming to depend on exotic features.
2. products are not displayed at all inside categories. I couldn't figure out why yet.
3. even though I set product prices and they are seen correctly in product editing mode, when displaying the product list, the displayed price is still 0. I don't trust a shopping component that doesn't handle MONEY well.
4. Trying to define a Geo Tax Zone throws a big relations error and without the geo zones taxes are useless.
Support is expensive, as other users mentioned, but I WONT'T BOTHER to get support if the component's basic features don't work. I don't even dare to think about security if those fetaures are a problem.
To finish on a positive note, nice try, but tag is correspondingly unless it works.
Thanks for your review. A couple notes:
1) Based on your summary of the issues you've had with your database, it sounds like you didn't read the minimum requirements for Tienda. Take a look at them and ensure that your server meets the minimum requirements.
2) The installation package for Tienda also includes an alternative install.sql file that only uses MyISAM (as opposed to InnoDB). As a developer, I suspect you would have no trouble using that installation file, and I also suspect it would resolve your database issues (which is all 4 of the items in your list)
3) Support isn't expensive! If you are installing Tienda, I can only assume you are setting up an ecommerce store (probably for a client, but maybe even for yourself!). If $99 for support is too much to ask, then you either aren't billing your client enough, don't have high expectations for your store's sales, or are dramatically undervaluing our support.
Well done to Tienda, as far as I'm concerned they've filled a gaping hole in the market here.
The backend reminds me of Magento in lots of ways, as does Dioscouri's whole business model. The extension is excellent. Perfect for a medium sized shop when you need to get things up and running quite quickly and inexpensively.
Why only 4 stars? Well I'd like to see more payment gateways supported, and also alternative shipping modules. There were some bugs (ie rounding errors etc), and some functionality which should really have been there but wasn't (ie you can display product prices inclusive of VAT in the shop but not in the cart - that requires custom work).
It is still in development though and the issues are being actively worked on. As far as I'm concerned it's ready to be used commercially and I hope the team that wrote it do very well out of it - they deserve to.
This is also a response to 'byrabmcnab' (the next review) because it involves a list of our current payment methods.
These payment methods install with the Tienda package, and you can manage them from the Tienda admin control panel:
* Paypal Standard
* Google Checkout
* Offline Payments (Check/Money Order/etc)
These additional payment plugins are available as installable packages from our SVN at http://projects.dioscouri.com until we launch the Tienda Marketplace:
* Cmcic v30
* First Data / Linkpoint
Finally, these are under development:
* Paypal Pro
If you have other specific Gateway requests, please post them at http://projects.dioscouri.com
Thanks Tienda for being free to use! The only thing i wish for now, is that the subscription version for this extension need to be more easy to understand. There are two options to choose from right now, but i´m looking for a third option - it should be possible to pay for one year of updates (apparently, this will come). I think it´s should be included in the "first" option.
Still it´s a lovely shopping cart!
Thanks for the review! We currently Joomfish elements and these translations packages:
All of them are being managed and created by the growing international Tienda community. Join in here: http://projects.dioscouri.com/projects/tienda/repository/show/trunk/language_packages
1. Unzip the file.
2. Open folder "install" and copy and paste both the "uninstall" and "install files" into your unzipped folder. Select all of the files and folders EXCEPT for any plugins and module folders and archive the files into a zip. Install that zipped file, as you would normally into Joomla.
3. For the modules, I use FileZilla to upload them all onto my server under the "modules" folder.
4. For the plugins (this is where I found it tricky and I had some errors). I had to zip each plugin folder individually and install them one by one. I found some of them didn't have the setup/installation file.
I hope that helps any of you who have had trouble installing Tienda. I have yet to start using it, but I checked and all look normal in the backend.
*I was disappointed that the Google Checkout plugin would not install. It was missing some files, so if anyone has the proper plugin file I could install to make Google Checkout work with Tienda, that would be great!
Thanks for the vote and review(!), but you really have me scratching my head.
1. We don't yet have a Google Checkout payment plugin for Tienda! You can confirm by looking at it's empty folder in our SVN here: http://projects.dioscouri.com/projects/tienda/repository/show/trunk/tienda/tienda_plugin_payment_googlecheckout
2. Where did you download the Tienda installation package from? Our installer will install all of the auxiliary plugins and modules along with the component, so this is making me concerned about the source of your package.
3. When you say you "noticed a lot of people had difficulty installing the zipfile", could you tell me where you were reading these reports? Our public bug tracker is here: http://projects.dioscouri.com/ and I don't see any bug reports for installation...
• Support is responsive and thorough. They really see your issue to resolution. They are even beating their posted times that they will respond to your issue.
• Simple and strong interface. Adding products (shipped or downloadable) is smooth and efficient.
• Integrates very will with multiple leading Template creators.
• CSS and PHP files are organized and well commented for easy "hacks" or modifications if needed.
• Easily integrate into their other great Dioscouri products.
• GUEST CHECKOUT OPTION included! Also, user history.
• Support subscriptions only and it will cost you $99 for the first month and $79 each additional month if you go with a 12 month subscription. Worth it if you are selling enough product. If you don't need support - even better.
• Currently only two payment processing plugins - Authorize.net (which is the best in our opinion and PayPal which is huge in the US). Only a con if you don't have access to these processors or are deep into another processor contract.
• Few step-by-step tutorials. User / Members are producing more and more "how-to"content for this young cart.
Give the free community version a shot and realize the paid version is waiting for you if you need more features.
This will easily be our go-to cart system from here on out and I know other template creators ar working with Dioscouri for better integrations (JoomlaBamboo already has a template based on Tienda)
Unfortunately, it's not finished. If you want to ship your products, there are no calculated shipping options except for FedEx, which is not suitable for most of my clients. USPS and UPS are really critical for the modern ecommerce store.
Without this sort of basic functionality, it's hard to imagine getting a community started around it... which is probably why support on the public forum is scanty, at best.
I hope that Tienda grows up... I'll be waiting for it.
I've just spent the last several weeks building a large (700+ items) online store with Tienda. My client and I ran across some bugs and some "undocumented features," so we paid the $99 for a one-month support subscription. The service we got for that $99 was OUTSTANDING - the developer spent many, many hours handling bug fixes and even implementing feature requests. I'm not sure what happened with the previous reviewer's support subscription, but I was very surprised to hear him say that it was a rip-off. I got extensive one-to-one support from the owner of the company; you can't get better than that. I would suggest writing to the Dioscouri team again, politely.
I will admit that Tienda is still in its infancy; there are features that some people would consider essential that are not yet included. But you can always install the free version and test it out to see if anything that's important to you is missing.
Tienda is VERY intuitive to use - for shop customers, for shop owners who aren't technical people, and for site administrators. The built-in styles are very nice, but it's also easy to style if you're a designer who's good with CSS.
I'm willing to bet that within a year, Tienda will be the Akeeba Backup of shopping cart extensions - it has the perfect balance of simplicity and power, and best of all, it's free.
Well it is beta - they say. So do not waste you time with it - you will love it immediately invest a lot of time building around it just to find out that though it is cleaner than VM it is still glitchy as hell though it is not immediately showing.
Wait till they finish - then maybe it will be a hit - if they would not try to charge an arm and a leg for it.
And for that matter NEVER use their PAID subscription it is a non working rip-off operation - wasted my $99 for NOTHING.
Verdict: Two thumbs down. Looks good, does not work.Don't waste time on this extension until they fix the installation.
You will not have a shopping cart when you're done installing unless you are giving everything away.
Tienda's payment plugins are literally normal Joomla plugins and several will install automatically with the Tienda package.
If you have trouble finding them, I recommend you follow these steps:
1) Login to your Joomla admin
2) Go to the Joomla Plugin Manager (it's under the Extensions menu)
3) Using the drop-down select lists on the right-side of the page, filter by "tienda"
At this point, you will see the Tienda payment plugins. If you still cannot see them in the short list, look under the "File" column. The names of all the payment plugins begin with "payment_"....
This componene thas a bright future. I hope they keep developing it. I am interested to see where it will be in 9 months. I think that will be the test for them. Looks beutyful and the is already an AceSef extension for it
cant wait to see what the future holds.
The bad: Tienda 'Community' lacks too many of the features you get with VM, and the end cost of Tienda 'Enterprise' will likely be too high.
I ran Tienda 'Community' on a test site comparing it with VM. It's more intuitive, with an all around cleaner UI. However, it lacks many of the basic features you get with Virtuemart. Most notably complex shipping methods. But according to dioscouri.com, Tienda 'Enterprise' will exceed VM in features. 'Community' has no real value to me, whereas 'Enterprise' sounds like just the thing. After some investigation, it seems 'Enterprise' has been delayed sometime (but who knows, it's probably being released as I post this). My concern is the possible end cost of the 'Enterprise' version.
Putting aside the fact that 'Enterprise' will be commercial, one thing I really don't care for with dioscouri.com's products is that their Professional support and updates are done with a separate monthly subscription, and the amount to pay seems outrageous! I imagine Tienda 'Enterprise' will be the same as the others, you buy the product for a high price, and then turn around and pay again for support/upgrades. This is an uncommonly high on cost of doing business.
Of course, it's entirely possible you may never need support. The structure is sturdy and the UI is virtually idiot proof. But what about the upgrades?
"One month of: * Direct support through our Support Center for the community version of Tienda * Access to downloads and upgrades for the community version of Tienda.
This is a one-time charge. Your subscription will expire after one month and will NOT renew. * $99.99 USD - 30 Days"
I can't afford that. I can't afford $99.99 the first month and $79.99 for 11 more months either.
The forum support from the community is the greatest case of blind leading the blind. There are dozens of questions without direct answers. I myself didn't have any need for this as I was only testing the 'Community' version against VM.
And this: http://projects.dioscouri.com/projects/tienda/wiki/ ... is not adequate documentation.
"This site is intended for Tienda development. NO SUPPORT is offered here." ... "In order to develop for Tienda, you must first understand how Tienda works, so this document will provide you with the basics necessary to approach Tienda intelligently. It will also help you configure your workstation for Tienda development." It's more like documentation on how best to support Tienda.
Okay, now that all sounds bad... But, the fact is, in spite of all the above, this is still THE MOST PROMISING E-COMMERCE COMPONENT since VM. It clearly has a talented, organized team behind it. VM has not been updated in more than a year. Their 'news' blog has become a joke. I love them, but I'm about ready to move up or move on.
But Tienda 'Community' is far from meeting the needs of anyone accustomed to VM, and I doubt seriously that Tienda 'Enterprise' will be economically sensible for the average J! store manager.
My main suggestion to dioscouri.com: Restructure your support/update pricing and fuse the plan with your products. There are many successful models to look to. ...'I know, I know' you're already successful... what do I know?
How do you setup and use a program with absolutely no documentation and very few replies on questions submitted to the forum.
Be aware before you waste your time that:
- there are features that don't work
- There is absolutely no documentation
- The developers charge a minimum of $100 for support to get normal questions answered.
The current reviews of this product trash Virtuemart, however, I downloaded, installed it and got it functional in one day. I am of the mind to believe that the revues of this product are staged
I'm sorry to hear you've had a tough time setting up Tienda -- you're definitely one of the few.
Regarding your points:
@bugs: Yes, as Tienda is still a beta, there are certainly bugs. In fact, we have a publicly-accessible list of reported bugs available here: http://projects.dioscouri.com/tienda/ Please, please, please report the bugs that you find so we can fix them!
@documentation: During your week of trying to get Tienda to work, did you happen to look at the documentation posted here? http://projects.dioscouri.com/projects/tienda/wiki/
@support isn't free: That's correct -- the growing Tienda community handles the free support (not the developers) and if you want direct support from us, you need to purchase a support subscription.
I didn’t really like what I saw with the more popular e-commerce solutions advertised here.
Instead, I went for Tienda and so far no regrets. Great support from the forum, great extension to work with and it’s only getting better and better.
A billion of thanks to the team behind this beauty.