All is (joomla) plugin driven, so completely SEF friendly. For developers: SimpleCaddy plugins are easy to create and integrate so you can have the paymenty gateway or shipping solution you dreamed of.
New: Downloadable content support: define your product as downloadable and SimpleCaddy makes sure the product has been paid for before anyone can download it.
Paypal returns still mark your orders as "Paid".
Paypal is delivered as a standard plugin so that other payment methods can be presented on the same page.
Taxes can now be defined per destination and are inmplemented as a joomla plugin, all configurable from inside SimpleCaddy. You can set taxes for specific destinations to be different from others.
Shipping uses a simple points system.
The Joomla standard Extra Fields are used a Custom Fields in SimpleCaddy. So you can use Joomla to gather your necessary info about your clients.
Carts can be shown anywhere in your site, with individual css if you like.
To overcome the difficulties of multiple configurations and options in your plugin calls, an editor-extension button is also included in the package.
There are several nice ideas here. For one thing, the product display is done with standard Joomla! articles; you just embed codes in the article that display the product name and price and allow adding to the cart. (Contrast this with the more common approach of dynamically building display pages.) Sure, the Simple Caddy approach is limited: for example, if you change products often you will go nuts changing the product description articles. But for a small store with a few stable products, it's really easy. And this approach allows you to do all sorts of things within the product display -- anything you can do in Joomla!
Again, there are significant limitations. The only payment option is PayPal (which does work just fine). Simple Caddy does not track payment status once it hands off an order to PayPal; if the customer fails to complete the payment, you won't know until you match up PayPal records with orders. Within products, you can have only one type of option: for clothing, you could have either size or color but not both size and color (unless you combine size and color to have choices such as "small red" and "large blue" -- not very practical in most cases).
These limitations are absolutely fatal for those who have lots of products and expect lots of orders. But for sites like mine (a non-profit that sells a few items as fund raisers a few times a year), Simple Caddy hits the mark.
By the way, we did look at Virtue Mart -- great component but much more overhead to set up and forces some changes in the way we approach dealing with our members. So don't ask whether Simple Caddy is "better" than something like Virtue Mart -- they are designed for different audiences and each is fine for its intended purpose.
We have not asked for support yet, but scanning the forum for the component shows that there is an active user base and questions are being answered quickly.
One additional note: when I tried to register for the forums on the Atlantic Intelligence Web site, the spam blocker kept rejecting my registration. I was using Firefox 3.0.3; trying the same thing in IE 7, it worked fine. Once registered, I could log on with Firefox. So if you run into that problem, maybe the IE solution will work for you.
It would be great if one of the choices for the way products are available to be purchased is for the customer to be able to enter a number for the quantity of each product they want. I think SimpleCaddy would work perfect for me on my photography website if customers didn't have to come back to the photo they want if they want multiples of each photo.
Otherwise, it would be exactly what I'm looking for. Could this possibly be something to be added to the next update?
Well, you can always update the quantity when the cart displays ... If you are working under php4, you will want to update to version 1.6 solving an issue with quantities ...
A few rough bumps to final configuration but most answers can be found in the developer's forum. Not very customizable but highly recommended for simple selling needs when PayPal is your payment solution.
The new version adds all this and many more "outstanding improvements". Please download the new version and follow the instructions on the site :-)