However, a family member's business is taking off but haemorraging margins to online resellers, and was desperate to sell directly from his own website. Also, not wanting to get caught out with transaction handling fees, hidden charges and the usual smallprint, he asked if I could help.
Daunted by previous experiences my first thoughts were to look around for something simple and manageable, more suited to idiots such as myself, but it soon became apparent that sales options and complex charging schemes needed something much more powerful. I reviewed other shopping carts and their customer feedback extensively...
I eventually opted for MijoShop (look at the reviews) for the shiny new J2.5 website, though fearful that I was on a hiding to nothing. My fears were unfounded...
During installation it almost 'fell' into Joomla without issue of any kind. Not only that, it also worked flawlessly with the site's Artisteer 4.0 template (OK, so I don't have the spare time to re-script commercial templates).
Determined to minimise mistakes on my part I diligently followed MijoShop's quick guide until I'd grasped the UI and could intuitively find my way around.
Having already created categories and almost sixty product entries in about four days, my attentions turned to removing the unwanted default 'compare' and 'affiliate' links in the footer. I raised a support ticket late on Friday evening (courteously changing the default request priority from 'High' to 'Normal') and received a response in 18 minutes! They offered coding support if I told them what I wanted to achieve, but wanting to master this myself I carefully followed the advice and the footer was perfect.
On Saturday morning I noticed another link that I wanted to remove from the product pages. Couldn't find the responsible script so raised another ticket. In about half an hour back came the reply with attached VQMod script to install. Once again, no problems whatsoever and the necessary link was gone.
In summary, I am thoroughly delighted with both the MijoShop product and the superb support I have received to-date. The speed and quality of support leaves me feeling confident that crucially, with a live site on which business depends, professional support and advice will never be far away.
The component has proven to be stable and reliable throughout.
I cannot recomment MijoShop more, both to power users as-well as new users with reasonable working familiarity of Joomla - and (perhaps) a little PHP script editing that is important knowledge for anyone wanting to manage a professional site these days.
Apologies for the tome!
I received a link to download this module, but unwittingly downloaded the wrong version. Believing there to be a problem I contacted the developer again the same morning, and again received a reply just as quickly as before. He had already reset my purchase log and provided the direct download link.
As with the plugin, and unlike so many components that can be somewhat counter-intuitive, the module installed without issue and was a breeze to configure and integrate with the site pages.
I'm therefore delighted with not only the plugin (originally) and now this module, but also my choice of developer clearly dedicated to customer support, and therefore give this my fullest recommendation.
However, I would suggest that anyone concerned about advertising their favorite CMS to hackers should also use a non-Joomla template, otherwise it would be easily possible for a malicious crawler to simply search for the string "Joomla" (such as in joomla_logo...jpg - the Joomla image on every bundled template) and scan for Joomla vulnerabilities.
Can obviously be tweaked out by renaming the Joomla images and editing the template scripts, though defeats the objective somewhat. That said, it's a pointless Joomla-related file-naming issue but, as I say, this little gem (in necessary conjuntion with ByeBye generator) work beautifully.
Nice one - thank you!
I'm glad it worked out for you. There have been some recent updates that I suggest you install! Performance and stability enhancements.
There are many things that can be done to hide the existence of Joomla. I've attempted to start discussions in the forums regarding more extreme methods, but was met with strong opposition by the moderators. Now I don't discuss, I just do.
I have a new component/plugin package to release soon that will help with this subject.