E-commerce websites are those in which you can buy something. Times are hard, and unfortunately all of my e-commerce websites have gone out of business! My two most complex e-commerce websites are described below.
You may recognize Downtown Doggie from the retail store it had on Colorado Avenue in Bend. Its website had these e-commerce features:
- One page for each product type. The website owner could add, delete, edit, and change the order of the product types.
- Product families on the product type pages, with each product family having its own description and image. The website owner could add, delete, edit, and change the order of the product families.
- Individual products within a product family differed in "color" (which could be a pattern) and/or size. A given product family might have only one size and/or only one color.
- Clicking on a product family in a product type page opened a popup page for that product family where one could see the family description again and pick the color and size, see the corresponding price, and add the selected product to the shopping cart.
- Product images were shown in the product family popup page, with the image shown depending on the
currently selected size and color and what images the website owner had uploaded.
- The website owner could add, delete, edit, and change the order of colors and sizes, and edit the prices corresponding to size-color combinations and the shipping weights corresponding to sizes.
- Products and quantities in the shopping cart were shown in, and editable by the website visitor in, a sophisticated custom shopping cart popup page that included various shipping options and, once the shipping options had been selected, the corresponding shipping costs.
- The website owner could add, edit, and delete shipping types and zones for those types, and edit the corresponding rates.
- Website visitors were diverted to PayPal when it came time to pay.
- The website owner could specify discounts based on many different
criteria, and any discounts currently in effect were shown to website visitors in a Current
The International Glass website had the same features as the Downtown Doggie website, plus these:
- Complex inventory management and display features, in which website visitors could order from stock on hand, or if that was insufficient order from stock contained in an order that International Glass had already placed with the supplier, or if that was insufficient have International Glass place an order with the supplier on their behalf.
- This involved a number of pages for use only by the website owner in which she could input and track inventory on hand, orders from customers, and orders placed with suppliers.