We are a leading optics retailer in Egypt and we our diversifying our business so we have 3 e-commerce projects in our business plan. However we would like to start with one first and see how it goes. The first project is a beauty (cosmetics, perfumes etc.) online store. Something like [url removed, login to view], but not as big.
I have worked for the last couple of days with Magento Go and I like the features and flexibility of the platform.I was able to do some good work in a short period of time. I am convinced of the solution. However I need from you to give me advice and do some further development/touchups:
1. What is the difference between Magento Go and Community Edition? Besides that one is a hosted solution with a monthly fee and the other is not-hosted pay once solution? I think it makes most sense to start with the GO edition and if the business is feasible develop a CE. What do you think?
2. Template update/design. We need something to look more appealing than the standard templates.
3. Currently you can select only one attribute of a category. For example if we are selling t-shirts, you can filter (in the layered navigation) in the color according to red only. But if the customer wants to filter all the red AND blue t-shirts he cannot do that.
4. Social media integration. Sharing, liking etc.
I am sure as we go we will be needing more improvements and new features...
In the future:
-We will need "Arabic" language, which is not supported in the Go edition.
-We will need to have more than one warehouse since we are planning on expanding in more than one country. The customer selects the country he is from and accordingly he can see the stock that is available in his country or the stock that is in his country could be flagged as "fast shipping". OR we have
-Integrate with the warehouse of one of our suppliers
-Login with facebook
Can you pls give me a quotation on the development needed right now (social media integration, template, layered navigation). It could be amount of hours or a fixed fee.
I would be happy to skype with one of your team.
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