I have been looking into bespoke database design, and am also having my existing site re-developed to streamline the admin, and improve the site. I'm not sure whether this project requires 2 separate applications or not! I should point out that I am a backing track producer, and so someone who has musical knowledge is an advantage when understanding the nature of some of the data involved in this project.
The current site ([url removed, login to view]) has been built with ShopFactory. Some customers have asked if they can search my catalogue by different criteria, which at the moment is not possible. I would be interested in having the new website as close as possible to the existing one in appearance, but with the added benefit of a database approach, which would be required to be easy to maintain by myself. I would also require a database (separate application??)running on my computer where I can keep track of customers / orders / products.