Monday, July 02, 2007
Sneak Preview - Presstopia Shop
I'm finalizing the rollout of a new ecommerce application called Presstopia Shop. The first public beta should be available this week.
› See it in action here : Presstopia Shop Demo
As the name suggests, the application is used to buy and sell products over the internet. Presstopia Shop is written in VB.NET and currently supports MS SQL Server 2005. It runs on version 2.0 of the .Net framework.
As with all my other apps, a lot of time and effort has gone into laying a solid foundation from which to build on, and getting all the "under the hood" stuff right. For example, many important components of Presstopia Shop are implemented as separately installable modules - including shipping rate calculations, tax calculations, and payment processing. The "Featured" area on the front page and "Logged IP" section in the sidebar are also implemented as modules. This makes it possible to support a whole host of shipping and payment services, tax calculations, and the display of dynamic content without the need to modify the core application.
Some other features are ... easy to use web based installer, fully skinable frontend, localizable, SSL ready (including most shared SSL configurations), and much more.
The binaries and a few modules will be available for free. The source code and a few premium modules will be available to Presstopia Subscribers (including modules for getting real-time shipping rates from USPS and Canada Post).
Let me know what you think!