Product of the Day: CommerceMadeEasy

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Product: CommerceMadeEasyManufacturer: Server Connections, Inc.Address: 300 Hamilton Avenue               White Plains, New York 10601Telephone: 800-650-1272URL: commercemadeeasy

Internet Server Connections, Inc. is pleased to present its full e-commerce package, CommerceMadeEasy.

CommerceMadeEasy is the winner of the Best of Show award in the category of commerce in the Fall Internet World Show. It is a Linux-based software and is provided to the clients of ISC as a service to be used by resellers and end-users of E-Commerce services. All system components were developed in C++ for optimal performance and security. It is completely cookie-less and provides a secure Internet Wizard for creating new accounts. It provides services such as "Sales", "Auction", "Access" and "Contribution". The Wizard may be used to quickly setup a commerce site from an existing website with advanced search, credit card gateway, security, and many other capabilities. CommerceMadeEasy can be used to set up and create complex commerce sites, in any industry, in a matter of days. As the package was developed entirely in-house, it permits easy customization to cater to your exact needs. Management, and maintenance of these commerce sites are made trivial with this product. CommerceMadeEasy is ideal for Resellers in creation of Commerce sites for their clients as well as for end-users who do not wish to spend a lot of money on Commerce development.

Its salient features are:

  • Cookieless shopping cart

  • Sales software

  • Auction software

  • Access (Membership/Electronic Subscription)

  • Contribution collection for nonprofit organizations

  • Shopping Malls and Store-Fronts with independent stores

  • Plain and advanced search capabilities

  • Secure on-line relational database system

  • Complete online database access and management interface

  • Import/export from/to all databases

  • Inventory tracking

  • Invoicing

  • Report generation

  • UPS/FedEx package tracking

  • Multi-language support

  • Fully flexible look and feel

  • Customized add-on modules

  • 128-bit encryption for high security

  • Works with the AuthorizeNet Credit Card gateways

  • Maybe configured to work with other gateways

  • Off-line check payment

email: potd@ssc.com

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It is a great hosted

Anonymous's picture

It is a great hosted E-Commerce service. They took care of all the details including the secure certificate, credit card processing, etc. We are glad to have used this service! Highly recommended.

We license their software and are quite happy with it

Anonymous's picture

We license the CommerceMadeEasy shopping cart system from Internet Server Connections, Inc. and we currently have three stores running with their software. It is a breeze to create a store-front once you have done a couple. There was a nominal set-up fee involved and we pay a reasonable monthly fee for licensing the software. This includes all the upgrades and patches.which are quite frequent. We are running their software on our server in-house, but I know that they also do host the server if you want them and they fully manage the server for you at no additional cost to the colocation fee. Their server farm is directly on the Sprint SONET ring attached to the fiber and they have a relatively small clientel. This means you get a lot of bandwidth to yourself. We decided to host the server on our own premises since we already had a fast connection. These guys have been in business since 1996 which is more than you can say for a lot of other companies in the field. They are Linux Gurus. They have helped us with our Linux questions mostly without charging us even when it was not related to their commerce software. Since they do the hosting and design in-house and since the have written the software from scratch in c++, everything works together like a clock. We give them thumbs up! You should give them a try since they do not bind you into long contracts. We have been working with them on a month-to-month basis, but since we have been quite satisfied, we have stayed with them for the past 4 years. Good luck guys!

I was able to create multiple store fronts in a short time

Anonymous's picture

I was able to creat multiple store fronts in a short time. The system allows you to quickly create incarnations of a store with slightly different business plans. Also, try turning off your browser cookies and use other shopping carts. This package is truly cookie-less. My hat off to the developers!

I specifically like its subscription capabilities

Anonymous's picture

I have recently been using the subscrption capabilities of the
CommercemadeEasy software with Internet Server Connections. It is so
easy to have the content made available to the readers for a fee. All I
have to do is to go to the back-end, designate any number of directories
in my website as an Access item sharing the same username and password
file and attach a price to it. I actually have different price levels,
monthly minimum, quarterly minimum, annual minimum and institutional. I
have set different discount rates for the different minimum levels of
subscription. The system automatically handles the computation of the fee
for the number of months picked by the subscribers and enforces the
limits. I also have a few colleges which have bought institutional
subscription. All I had to do was to ask them the range of IP addresses
the use and to enter it in the back-end interface. Anyone coming from
those IP addresses autimatically gains access to the restricted
susbscription pages. This way the students coming from these colleges
will have unlimited access to the contents and the institutions pay me a
bulk fee.

The credit card charges are done automatically. CommerceMadeEasy
apparently works with Authorize.net. I think they can add other gateways
if you really have to use a different gateway. This thing also has the
capability of accepting snail-mail checks which the subscribers can
promise using the shopping cart interface and then once I receive the
check I activate their subscription. I have only had a couple of sales
like that, but it is good to know I have the choice.

One other nice thing is that I can also sell tangible items at no extra
cost. Oh, one other nice thing is that I can add more stores to the
system almomst instantanoeously at a small monthly cost. I hope my
business grows enough to allow me to experience with a few sales ideas I
have.

Thanks to Internet Server for setting me up with their CommerceMadeEasy
package.

Great solution for a quick E-Commerce Site

Anonymous's picture

The software is basically written by Internet Server from scratch and they keep it up pretty well. I have been using it for my site for the past couple of years and it has been working out quite well for me. It is not a package that you would purchase. You would have to host the commerce part of your business on their servers, but they take care of every detail for you if you wish (including getting the gateway set up and running, designing the website, setting the database up and getting it to work with E-Commerce). They charged us a reasonable setup fee and did the rest. I gave them the concept on a piece of paper and they designed the website for me with one-on-one interaction, etc. Then they just charge something like $150 per month as a license fee for their software which they are updating all the time. I think it is well worth it. There is no limit on the number of items I can sell and I have full control of the items through the secure back-end. Once I make any changes, they are immediately available on the site. On several occasions I have asked them to add new reports to their program just to accommodate our needs and they have done it free of charge. I would say I am quite happy with my choice to use CommerceMadeEasy. The back-end could use a bit work to make it more attractive, but since nobody but me sees it it's OK. It does all I need it to do and much more. I highly recommend getting in touch with them even if it is just to explore your options. I think you will like the experience.

A satisfied customer

Worked for Server Connections Inc.

Anonymous's picture

To be plainly honest i haven't worked with this software, but I have worked at this company. This company is a 2 man effort (husband and wife). They're company looks like a good company from the outside, but on the inside its about as ridiculous as it can get. Talk about incompetence. I worked with the couple who were from Iran Wife (Paragold) and husband (betsi? i couldnt' imagine getting his name right).The company is more of a joke then their website www.internetserver.com and its misrepresentation of their services. There is 2 people with Phd's in that company true. They do not have web designers. They do not have anything. They outsource most of the services which they claim to do. Anyway, if you want the software and hear its good go for it. However, if you're looking for any hosting, designing or anything in general where you will have to deal with the company itself (and not just its software) don't bother. You can get better more reliable service from another company.

Worked for Server Connections Inc.

Anonymous's picture

To be plainly honest i haven't worked with this software, but I have worked at this company. This company is a 2 man effort (husband and wife). They're company looks like a good company from the outside, but on the inside its about as ridiculous as it can get. Talk about incompetence. I worked with the couple who were from Iran Wife (Paragold) and husband (betsi? i couldnt' imagine getting his name right).The company is more of a joke then their website www.internetserver.com and its misrepresentation of their services. There is 2 people with Phd's in that company true. They do not have web designers. They do not have anything. They outsource most of the services which they claim to do. Anyway, if you want the software and hear its good go for it. However, if you're looking for any hosting, designing or anything in general where you will have to deal with the company itself (and not just its software) don't bother. You can get better more reliable service from another company.

CommerceMadeEasy NOT!

Anonymous's picture

Visit the site. Try to find out about buying the product. Nothing, not evem an online application form. If this is how they sell their own product, how on Earth can it be any good.