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IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN GET STARTED ON
Martin

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October 25, 2013 - 12:28 pm
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Hi, this sounds really interesting. Is there anything that can be started on in preparation?

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Matthew Ogborne

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October 25, 2013 - 2:25 pm
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Hi Martin,
I’m just chatting to Dave on Skype and this question is a very curious one, thank you for asking!

The best answers we could come up ad-hoc are:

Those are the ones that spring to mind, does that help you?

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toy_chief

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October 25, 2013 - 7:25 pm
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Hi both,

I have another question along the same lines – if getting started what server requirements are there? I have an Ultimate godaddy account. This is a shared server.

Thoughts welcome!

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Andrew

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Matthew Ogborne

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Hi @toy_chief,

Magento needs specialised Magento web hosting, the difference of just one setting can make a site run slow on exactly the same kit. Seeing that the godaddy main website is down for me at the moment, it would be prudent to suggest that you look at UK based web hosting instead.

Matt

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Ben
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I was meaning to ask this question myself OP.

Thanks for the links Matt, I’ll check them out when I got a few minutes spare.

I’m planning on leaving esp for magento in January. Is there anything I can do esp wise before I leave like somehow keeping my ebay store/listing designs that esp did for me? Or will this not apply to magento due to compatibility issues etc?

Benni Blanco, from the Bronx.

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Matthew Ogborne

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Howdy @Ben,

BennyBlanco said
I’m planning on leaving esp for magento in January. Is there anything I can do esp wise before I leave like somehow keeping my ebay store/listing designs that esp did for me? Or will this not apply to magento due to compatibility issues etc?

We’ve thought of that one too :)

See this blog post https://understandinge.com/one-minute/ which is a nudge to vote for a feature request to M2E Pro. The great news is that we are expecting this to be added in a later version which is 2-3 weeks away. We will then have all the “system” keywords I would personally expect to have available in M2E Pro.

When it comes to the conversion of the templates, we are (as I just added that to the training guide list, lol) going to have a guide on how to do this yourself. I also have spoken with dZine-Hub and they are able to offer a template transfer service as well, so they’ll be able to take your eSellerPro templates and port them to Magento/M2E Pro (around £50 with considerable discounts for additional templates).

As far as making a backup, the templates you have in eSellerPro can be easily copied by going to:

Inventory/Listing > eBay Templates > Selecting the template > go to the “Description” tab > tick the “HTML Only” tick box > Copy ALL the HTML and pasting into a text document.

Tip: Don’t use wordpad, Microsoft Word or similar editor for this, Notepad is best and if it was me, I’d personally suggest using Notepad++ which is available for download & use for free here: http://notepad-plus-plus.org/d…../v6.5.html as it colour codes HTML which makes it very easy to read.

And thank you for the post as you’ve just made me think of “paragraphs” from esp and I’ve added that as another guide to the list, as we can do that with content blocks in Magento using it’s inbuilt CMS (content management system).

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Martin

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Hi Matthew, thanks and sorry for delay. Little hiccup on the VAT this week – new SW (good) and poor implementation guide! Taken me over 3 days to correct the error it caused because the guide wasn’t correct and complete!

Yes, thanks for the ideas. That’ll give me something to work on. Currently I sell on ebay UK only but want to sell into more countries and start to develop Amazon, so stock synch is the big issue as well as ease of listing. I’m not using any tool at the moment. I download ebay sales into ECC which posts into QuickBooks with out manual intervention. I was favouring Linnworks but was a little frightened of the complexity, so haven’t moved forward so understandinge may be the way to go.

Martin

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Hi Martin,
I’m just chatting to Dave on Skype and this question is a very curious one, thank you for asking!

The best answers we could come up ad-hoc are:

Those are the ones that spring to mind, does that help you?

Matt

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October 31, 2013 - 11:52 am
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Hi @Martin,

Yea we have been concerned about complexity too, so we’re doing our up-most to make it as “Matt & Dave Proof” as possible.

A couple of examples of what we’re doing to give you an idea of the lengths we are going to for January 1st:

  • We’re completely reskinning the Magento admin panel so that it’s more user friendly. A screenshot of the login page is here http://lastdropofink.co.uk/too…..eration-2/ and I’ll get some more screenshots up as it’s gone to the build stage this morning
  • We’ve just personally shelled out over £300 for an extension to be built to make managing configurable products in Magento much easier (similar to how Amazon show them)
  • The scary install of Magmi which is an import loader to Magento is now no longer scary. I wrote an installation script last night that makes techy-crappy-setup into pressing a few buttons AND I’m working on a custom build & theme for Magmi so that it’s easy to use.
  • At the last count we have 64 guides and we’re at order processing
  • We’ve been coaching several extension developers to get their extensions to a level where you need them
  • I’m also writing an application that will export your eBay listings to a database, make the necessary changes and create a direct import sheet for Magento and include the options you’ll need to create to make it compatible
  • And the longest day so far has been 32 hours

We will be ready for Jan 1st :)

Anything questions, “can it do this?”, “can it do that?”, “what about this?” Are all amazingly helpful to us, so if anything springs to mind, please do let us know :)

Matt

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Jade

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Hi Guys,

I’m jumping in with this thread as I also wanted to get started in some way. I want to use magento for a “new” line of products for me (depending on how this goes I may transfer my opencart installations over too). For this project the products are gifts, they are dispatched directly from the supplier and 99% will have various customisation/personalisation options. I think we’ve spoken about it before. So far I have:

1 – Taken on the £16.00 per months shared hosting with Simple Servers using your code for a free month “understandinge”
2 – Simpleservers automatically installed magento after an hour or two of the hosting being live (great service)
3 – I had a few issues getting the magentoconnect to work, but with a few tweaks (and help) from simpleservers that is now working
4 – Using MagentoConnect I managed to get m2epro installed incredibly easily. It’s also linked to a new ebay account, by following the really easy in app tutorial (but you’re right about being dry, crikey!)

What I want to do next, most of these I haven’t even started yet, so I’m not sure if magento can do them “out of box” or if I’ll need extensions:

1 – Install Magmi, do you need a guinea pig for your installer?
2 – Learn how to set up product customisation options so that they can be added to a product csv import file (alos learn how to import products from a csv file” haha!) I don’t fancy having to edit each of the 4k products by hand via the clunky magento admin panel. (any advice appreciated)
3 – Install a responsive theme
4 – Install some kind of blogging module.
5 – Set up seo friendly URLs and optimise magento for SEO
6 – Set up/intsall a SSL cert
7 – Configure the hosting to optimise for magento (I have no idea what simpleservers do in this department, for all I know it could already be good to go)
8 – Add any security tweaks, in opencart there are a list of things it is recommended to do to make the installation as safe as possible. Not sure if that list exists for magento
9 – Remove the “dummy data” in the base install of magento. A script that would completely obliterate the data would be cool, it if this exists.
10 – Set up some kind of automated “dropship” purchase order email (or api) to the supplier so that orders received via the website will be processed with little or no input from us.
11- Set up something that will help with orders received from the marketplaces, so that the customer is emails with a link to the magento website to complete the customisation fields. Not sure is that is doable, but I think that’s how a seller did for the ebay daily deal when they were selling personalised iphone covers.

There is obviously a lot more than that, but getting these things ticked off will be a good start. So sorry if this is jumping the gun, hope you don’t mind me posing these questions :)

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Matthew Ogborne

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November 22, 2013 - 2:12 pm
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Howdy Jade,

Nice one on diving in! Let’s work our way through that list :)

1 – Install Magmi, do you need a guinea pig for your installer?
Absolutely. This is on my todo list this weekend to get the files together and provide example import files. A heads up right now, the installation script visually looks horrible :)

2 – Learn how to set up product customisation options so that they can be added to a product csv import file (alos learn how to import products from a csv file” haha!) I don’t fancy having to edit each of the 4k products by hand via the clunky magento admin panel. (any advice appreciated)

We have the guides for this, but they’re not rendered yet. A question here is that are you coming from another tool or would an export from eBay help that then is made into a format that is compatible with Magento?

3 – Install a responsive theme
Ultimo! See here https://understandinge.com/gettheme

4 – Install some kind of blogging module.
That’ll be FishPig. http://www.magentocommerce.com…..ation.html

We’re working with a WordPress Expert on this very topic which will go beyond just adding a blog, we’ll show you how to manage it afterwards (the wtf part). Oh and a HUGE tip, if you want your blog to be on the path called “my-cool-domain.com/blog” do NOT install wordpress in the folder called “blog”. <= That was me using the "Man Instructions", do it first and then read the instructions after it didn’t work :D

5 – Set up seo friendly URLs and optimise magento for SEO
I’d argue that the basics are already in there :)

6 – Set up/intsall a SSL cert
Just buy that from SimpleServers (which is one of the reasons we chose them), costs from £28, see here http://www.simpleservers.co.uk…..ssl-comodo

7 – Configure the hosting to optimise for magento (I have no idea what simpleservers do in this department, for all I know it could already be good to go)
Leave that to SimpleServers. If you’re using their shared hosting, it’s already very fast.

8 – Add any security tweaks, in opencart there are a list of things it is recommended to do to make the installation as safe as possible. Not sure if that list exists for magento
Dead simple, change the admin URL so it’s no longer “my-cool-domain.com/admin” and something more secure like “my-cool-domain.com/bakedbeans”

9 – Remove the “dummy data” in the base install of magento. A script that would completely obliterate the data would be cool, it if this exists.
Personally I’d start from scratch :) I’m sure there is a script out there to do this, google will be our friend on that one. Once you’ve done that can you let us know?

10 – Set up some kind of automated “dropship” purchase order email (or api) to the supplier so that orders received via the website will be processed with little or no input from us.

100% possible, several different routes, we’ll include this after Jan 1st AND include video guides and sample code on how to do this.

11- Set up something that will help with orders received from the marketplaces, so that the customer is emails with a link to the magento website to complete the customisation fields. Not sure is that is doable, but I think that’s how a seller did for the ebay daily deal when they were selling personalised iphone covers.

Not come across this before if I’m honest.

Hope that helps! (and if it doesn’t keep on posting :) )

Matt

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Jade

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MatthewOgborne said

Howdy Jade,

Nice one on diving in! Let’s work our way through that list :)

1 – Install Magmi, do you need a guinea pig for your installer?
Absolutely. This is on my todo list this weekend to get the files together and provide example import files. A heads up right now, the installation script visually looks horrible :)

OK I’ll await further instructions

2 – Learn how to set up product customisation options so that they can be added to a product csv import file (alos learn how to import products from a csv file” haha!) I don’t fancy having to edit each of the 4k products by hand via the clunky magento admin panel. (any advice appreciated)

We have the guides for this, but they’re not rendered yet. A question here is that are you coming from another tool or would an export from eBay help that then is made into a format that is compatible with Magento?

There is no data yet apart from that which the manufacturer supplies, ie a product list in csv, so I’ll be starting from scratch

3 – Install a responsive theme
Ultimo! See here https://understandinge.com/gettheme

Cool, I’ll take a look, any particular reason you went for that particular theme?

4 – Install some kind of blogging module.
That’ll be FishPig. http://www.magentocommerce.com…..ation.html

We’re working with a WordPress Expert on this very topic which will go beyond just adding a blog, we’ll show you how to manage it afterwards (the wtf part). Oh and a HUGE tip, if you want your blog to be on the path called “my-cool-domain.com/blog” do NOT install wordpress in the folder called “blog”. <= That was me using the "Man Instructions", do it first and then read the instructions after it didn’t work :D

I’ll wait on that one then

5 – Set up seo friendly URLs and optimise magento for SEO
I’d argue that the basics are already in there :)

haha, I probably should have taken a look at how urls were produced, but actually they look pretty friendly to me!
Looks like it has better out of box SEO than opencart

6 – Set up/install a SSL cert
Just buy that from SimpleServers (which is one of the reasons we chose them), costs from £28, see here http://www.simpleservers.co.uk…..ssl-comodo

noted

7 – Configure the hosting to optimise for magento (I have no idea what simpleservers do in this department, for all I know it could already be good to go)
Leave that to SimpleServers. If you’re using their shared hosting, it’s already very fast.

great

8 – Add any security tweaks, in opencart there are a list of things it is recommended to do to make the installation as safe as possible. Not sure if that list exists for magento
Dead simple, change the admin URL so it’s no longer “my-cool-domain.com/admin” and something more secure like “my-cool-domain.com/bakedbeans”

Thats easy, there are lots of tweaks that are recommended for opencart

9 – Remove the “dummy data” in the base install of magento. A script that would completely obliterate the data would be cool, it if this exists.
Personally I’d start from scratch :) I’m sure there is a script out there to do this, google will be our friend on that one. Once you’ve done that can you let us know?

sure

10 – Set up some kind of automated “dropship” purchase order email (or api) to the supplier so that orders received via the website will be processed with little or no input from us.

100% possible, several different routes, we’ll include this after Jan 1st AND include video guides and sample code on how to do this.

Ooh tease! Is this a bespoke solution? Or is there a recommended extension? I think I’ll need that sooner rather than later

11- Set up something that will help with orders received from the marketplaces, so that the customer is emails with a link to the magento website to complete the customisation fields. Not sure is that is doable, but I think that’s how a seller did for the ebay daily deal when they were selling personalised iphone covers.

Not come across this before if I’m honest.

And of course, now I can’t find the company or the listing that did that :/

UPDATE: This isn’t the one, but take a look at this listing. is that possible? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pers…..2c741a968b

Thanks for your help Matt :)

Cheers
Jade

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Howdy Jade,

any particular reason you went for that particular theme?

Yep, I have used it myself, it’s responsive, has been used over +5400 times oh and it’s dead cheap & looks great!

Thats easy, there are lots of tweaks that are recommended for opencart

Yea like taking the count off the categories so it doesn’t count products in categories. Know OpenCart very well used it for numerous project, but I finally gave up when there was no stock control for multi-variations and the one extension that added this broke every other extension :(

Ooh tease! Is this a bespoke solution? Or is there a recommended extension? I think I’ll need that sooner rather than later

There are several ways this can be done, the API or through an extension. I have enough code samples to show the orders API side very, very well from the integration work I did between eSellerPro & Magento, plus there are several extensions out there that have this and it’s really down to what you want to do with the orders and also what you get back from the suppliers.

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Jade

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Re point 9, after a bit a google, it seems that the general consensus is to start with a clean “empty” install. So I raised a ticket with simpleservers and within 15 minutes I had a fresh clean install of magento!

I’ll say this for simpleservers, they might not have a very “conversational” style in their support responses which did put me off them a little at 1st, they are very quick and very accommodating which more than makes up for it. Good find!

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Howdy Jade,

Absolutely, I like replies that include the word “Done” :)

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