We are seeking an experienced company to help us build a website.
The purpose of this website is to connect buyers to sellers. This is not an online store. This is a directory of manufacturers.
The purpose of this website is to be an online directory of manufacturers of small goods and gifts. The people that will visit this site are owners of gift shops and small furniture stores who are looking for new products for their stores. Our main customer is the manufacturer/supplier that will be paying a small fee to advertise their products and company on this website. This is NOT an online store. The visitor will have to contact the advertised supplier to purchase products. This website is only intended for gift shop owners (registration is required). This website is not for regular people or end consumers. This site is a place for store owners to find suppliers and manufacturers of gifts and home products.
Sellers: suppliers and manufacturers of gifts, home goods, home accessories, furniture and home products.
Buyers: the owners and managers of small furniture stores, gift stores, home accessories stores, online stores that sell similar products. (Not available to the general public – only to store owners and managers)
The site will be free to all buyers after they register. The sellers will have to pay a small monthly fee to post their company information and products. This is not an online store. This is a large directory of manufacturers and suppliers. If the buyer is interested in a specific product, they must contact the company directly via this website.
Sellers will provide the information for their dedicated page through a simple online form. This will also allow them to upload company and product information and pictures. Each seller is allowed to display up to 20 products with descriptions and one image per product.
This site will be very similar to the functionality of [url removed, login to view] and the appearance of www.todl.com.
When the buyer visits the site, they will look for products in the category menu on the left side of the page. Once they select a specific category and sub-category, all the products listed in the sub-category will appear (similar to [url removed, login to view]). After the buyer selects a specific product, they will be directed to the seller's profile page that will provide all the information about the manufacturer/supplier. From this profile page, the buyer will be able to view the other products offered from this seller. If they click on any of the products in this profile page, they will be send to the detailed “product page” to learn more details about the product, price and shipping information.
After paying a small fee to advertise their products on this website, each seller(the manufacturer or supplier) will have one dedicated profile page(similar to Facebook and Alibaba) showing the products they offer and information about their company (this “Profile Page” is a template or online form that the seller will fill-out for their company. All profile pages will have the same format and layout. This profile page will show their company logo, company information, contact information, address, email etc. It will also show up to 20 products with pictures, prices and descriptions of the products they offer. Within this profile page, they will be able to use a standard template to create their “Product Page” for each product they are selling. This “Product Page” contains more pictures and information about the product and company.
The seller will use a template to create a “Product Page” for each product they are selling. This template will allow 2 more pictures, a detailed description about the product, sizes, colors, shipping information, payment etc. All product pages will have the same layout. This detailed PRODUCT PAGE will be displayed when a buyer the buyer is searching for a specific product in the main category list (similar to [url removed, login to view])
When a visitor views the website and is looking for products, they will be offered 2 Primary categories: Home Furniture & Décor and Wholesale Gifts. Each of these “Primary Categories” will have “Categories”
We just might immediately display the specific categories on the left side of the website to allow for faster searching.
Each of these categories might have a sub category:
Sub-category: scented candles, pillar candles, floating candles, votive candles, religious candles, etc.
When the visitor selects the sub-category, they will be sent to a page showing a list of all of the products offered in that sub-category. When the user clicks on one of the products, they will be sent to the Product Page to obtain more information about the product. Company contact information will also displayed on this page for the buyer.
• Buyers can save specific products and manufacturers in their “My Favorites”.
• Buyers can use this site to search for new suppliers and products
• Buyers can post information on products they are searching for
• Buyers can access global manufacturers, and send inquiries directly to these manufacturers from this site.
• Buyers can rate manufacturers
• Sellers can post information about their company and products for sale.
• Sellers can search for information on buyers.
• Sellers can create post and respond to interested leads
Technical aspects of project:
You must provide a fully functioning, secure, reliable and tested site based on PHP, MySQL, Ajax, and XHTML on Linux. This will be hosted on a dedicated server so Memcached based optimizations to improve speed.
Bid must also cover any graphic design work on front end and a very powerful admin section to manage all the aspects related to this project. The front end look and feel should be similar to [url removed, login to view], but it should have the user-friendliness and easy navigation of [url removed, login to view]
• This website must be supported and tested in all popular browsers
• that is open source, made with PHP and MySQL on Linux
• that is based on MVC framework (optional but recommended for now)
• is secure
• install payment gateway to collect payment from suppliers for advertising (Paypal, Google Checkout, LinkPoint)
• has search engine friendly URLs for SEO
• has code documented
• uses Ajax and has intuitive interface.
• This website needs to load fast and operate very fast. It should be very user friendly and easy to navigate.
• This entire website should be optimized for SEO
• Secure and 128 bit encrypted.
• All users (buyers, sellers, admin) will have a secure username and password for access. Auto-reset for lost passwords.
There will be three main areas of the website:
1) Seller area - sign-up, add or manage profile/listings/products, reporting etc
After the new seller submits their subscription payment and agrees to the monthly fee and terms of agreement, they begin by advertising by creating a Profile Page for their company. Within this profile page they create individual Product Pages for each of their products.
Profile Page information:
a) view and search for products with the help of quick / advanced search toolbox or select from the category
b) click on any of the product for its detailed description, price, size, more pictures etc.
c) product page will contain complete product description, supplier's info, contact the supplier for product pricing and payment details etc.
d) click on any of the products / suppliers to contact them and go through their description, add company to favourite list, view their product info.
Seller can manage their products by accessing their Profile Page via Admin access.
e) Approval status user's product details are successfully submitted and sent for approval, once the product is approved it will be displayed online, view categories for your recently displayed products
i) user can display a similar product with all the steps mentioned in above points
ii)User can also quickly add same series products, display a new product and manage them all
iii)Add product details complete description of the product to attract customers , select & add payment & shipping terms, update details to show buyers their ability to supply, add other details if any, update company profile, member profile for visitors to know more about you and finally click to submit details
Information on Product Page:
PRODUCT SIZE, COLOR, SHAPE
Basic Control panel when a Seller or Merchant registers:
• Edit profile
• MY STORE
• Create a Page
• List New Item
• New Category
• Featured Items
• Edit/Delete Products
• Inventory Management (mention the number of products available for each product added)
• Shipping Profiles
• Payment Methods (must provide his PayPal id where he will receive payments.)
2) Visitor/Buyer area - home page, registration, categorized product listings, product detail page
A) BUYER CAN:
a) view products and suppliers on the site with their detailed description
b) check products by categories, or search function.
c) register / login to view all the site features and benefits. Only registered users will have access to the site.
d) search for products, suppliers, buyers with the help of quick search or advanced search
e) go through the description about the company, its partners, user guide, tips & guidelines for buying & selling items, other services and tools listed
g) each seller profile page and product page will have a “add to favorites” button so that the buyer can add that specific seller or product to their collection of favorites – for easy access.
j) contact the support team for assistance
B) REGISTRATION & LOGIN AREA:
a) New buyers have to fill the registration form with necessary details about their company and submit it (select their business location & account type, enter contact info, email address & password & click to submit the form).
b) Registered buyers and sellers will login with their email address / Member ID and password
c) A forgot password recovery link is made available to reset the lost / forgotten password.
3) Administrator area - manage vendors, buyers, listings, website, reporting etc
• Admin can view and manage all of the member account details; add / edit / delete and update it
• View the message & product status and manage them.
• view all the incoming & outgoing messages here as well the junk folders
• Admin will manage templates and folders
• Manage Login
• Manage categories
• View registered users
• Manage Merchants
• Manage Buyers
• Manage Blog (will admin create blog topics and people will just post on their comments from front end or do you want it like ETSY. Please explain.)
• Manage topics posted in blogs. Ability to edit delete any thread and post.
• Built-in Visitor Stats
• Manage listing Packages for merchants
• Manage payments
Examples or similar websites:
This new website will be similar to:
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