This project is for the setup of a basic retail shopping site with the following features:
Template-driven look and feel
Presentation of catalog with standard categories and subcategories
Robust catalog and order admin interface
Sales at two pricing levels. Retail prices available to non-paying members. Discount prices restricted to paid members only
Memberships charged at a fixed rate each month through a common payment gateway as that used for checkout.
Automated user email communication
Nice to have:
Member comment and voting on product choices
Automated catalog uploading
Template design based on existing logo
We had considered building the site based on VirtueMart and Joomla! and are looking for a recommendation regarding hosting, shopping card, member management and SEO optimization software. Will consider a non-Joomla! solution, also, provided that it offers flexible administration.