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Additional Recommendations for SMF Store
« on: March 14, 2019, 01:26:34 am »
Greetings. We did some redesign work together on your SMF store a short time ago. The changes we made have been well-received and have enhanced the store software tremendously. I would like to work with you to do some more changes that will make your product even better than it is now. I'm willing to pay you for the work, which will benefit all your customers.  Are you still interested in further improvements? If so, I'll post my specific requests here. I know your customers will like them!

Thank you,
Mike Vail
Santa Rosa, CA USA
« Last Edit: November 20, 2020, 06:02:53 pm by scso1502 »

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Re: Redesign Work for SMF Store
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2019, 07:55:22 am »
Sure, go ahead I love feature requests since it gives me ideas on what to work on.
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Re: Redesign Work for SMF Store
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2019, 02:50:32 am »
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Re: Redesign Work for SMF Store
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2020, 06:02:29 pm »
Well, 7 wildfires, a flood and a pandemic later, I'm finally able to post the lit of recommendations for SMF Store I wanted to send a year and a half ago. Sorry for the delay due to the insanity that is now normal life for many of us here in CA.

These additions are in no particular order:

  • Add a "Copy Product" feature that allows you to duplicate another store item rather than recreate a listing from scratch every time.
  • Make shipping an option for the buyer by having them check a shipping box during the checkout process. Currently, I need to list every item twice, once for local pickup with no shipping charge and again using the 'Requires Shipping" option for buyers who need the item shipped to them. When adding a product to the store, rather than having a Requires shipping checkbox, how about changing that box to say "Offer shipping option to buyer and let the buyer decide if they want it shipped at the shipping cost shown or local pickup?
  • I sell clothing in my SMF store. Using the current store system, I am able to add a drop-down selection for a size choice the buyer can chose from, but there is no way to tie the size to the quantity in stock. The quantity shown is how many shirts I have overall. The only current way around this is to add each clothing item separately to my store by it's size and again by its color. This means I need to list the same item for separately for every size and color I offer in order to get an accurate inventory amount. It would be great that when adding an item for sale, you can enter the quantity and price of each and size, color so the inventory of each is tracked separately. This would help to avoid over selling an item that you no longer have a certain size or color for and account for items that are a different price because they re a different size or color.
  • On the add product page, change the "Add Product" button at the bottom to "Next" where the storekeeper will be asked to add their pictures. At the bottom of the pictures page, change the "Edit Product" button to 'Finish'. This creates a more intuitive workflow experience for the storekeeper.
  • On the Add and Edit Product pages, change the 'Add Product and 'Edit Product' buttons at the bottom of those pages to say 'Finish' or 'Submit'. Again, better workflow experience for storekeepers, especially less experienced ones.
  • In the start and finish date areas of the Add and Edit Product pages, the field message above the start date says: "Optional settings for when a product will appear in the store and when it will disapper/expire". The word 'disappear' is misspelled
  • Also In the start and finish date areas of the Add and Edit Product pages, can the fields for the dates be set to free-form auto-populating when you start typing in them rather than selecting the drop-down button for each field?
  • Lastly,in the start and finish date areas of the Add and Edit Product pages, the minutes drop-down option only goes to 58 and not 59.
  • The "Up" and "Down" buttons used to re-order items on the Product List page are backwards. Additionally, I suggest changing them to "Move Left" and "Move Right"  or <-Move or Move-> instead as that makes more sense because the are actually sliding right and left not really up and down. Idealy, having an easier way to sort items would be better. Perhaps assigned an item number and item type to each item and allow for sorting by item number, alphabetically, or by item type.
  • Add a button option for members of the storekeeper member group to switch from 'Admin View' to 'User View' so storekeepers can see what their store looks like to non-admin users without having to login as a regular use.
  • In the store settings screen, the word "premeir" is misspelled and should be Premier in the field description area above the Paypal section
  • On the store settings page, above the Contact Email, change "Used for low stock items, and low codes for digital products", change this to, "Used for store notification of low stock items and codes, and sales notifications and other store messages to storekeepers. May use multiple addresses separated by commas.
  • Make the settings menu items buttons instead of hypertext and give them roll-over images and selected images so storekeepers know what menu page they are on. Use more buttons and lets hypertext to give the store a better feel and make things better visible to users.
  • What is the "Shipping Conditions" page for and how does it work? Perhaps place a paragraph of text at the top of that page that explains what it's for and some text above the fields that explain what the fields mean?
  • When adding a product with a future start date, you cannot go back and edit the product until after the start date has occurred. Upon attempting to edit a product before its release date and clicking the edit product button, the store returns the following error "An Error Has Occurred! - This product is not available in the store yet."

Thanks for your consideration of all this and as before, I willing to pay a reasonable price to cover some of the development costs for these changes.

Have a great weekend!
Mike Vail
Santa Rosa, CA. USA
« Last Edit: November 20, 2020, 06:06:22 pm by scso1502 »
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Re: Additional Recommendations for SMF Store
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2020, 06:04:41 pm »
Well, 7 wildfires, a flood and a pandemic later, I'm finally able to post the list of recommendations for SMF Store I wanted to send a year and a half ago. Sorry for the delay due to the insanity that is now normal life for many of us here in CA.

These recommendations are in no particular order:

  • Add a "Copy Product" feature that allows you to duplicate another store item rather than recreate a listing from scratch every time.
  • Make shipping an option for the buyer by having them check a shipping box during the checkout process. Currently, I need to list every item twice, once for local pickup with no shipping charge and again using the 'Requires Shipping" option for buyers who need the item shipped to them. When adding a product to the store, rather than having a Requires shipping checkbox, how about changing that box to say "Offer shipping option to buyer and let the buyer decide if they want it shipped at the shipping cost shown or local pickup?
  • I sell clothing in my SMF store. Using the current store system, I am able to add a drop-down selection for a size choice the buyer can chose from, but there is no way to tie the size to the quantity in stock. The quantity shown is how many shirts I have overall. The only current way around this is to add each clothing item separately to my store by it's size and again by its color. This means I need to list the same item for separately for every size and color I offer in order to get an accurate inventory amount. It would be great that when adding an item for sale, you can enter the quantity and price of each and size, color so the inventory of each is tracked separately. This would help to avoid over selling an item that you no longer have a certain size or color for and account for items that are a different price because they re a different size or color.
  • On the add product page, change the "Add Product" button at the bottom to "Next" where the storekeeper will be asked to add their pictures. At the bottom of the pictures page, change the "Edit Product" button to 'Finish'. This creates a more intuitive workflow experience for the storekeeper.
  • On the Add and Edit Product pages, change the 'Add Product and 'Edit Product' buttons at the bottom of those pages to say 'Finish' or 'Submit'. Again, better workflow experience for storekeepers, especially less experienced ones.
  • In the start and finish date areas of the Add and Edit Product pages, the field message above the start date says: "Optional settings for when a product will appear in the store and when it will disapper/expire". The word 'disappear' is misspelled
  • Also In the start and finish date areas of the Add and Edit Product pages, can the fields for the dates be set to free-form auto-populating when you start typing in them rather than selecting the drop-down button for each field?
  • Lastly,in the start and finish date areas of the Add and Edit Product pages, the minutes drop-down option only goes to 58 and not 59.
  • The "Up" and "Down" buttons used to re-order items on the Product List page are backwards. Additionally, I suggest changing them to "Move Left" and "Move Right"  or <-Move or Move-> instead as that makes more sense because the are actually sliding right and left not really up and down. Idealy, having an easier way to sort items would be better. Perhaps assigned an item number and item type to each item and allow for sorting by item number, alphabetically, or by item type.
  • Add a button option for members of the storekeeper member group to switch from 'Admin View' to 'User View' so storekeepers can see what their store looks like to non-admin users without having to login as a regular use.
  • In the store settings screen, the word "premeir" is misspelled and should be Premier in the field description area above the Paypal section
  • On the store settings page, above the Contact Email, change "Used for low stock items, and low codes for digital products", change this to, "Used for store notification of low stock items and codes, and sales notifications and other store messages to storekeepers. May use multiple addresses separated by commas.
  • Make the settings menu items buttons instead of hypertext and give them roll-over images and selected images so storekeepers know what menu page they are on. Use more buttons and lets hypertext to give the store a better feel and make things better visible to users.
  • What is the "Shipping Conditions" page for and how does it work? Perhaps place a paragraph of text at the top of that page that explains what it's for and some text above the fields that explain what the fields mean?
  • When adding a product with a future start date, you cannot go back and edit the product until after the start date has occurred. Upon attempting to edit a product before its release date and clicking the edit product button, the store returns the following error "An Error Has Occurred! -
    This product is not available in the store yet.

Thanks for your consideration of all this and as before, I willing to pay a reasonable price to cover some of the development costs for these changes.

Have a great weekend!
Mike Vail
Santa Rosa, CA. USA

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Re: Additional Recommendations for SMF Store
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2020, 11:19:13 pm »
Good list will see what I can do will be a while have some other projects working on at the moment.
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