[ic] IC vs. ShopSite?

Mike Heins mike at perusion.com
Thu Nov 6 08:07:09 EST 2003

Quoting Interchange User (interchange at framework.cx):
> Greetings,
> 	I just met with a client who is interested in having a web site 
> developed in a commerce program called ShopSite (because that's what 
> Verio provides them with their hosting account).  I hadn't heard of 
> this package before, and a quick search of the archives didn't reveal a 
> lot (except for one post saying ShopSite was "not at all 
> configurable").  The client also told me that there is a 10-field limit 
> in product descriptions (5 standard, and 5 custom).  Needless to say, 
> my first impressions (from hearsay) is not very good so far...
> 	Does anyone have any experience they'd care to share, comparing IC 
> 	to ShopSite?  I realize I'm on the Interchange list asking this question, 
> so I'm prepared for some amount of bias.  :)

I don't know much about ShopSite, but I can tell you that some of
the original ShopSite people developed Tallyman, which was merged
with Minivend to create Interchange. 8-)

I don't think Dave Adams watches this list any more, but Jon Jensen
or Sonny Cook might have some more info (though they didn't work on
ShopSite development.)

My limited understanding is that ShopSite is designed to be easy to
use, and that is its main goal. It is not nearly as extensible as
IC, and it *used* to have big problems with larger databases. I have
converted several ShopSite users to Interchange, ones whose product
table grew over 5000 items. ShopSite could not handle that; but it
has been a long time and I don't know the current state.

Mike Heins
Perusion -- Expert Interchange Consulting    http://www.perusion.com/
phone +1.513.523.7621      <mike at perusion.com>

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