Slatwall

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Slatwall review by <span>John S.</span>
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Full featured commerce solution

What do you like best?

Slatwall was able to handle all of the unique requirements that are organization needed when looking to replace our ecommerce and point of sale solution. Member pricing, digital content access products, physical products and promotional discounts are all included in the core product. Additional features include the ability to manage in inventory in multiple locations and the ability to extended the software easily by adding attributes to any object.

What do you dislike?

It takes some time to learn how to customize the application on your own, but there is a growing community that is helpful and the owners of the project make a great effort to support those who are building their store with Slatwall. With the powerful ability to customize the software it also leads to a steeper learning curve, but in the end, the platform allows you to meet the requirement needs of your organization or client.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a highly customized solution that can handle all most any requirement.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Slatwall as a plugin to our organizational website running on Mura CMS. Slatwall handles the ecommerce portion of our site as well as the point of sale for our brick and mortar store at our physical location. With Slatwall we are able to run different sales promotions, provide discounts to our members, sell both physical and digital products and more. It was also able to interface easily with our separate membership database. Slatwall was able to replace a previous point of sale system and ecommerce site that were not integrated allowing our staff to do everything in one place.

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Slatwall review by <span>Chris K.</span>
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Slatwall From a Developers View

What do you like best?

Very strong development team with strong direction from lead developers / management, to ensure that the application is built on a solid framework and I therefore have confidence that future enhancements will work and not break existing functionality.

Flexible architecture, allowing fine-tuning of products, accounts, order workflow. For example product settings can be set up at site, product type, product & individual sku level. This settings inheritance allows ease of fine-tuning for different product lines.

Fine tune your eCommerce entities, with little or no coding required. Need to add extra properties to display or capture more details for products, accounts orders etc. is all built into the admin and in most cases will not require any code changes.

Scalable, works just as well for small shops to large and eCommerce sites with complex product / order workflows. Have client sites using Slatwall that process a few orders a day to over 75,000 orders in first year.

Almost all areas of Slatwall can be modified and enhanced whilst also keeping a clean upgrade path for future releases.

Built in support for many payment and shipping integrations.

Full support for promotions and price groups, product inventory including vendor order processing, built in and flexible reporting tool.

Handles multiple types or products out of the box. On top of the usual merchandise products, Slatwall handles product bundles, electronic delivery, subscriptions, events and more.

Developed in a strong and consistent MVC framework.

Strong developer community and excellent support / advice from Ten24.

Easy to integrate into existing applications. I have successfully integrated Slatwall into a number of FarCry CMS sites as well as Mura and a couple of new standalone sites.

What do you dislike?

Not much to discuss here. Having seen the updates and progress in Slatwall from early V2 to V5 Slatwall has improved and continues to develop into an all-round winner for eCommerce and what it lacks in features & functionality can be added in through custom development.

Initial learning curve of such a large application can put some people off. But time spent getting to know the Slatwall application structure and you will pay off in the long run.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Developers, accept the learning curve, time spent in the early stages will pay dividends later. There is no short-cut to understanding an application as large and comprehensive as Slatwall.

Join the Slatwall developer community and participate in the newsgroup.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Due to successful integrations of Slatwall and happy clients I expect all existing and future clients eCommerce solutions will be built on with Slatwall.

Feedback from client recently after their first year of using Slatwall

- they are processing about 40% more orders

- automation of many old manual tasks have both reduced manpower require and increased accuracy

- moving forward with next phase of development to bring in new product types to sell tickets for events

Happy Clients = Happy Developer.

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Slatwall review by <span>David P.</span>
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Slatwall is the future of robust commerce on the web.

What do you like best?

The best thing about Slatwall is its robustness and level of customization. Whether you're a novice looking for an out of the box solution, or an enterprise level company looking for an all around solution, Slatwall gives you the choice to go as simple or complex as the project requires.

What do you dislike?

Documentation has lacked a bit for some time, but that is significantly changing with the onset of new training, documentation, and videos that bring you up to speed quickly with Slatwall. That being said, Ten24 (the company behind Slatwall) has always been available via support at a reasonable price.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider what you do as a business: Order, Inventory, Customer, Fulfillment, Reporting. Slatwall is a product that will allow you to tailor every aspect of each according to your business model. I've seen nothing compare to that currently on the market, particularly one that is open source.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Though I know that Slatwall is being used as a POS solution for many clients, my needs have been commerce on the web mostly. The main benefits we receive is through a few clicks of a mouse, and entering some basic data I'm up and running a functional online store that handles 80% of our business model functionality. Everything from orders, refunds, client data, combined with the number of 3rd party integrations such as UPS, Authorize.net, and many more, makes our daily tasks that much simpler, thorough, and less error proned. This in and of itself is a huge ROI, with little to no monetary investment. Slatwall is open-source afterall!

Slatwall review by <span>Dan B.</span>
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Flexible and effective e-commerce

What do you like best?

Slatwall can be easily customized to meet many business needs or adapt to the specific behaviors of your customer-base which is nice. Slatwall does a nice job of separating the concerns of the various code components so that you can easily change the user experience without doing a deep dive into the code.

Many integrations come pre-built with the product making it easy to setup payments or integrate dynamically calculated shipping.

The coupon code and promotion system makes it super easy to have ongoing promotions without a bunch of ongoing work.

What do you dislike?

I would like to see more replete API documentation and wouldn't mind seeing more contributions from the open source community on this.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The flexibility that Ecommerce provides has allowed me to build a range of shops utilizing techniques to boost sales - A/B testing, dynamic pricing, easily configured promotions, etc. all combine to have a positive impact on sales.

Slatwall review by <span>Todd H.</span>
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Feature rich, flexible, customizable e-commerce platform available

What do you like best?

Very advanced and extensible platform.

When comparing to similar features of other e-commerce platforms available, I found that Slatwall goes beyond the bare minimum required to make a "feature claim". One example is the discount engine and how powerful it is. An admin user can impose various advanced conditions on the order before customers qualify for discounts. Discounts can also be applied with discount codes or applied through automation.

Slatwall really lowers the risk for companies that might later discover limitations of other e-commerce platform after committing valuable long term human and financial resources to an inferior e-commerce platform.

What makes Slatwall a great choice is that it is open-source and highly extensible. There wasn't anything that couldn't be custom developed and added to it to meet our needs.

The internal code is very well organized and cleanly written and architected. Project developers can learn the conventions of the Slatwall platform very easily for custom modifications, behavior extensions, and integrating with 3rd-party services or other internal systems.

The activity in the Slatwall developer community is sufficient to get your questions answered when you run into a roadblock. The platform is actively developed. So it is continuously evolving and progressing. What was great is that we benefit by receiving those upgrades at no cost due to the open-source nature of the platform.

What do you dislike?

This is a very minor and wasn't unexpected. The initial installation for a demo was more of a challenge than anticipated. I discovered it was primarily due to not having various settings configured and that required some effort to run properly. The initial installation for someone unfamiliar with the platform might require more time than anticipated.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be sure to have the Coldfusion/Lucee/ CFML expertise in place who can handle working with the Slatwall platform codebase. Without it customizations will be a challenge.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The Slatwall open-source e-commerce platform has mainly powered our Coldfusion/Lucee backend for processing orders, credit card transactions, calculating shipping costs, and supplying product descriptions and content for public product listing and detail pages.

We needed a e-commerce solution that would work with shipping heavy frozen meat products and auto-apply discounts to certain orders. Other solutions didn't quite seem to have all the features we wanted or did in a limited fashion.

Slatwall had all of the primary e-commerce features and necessities plus quite a few additional great bells and whistles that are lacking in other popular e-commerce platforms.

Slatwall review by <span>Denise B.</span>
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Customizable, Professional E-Commerce System

What do you like best?

Our company needed to replace a complicated events registration system with a flexible e-commerce system that could be highly customized to meet our organization's needs and integrate into our existing website. Slatwall fit all our challenging requirements even though we didn't use it in a typical e-commerce fashion. Its amazing customization characteristics enabled the creation of an amazing event registration and location management system, and it's flexibility will allow us to continue to push the envelope to build innovative, integrated systems that are easy for our users and our staff to use.

What do you dislike?

There's a definite learning curve but that's true of any complex software product in existence today.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Review their product, see a demo, talk to the developers. It's very impressive product and keeps getting better all the time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our organization needed an E-commerce solution beyond the typical off-the-shelf product and Slatwall was flexible enough to meet our unique needs. We now have a customized events registration and location management system that far surpasses the old system and it integrates seamlessly into our website. Our new system is far more robust, has more functionality, and is easier and faster to use. We're very pleased indeed with the results.

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