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Best platform for an e-commerce video sales site?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by lolseo, May 10, 2013.

  1. lolseo

    lolseo Power Member

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    Hi guys,

    So ive been promoting video's (niche content - NOT PORNOGRAPHIC) via Youtube the past month or so. I currently monetize by getting a skype contact (they add me) or an inbox / e-mail (all the details are on the Youtube videos)

    I would now like to set up an e-commerce site where I could upload for example 100 videos, and people can just buy them on the site, and then have access to view the full thing or download the video. These 100 videos would contain a 1 minute preview (id make a promo video, it wouldnt just be the first 1 minute for free).

    I was thinking about a membership fee, for example £30 a month to have access to the full range of videos, but I can sell a individual video for upto 4 times that amount in some cases.

    Im wondering what the best e-commerce platform / set up would be to enable this. A wordpress site with a plug in, or something else?

    I would then obviously have to look to rank for a specific set of keywords, I currently have about 15 terms (but this is another topic)

    Any thoughts or feedback would be appreciated.

    Kind Regards
     
  2. lolseo

    lolseo Power Member

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    Bumping up
     
  3. sensitiveheart_4

    sensitiveheart_4 Power Member

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    amember is best for membership sites

    magento is best for e-commerce sites

    and off course WP for any thing
     
  4. lolseo

    lolseo Power Member

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    Will check out magento now.

    In terms of uploading the videos, transferring the videos etc, will magento cover this, or would i be looking at different software?
     
  5. lolseo

    lolseo Power Member

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    From what i can read on magento, its for existing e-commerce sites ideally. Is this true?
     
  6. lolseo

    lolseo Power Member

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    Looking at e-junkie, not sure if this will be external to my site though?

    Would there be a way using Amazon s3 and some e-commerce platform I could automate the download for a customer?

    What would be my best bet?
     
  7. bigdaddycool

    bigdaddycool Registered Member

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    Have a look at Prestashop too.
     
  8. dezzz

    dezzz Newbie

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    S3 for storing the videos. CloudFront if you want to stream the videos. Hire a developer to build you a custom membership website. You could use paypal to accept payments.
     
  9. jornser

    jornser Junior Member

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    magento?
     
  10. GlobalChange

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    Yup, Magento is legit option for your needs.
     
  11. lolseo

    lolseo Power Member

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    I was thinking of just using a wordpress theme, templatica is the one im looking at that focuses on a video display site. Would this be advisable or should i pay for a web developer to make me a site?

    Also, im thinking to start with i may just offer paypal as an option to pay, as then i dont have to register as a merchant i believe?

    I think ill be going with Amazon s3 for the uploads. So in your opinion, should i used magento for the e-commerce side of things, would this be sufficient for customer buying the downloads to the videos?

    If i do just decide to offer paypal to start with, how could i automate it so that when a customer has paid, they receive the link to download the file?

    I've also been looking at e-junkie. Is anyone familiar with this, it seems very straight forward, and I could still upload using Amazon S3, then by the looks of it, e-junkie takes care of the rest when a customer clicks buy?

    I definitely would like to add a membership feature to the site, as i would like to also make a video selection for members only, which would also give them discount on other video's that don't get put in the members area.
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2013
  12. WilliamIMnSEO

    WilliamIMnSEO Newbie

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    I use and love Wishlist Member. It can do everything, I've been using it for well over 2 years now.
     
  13. Zapdos

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    Take a look at Prestashop. I would not suggest Magento unless you have lots of money to throw away. Themes are expensive, mods even more so. Custom development costs more than usual due to the code standard. Prestashop is the most straight forward ecommerce platform I've ever used and is a breeze to modify. Mods+themes are usually ~$50 vs magentos $300+

    Once you install prestashop you can add products with files (called a virtual good.) Then when the person checks out and pays it will automatically send them a download link and it will also show it in their order history for download. No addon required. One may be needed if you wish to store the file on S3 or a CDN.
    Membership can be done but IIRC it requires a mod.


    Regarding payment methods, if you want to accept CC via authorize.net you will need a merchant account. Those with low processing fees usually require legal documents too. Probably best to start off with just Paypal as they can act as a CC processor.
     
  14. jaxchris31

    jaxchris31 Newbie

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    Magento: You better have deep pockets as everything is expensive and requires custom work.

    Prestashop: I would stay away. I had a ecommerce site on prestashop and could not get their paypal module to work. Therefore, no one could pay through paypal and lost a ton of money! We spent 3-4k a month on traffic, but could not convert.

    Volusion: Current platform I am on now. I would honestly recommend them and their service is excellent 24/7. Seems like you could integrate pretty easily with them too. They have a feature where you can upload your you-tube video to your product page for your 30 second promo.The customer can checkout and download the product too. Not too expensive to custom code either.
     
  15. Felicita

    Felicita Registered Member

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    Though Magento is quite expensive, it's worth it. Haven't heard about Volusion, but according to review from OP above it's totally legit :)