erindotio at May 14th, 2015 19:23 — #1
I'm putting together proposals right now for a potential future project. It's a fashion brand that will start out with an editorial/showcase/lookbook website to help promote the brand, coupled with wholesaling to other retailers; but will eventually have it's own, relatively simple, eCommerce piece. Maybe 20-30 items for sale each season.
Wondering if anyone here has experience pairing an eCommerce platform with a webhook site. I'm leaning towards Shopify, but the inventory structure required for this project is fairly simple and I'm wondering if I might manage shop inventory from the Webhook CMS instead, paired with something like simpleCart.js.
The most important and potentially complicated requirement will be tying editorial content/posts/stories to products in the shop, and visa versa. E.g. A product page will link out to one or more stories, or even potentially pull select images and text from a story into a product detail page, and story pages on the editorial site will display and/or link directly to products in the shop that are related to the story. (Think: a blog post about how a certain shirt is made, documenting the process, and linking out to the shirt for purchase).
Obviously a totally custom Spree or rails app would be the way to go, but this is a self funded startup so money is tight. Would love to use Webhook in a way that doesn't make scaling or eCommerce integrations too painful for a small team.
Thanks in advance!
davesnider at May 14th, 2015 19:43 — #2
I built supergiantgames.com on Webhook and just used Shopify for their fairly simple store (shop.supergiantgames.com). I just kept a product content type in Webhook that linked over to the Shopify URLs. The only negative I can peg at Shopify is that you're then styling two different template systems. Otherwise it's a super easy system to use and works great as long as you're not a giant ecommerce site.
Simple JS looks perfectly fine. The limitations with using Webhook would be the same as any other static system. Basically you just want to make sure you aren't doing any of your purchases / payment on the site and are instead going to some subdomain hosted on another service (paypal, amazon, shopify...etc)
budparr at May 14th, 2015 21:41 — #3
Haven't used it, but Snipcart looks interesting, and they've written about static site use-cases: https://snipcart.com/blog/static-site-e-commerce-integrating-snipcart-with-middleman
erindotio at May 29th, 2015 22:56 — #4
Yes I meant to ask about the Super Giant site, thanks for chiming in @davesnider! I'm also considering how to potentially manage styles shared across two different apps. It looks like in your example the designs are somewhat different so there isn't really a need.
erindotio at May 29th, 2015 22:57 — #5
@budparr this looks really interesting. Gonna poke around at it and report back. Thanks!
thefln at September 28th, 2015 09:33 — #6
Hey guys, Franck, marketing guy from Snipcart here. A bit late, but glad to see @budparr remembered our static series! Just came by to let y'all know our devs would be happy to help if someone looks into combining Webhook + Snipcart. So @erindotio, let us know if you start playing around with this kind of set up [geeks at snipcart dot com]; our lead engineer Charles might be able to give you a hand.
Also, I've just put the Snipcart-Webhook combo on our content list for the blog. Will let you know when we come up with the article.
budparr at September 28th, 2015 10:20 — #7
Hey, @thefln - just getting ready to launch my first Snipcart implementation this week (on Wordpress, unfortunately), and it's so far been really great to work with.
bauhem at September 28th, 2015 10:30 — #8
I'm currently using it with my Webhook installation. It's works really great, and the support is quick and accurate.
erindotio at September 28th, 2015 14:40 — #9
Awesome, good to know! This project will probably go with Webhook/Shopify just because it'll turn into a more fully-fledged eCommerce platform, but I'm hoping to use Snipcart for other projects in the future.