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DotNetNuke E-commerce Solution Recommendations (for subscription-based product)

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I am looking for a simple/in-expensive e-commerce solution for a DNN installation on GoDaddy .com that meets the following requirements:
• The product is more like a subscription to an online service (product is not downloaded or shipped).   The user account page needs to show which subscriptions are active for that user.  Code from a web service (on the same server) needs to have access to the database to know what users have access to what services.
• I strongly prefer simple, permanent, user-friendly URLs for the products being sold without the.aspx extension (ex. http://company.com/producta ).   I don't want the standard long, complicated URLs.
• The customer will purchase the product with paypal, credit card, or other popular methods
• Each product will have extensive details (supporting documents, detailed description, reviews/ratings, etc)
Can this be done, say with a URL provider (DNNMasters or iFinity) combined with DNN Store or NB_Store?
Is it better to not use the "catalog" features?  Could I just include a "buy now" icon on the product page?
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by:MikeMCSD
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Have you looked at nop?

http://www.nopcommerce.com/default.aspx

The other free ecommerce package is dash:

http://dashcommerce.org/

How much did you want to spend, if you don't want a free one?
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I am open to non-DNN solutions.  I've looked at nop, but it seems too focused on e-commerce.  I need to add a variety of other non-ecommerce content to the site (such as datagrids, social capabilities, etc. that I know I can get with DNN).  Are nop or Dash easily extendable to enable other typical CMS features?

I also need to integrate the CMS with another app.  This app needs to validate/authenticate users using the CMS's ASP.NET membership (aspnetsqlmembership) provider.  Does nop or Dash use ASP.NET's membership/roles provider?

At this time I prefer speding less than $300 unless there is a significant advantage (ease of use and meets my requirements above) of a more expensive package.

I've also considered SharePoint 2010 because I can get the software at no cost, but the hosting seems too expensive (requires 8GB RAM, etc.)
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by:MikeMCSD
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Well it's pretty much impossible to get exactly what you want right out of the box.

Try to start with the application that has the most features you want or need and then customized from there.
If you need a payment processor and role/membership provider, use an app that has this already built in and customize from there, because these 2 features take a lot of time to code.
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by:ajacoa
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So far, DNN combined with NB_Store and "iFinity URL Master" modules seem to be mostly working as desired (although configuration has not been easy).

My biggest issue now is that the site's performance on GoDaddy.com Ultimate Shared hosting is unacceptably slow.  I don't know if the issue is DNN or godaddy.
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Shared hosting is a big problem.
If one site is really busy, all other sites slow down.
Had this problem with an ablecommerce web store I had.
I first tried it on discountasp.net, ..  but the pages would take
over 40 seconds to load sometimes, if at all.
Then I moved it to a more expensive $40.00 a month shared hoster.
Was ok until one website got real busy during christmas and
slowed all the other ones down to a halt.
Finally just put it on a dedicated server but it cost $150.00 a month,
but it is always fast.

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I see GoDaddy has virtual dedicated hosting starting at $30 that guarantees RAM, but says nothing about guaranteeing CPU.  Specs:
•  OS: Windows 2003 Enterprise
•  RAM: 512 MB
•  Storage: 10 GB
•  Bandwidth: 500 GB per month
Do you think this would be sufficient for a basic ecommerce site?
How easy is it to set up?  Including SQL Server, etc.
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>> Do you think this would be sufficient for a basic ecommerce site?

It depends on the ecommerce application. If it has less code, less
database hits, etc,... it will run ok.
I had a simple ecommerce site on discountasp.net for $30 a month and
it ran ok. But when I tried to put a Ablecommerce website on their,
it ran way too slow because the code base is huge.
It also depends on how much traffic you get.
Setup is usually pretty easy.
You just have to try a hoster and see if it works ok.

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