Yola shop, Paypal Shop Dilemma & questions.

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Hi,

I've a couple of questions as I'm wanting to add a shop to my site..

Are there any posters who could give me an example of UK websites with the Yola shop and maybe some with the PayPal shop?

Which shop is the easiest to set up and works best?

Do PayPal charge for using the widget or is it just when a purchase has been made?

As I offer personalised products I'm looking for a shop which will allow character restrictions on the customer variants when ordering. Example would be a book title to be personalised over 3 lines with 22 characters per line. I'd need customers to input their wording when ordering. Do the shops have this facility?

I'm sure these questions have been asked but I struggled to find some UK websites with shops and also on the last question I couldn't find anything :-/
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Hi Tracy,

Your last requirement is possible with the Yola Online Store. Customers can leave a "message" with their purchase and this is sent along with the order.

Which shop is the easiest and works best?:
The Online Store is easier to configure as it is in a modular form. PayPal will work but for the complexity you're mentioning it requires more than a simple widget addition. You would need to research the PP variation from their site and follow their instructions.

Which is cheaper?:

The PayPal facility is cheaper because you only pay the commission on sales. The Yola Online Store has a monthly/yearly charge plus the PayPal or whatever commission.

You can use the Online Store for free if you have less than 100 items in your inventory. To do this you would install it directly from the Ecwid site

As far as UK sites go I have seen a few pass through but struggle to recall their web-addresses. I do remember is: http://www.rammygenerators.co.uk and http://www.mjs-trade-outlet.co.uk. Hopefully someone can add the addresses of other sites.
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Hi Gop

Thanks for your reply, I wish I'd checked here earlier as I've added the Yola shop now. I'm having difficulty adding Royal Mail in the shipping options and can't seem to change the country from Australia to UK although I have set it to GBP. Having spent a couple of hours I actually found myself on the Ecwid site looking for ccs codes to change my shop design. I never realised I could get it for free!

With just starting with Yola I find it's fantastic to work with, so easy to set up a website. The support and forums are great but I've spent lots of time searching for answers on how to change shipping etc. Back to Ecwid it is, I'm bound to find what I need to know there. Hello to another hour searching and reading :-)
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Hi Tracy,

The reference for changing your currency is: http://kb.ecwid.com/w/page/30363525/H....

You certainly won't be disappointed with the Yola Version of the store.

With reference to Royal Mail. This is the most difficult shipping option in the world. There isn't an auto system to do this that has been created for e-com facilities like Ecwid/Yola. The reason being that not only is there weight and zone consideration but a third variable which is parcel dimension. many vendors grab an average price and include it in their shipping costs. This is true and reliable if there isn't much variation between packages. If you think that some customers will buy a lot of product then a way of covering this is to add your shipping price in your article price and if over a certain weight then offer free shipping as this will be covered by the number of items purchased.

An easier shipping option but markedly more expensive is to go with a Logistics company which has an online shipping calculator integrated with the store. eg: TNT, DHL. etc.

If you would like me to work with you through any problems I'm happy to do so. just leave a post on this thread.
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Ah that's very nice of you Gop, thank you :-)

Adding the extra service on postage to the actual product is a great idea. That's one problem sorted. Woop woop!

I only have one other to deal with and that too is at checkout. The dropdown shows worldwide although in my shop settings I thought I had removed them, Is it possible that they will still show when I have it set to UK only?
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No that shouldn't show. Can you just have a look at the Zones and see if there is another there still lurking? The UK should be the only mentioned country in your collection of Zones.

If someone then makes an order from Australia, they should see a message that you don't ship to the destination or similar.

If you have the "rest of the World" enabled as a single Zone then it will be noted as being a valid destination. But probably no price given. Not quite sure of the final outcome with a Zone but no shipping.
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All that is has is New Zone. Zone name 1. Country: United Kingdom. I'd only added a test product and have the shop page hidden. I'll add that product to basket and input my sisters Aussie Address, I think I should see the don't ship message as it all looks pretty ok in settings. Thanks for your help Gop, much appreciated.
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Hi Tracy,

Sounds as if you're really coming to grips with the Store setup. One extremely helpful tool is the PayPal Sandbox. This allows for dummy transactions and it doesn't affect your account in any way. Simply goes through a dry run. You can also run it with other people testing it I believe-(I can't get a confirmation on this but can;t hurt to try as I'm sure there are plenty of opportunities to cancel before hitting the definitive purchase)

You can enable all the postal districts specifically in the UK and for example not mark Northern Ireland or the Channel Islands or Wales as destinations. Some vendors have done this for reasons of not wanting to ship to such destinations.