I've been spending a lot of time recently looking at other shopping cart software, particularly Magento and Opencart and Prestashop to see how they've gone beyond "here's a product, here's a buy button".
In Magento and Opencart I particularly like their "compare this product to this product" feature, where the person browsing the shop can add 2 or more products and then see those products listed on a page with their specifications and so on. Pretty much it's a nice way to allow the customer to decide if they would like to purchase prodcut A or product B easily…
As you can see, the products are side by side ready for the shopper to make a buying decision. We don't have this in osCommerce other than some older addon that I don't want to use.
So I set out to create something like these. I pretty much based it on the Magento one as the Magento product compare also has a nice little infobox which I particularly like;
I started the modifications late last night, it took some thinking about, but pleased to say that I have something workable – it needs more polishing (which is where you guys come in)…
How does it work ?
Adding a Product to the Compare List..
On each product page (and product listings) there is a new button "Compare".
Clicking this button adds the product to the compare list. This also invokes a new infoBox:
In the infoBox is a link to the actual "Compare Products" page as shown above.
Removing a Product from the list..
A product can be removed from the list in the following places; the new infoBox, the product listing page, the product page, the compare products page.
Invitation to test the new system
If you want to have a play with the system, hit my test shop. Let me know your thoughts by responding to this blog post. Thanks.