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FoxEE and ExpressionEngine eCommerce Options


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This is the slideshow Shannon Smith presented at EdmontonEE on Oct 24, 2009 talking about ecommerce options with ExpressionEngine with emphasis on FoxEE add-on by HCC Development.

This is the slideshow Shannon Smith presented at EdmontonEE on Oct 24, 2009 talking about ecommerce options with ExpressionEngine with emphasis on FoxEE add-on by HCC Development.

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  • 1. foxee: eCommerce module for ExpressionEngine
    Presented by: Shannon Smith, web designer
    Note: I’m a foxee user only, I’m not affiliated with foxee or FoxyCart in any way. I also do not get any commission or payment from the sale of any foxee or FoxyCart product.
  • 2. eCommerce for ExpressionEngine
    What eCommerce is available?
    While you can always integrate or hack together a solution with any shopping cart out there, what is available that is designed to work with EE?
    Currently this has been a bone of contention with the EE community; here’s what’s available & what I’ll briefly discuss
    Simple Commerce Module (SCM)
    The future
  • 3. eCommerce for ExpressionEngine
    Number 1: Simple Commerce Module (SCM)
  • 4. eCommerce for ExpressionEngine
    Simple Commerce Module (SCM)
    First-party module from EllisLabs
    Free with commercial & personal license, Simple to use
    First party module that works well
    Utilizes Paypal Instant Payment Notification & supports Paypal encrypted payments
    Can assign sale prices & mark items on sale
    Allows purchases of items to change a user's member group
    Tab delimited export of items and purchases
  • 5. eCommerce for ExpressionEngine
    Simple Commerce Module
    Limited to using Paypal
    Client perception of Paypal often negative or clients have had negative experiences
    Limited functionality:
    subscription/membership purchases can sort of be done, but not fully automated
    users must be members & logged in order for purchases to be recorded
    no shopping cart included, third party one now available for sale
    need additional modules to secure downloadable purchases
    much must be done manually, such as calculating shipping, changing inventory
    customer leaves site & goes to Paypal site to complete the transaction
  • 6. eCommerce for ExpressionEngine
    Simple Commerce Module
    Final thoughts:
    Don’t discount this module
    May work fine in many situations
    Many have hacked it to do more than originally intended
    Newly available 3rd party “cart” addon makes this module more usable
  • 7. eCommerce for ExpressionEngine
    Number 2: eeCommerce
  • 8. eCommerce for ExpressionEngine
    eeCommerce: ExpressionEngine + Magento
    Third party module currently in final beta
    Integrates EE with MagentoeCommerce software platform & meant to bring the full power of Magento into EE
    Use EE’s templating system for features such as skinning, forums, & user reviews
    Magento to handle things such as stock control and finances
    eeCommerceLite is $149.99, eeCommerce Pro is $2499.99.
    $2499.99 is an "enterprise-grade" ecommerce offering, which "has a matching support SLA and full multi-channel support"
  • 9. eCommerce for ExpressionEngine
    eeCommerce: ExpressionEngine + Magento
    Thoughts on this solution:
    Currently not a lot of documentation yet
    Seems well suited to large scale/enterprise projects
    Web developer required to know Magento as well as EE
    Magento very good & thorough platform, but lots of added complexity
    Could get expensive, but “Lite” version may work for lower dollar projects.
    Some sites will definitely require this level of functionality
  • 10. eCommerce for ExpressionEngine
    Number 3: aMember
  • 11. eCommerce for ExpressionEngine
    aMember integration for membership sites
    A phpmemberhip script that you can purchase & add to your site
    Required addons: Smartmember, EE aMemberplugin
    Thoughts on this solution:
    Bit pricey (aMember + addons ~$310.00)
    My opinion: easy to use, clunky, showing its age, some documentation poor... But, widely used & many are very happy with it
    My experience: Some payment gateways no longer seem to be working properly with aMember (particularly those that work in Canada)
    Credit card information generally stored on your server, so PCI compliance & security becomes a factor
    Membership software only, not a full eCommerce solution
    Not a hosted solution, so no monthly shopping cart fees
    Worth looking into for certain situations, good support from aMember
  • 12. eCommerce for ExpressionEngine
    Number 4: foxee
  • 13. The foxee Solution
    foxee integrates FoxyCart and EE
    What is FoxyCart?
    Hosted shopping cart/eCommerce solution
    Free during development then $15/month (no additional transaction fees)
    Robust, very little downtime
    All credit card information stored on FoxyCart servers
    Security (quote from FoxyCart):
    “We are PCI compliant, Safe Harbor compliant, have multiple security scans (PCI requirements 1, 5, 6), and adhere to best practices wherever possible. Our servers are all located in secure facilities (PCI requirement 9), and access to our systems are granted on a “need-to-know” basis (PCI requirement 7), as required by the PCI rules.”
  • 14. The foxee Solution
    FoxyCart Features:
    Supports tangible, downloadable, subscriptions (including recurring payments) + unlimited product options
    Coupons & discounting
    One-page checkout & login
    Multi ship-to addresses
    Live shipping rates
    Super tax feature
    Custom checkout fields w/ validation
    Supports multiple payment gateways & shipping carriers
    +more (refer to: /2-minute-tour.html)
  • 15. The foxee Solution
    The foxee component:
    foxee is what integrates FoxyCart with EE
    You could integrate it yourself, but HCC Development already spent a lot of time doing it & they did a pretty good job
    Full control of product catalog within the EE control panel
    Cost: $165 (no additional fees unless you buy an addon)
  • 16. The foxee Solution
    foxee features:
    Single sign on fully integrated solution
    Member subscriptions with automatic expiry and renewal (recurring payments) + free trial periods
    Integrated order reporting & tracking options
    Related Items, Discounts and Coupons, secured downloadables
    Sale Pricing and Limited quantity with live inventory updating
    Inventory tracking, per product and per product option
    +more (refer to:
  • 17. The foxee Solution
    Thoughts on foxee:
    Some not pleased with hosted cart solution: cost and limited control
    However, less need to worry about PCI compliance or hackers stealing credit card information
    $15/month decent cost for having them look after security & compliance + they continue to add features/gateways/shipping.
    Young, still evolving product, so there may be bugs & documentation could possibly be better
    Feature rich + you can sell subscriptions, downloadables, physical goods, donations
  • 18. The foxee Solution
    Current addons available to expand functionality:
    Classified ads addon: sell weblog entries to your customers (set amount of times they can publish & how long post will be shown).
    Bulk items addon: sell your products in quantity by the case, skid etc...; track your inventory by single item while selling in bulk
    Sample sites using foxee:
  • 19. The future... What about EE2.0
    foxee is working on their EE2.0 compatible module & promising further improvements and features (improved inventory control, even better member integration, etc)
    Plus, more solutions coming down the pipe
    EE2.0 is on CodeIgniter & this definitely opens up EE’s eCommerce options
    From Leslie Camacho, President of EllisLabs:
    "ShopIgniter, a stand-alone ecommerce system built on CI (currently in development) that is aimed expressly to leverage EE 2.0’s CI codebase. The level of integration they are aiming for simply would not have been possible with EE 1.x" ( )
  • 20. Questions/Comments?
    Questions/comments before we move on to the DEMO