I have developed themes with ecwid to my clients. And I know that api of ecwid is only for paid users of ecwid. So, themes must be only for free users or paid users with using product api?
Ecwid APIs (and Ecwid Product API in particular) are not required for Ecwid themes. Please let me explain:
1. All Ecwid users, be they on paid or free plan, can change the look of their stores using CSS. Almost every Ecwid element has its own CSS class. So it is possible to change almost everything.
So to sum it up: I think any theme should be available for all users, free and paid, however it is always a good idea to extend the integration using our APIs: most merchant who is serious about their business is on a paid plan already.
The HTML mobile version of ecwid is garbage. You will not sell anything there. I know because we use it. It needs to be responsive otherwise in a cell you need to scroll side ways and nobody scroll sideways, only up and down.
Please refer to this post: http://www.ecwid.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19259 In a nutshell:
1. Ecwid is going to have an adaptive design, which will look good on any device from a smartphone to a desktop computer or even a smart TV.
2. The same integration code will suite all cases. If you have an adaptive theme of a website – great, Ecwid will work smoothly with it. If not, and the website isn’t adapted for mobile, Ecwid will offer some tools to help make the mobile experience great. It will also be possible to just insert Ecwid to a mobile website – it will look good there too.
3. The separate mobile catalog (existing one) will also still be available for old feature-phones – 50% is a lot of mobile customers.
Thanks for the additional info Eugene. It’s your good olde pal from the Ecwid Forums Derek – Hope to see some good contestants enter this contest!
Hi, Derek! Great to see your here. Your store can easily win this contest!
good luck with the mobile responsive version as ecwid is not responsive.
Good news for developers and merchants – next Ecwid version is responsive. Let me show you a secret preview of it : -)
Try to open this link: http://jsfiddle.net/Qetzal/dAedy/ and resize the result view. Please keep in mind, this feature is still under devlopemnet, so it might have bugs.Screen-shots: http://i.imgur.com/ItdezcC.png http://i.imgur.com/dfJwLLp.png http://i.imgur.com/cgbhLiy.png http://i.imgur.com/yztp2IZ.png
I checked Ecwid and if your selling seriously online they want a monthly fee, why would you pay a monthly fee when WooCommerce is free!!!
WooCommerce is a self-hosted shopping cart. Ecwid is a SaaS solution, when we do all the technical staff: perfomance management, security, upgrades, applying patches, etc. Big difference.
Hi all, My name is Eugene, I am from the Ecwid team. Great to see this contest! So if you need any help from us, just let me know.
A few things to mention:
1. Ecwid is an e-commerce widget. Ecwid-based store can be embedded to any site, blog, Facebook page. You just insert a few lines of JS code and your store is ready. Just as embeding Youtube videos. The only difference is that Ecwid doesn’t use iframes, so the store is actually an integral part of your website.
So Ecwid store is always a part of some website, therefore an Ecwid theme should change the website layout (e.g. WordPress or Joomla) as well as Ecwid itself (as described in our Knowledge Base http://kb.ecwid.com/w/page/15853257/CSS%20Faq )
2. Almost every element of Ecwid store has its own CSS class, so it is possible to customize it. Yep, it uses tables and we know that it isn’t the best way. The reasons are described here: http://kb.ecwid.com/w/page/49335558/Why%20does%20Ecwid%20use%20tables%20for%20HTML
Anyway, CSS is a very powerful tool and we have a lot of examples of great custom themes. You can check our unofficial blog for inspiration: http://ecwid-stores.tumblr.com/
4. We have a number of APIs that can help as well: http://kb.ecwid.com/w/page/25232810/API The most interesting for you are these two:
Product API – allows getting information about products. Supports JSONP. So it is possible to build completely custom product layouts. For example, check this solution: http://www.ecwid.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6038
This API can be used to create custom “Featured products” or “Bestsellers” sections, slideshows, custom menus, etc.
This API is available for paid Ecwid users, so if you want to check it or build something using it – drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will provide you with a test access.
5. 3d-party promising library around Ecwid APIs: http://www.octolab.org/ecwid/library Could be interesting for you.
Let me know if you have any questions.