Almost every kid on the block wants to run their own online store and why wouldn’t you? Your tapping into an international market and thanks to open source software out there, you can get it done on the cheap. Paperartzi contacted me about setting up an online store with a limited budget but with also complicated requirements.

The job involved a front website which could be used as informational purposes and then also a shop which could accept payments online. Magento was used as the platform for the online store and a custom Magento theme was developed which would match the look & feel of the front website. The online store also integrates with Australia Post for delivery costs and PayPal for processing order payments.

The front website also integrates inside the Magento category structure and allows the front website to display categories from the shop, this provides multiple gateways into the shop to promote more purchases.

Without Surgery

Without Surgery is the biggest showcase of the open source tools I have released. It uses Advindex to manage, import and export the contact enquiries, competition entries, clinics and voucher purchases. Uniform is the engine used to generate all the forms. Baked Simple manages the content across the site (which in turn uses EAV). Reports generates the statistics used to monitor competition entries and voucher purchases. Settings is used for misc settings such as where the contact form will be sent to. Payments is used to execute the transactions to purchase vouchers. The Campaign Monitor behavior attaches itself to contact enquiries, competition entries, voucher purchases and subscriptions so synchronise the database on both systems. And finally Store Finder locates the nearest retailer, which is seamlessly integrated when purchasing a voucher.

To top it off I wrote the functional specifications and it also integrates with a forum platform called Vanilla.


Mocks is a sock for your mock and they were stuggling with their current eCommerce solution which was based on osCommerce. Topia setup a new eCommerce solution using Magento. Since then I picked up the project and began customising the store to meet Mock’s needs. The following customisations have been made:

  • The ability to upload images when buying certain products
  • Orders with certain products would be sent to different suppliers
  • Ability to import customers with plain passwords in the CSV
  • Additonal Express Postage method
  • New Discount Rule for Buy X get Y free that applied to the whole cart, rather than just a line item

Clean A Matic

Clean A Matic traditonally only sold their product to wholesalers which would on sell to supermarkets and other retail outlets. They wanted to approach the consumer market themselves and the most effective way to do that was via an online store. A promotional website combined with an online store was developed which allowed them to accept credit card payments online and deliver their product internationally

In Concerts

What In Concerts needed was essentially a mini Ticketek. The ability to create events, add session times, set the number of tickets available and accept credit card details securely online. A completely custom web application was developed to meet their exact needs.

Sakura Flowers

Sakura Flowers wanted to expand their retail business into a full featured online shop. I assisted them in getting it online by providing a full hosting package and knowledge of existing e-commerce solutions that could be customised to suit their brand and vision.

Dosh Online Shop

Dosh wanted to upgrade their online store to be more interactive. Studio Emotion produced the interactive flash and then I integrated the site to accept credit card payments online and provide basic e-commerce functionality