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.


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