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#1 ambassador

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 11:16 AM

When a catalog-only website is desired -- a site with no add-to-cart and no purchasing functionality whatsoever -- what software or WordPress themes do you suggest? A Google search for "catalog software" and "WordPress catalog themes" has already been performed but such a search cannot offer the personal references that this forum may be able to provide.

It is understood that common shopping cart software can be coaxed into behaving in a catalog-only fashion. However, the resulting online "catalog" is; for multiple reasons, not desirable.

Your personal references to software and/or themes that you have used would be appreciated.

#2 jonbey

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 11:17 AM

What is a catalogue site?

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 11:33 AM

Jon, think a site that has no ecomerce attached to it, a presentation style site. IE like a catalogue!

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 12:11 PM

I'd probably look for portfolio themes. That would likely be closer to what you're looking for.

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 03:41 PM

- Does the site need multiple directories or categories for sorting?
- Does it need intricate sorting/filtering/presentation functionality?
- What other functionality does it need?

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 07:00 PM

Regarding "Does the site need multiple directories or categories for sorting?" - multiple categories are desirable.

Regarding "Does it need intricate sorting/filtering/presentation functionality?" - no.

Regarding "What other functionality does it need?" - none.

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 07:50 PM

I would get a theme that can accommodate a huge toll-free number in the top banner. :)

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 10:26 AM

Then I suppose Wordpress should be enough, even though I'd still use Drupal (there, I know how to enable visitors to filter products by several categories at a time).

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 10:59 AM

So a bunch of pages with text and pretty images? Wordpress sounds perfect.

Maybe, if you need, look at a plugin that allows you to create a pdf from the content (I looked at this ages ago, keep meaning to review). Then you could mail the whole thing (if not too big of course) to clients etc.

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 11:23 AM

The catalog-only website must not be blog-centric.

Your references to web-based catalog software and/or non-blog-centric WordPress themes that you have used would be welcomed.

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 11:47 AM

That's the thing with Drupal, you can create any type catalog with it, present the data anyway you wish and have any site/page structure and functionality. Unfortunately, I don't know any specific catalog software, since I vaguely imagine what a real catalog is and how it's different from a directory/shop :)



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