Carmel Hassan Tecnología, Diseño y Sociedad

Pompitas de Málaga with Drupal

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List of modules

Below you can see the list of the main modules used in combination with the Ubercart distribution provided by Drupal.

  • Ad
  • Administration menu
  • Content (CCK)
  • Content Permissions (CCK)
  • Node reference (CCK)
  • Chaos Tools (CTools) 
  • Blog
  • Contact
  • Menu
  • Path
  • Ping
  • Profiles
  • Statistics
  • Taxonomy
  • Upload
  • Date API
  • Devel
  • Facebook social
  • Imagecache
  • Nodewords (Metatags)
  • Open graph meta tags
  • Auto Assign Role
  • BUEditor
  • IMCE
  • JavaScript callback handler
  • Lightbox2
  • loginlogout
  • Poormanscron
  • Pathauto
  • Quick Tabs
  • Taxonomy Manager
  • Twitter Tweet Button
  • CAPTCHA
  • Google Analytics
  • Taxonomy Multi Editor
  • Taxonomy Menu
  • jQuery UI
  • Vertical Tabs
  • Views Accordion
  • Views Slideshow
  • XML sitemap
  • Slider

For a good search of modules I recommend you this website http://drupalmodules.com/, where you can see the user rating and the last version of them.

My users

  • People who know which product they want to get.
  • People who know which ingredient they want to get, but not which product.
  • People who do not know which ingredient or which product they want to get, but know why they want to get it.
  • People who do not know what is ‘natural soap’ or ‘natural cosmetics’ at all, but want to feel good and better after all.

Theming – never from scratch

As a themer, we love to create the cleanest and most efficient markup to get the very best CSS quality. In Drupal there are dozens of themes that are simple, clean and strictly valid for the W3C. You always can reuse them to save your time and to reduce the effort of creating a new theme.

If you’re using Drupal, never start your theme from scratch. You’re building a website based on a CMS which has a powerful theming engine and provides you quick starting templates. You should take advantage of the default CSS, even if you don’t like it, it’s always better to spend some time improving the mark-up rather than fixing all missed mark-up. Remember that the HTML generated by default by the core, is already included an the most of the themes supported by the Drupal community.

The theme used in Pompitas de Málaga is based on Aqua Prosper; one of the sub-themes provided with the Ubercart distribution which is built on top of Fusion.

Keep a good ‘meta’

Customizable meta tags for every page can be done with the meta tags module Nodewords. What is more, a pattern that retrieve a valid meta information directly from the content of your node it’s recommendable for a good semantic. Let Google understand your website. Try the module and see the great advantages for your website.

Related Product

To provide related products in the product page it’s a common pattern in a e-commerce. It’s a way to suggest to our customers different things that can be please them somehow.  

One way to relate products it’s by it’s category (that’s a wide concept, so be careful). Other way can be the “other customers” likes, you know “people who bought this, also bought…”.

However, in a physical world, we shouldn’t forget the intention of the expert suggestion. At Pompitas de Málaga, we’ve started this one in the initial stage of the website life in order to give some time while gathering information about other customer’s preferences.

Enjoy!

Be transparent

What’s behind the honesty of an online store? Your customers are asking you for being transparent, clear, and make them feel confident…but how?

At Pompitas de Málaga, we’ve always tried to be as natural as possible, we speak directly with the customer, we introduced ourselves from the site – check out our spontaneous video 😉 – moreover, we’ve supported every product description with our own knowledge by using our own words.

Besides, we used our own stamp so the customer we can always trust that the product he’s buying has the garantee of our business.

Probably, there are many other ways to enhance the customer relationship, nevertheless we can never forget that the investiment on this is required.

Social Commerce

It is a must, your customers are everywhere, and your site should be a common place, a meeting point and a social point of sale.

Rules for marketing 2.0 say that you have to let your users sell your products by you, they will tell the story that you want to tell. Their likes, their opinions and comments, their shares and +1’s, and all that stuff that is just one-click away will beat the challenging communication message: if it’s good for them it will be good for other people.

They are not just customers who consume your products, but they’re being proud and showing off their feelings, which is even more important since it helps to build a strong relationship between them and your products and showing the way to new customers.

Drupal 6 or 7

After few days trying to set up a basic web site in Drupal 7 I have been able to check how many new features are in that release and how promising is the approach followed for future developments. 

However, it is not ready for production sites. It’s not a surprise, drupal develpers know it and they ask for help in bug reporting. So the best I can do for the online soap store Pompitas de Málaga is to conitnue with the previously installed version of Drupal, which is, by the way, full of challenges too.

… you can find Pompitas de Málaga at Facebook and Twitter.

I’m UX/Product Designer at Ebury. I have a caotic side project called Cinefilica and founded the most interesting tech community in Málaga Yes We Tech.

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Carmel Hassan Tecnología, Diseño y Sociedad

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