If you are in the market for an easy to use, yet powerful E-commerce solution with which to build your online presence, you may come across a product called Zoey Commerce. Built on the popular Magento platform, Zoey Commerce is a very slick solution that makes the whole experience of building an online store painless.
In this Zoey Commerce review, I’ll take you on a tour of the product to give you an idea as to what you can expect should you choose to give it a much recommended try.
Signing up for Zoey Commerce is simple, just navigate to their website and sign up for a a free 14-day trial. You don’t need a credit card or any commitment to try it out so please make sure to do so if you are searching for an E-commerce solution (in fact, even if you aren’t, I recommend trying it anyway).
Your store will be created virtually instantly and you’ll be prompted to fill in some basic information such as your address, company name as well as given the opportunity to select a theme for your site.
Zoey comes with quite a few options as far as themes are concerned, so you shouldn’t have any issues finding something you can customize to your liking:
Once you’ve completed the initial welcome wizard and selected a theme, you will be taken to this screen:
From here, you can see a list of steps you need to take to prepare your new store for launch.
Editing your design is likely going to be the first step you will want to take so let’s click on that. Once you’ve done so, you’ll see that the theme for your site is loaded and everything that can be edited (which is pretty much anything) has edit controls around it so you can simply click and edit anything you wish quickly and easily:
As you can see, making changes is extremely simple, granted, it’s tough for me to show you how easy it is in a written post so, as mentioned earlier, be sure to try it out for yourself by signing up for a free trial.
Once you’ve made the necessary changes to your theme to make it yours, it’s time to add your first product. Zoey let’s you use the interface built into the get started wizard or, you can use the left pane and navigate to the more extensive product management page. Whichever you choose to use, the process is simple and elegant.
The last few requirements are to set shipping, taxes, payment providers and an email for your store.
Setting up taxes sometimes can be daunting but not to worry, Zoey will redirect you to a more extensive page and give you a tour of the process to help simplify things.
That takes care of the Getting started piece of the setup process. Let’s now take a deeper look at the product.
How you manage your products is incredibly important and Zoey Commerce makes the process easy. Navigating to the Products tab, you’ll be able to not only add products but edit existing ones through a simple and clean interface.
As you can see, you have a significant number of options you can modify for each product but the interface doesn’t overwhelm with too much info too soon, which I like.
Managing customers is equally simple.
You can view and create groups for customers, modify existing ones and even add new customers manually if you wish.
Additional configuration options can be found on the Setup tab and within the various categories on the sidebar. Zoey also comes with the ability to extend your store using additional functionality in the form of Apps. To browse and add any of these, simply click on the Apps tab and you’ll be presented with a selection of options.
Once you’ve completed the setup process and have finalized your configuration, you’ll want to run a couple of tests by submitting test orders, etc. You can view all orders that come in through the Orders tab. Below is an example of a test one I submitted.
Zoey comes with an impressive analytics package built in as well, including real-time reporting any many others.
There are plenty of other options to explore with Zoey Commerce but in essence, this gives you a very good idea as to what you can expect should you choose it for your online store.
In my time using the product, I was impressed with how quickly it responded and how easy it was to use. The best part is that if you get stuck at any time, you can click on the small “?” icon in the bottom right (seen in the last screenshot above) and it will open a help guide with tips and links to resources as well as the support forum.
While I can’t personally speak to how solid their support is or how responsive the product is once it’s loaded up with a significant amount of products, they do have some pretty big brands running their platform without issue so I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I am sure it’s equally as good.
My final thoughts? Zoey does a great job of presenting the user with a powerful E-Commerce solution without overwhelming them. It’s easy to use, it’s not daunting and the interface feels well architected.
Zoey does a great job of presenting the user with a powerful E-Commerce solution without overwhelming them. It's easy to use, it's not daunting and the interface feels well architected. The only thing I think that I could consider a bad point would be that they are not as well known as some of the larger brands. I do however, expect this to change quickly.