Product Catalog Website with CMS

Product Catalog Website with CMS


Product Catalog Website for book publisher. The product catalog consists entirely of books. The website should be a professional-looking website that displays books from a product catalog, is easy to navigate, searchable, and displays books using a variety of templates.

This site has 3 key components:

1. Product Catalog (including the requirement to integrate with external database)

2. Author Profile Pages (including the ability for users (authors) to manage their profiles)

3. Page Templates (we will provide the designs)

There will be no shopping cart - each product will have a link to external sites that sell the products (links to [url removed, login to view], [url removed, login to view], [url removed, login to view], etc.).

We will provide the entire design for the site, the design is intended to be professional and simple (elegant and uncluttered).


The product catalog should manage all of the data for each book. Every book has a variety of data fields including title, author, short description, long description, ISBN, cover image, etc. (complete list of fields be will be provided).

Every record in the product catalog includes links to other sites where the books can be purchased from online booksellers. Please visit these examples that use this "buy now" option (click buy/shop):

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You can see from these examples, when a visitor wishes to buy a book they can select from a list of online booksellers. The link to the online bookseller takes the shopper directly to the page with the book. The links to booksellers should be generated dynamically using the ISBN (every bookseller can the ISBN in a URL to list book titles)).

The product catalog needs to group books by category (cooking, travel, history, literature, special interests, etc.) (A complete list of categories will be provided.)

The catalog needs to be searchable by keywords and other fields (description, etc.).

The product catalog will be updated by an external database system (a separate external system that is used offline for managing books). The external database system is updated daily (new books added, books deleted, book data updated). The external database system creates an XML file with all of the incremental changes every day. The XML file needs to be imported into the product catalog every day to update the catalog. A complete dataset XML file can also be created if needed.

Each product should have the option to be manually updated/modified (so that the product or field is not updated by the XML file).


In addition to the product catalog, the site will have a profile page for each author. The author pages will be a template and include biographical information about the author, photo, book signing dates, reviews and links to external sites (author blog, social networking sites, etc.). The author profile should be able to be managed by each author (the author will be provided with a login so that they can manage the content on their page). The complete list of fields for Author Profile pages will be provided.)

The author profile pages will also need to be re-purposed (re-skinned) in the future for other sites (more work for provider!).


There are a total of 5 page templates:

1. Home page template that display products from the product catalog and other content (mixed). The home page has areas to display featured and new titles (books that appear in these areas should be selected from the template or product catalog).

2. Product list page template (list products by category or as results of search)

3. Individual Product template that displays a single product from the catalog

4. Non-product template that displays non-product content (managed exclusively with CMS)

5. Author Profile Template

Additional Notes:

- Must run on Linux (no Microsoft)

- Permalinks - must have a way to preserve permalinks to individual products in the catalog (old site is linked to by other sites).

- SEO friendly

- Browser compatibility (common browsers)

The following files can be downloaded here: [url removed, login to view]

username: gpp

password: books

1. [url removed, login to view] - this is a draft of the home page template design. We will provide Adobe Illustrator versions of all completed artwork.

2. [url removed, login to view] - (complete XML file)

3. [url removed, login to view] (daily incremental XML file)

We will provide the complete list of fields for the product catalog, the fields for the author profiles, complete list of book categories, all template designs, the complete list of booksellers.

Please provide answers to the following questions:

1. Are there any aspects of this project that are missing our unclear? In addition to the items listed above (that we will provide), are there additional details do you need from us need to complete this project?

2. Please give us some examples of your work that are similar to the requirements for this project (specifically product catalog websites).

3. When can you begin this project?

4. What is the estimated completion time?

5. What technology do you recommend and why?

6. What is your preferred milestone payment schedule?

We will gladly take suggestions about the site design and features. All advice is welcome.

Thanks, Daniel.

Skills: Drupal, Joomla, PHP, Shopping Carts, XML

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Project ID: #625114