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Car Dealer CMS Website Using SilverStripe


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Orlando WEB Development

Community Member, 3 Posts

5 June 2009 at 8:35am

Hello, I am VERY new to SilverStripe. So far I have downloaded and installed SS on Bluehost and in the process of developing my own basic two-column theme for a Gelato Cafe. I have intermediate css and xhtml experience.

Now that you know my skillset, I have some more questions for my next project: a Corvette Dealership.

1. What SilverStripe Modules or extensions would you recommend for a small car dealer website that would showcase 1-6 corvette photos?

Features: mouseover thumbs targeting a main photo id, model information in a two-column bulleted list format, and misc custom fields. Similar to: http://www.vonbibratwintowns.com.au/new-cars/honda/legend/legend.html with simple admin editing of each field.

2. How do we make it easy for the non-designer editor to upload and edit cars? Can the backend admin section be tweaked so that the site editor can fill in spaces for model year, color, engine, etc??

3. Is there a template with this basic functionality already available for small car dealers? I could even possibly tweak a real estate solution, if someone could send me a link.

4. Would the e-commerce module be recommended to achieve the basic category (Model Years) and Listings (Corvettes) structure but not have actual Payment buttons built in?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in Advance.

dave

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Hamish

Community Member, 712 Posts

5 June 2009 at 4:25pm

Have a look at the gallery module:

[url]http://silverstripe.org/gallery-module/[/url]

All the other functionality is fairly straight-forward to program if you're familiar with PHP and the framework.

Suggest you do the tutorials first, if you haven't already:

[url]http://doc.silverstripe.org/doku.php?id=tutorials[/url]

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mschiefmaker

Community Member, 187 Posts

6 June 2009 at 5:54pm

Hamish is right start with the tutorials as a way to find get get to grips with Silverstripe.

In terms of "how do we make it easy for the non-designer editor to upload and edit cars? Can the backend admin section be tweaked so that the site editor can fill in spaces for model year, color, engine, etc??" Yes, sounds like building a data structure in ModelAdmin would enable a simple interface for this. This could then be displayed to the website without trying to modify the e-commerce module though there might be bits of code from it that are helpful

Cheers

MM