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Mallsurfer Shop

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Type of Program: Web Publishing
Supported Platforms: Win 95/NT
Authors Name: Reynold M. de Guzman
Version: 1.01
Price: Varies
Installed Size: 3.4MB


Mallsurfer is a shopping cart generation software. It creates a "virtual store front" with various items for sale listed under categories. I tested it out by creating a giftbasket shop. I created categories for house warming giftbaskets, birthday gift baskets, graduation giftbaskets, etc. Under each category, I listed one or two items for sale. I then chose the font colors, the layout of my new giftbasket shop, the shipping prices for my giftbaskets, the mailing address, and the web site I wanted my new shop to be uploaded to. I then hit the "create" button Mallsurfer generate all the html (the menu, the checkout page, the category listing page, etc.), javascript, frames that my new shop needed. My new shop was up and running once I uploaded it to my website.

Is it god's gift to wannabe web entrepreneurs with limited html knowledge? Yes and no. Although Mallsurfer is the best free storefront software I have tried so far, it did come with a few quirks. I got javascript error messages when checking out items; the shop creation process would sometimes prove tricky if my mouse was not in the correct box when I created a new category and I'd have to do it a few times just to get it right. Moreover, once you've created a category in a new shop, it can't be edited, you have to delete it and start all over watch out for typos. The folks at MallSurfer shop, however, answered all my questions within a few hours of receiving them and were extremely helpful.

I would suggest that anyone wanting to use this program have at least elementary knowledge of html. Why? If you want to make changes to one of the html files that Mallsurfer creates, Mallsurfer will not edit and upload just that one file, it will upload everything, which may take some time for larger shops with several categories. Another reason why the user should have a minimum amount of html knowledge is that Mallsurfer only includes limited meta tags, descriptions, and keywords for each shop created. Some users may want to include more keywords, or change the description, for greater web traffic and this entails tweaking some of the html files beyond which is allowable under Mallsurfer shop.

Despite the few problems I encountered using Mallsurfer, I still recommend this program to any wannabe web entrepreneurs with a limited budget hoping to make a few bucks from their virtual store on the net.

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Ease of Installation
Reviewed by Ayodele Locke

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