I am looking to customize a PHP based price comparison script called Price Tapestry ([url removed, login to view]). Experience with the Price Tapestry script would be preferred, however not required. If you have strong PHP skills you should be able to handle this project. You will also be dealing with product feeds (csv, excel spreadsheets, etc.). I am looking for someone that can handle the entire project, so please only bid if you can complete everything that I have listed.
Step 1: Integrate web template with the script: The first step would be to integrate the script with a web template that I have purchased from [url removed, login to view] (all template files will be produced, including the editable psd files), see attached screenshots of the template. I will provide to you my own logo and pictures to use on the website. There will be some tweaking that will have to be done with the colors, images, and layout, however that will not be until Step 5.
Step 2: Registering the Product affiliate feeds: The Price Tapestry Script is a system that manages affiliate product feeds. I have about 12 affiliate feeds from [url removed, login to view] and Commission Junction that I would like to use. In order for the products to register in the system, the feeds will have to be uploaded and imported into the system. I will provide to you about 12 feeds that all have related products.
Step 3: The third step would involve implementing the scripts “category mapping” feature ([url removed, login to view]). There are about 15 to 20 categories that I would like displayed on the main page left side navigation panel. I will provide the categories, and which products should go under those respective categories. It will then be the your responsibility to ensure that category mapping is employed properly, and that all of the feeds match up with the mapping. Once it is done, you must also show me how to properly map the categories so that I can do it again on my own in the future. Here is the description of category mapping according to the price tapestry script:
Category Mapping enables you to create a single master category name to be used in place of any number of alternative names that might be found in different feeds. For example, let's say you have 2 feeds containing televisions, but one feed uses the category "TVs", and the other uses "Television". You could create a Category Mapping to import all these products under the single category "Televisions".
Step 4: Featured products: I want a section on the main page to utilize the featured products feature of price tapestry. See the attached screenshots. [url removed, login to view]
Step 5: Miscellaneous Tweaking: At this point we should have a working site. There may have to be some tweaking to the site to make it more user friendly. I have tried to list as many tweaks below, however there may be additional small items that may need to be done to make the site fully functional. If there is any, it will be small, so please in your quote take this into consideration:
a. Color scheme – The default colors may have to be changed in the script to better match the template.
b. Add a email signup box to the main page.
c. Integrate vbulletin into the site to create a forums section (I already have purchased a license)
d. Creating a news or updates section where I can list information relative to the site and the info the customer base would like to know. I would like a RSS feed created for this. This will also have to be done for a section entitled “Coupons”.
e. The site must be SEO friendly.
f. There may be more layout changes, but it will be hard to tell at this point until we get a working site going. If there is anything else it would be small and nothing major.
Again, please bid for the entire project, not just a portion of what I am asking. The timeframe I am looking at is between 30 to 45 days. It can be longer if needed. The programmer must also be reasonable available on either IM, email, or telephone. The last thing I want is to send an email and receive a response one week later.