Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Shopping carts and integration

As a new publisher of cds, dvds, books, or whatever you sell, you usually need to pick a shopping cart ecommerce solution to handle the purchase transactions.

You can use the TrepStar buy now buttons, but if you would prefer to collect the money yourself and have the orders automatically go into TrepStar, you need to pick, or switch to a shopping cart that makes this easy.

We have done a lot of research and have taken a poll of the most popular and useful shopping carts.  TrepStar officially recommends 1Shopping Cart.

  1. They are very feature rich and well trusted
  2. They integrate easily with TrepStar so orders taken on your site though the 1ShoppingCart system automatically submit orders to TrepStar so you do not have to manually fill out the TrepStar order form.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Spreadsheet of financials

We sometimes get asked "...I'm wondering if you have a way to download a spreadsheet of all our financials? We need to tally our records for taxes, and I couldn't find an easy way to do that on the Trepstar site."

We don't have financial spreadsheets yet, but you can:

  1. Click the recent orders button (from within your TrepStar account)
  2. Scroll to the bottom
  3. Enter a date range (such as last year)
  4. Click the [] Export search results... checkbox
  5. Make sure to check the [] Pricing Info box.
  6. The search results could be copied and pasted into your spreadsheet.  From there you can add column totals etc.
 

 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Upload ALL of your files to TrepStar Free of charge.

Until now, you could only upload up to about 700MB directly to the TrepStar project.   If your file is that size or smaller (CD content, or artwork .jpg etc.), you SHOULD upload to the TrepStar Project.

However, if you have a DVD you want to publish, you had to upload your content to your server or something like Amazon S3 (which costs money).  Create the ISO image file of your DVD

We decided to open up a public FTP folder on the TrepStar server.  This means you can now create your dvd .iso or .zip file, and upload it via FTP to TrepStar free of charge.

To use this for your project.
  1. Login to Trepstar
  2. Click on your project to edit it
  3. In the disc data file area, click the green upload button.  There are instructions there that show you how to upload your file to the public TrepStar FTP server.
You no longer need to upload your large file to your web site server, or pay for space on Amazon (or other file services).   We offer this service free of charge.

It's best to upload your .jpg artwork to the TrepStar project and if you have a CD project, upload the .zip, .exe, or .gi content directly to the TrepStar project since this will be within the file size limit.

TrepStar.com cdDVDfulfillment FAQ Help and Search

FAQ Help & Search
We produce your CD or DVD at order time.
These "On Demand", "Just in Time", "one off", "short run", CDs or DVDs will be mailed directly to your customers within 24 hours, and shipped to anywhere in the world.