Some key questions to ask yourself would be:
If these are questions you are asking yourself, then one solution is to use our software. This streamlines all the above data you need to manage and will not only help increase efficiency but will also make your business look more professional. The other benefit is because the information about your products is stored in the one place, if you need to make changes to say prices, then you only have to do it in one location. Any other application that then displays information about your products will show the latest changes. No delays and no need to make multiple changes at different locations.
So if you are looking for a one location solution to manage your data and operate your business, then a Bout Time Software custom design website maybe your answer.
The above is an overview of what is and is not included in this package as standard. You can choose at any time to purchase any of our programs to help enhance your website. So if you wish to have your website manage content currently showing an "X", such as News Manager, then that can be purchased as an option.
We have developed applications which can manage all the tasks that are listed above. All of those applications are available but not all are included as standard in the packages.
This package provides you the standard features needed to manage and operate your website, plus display the content that you would expect to find on any standard website. You can, at any stage choose to purchase and have added to your website any of the other applications we have developed. Using this concept allows you to just get your website online and then you can work out which features or data management you require later and then have them added. This is ideal if you wish to build your website in stages.
All our packages are based around our custom designed, inhouse developed Content Management System (CMS). This system allows you to manage your content and at the same time also allows additional programs / functions / modules to be added at any stage to provide you with more functionality.
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This forms the basis for many of the applications included in this package. The Product Manager allows you to manage all the products that appear on your website, which includes a photo gallery, file and image manager, the ability to have up to 6 pricing levels, manage stock levels, product searching and product sorting to name just a few key benefits.
You can use it to manage which products are displayed online and you can also easily manage stock levels where you can display if a product is in stock, out of stock, discontinued or on hold. It is also very easy to assign a sale price if you wish to put products on sale, such as 20% off or $20. Simply enter what you need and the program will calculate the new prices for you.
There are a huge range of other features with this program, so if you want more information please ( Read More here ).
This application is mandatory for this package and can not be removed. It is also the basis for managing products that are access via some of our other applications like our Quote Invoice Manager.
Our Banner Manager allows you to add or remove images that you wish to display on any page in the Page Editor.
Each photo can include a caption and you can configure the duration and style of the display. The banner displays are like a slideshow and they are not interactive.
Each page in the Page Editor can have its own Banner uniquely configured.
These two features are included standard and are important aspects because they allow people to locate specific pages / products or content on your website from a single page. The sitemap has the added benefit of helping search engines locate all your content efficiently. That way you can be guaranteed that all your content is indexed correctly by search engines which will eventually be beneficial to your Page Ranking.
With each website we create we also provide website hosting. That way we are guaranteed to ensure our software functions perfectly because we know what the servers we use support. We only use cPanel servers. We do not use Microsoft .NET or Parallel Plesk servers.
We are happy to customize the hosting account to suit your needs, so the below is just a basis of what it includes.
= One Domain Name Registration for 1 year
= 12 months Hosting
= 2GB of disk space
= 2GB bandwidth per month
Our CMS system is developed completely by us. We do not sell or re-use systems made by other companies and we do not use free systems like Wordpress. Now Wordpress is great and definitely has a huge number of users and follows, but that in itself is also part of its problem. It is becoming very slow to use and navigate, it is becoming constantly dependent on 3rd party runtimes / frameworks and remote linked content that it is just does not appear all that efficient anymore. Plus if you want to add more functionality to it, then you have to install plugins which could be made by anyone and there's no guarantee that the person who developed that plug will continue support for it, or if it will remain compatible with future versions of Wordpress when you upgrade it.
Of course many of our applications do integrate with the key component of our CMS and that is the Page Editor. That way you can choose to include that content on any page of your website that you wish.
All our applications are designed so that you only have to manage the content at one location, but you can access it from any other location, or indeed display it on any other page. This is very beneficial for information such as Disclaimers or Privacy Statements or Contact Details. You just manage it on one page and then have it automatically displayed on numerous other pages.
Our Page Editor has a backup feature which allows you to work on Draft copies of a page before it goes Live, plus if you are editing a page now but want to save that but still keep a copy of the page before you started editing it you can. Our application will allow a page that is currently being edited to be backed up before the latest changes are saved. How cool is that. You can also assign a password to a page if you want. That way if you have content you only wish to show to customers or maybe members, then you can. They simply enter the password to see the content. Very simple but very effective and means people don't have to create accounts.
There are a range of other interesting and we think beneficial features that have been designed into this application. Our goal is to provide software that is easy enough to use so that you can use it yourself, but also with enough features to give you the functionality that you need and finally to reduce all unnecessary duplication. That means we want our software to do all the boring tasks for you and that way you can just focus on creating and adding awesome new content in our CMS.
Our CMS includes our own security system. This allows you to check log files to monitor any hack attempts, or errors (like 404's) and to manage blocklists. You can also configure Geoblocking and management of how robots / search engines and other non human visitors should be handled. Some of those bots really behave badly and can end up flooding your website, so our software detects this and attempts to manage these for you.
There are quite a few other features of our system, but it's best to not disclose all it can do just now. Feel free to contact us and ask questions if you wish.
Keeping your content safe is important and we don't want you to just rely upon the server company daily backups, so we have designed our own backup module. This allows you to backup each Table in your SQL database individually. This is perfect if you then only have to restore a single table. Yes that's right we include a restore option too.
It gives you information about each table, such as the size of the backup and how many days since it was last backed up, plus it uses colour to indicate if a new backup is required or not. There's no point backing up if our software has detected that there is no new content since the last backup. We try to make our software as intelligent as possible to avoid you having to perform unnecessary tasks.
You can also choose to backup ALL tables and then archive them to a ZIP. This makes downloading the backup much easier as you can now just click to download it. You can also manage your log files in a similar way. You don't have to wait either. Our CMS runs those tasks in the background for you, so you can start the backup and then log out of the admin section if you want. Heck you can even close down your browser too and the task will still be completed for you.
Our CMS allows certain operations to be managed in the background. That means you do not have to keep the current page open while performing a task. Such as uploading images for a product, you can start the upload and then start working on something else in the administration section if you wish. Our CMS will then display a notice when the upload is complete. Same if you are backing up All Tables, that may take a while if you have lots of data, so if you are sick of waiting for notifications then you can use this Tasks module and it will show you the list of all tasks currently underway and those that have been completed. If a backup is underway it will show you were the backup is currently up to. No more guessing.
To ensure fast operation our CMS caches images and performs resizing where required, that way the original images which you upload remain and the system auto generates as required specific cached versions. It doesn't leave thumbs.db files everywhere like stupid microsoft windows does either. Instead it places all cache files in one location for easier management. You can choose to view the cache for each application and even clear all the cache files too if you wish.
Our image caching system is always checking the images in the cache with those you upload to ensure the latest image is always displayed online. The beauty in that is if you decide you wish to use larger images in one of our programs, our cache feature will detect this and create new cache files at the new size for you automatically. So you don't have to then re-upload your photos. That will save you heaps of time.
of course if you only uploaded low resolution images and now you want to display at higher resolution your images may not look wonderful as the cache program will try and upscale with as much precision as possible but everything depends on the quality of your original image you uploaded.
There are many other features of our CMS which we would be happy to talk about for ages, so if you do want to know more please get in touch with us with any questions you have
All our other programs (features) can be purchased and added to your website at any time. Each one is designed to offer you specific benefits.
We are also happy to custom modify any of our programs to ensure they meet any specific requirements you have or if you have custom data that you need managed. We are happy to develop new applications for you or add new features to our existing software.
There are quite a few other programs that you may find beneficial which integrate with our Product Manager.
Generating Quotes and Invoices can be a time consuming task. Our application helps streamline that process. You can import customer details from our Accounts Manager, Dealer Manager or Contact Form Manager. You select products from a list of all products you have entered into the Product Manager. You can even manage the GST status on a record by record basis. This is ideal if you are not currently registered for GST, but then become registered for GST, or if you have products where the GST is inclusive or exclusive of the price. Our application makes managing all of those GST scenarios as simple as possible plus you can choose different methods for each quote or invoice. This is perfect if you have one customer who demands their invoice show prices with GST inclusive and then another customer who wants their prices shown GST exclusive. This may sound strange at first, but we give you the option to manage the GST values in the way it suits you best.
Another benefit is the Quotes and Invoices are generated to a PDF file. This makes them perfect to send as attachments with emails. Our application also gives you the ability to upload jpeg images which will be included on separate pages at the back of the Quote. So if you have a drawing or a picture of the product (maybe showing something specific like a serial number or maybe there is a scratch on the item you wish to document), then you can upload the images to the Quote. Each image will be auto resized so that it fits the best on a single page. If you upload 3 images then that will add 3 additional pages to the quote PDF. You also have the option of typing in a welcome note, something like " Thank you for requesting a quote from Bout Time Software .... etc" and having that added as the first page in the quote. This is perfect if you are submitting a quote for a Tender or Contract. It ensures your covering letter stays with the quote, rather than if that information was only provided in the email. You can also save a welcome note as a default, so that you don't have to constantly retype it when you need it.
Please be aware that our Quote Invoice Manager is not designed to replace a full accounting package, however our application provides many more functions that are more beneficial on a daily basis, such as some of those mentioned above. It does not provide balance sheet and profit / loss statements though. So if you need a full accounting package then look else where, but if you need a functional Quoting and Invoicing program, we have you covered.
In the reports you have the option of selecting Item Profit and Loss. This will calculate the total sales value for each product code found on the invoices and compare that to the sale price and the cost price assigned to that product and then total the differences for you. That way you can see how much profit (or loss) you have made for each product found on a invoice for the time period you have selected.