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Has anybody created a bookstore using Ning?

I had made a non-searchable one using just a html page with amazon affiliate links and jpegs with exterior links, but accidently deleted it ( :-()

But I've been wordering if i could repurpose an article page or a groups page to create something searchable, or organisable by category, that'd be better. IK'm just wondering if anyone has achieved this?

Maybe you made not a bookstore, but a catalog of books or other objetcs ?? I'd be really interested to see what you did.

Thanks in advance

 

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  • This is a good idea. I've not done it. But I bet its worth the hassle.

    Maybe you make it in wordpress as it auto saves the post or page and then link or copy and paste it back to ning.

    • Hi thanks, Yes the original site was wordpress, and I was using a good plugin that made a great bookshop, however, I wanted a dedicated community site that would work well on mobile, so that is why i am now with Ning. :-) 

  • You could, I used a group with some blog pages in it to set a classifeds page up some time ago. I will add this into my new site to demo it once it's up and running. You could even use a photo page instance to created this. As the photos added would be the display cover then when opened you would have the description. There is some code to add photo titles to them as well.

    • Hey John, I'll look forward to seeing your demo.

      I have already set up a group hub for another purpose and you can only have one per site. 

      I have also tried out a custom html page, where i pasted the affiliate links (which include a photo), but the downside is that the books are not categorisable or filterable.

      I've tried photos page too, but I have about 100 books, so I prefer to use affiliate links to avoid having to save photos, upload them to the site and link to them.

      I've also tried blog page and forum page, but no go.

      So far teh articles page is the only one that gives me categorisability (filterability) and the ability to paste a link directly. It's not very pretty (i mean the layout) and you cant see many books in one go, but it seems the only way to have filterability. I wonder if articlcles can be displayed in a grid layout .....???

      all the best

  • NC for Hire

    You can do a lot with Awesome Table and they have a book store template which can be controlled by a spreadsheet so management is quite simple once you get it set up..

    If you reverse look through my tips over the years, i have added quite a few about using Awesome Table

    Hack Tip to Embed Document Library Bookshelves

    Clean, Robust, Filterable Community Member Directory

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