We’ve had a lot of interest around our WordPress-MYOB Exo plugin recently. So to kick off our channel we thought this is a great opportunity to introduce a product we’ve developed to solve an emerging need: integrating MYOB Exo with your website.
Companies use MYOB Exo to manage products, debtors and orders. It’s ideal for managing their business inside their four walls. But now they’d like to sync Exo with a website portal, where customers can see prices, place orders and check dispatch info.
They’ve seen that there are integrations out there for Magento and Shopify. Often they prefer Woocommerce because it’s so easy to use.
By now they will have learnt that there’s another option – they’ve seen that we have a plugin for connecting Exo to WordPress, and they’re looking to understand more about how it works.
A typical conversation with someone looking for a website integration would go something like this…
MYOB Exo-Wordpress Plugin
The first thing to know about our plugin is that it’s not a “plug and play” plugin that you might expect. There’s a very good reason for that – it’s because everyone who uses Exo wants a different outcome with their website integration.
It became clear that a one-size-fits-all approach just wasn’t going to work. Exo users needed greater flexibility than what you can get from a point-to-point plugin.
So our plugin is really a custom integration that allows us complete freedom. You tell us how you’d like your web portal to work, and we can build it within WordPress.
So how does that work with Woocommerce?
Initially, we started working on a Woocommerce plugin. But we quickly abandoned that because Woocommerce has a fairly rigid structure. Anytime you wanted to do something a little outside of the existing framework, the development time would be prohibitive.
Plus Woocommerce has been built primarily as a B2C ecommerce software. If you’re B2B, as many Exo users are, then building an Exo-Woocommerce plugin feels like forcing a square peg in a round hole.
OK, so if Woocommerce isn’t ideal, then what is the answer?
We actually built our own ecommerce framework that, if you’re familiar with Woocommerce, it looks and performs very much the same. The difference is that, because it is a standalone framework, we can mould and shape it to produce the end result that suits you.
It can include whatever functionality you need, and none of the features that are not relevant to you. Our plugin is extremely flexible and more lightweight than Woocommerce; front and back end.
It’s this flexibility that makes our plugin unique.
Regardless of what you choose – Woocommerce, Magento or Shopify – they’re all very ridgid ecommerce platforms built with B2C in mind. If you’re using Exo and selling to the public, one of those solutions may work just fine for you.
But if you’re looking for specific functionality, you can’t beat the flexibility that our custom built plugin offers.
One more thing – Magento and Shopify are out-and-out ecommerce platforms. With our WordPress plugin, you have the best of both worlds – an Exo integration that performs exactly how you’d like it to…
And you get complete design freedom to build the rest of your website to a high standard. You can kick your Exo and web marketing goals all on the best website platform available.
How Does It Work?
OK let’s talk more about what the plugin does…
Our plugin pulls through all of your products, categories and debtors into WordPress. Changes to any of this data in Exo is refreshed on the website on a 24 hour cycle. (That timing can be whatever you want).
Your customers can login to the website to view their product pricing. Pricing is be displayed in their currency.
Customers can browse your product range, add items to their cart, and place orders all on the website. Orders are pushed through into Exo immediately where your dispatch continues as normal.
The website will email the Customer and Admin with a summary of their order.
If you have salespeople out on the road, they can create orders on behalf of any debtor in their stable. It’s a digital replacement for those old paper orders, and they get plugged straight into Exo.
Customers can see their orders placed via the website. They can print or save orders as a PDF. They can copy old orders to their cart so that they can easily create repeat orders.
Orders can include a Purchase Order number and also a digital signature.
If you need a full integration, orders entered directly into Exo can be pulled through into the website, too. Although not all Exo users are going to need that.
The website can display current stock levels. Basically, if the data is in Exo, then we can pull it through into your website.
And it’s mobile friendly.
What Does It Cost?
If you’re still with us, you’re likely wondering how much the plugin costs…
Each integration is priced on a case-by-case basis. It will depend on your particular requirements.
It will depend on how much data is stored in Exo, and how much will need to be manually keyed into WordPress via the back end.
We’ll also need to consider building the rest of the website.
We can provide a preliminary estimate. If you’re happy with that, we’ll jump into a consultancy phase to get to a fixed price contract for your custom build.
We’ll set milestones along the development journey, with payments attached to each milestone. That way you’re not paying for half up front and then hoping that we can get the job done. You can see the work that’s been done as we progress, giving you peace of mind.
Once the website is built, the costs are minimal.
There is the cost of web hosting, of course. You can consider using our own hosting platform, or another of your choice providing they meet the necessary requirements.
As with any software, it should be maintained over time, but this is a relatively minimal cost. For the sake of security, WordPress, as well as its themes and plugins, should be updated as soon as updates become available. We offer a monthly service to take care of that for you.
As far as our plugin goes, it will only need to be updated if you want to add new features.
Beyond that, we would recommend a one-off update every 18 months or so, to keep pace with the latest PHP software.
We have customers using our web hosting and security package, and that’s it. We only edit our Exo plugin when they want something new added to it. Otherwise, the are totally self-sufficient.
For a basic integration, you should allow around 90 days. However this can vary according to your requirements.
So that’s our plugin in a nutshell.
We can bring Exo out of your four walls and into your website. And we can build it your way.
If you’d like to see a demo or discuss your Exo-Wordpress integration, we welcome a conversation.
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