We've updated our initial review due to the strong level of customer service that we received since our initial review.
In reality Catalook is a decent DNN E-Commerce platform - but it is not for everyone. It requires strong technical knowledge and the documentation is not great. That said, Linda and the team are available to assist, which helps. The pros are that it is a functional and scalable platform with some recent enhancements. I am not sure how it compares to other DNN E-Commerce modules but it allows us to publish a functional site with over 50000 products. The Cons are : requires developer assistance, layout and documentation is messy and some of the features are outdated.
There seems to be some momentum behind it again now, so it is worth considering.
posted on 4/15/2015
After some initial installation issues, the DNNSoft Support staff stepped in and got my CATALooK upgrade installation up and running and working better than ever.
posted on 4/14/2015
Steep learning curve but gives you a lot of functionality and freedom in dealing with your customers. Superb customer support. Thanks guys.
posted on 1/4/2013
This is a good product that works. It requires some expertise in asp.net and html, etc, to customize, but it is well thought-out and does the job for a very reasonable price.
Make sure you have a good localhost setup to work with. It will help to get the design right. Read the documentation carefully. It is not perfect but it has what you need in it.
posted on 5/15/2012
We have been using catalook for over 6 years. The support is excellent and the vast array of features makes this the ideal candidate for major eshops and clients with tough requirements.
posted on 4/23/2012
CATALooK, one of the best store systems I ever had. for beginners (like me) start is difficult and a bit confusing. read the manual, read it twice :D and build your pro shop
posted on 3/19/2012
This is all out the most feature rich DNN module in the DotNetNuke Store. This module is appropriate for enterprise grade eCommerce sites. The UI for this application out of the box is UGLY and requires a great deal of work to produce a good looking site. If you are willing to invest the design time, this module will give you the same level of functionality a multi-million dollar site like Amazon.com has to offer, at a fraction of the price. I have worked with the developer of this module on several projects adding brand new features to the software and have been very pleased with the results. The documentation for this module can get you up and running but only covers the basics. It could stand to have more advanced examples. The source code for this module is adequately commented, and very rarely contains errors upon new releases (unlike most other large modules in the DNN store) This module is only appropriate for very advanced DNN users.
posted on 2/16/2012
I cant recommend these guys enough.
I have asked the most complex to the most stupid of questions and their answers are totally on the ball.
I have requested customisations ( many which the client changes their mind on) and they patiently assist me.
posted on 9/26/2011
I have used this product before, it is better now than it was. The support is excellent.
Follow the instructions to install carefully and all works well.
posted on 8/9/2011
Vast module, very nicely customizable (if you know what you're doing). New updates, improvements very often. Always up to date with the latest DNN. Great support!
posted on 6/20/2011
posted on 12/9/2010
Does almost anything you need when it comes to eCommerce. Has all the bells and whistles; only issue is - I would love to see it re-released with an updated interface, but regardless - nothing comes close.
posted on 10/17/2010
Just gets better and better.
posted on 8/14/2010
Very good and extensive module. And wonderful and fast support
posted on 7/14/2010
decent app, could use some vusual improvements
posted on 5/13/2010
posted on 4/21/2010
Overwhelming to start with but after reading the manual I eventually got through it...everything from advanced pricing rules and product options for product reservation.
What an incredible product - A quick email to support fixed a small problem I encountered in Paypal payments pro support.
Rarely am I looking forward to upgrades but apparently the next version is going to add even more features to the reservation system.
posted on 3/30/2010
posted on 3/4/2010
Very powerfull module ! With this module you can address any type of dynamic website with any business model type. Just with some skinning tasks or minimal programming activities you can realize any ideas !
The learning curve is not for dummies but the initial required work is justified to final result.
posted on 11/21/2009
The best service and support I've had from any DNN purchase. Responses were helpful and quick. If you are serious about running an online store with DNN this is the only way to go. CATALook.netstore is an amazing product.
posted on 9/24/2009
I am a total newbie at SEO....I followed the instructions that DNN SEO Central provided to the letter and had amazing results. My website http:/WomenVitamins.net went from not even in the top 600 of Google search to a third page ranking of 27 in less than 2 weeks! Add to that, the fact that I am not even half finished with the SEO to-do list...Now that's exciting, and that's a great product! EndSEO is wonderful....thanks guys!
posted on 9/5/2009
I tried this program at first I tried a bit of difficulty, but once understood the philosophy of the program I found fantastic, full of possibilities and flexibility.
thanks to the staff dnnsoft
posted on 6/14/2009
Very powerful application. Excellent service. The developer is very responsive to adding new features. We have had custom work done by the developer for this module and we were very pleased.
posted on 9/4/2008
I've tried out 5 different e-Commerce solutions... CATALook blew ALL of the others away in functionality and support. They have answered over 100 of my questions in a very timely manor. They were patient with me and the end result being that I have an AWSOME e-Commerce website. I suggested CATALook to two of my friends and they've all came back thanking me. This is by far the most flexible e-Commerce package I've ever used out of the box. They also offer the source code at a very low price. CATALook's functionality in conjunction with DNN's awsome content management I look back at the other solutions I've tried and I laugh at them... CATALook is WAY worth the money and in my opinion is worth 4 times that what is being charged today. Great support and a great product.
posted on 6/9/2008
I opted for ASPDotNetStoreFront as part of a PowerDNN hosting package, however, after a week of struggles I couldn't even get a working copy of ASPDNSF. It just blew my DNN instance every time I tried to run the admin.
PowerDNN had not tested what they were selling. It was a nightmare. After a week I still had no store software to work with.
I was informed later that the problem was fixed in the new version even though ASPDNSF refused to admit there was actually a bug.
So, in desperation, I turned to Catalook. And firstly, it worked! And secondly it worked really well!
The only real problem I have had is that I still can't get the AJAX functionality to work. There is something about the PowerDNN setup. Perhaps the latest web server version. But Catalook support could not find the answer and could not replicate it. So, I still have to put up with page refreshes for each dropdown which is a pain.
This software is immensely featured but I can't help but feel it needs a c
posted on 6/8/2008
Excellent response. Great module. I recommend this module to every one.
posted on 4/10/2008
Great Product but poor demo, however, check the site of one of my client http://www.panto.com.au/ so you can be assured that this product is the best of the range. Settings are complex and need some improvement, perhaps hiding most "advanced functions" until clients understand and willing to drill through extra features is more desirable. Source code is a good buy and handy to add/customize some nifty features.
posted on 12/21/2007
As they say - hard to get up to speed. Don't get it if you need your store up tomorrow.
Once you've spent some time with it, it's great!
posted on 8/22/2007
Great support, Great value and Excellent product
posted on 8/1/2007
I am new in DNN but still I found that a ecommerce module like Catalook is very stable and ofcourse great support !
posted on 7/19/2007
When it come to a shopping cart, I submit that the mix is one part product, and 2 parts support.
I just cannot emphasize how important the service that Catalook provides is to the process. These guys (and gals) are great!
posted on 4/16/2007
Excellent Product! Highly recommended if you are interested in building e-commerce site. All source is in VB.NET and there is a LOT of code, but definately worth it's weight in gold!
posted on 3/16/2007
Powerful modules. Still learning how to use it.
posted on 2/19/2007
Under priced! Complete storefront - seems daunting at first but after a little playing - gets easy. Will do pretty much ANYTHING you would need a storefront to do!
posted on 2/16/2007
So much functionalities for so less money. Perfect and fast support
posted on 1/16/2007
Excellent Product. Easy to modify and well coded. Had things pretty well up and running in a matter of a couple of days.
posted on 10/30/2006
CATALook is complete and full of features. It comes complete with features and functionality that would otherwise require the purchase of third-party addons with other (non-DNN) systems. Setup was easy. Upload the PAs and build your store using the Wizard. From what I have seen thus far, the system can be adapted to suite almost any busines model. I'm very impressed with the support. Responses were timely and accurate. I'm hoping to see the seller's Knowledge Base and Forum grow. That would help. Good work and keep it up.
posted on 10/15/2006
I was able to get it up and running in about 4 hours. It's great and very flexible. The most important part is the installation and placement of the modules. If you get that right then everything else should fall into place.
It features Order Details (multiple products per order) report and Inventory controlafter a purchase. This something the built in Store Module DNN 4.3.x did not have. I think Store Module DNN 4.3 was half baked.
I use Catalook with PayPal only since it seemed the easiest to setup. The buyer doesn't actually need PayPal account but can just use any major credit card at PayPal upon checking out.
The documentation is about 300 pages. I read the installation part and did a search for the rest my questions. It's a very long read and quite overwhelming at times but very thorough and worth it.
You probably heard the great tech support and I find that to be very true. They were able to resolve every issue I had including email problems and skinning.
Great great buy.
posted on 9/20/2006
Superb ecommerce store. Works great with my authorize.net and support is always quick. Would buy again in a heartbeat.
Of course I wouldn't advise anyone to hold the belief that starting an ecommerce store is as simple as a yahoo template website. It requires patience and technical acumen. As long as you stick to the documentation you should be fine.
posted on 8/21/2006
Superb shopping cart module and excellent technical support provided via email. Cart is easy to setup and quite quickly can be configured to support a variety of needs.
posted on 8/16/2006
Great product! Superior customer support! Can't ask for anything more! Thank you.
posted on 7/21/2006
Sussane! you are a genius! I had my misgivings when you told me that this product is not compatible with DNN 4.0.0. I Spent a weekend upgrading my DNN version and reading the Admin Manual. Need I say that it was smooth sailing ever since? Every feature you mentioned is truly functional. I cant thank you enough.
Please, endeavour to email your customers on the availablity of new upgrades( I am thinking about DNN 4.03.03).
posted on 7/20/2006
Thank You Edward! We have a version for DNN4.3.3. I have sent you the download links.
As a developer, I have a high level of expectation for modules that I buy. I bought a different DNN e-com module a couple of months ago and was unhappy. This time, I treed the Catalook.net store and found that there was a specific feature that I needed. I sent an email to Susanne - the company owner - and they worked out a VERY reasonable price for the customization.
She gave me a deadline that fell on a Sunday - and they met it anyways. The work was professional, and so was the support.
I was able to figure out the product in an afternoon. Think about that - fully functional E-Commerce with a ton of options in an afternoon. If you need e-com in your site, you need catalook.
Ryan Morgan - www.VBDotNetExpert.com
posted on 1/31/2006
Great Store, great customer service. The store has so much functionality and flexibility it can be difficult to set up, however they have included an extensive user manual and great support. When we submitted a question to the help desk we had a reply back within an hour....Amazing value you can pay easily twice as much and not get half of what Catalook has to offer. We tested 4 DotNetNuke Storefronts before going with catalook. In my opinion it’s the best store available for DNN
posted on 9/20/2005
Very powerful store, I can't believe it can do so much thing!
posted on 7/26/2005
This is the best DNN shopping cart I have ever seen. The developers are highly responsive and continually improving the shop system. It is extremely powerful and configurable. The instructions leave a lot to be desired right now but they are working on improving that too.
posted on 5/11/2005
The functionality of this package is excellent; while documentation is a bit on the lean side, most everything is straightforward and easy to figure out. Best of all, support from the author is practically unparalleled, even by major commercial publishers. This is a package that does what it claims, out of the box, and has fast, accurate support in the few instances when problems occur. Functionality rivals more mature commercial products, including complex rental capabilities, built-in affiliate program capabilities, support for external vendors and drop-shipping, and more. Truly an excellent product to work with.
posted on 12/28/2004
Really great job. This Module works really good. Thanks for the good support you gave me. I can't wait to see your module working with DNN3.0. Your multilanguage feature is working fine.
posted on 10/11/2004
EXACTLY what I needed! This store has the flexibility I need and the end users can make their way through it without a PhD in engineering!
Thanks for making the product...
posted on 9/3/2004