Zeus Website System for Music Dealers

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Spartan's powerful on-line e-commerce website solution for music dealers is now selling throughout the UK.

Following many years of development, Spartan Press Music Publishers Limited are now offering their famous SQL sheet music database as the powerhouse of a full e–commerce website solution for music dealers.

Known as ‘Zeus’, the database itself is designed by Mark Goddard (a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and an experienced musician), in close co-operation with the gifted young internet programmer Thomas Pike, and Spartan's director of IT, Ian Stevenson. The database is professionally maintained, cared for like a new baby, and meticulously updated with new products, prices and images on a daily basis, not only from our HQ in Scotland but by trusted Zeus administrators nationwide.

Zeus has recently been developed to also offer dealers further options:-

  • Content Management System (CMS) - so that each dealer can create and edit their own news items, terms and conditions and home page content when ever they like. The new system is very flexible and allows the upload of unlimited pictures as well as a built in word processor to make presenting individual stories quick and easy.
  • Stock Control with an  individual pricing module (e.g. for special offers, second hand items, Christmas specials, etc etc..).
  • Instruments and Accessories: Zeus now offers the ability to sell not just sheet-music; this powerful module provides the same e-commerce solution for the other retail departments that make up the well rounded music shop: instruments, accessories, gifts and CDs can all now be presented by the Zeus system. This latest upgrade allows dealers the ability to select or reject these shared products, individually or in bulk by processing in 'groups' to save all sorts of time, providing greater and more powerful control and customization than ever before.

 

Pricing

a) Once only set–up fee: £699 - £1,197 depending on requirements

  • Sheet Music Site ONLY: £699 (Includes CMS)
  • Optional module for individual pricing, stock control and 'special offer' flexibility: £99
  • Optional module for all "Departments" including Instruments, Accessories, Gifts and CDs: £399

We register a suitable domain name for you (or redirect an existing one) . We customize the ‘style sheets’ (CSS) used to allow your site to project its own identity. We use YOUR chosen colour scheme, your logo, your news items and your home page — all fully editable by you (or your staff). We then integrate the ‘search engine’ of the music database into the site, which uses common PHP and MYSQL driven components, but maintains your own ‘look’ thanks to customized ‘cascading style sheets’ (CSS).

b) Annual website hosting (£140.80 per year) plus shared SSL secure certification
(£71.40 per year)


c) Annual Zeus license:

  • £336 per year to use the Zeus sheet music database and cover image sharing
  • OR £580 per year for Sheet Music WITH all other departments as required.

Upgrades

if you have one of our older systems, you might like to consider our £250.00 upgrade to convert your site to a mobile and tablet friendly site. The new 'look' is slicker, more up-to-date, and makes ordering via smart phone or mobile tablet a breeze.

Our hourly rate for intervention time or bespoke development is £52.80

All prices subject to VAT (currently 20.%) and payable in advance.

See: www.highlandhost.net to view a variety of our current music shop customers using the Zeus system.


Content and Features

• “Quick Search” facility from your home page.
• “Search in Detail” — a powerful tool
• Optional “Exam Music Search
• “My Account” page where customers are able to log-in and choose various preferences.
• “Shopping Basket” with full credit card checkout routine.
• “Administrator” back office for you and your staff to monitor orders, customer data, feedback, edit products etc.

When an order is placed, the customer is sent a confirmation email. Your shop staff also receive an email. This shows a summary of the order and offers a link to a customized secure web page from where you can log-in as “administrator” and retrieve full details of the order, customer and payment details.

We provide various ‘pop–up’ options under these headings. Again — the wording and appearance of all these you have control over:

* Security
* Privacy
* Terms
* Delivery
* About this site
* Contact us
* Help

We offer your shop the option of adding unique “News items” yourself (like this one you are reading). Alternatively, you can appoint us as your webmaster and we can perform any routine changes, paid for separately on an ‘per hour’ basis.

One design option which has proved popular, is for us to configure the home page to randomly display different images of ‘best sellers’ for example, or displaying varying images of your shop depending on the time of year!

A customer feedback form is included which uses Secure Socket Layers for certificated security and privacy.

On the left of the home page there are “catalogue specials” which help your customers to find the music they need, FAST! These special links are also completely customizable to reflect your particular shop’s specialization(s). Alternatively, customers can “browse” the books available by category.  Similar customisation can be applied to Instruments, Accessories and other "departments".

The News items on the left can change whenever you like. All this helps with “Search engine optimisation”, so that your site is monitored regularly by Google and other search engines.

The powerful “Search in Detail” page provides the ‘serious’ user of your website with the tools to refine a search. Your customer can specify a particular publisher, type just a ‘snippet’ of the title, enter the name of a particular composer and specify a particular instrument for example.


See: www.highlandhost.net to view a variety of our current music shop customers using the Zeus system.


Zeus brochure available


Demo website


Publication details page