I hope someone can help me. I’m new to Magento, but I do have PHP development experience. Initally I did plan to do all the development of my website myself, but that would probably take years. However, before I start something I can’t finish I wanted to know if I will be able to achieve the following must haves on my website.
1) Will I be able to incorporate the functionality for suppliers to enter their own products onto the system, without being able to look at other suppliers details. And would I be able to limit them to having a maximum of say 10 products. Can I provide them with an interface I have configured myself.
2)If 1 is possible then is there a limit to the number of suppliers I can allow to access the system
3)Is there a way that I can display the shopping basket broken down by each supplier and their delivery charges, even though the customer will only pay once
4) Is there a way that once I have received payment from the customer, that I can integrate a process that will forward payments onto each supplier automatically?
5)I would also like to allow each supplier to update customers order status.
6)I would also like to add a blog and forum to the site. How easy is it to incorporate?
7) I want to use my own template, is this easy to incorporate, do I just add in my own HTML and CSS files
8) And lastly, how do I set up a test environment on my own laptop, which runs Windows XP is this possible at all?
I know I’ve asked quite a few questions, but I am doing so much research that it is getting a bit overwhelming, but I am up for the challenge and if anyone can just point me in the right direction or a least let me know if what I want to do will be possible that would be great.
I can’t wait to get into this, but it would help to know if what I want is possible
Thank you in advance