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Single Page Checkout Too Complex
 
markf
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Magentos version of Single Page Checkout is pretty nice, but it kind of missed the whole point of a single page checkout.  What I mean by this is that after each section you fill out you have to click continue and a new section appears.  Just like in a traditional checkout scenario where you click next and you go to a new page.  Yes you remain on the same page technically, but you are still clicking next after each action and moving along to different content and hiding that past section. 

If you want to see a TRUE implementation of a single page checkout, take a look at panic.com/goods and you will see how much more simple and fluid the process can be.

 
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That site doesn’t give you any shipping options and only one payment method.  Once you add all of that in it can really lengthen the page, and possibly overwhelm the customer.  I like the way Magento does it.  It’s still a single page, but they hide things that you don’t need to worry about at the moment.  It allows the customer to focus on what they need to do.

If you have less options for the customer to select, then I can see having it all displayed at once.  I’m sure Magento can be modified to work that way.

 
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A lot of the reasons we ended up doing the one-page-checkout the way it is, are for simplifying the page by keeping the customer focused on the immediate step that needs attention. Further more, the more “simple” the page is it requires more fancy JavaScript/Ajax work which makes it harder to maintain across the different browsers (your example site does not work for me on IE 6 at all, and I am not able to checkout). This said, as Magneto becomes more stable we will add different checkout options including non javascript based checkout and more advanced Ajax checkouts.

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markf
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Thanks for the reply, I can see some of your points, it just seemed like a bit too many clicks.  About the other site, it worked fine for me in IE 6.

 
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I will try again

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after looking at panic.com/goods I do agree with markf. I am trying to upgrade my current site to magento, but for my application the magento page offers much too many options for the checkout process. Every click translates into sometimes significant wait time for the next section of the page to appear. I am afraid I will lose the customer in the process.
Is there an easy way to simulate the panic.com site with magento?

 
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Ignore this post, retracted my statement.

 
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actionhans - 27 November 2008 08:35 AM

… Every click translates into sometimes significant wait time for the next section of the page to appear. I am afraid I will lose the customer in the process. Is there an easy way to simulate the panic.com site with magento?

I agree with you. Our goal is to simplify the checkout process as much as possible. Hence we offer only one payment method and one shipping method. We do not want the customer to select a single option and submit the step in these two cases.

Is there any possibility to skip a checkout step, if there is only a single option? At least, how to avoid forcing the customer to select a singe option manually?

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Hi, we believe our new 1-Click Order extension http://www.magentocommerce.com/extension/1196/1-click-order can improve user experience and simplify the purchasing process.

 
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