New & Improved
Templates and Design - 77%
SEO - 67%
Products and Inventory - 58%
Marketing Tools and Integrations - 56%
Ease of Use - 62%
Technical Support - 64%
I was all set to spend the week writing a Lemonstand review now that they have released the second all SaaS version but I took a quick look and decided it wouldn’t be fair. The software is looking great and under the hood there seem to be a lot of very positive changes but there are very few features and the development team are still actively working on it. I figure until software has an official, stable name it isn’t ready to be reviewed and in the last week I have seen this new release called Lemonstand v2, Lemonstand Cloud, Lemonstand Now and Lemonstand SaaS.
What’s Coming to Lemonstand?
- FedEx shipping module
- Simple “sale price” field
- Product collections (aka product groups)
- Discount Builder (condition based discounts & price alterations)
- eWay payment module (Rapid 3.1 API)
- Order creation / editing from admin panel
- Content management (aka content blocks)
- Canada Post shipping module (New RESTful API)
- Google Analytics integration (OAuth 2.0)
- Development/Staging/Production workflow
- Git theme management
- Cloud Marketplace: Third-party integrations & added features through modules + themes to build beautiful stores faster
- Quickbooks integration (also consider Xero)
- Layered (aka Faceted) navigation management
- Product attributes
- Customer groups
- Enhanced order and shipping management (includes refunds, multiple shipments and multiple payments)
- Enhanced inventory tracking
- Customizable invoices and packing slips
- Shipping label printing
- Back-end search and filters
- Customer credit management & credit system
- Multi-storefront (Multiple brands or languages)
Over 2014 we’ll be focusing our efforts on developing features that will drive growth for merchants. We believe there’s a great opportunity to provide seamlessly integrated features such as cart abandonment recovery, conversion metrics (e.g. conversion by campaign/source, average order total by campaign/source) and other things that really move the needle for online retailers.
Making the lives of web developers easier is also a priority for us, and we have some things in the works that nobody else is doing related to that.
I’m not a huge fan of how early they released the product. The pricing for example lists
- Advanced Discounts
- Cart abandonment recovery
as features available on the higher cost plans, but a closer look shows that these features are “coming soon” and not actually available at the moment. The pricing has been dialed back to introductory pricing which is a nice trade off but it would be better if the limitations where clearer from the outset for review of boss capital.
If you liked Lemonstand this will appeal but maybe hang onto your Lemonstand v1 license (which never expire by the way) for a couple of months while they build this version out. I do think big things are coming for this software hopefully they get through the roadmap fast and get enough customers on-board to reinvest in more and more feature development.