Earlier today we took a closer look at 8 of the 14 submissions for the 1st Spreadshirt API contest. Now we want to present the 6 remaining apps that dealt with the question: “how to do you best integrate the Spreadshirt API in existing websites?”
Topic 3: How do I integrate Spreadshirt content into existing websites?
The Spreadshirt API was used in this area to access article or design lists from Spreadshirt shops and present them, create new products and allow them to be added to the basket for purchase.
ShirtPress –Wordpress Plugin
ShirtPress is a WordPress plugin that allows you to show article lists from Spreadshirt shops directly in a WordPress blog for purchase. ShirtPress creates its own basket that the customer can use to add articles and then purchase from there. Checkout then follows via the Spreadshirt checkout system.
Sheepstealers – WordPress Plugin
Sheepstealers is another WordPress plugin that uses the API to access design lists from a Spreadshirt shop. The imported designs can then be ordered according to the self-defined categories in the plugin. The plugin then uses the partner t-shirt designer via iFrame to add the design the customer selected to a product. Checkout occurs within this iFrame.
Topic 4: How do I create my own shop front end?
This topic area is used to access article or design lists from Spreadshirt shops, to edit articles and add these products to a basket.
kochschuerze.org – Shop-Front End
kochschuerze.orgis a webshop that sells aprons and t-shirts. That’s what it looks like at first glance! But, a very interesting idea is actually working behind the scenes. Kochschuerze.org allows any shop partner the ability to sell their customers designs from Spreadshirt’s Marketplace. The partner would have to have a designer shop (premium membership) that makes the T-Shirt Designer available for the shop. The shop partner receives a commission on each sale made from this designer shop. The original designer of the design purchased also receives his set commission, regardless of where and how it was purchased through our system. The Spreadshirt API is also used in this case to provide information about the product and the design. This automatically creates pages where this information is displayed and optimized for websites, increasing the changes that the page will be found in search engines.
iheartyfu.de – Shop-Front End
iheartyfu.deis a fan merchandese shop for YFU (Youth For Understanding). A shop front end was built based on the Spreadshirt API, allowing more freedom in shop layout and improvements to the shopping experience for customers. This app allows shops to display article lists. Each article can be shown on a detail page and added to the basket for checkout.
Topic 5: How do I create generic shop software for Spreadshirt shops?
The following apps use Spreadshirt’s API as SaaS (Software-as-a-Service). It would be interesting to know what financial models were envisioned for these submissions.
Monstruito – Shop-Software
Monstruito.es is a website based on the generic shop hosting software on http://api.monstruito.es/. The shop software allows one to display article and design lists from Spreadshirt shops. There are two navigation points to find articles: one using the design and the other using the article of clothing. Each article can be viewed on a detail page.
A nice feature is the fluid switch between viewing an article and customizing the product. There is a simple T-Shirt Designer available which is activated once the customer clicks on “edit article”. Then you can move the design on the product and change the design’s colors.
Pre-defined and custom-created products can be added to the basket. Checkout occurs then via Spreadshirt’s system via iFrame directly on the page.
t-shirtsselbstgestalten.de – Shop Software
Behind the site t-shirtsselbstgestalten.de is shop software that is built using the Spreadshirt API. This shop software allows one to display articles from Spreadshirt shops according to various criteria. Each article can be viewed on a detail page. Articles can also be added to the integrated basket for purchase and the actual checkout occurs via the Spreadshirt system integrated with an iFrame. Customers also have the ability to create their own articles using the Simplomat (simple T-Shirt Designer). An interesting feature is the Facebook-App, which allows articles from the shop to be marketed via additional shopping channels.