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Does anyone know what is going on with deco network today?

I think I have now suffered 1 bug too many and its now time to start shouting which has been a very passive opinion about this overpriced system.

I have been using this system for approx. 12 months now and today
I went to do a quote and all I have had for the last half hour on 2 browsers is a stupid spinning wheel!


I have also tried to access the sites support and thats bugging out too,

Deco is a bag of stress sometimes , especially when you are trying do a quote on a saturday and cannot even get support.

I have had weekly bugs with this software and its sad because I have put about a years hard work into tailoring the products to suit my needs , To make things worst the uk ralawise catalouge is half done as many of the products That deco have supplied for them have the back view missing and have to be re fixed , Also there are allot of ralawise products that are not even in deco catalogue so I have had to enter them manually myself which has been very time consuming, on average including bugs a quote can take up to 30 minutes if the product is not in deco catalogue.

Another thing :

When you are doing a big customer quote ( which may take up to an hour, the last thing you need are the following errors:

A slow buggy quote page,As the more products you add the slower the system gets and errors start occurring.

Sometimes when you override a price it changes back on its own , Or your quote will not save due to a system error


dont get me wrong guys I love the whole concept and the software is great when it works ,and as much as I have been tempted to cancel sometimes due to the constant bugs, the pros of this software make you bare and grit in hope that things will only get better eventually.

but I do I feel some hard truth needs to be known about deco because I have had daily issues with this software and I don't have the time to make daily support tickets so I guess its all coming out today.

COME ON DECO :

Fix up guys , $149 per month is a lot of money for such buggy software that comes with some very basic templates and £950 for a more than basic looking web template is a bit much considering you are charging such a high monthly fee..
 

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Fix up guys , $149 per month is a lot of money for such buggy software that comes with some very basic templates and £950 for a more than basic looking web template is a bit much considering you are charging such a high monthly fee..
Agreed. We spent a year with them until I realized the amount of time I spent on-hold with them was seriously affecting my earnings.

We had the same problems as you describe. I'd love to use Deconetwork but they dropped the ball too many times for me to try them again.
 

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Hi all,

I hope I can answer some of your questions here and I will do my best without knowing the details of each individual case. I will love to do so however.

First I actually didn't know this post existed. I do have alerts for keywords deconetwork but never got alerted on this one. I wonder if it because the title says "Deco network" and not a whole world. I'll see if I can tweak my keyword alerts.

I am surprised to hear of the crashing you said you have been experiencing. We've certainly not had any support calls related to it so I'd like to arrange a GoToMeeting with you to see these crashes in person. Is this OK by you? I will arrange it UK time to make it convenient for you.

RE support site: You might have been unlucky to hit the site as we were doing an update of our support platform over the weekend. I'm sorry about that and I can see how it compounds the issue! We chose this time hoping it would be a quiet period, but there was a message saying the site was offline temporarily. This had no affect on DecoNetwork websites, just our support tool.

I would also like to touch on the topic of SEO. We've had lots of comments on SEO over the years and in some cases, as with Doc Sheldon, there were misconceptions. I have come to know Doc fairly well stemming from a post he wrote on his forum. Doc later admitted his post was inaccurate and that he had actually not looked at DecoNetwork, but took the word of another person. Turns out this person was not familiar with SEO and how DecoNetwork worked therefore was not aware he could configure his site accordingly. Doc did make a follow-up statement confirming this. I'm sure if you reach out to Doc he will be happy to confirm this.

As I work with our Australian clients can I only really comment on their experience. But the feedback we get is honestly good. Some have employed SEO companies to consult and I can recommend Ross Langley-Essen from Independent SEO Consultants | Best SEO Company Comparison. He did a great with a client in Australian to get their site ranked on page one in just over a week. I'd be happy to put you in contact with some other DecoNetwork site owners in Australia who focused on their own SEO and built their traffic up to where they are doing hundreds of thousands a month by online sales.

Duplicate content is handled in DecoNetwork and you have control to set unique titles and meta content. I'd be happy to do a GoToMeeting with you to review those settings if you like.

So again if you have no objection I'd like to meet with each of you at once or all at once if you like in a GoToMeet to review you concerns. It's hard in forum text but a lot easier if we do a few screen shares and calls.

We're honestly here to help any way we can and would love you guys to also be the top of rankings and drawing in the online sales as well.

If you want my direct email just IM me.

Thanks again and I hope we can resolve your issues.


Cheers,
Brenden
 

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Wow, Brenden. That covered a lot of info. I use Deco, and while I haven't noticed any of the issues being mentioned in this post happening to me (thought I have had a few other issues), I learned a lot just from that post...I hope OP's problem gets worked out. I think it could be helpful to you guys to have some more documentation for your service, as right now it seems to be pretty severely lacking, which has caused me to go to support quite a few times.

I don't know if you have any control over issues like this, but your main support site even has a pretty bad issue. You have a section called whitepapers, and there is an article written about Google and SEO there. Well, the link to the article is broken. I was able to fix the link and make it what it was supposed to be so I could access the paper, and I sent a message to support to notify them of the problem, but never received anything back and the problem is still there...

So, I guess in short, I just think it would go a long way if you guys would expand documentation a bit and give people more info about what they are getting/have gotten themselves into. Personally I like the service, and Cristofer has been very helpful to me every time I have a problem, but I completely get why people have issues with the service.
 

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Hi ETA,

We're in full agreement:) We're certainly aware our help articles are lacking at the moment but you will see a change here in the coming weeks as we roll out our new help system (as noted above with the site upgrade performed last weekend).

DecoNetwork is very functional but with it lots of functions comes some complexity. This is also being resolved in our next version where you can strip DecoNetwork back just to the core features you need in your business. We'll certainly be looking for beta testers of this new release when it is available so if as a DecoNetwork site owner this sounds enticing then let us know if you want to be included on beta.

Beyond our formal article help our DecoNetwork community at DecoNetwork forums :: Category Index | DecoNetwork is very active with lots of contributors of both internal team and customers to help.

Of course, ping me any time and I'd be glad to assist :)

Cheers,
Brenden
 

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I don't know who to sign up with as we are simply looking for a product that works, and won't aggravate my stomach ulcers.
It is the commitment of time that hurts when you don't get the results you were expecting.

We were testing the free catalogue demo site to see how smooth it could be for us before signing up.
 

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I think the Deco team is fixing some bugs right now and it messed up a bit of functionality -- that 404 is almost certainly a very temporary error, I am actually currently talking to the support team about the effect it is having on my site. While it is frustrating that things aren't working properly, this doesn't happen often in my experience. Hopefully it will be worked out soon.
 

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Ultra Cotton™ 100% Cotton T Shirt - ACME Printing

CLICK DECORATE NOW

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ERROR 404

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I don't know who to sign up with as we are simply looking for a product that works, and won't aggravate my stomach ulcers.
It is the commitment of time that hurts when you don't get the results you were expecting.

We were testing the free catalogue demo site to see how smooth it could be for us before signing up.
Hey Steve,

This is actually our beta catalog site not the general public stable release. You can test the full non-beta (stable) designer at Home - DecoNetwork Demo Store.

We're actually in the process of rolling up an update and fix to the beta Catalog product which is why some pages are not loading. Give it a few minutes :)
 

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No problem! I actually really like the service, though it does have some serious flaws. My personal advice to you would be to wait a couple weeks, they are supposed to be pushing out the version 7 update, and that should bring a LOT of changes (hopefully for the better) and some better documentation.

I think one of the things that is severely lacking right now is community involvement. There is a really good forum on the Deconetwork site where people can give suggestions or look for help, and for the most part, it all gets responded to by not only the rest of the community but the development team as well, but it seems like lots of people just aren't asking for the things they want to be fixed to be fixed.

I have had pretty good experiences with asking for help with whatever I want supported or cannot get to work, but I do understand that most people go into the service not expecting to have to ask for things.
 

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Thank you.
I signed up for it, a month or more ago and have not been able to test yet.
I'll try once or twice a week to see if it gets fixed.
Would love to find some happy clients on here .
Hi Steve,

Did you sign up for the free catalog solution or a full site? Ping me on PM. Be happy to go over your site with you :)

And yes while I don't want to drive users away from this forum, DecoNetwork users hangout in our DecoNetwork forums. It's free, public and no posts are removed or moderated (accept spam).

BTW, the update is finished and the pages are loading OK now :)

Cheers,
Brenden
 

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No as they are different code bases. But keep in mind beta implies there could be issues :) So if it's not something you want to work with I wouldn't run in beta but we leave beta open as an opt-in program because some people love to get early access to the tools and features.
 

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Well, it's all sorted out now :) so I'm not worried at the moment. It only seems to have affected things for about thirty or forty minutes. I have liked using the beta so far and am in no way deterred from it by this one bad issue, overall it has been a great experience.
 
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