This post is the final in my series of Groupon Clone Software reviews. With Groupon sites still maintaining popularity, many off-shore companies have raced to build their own solutions and it’s practically impossible to follow each one. However I feel like these posts have covered the most commonly used ones.
This post is a followup to the first one, which covered Contus, Alstrasoft, Agriya, Couponic, GetSocio, and GroupScript.net, as well as the second one, which covered Wroupon, Daily Deal Builder, EponWare, Groupon Clone Pro, Groupon.comClone.com, and BuildaCouponSite.com.
So without further ado, here are my reviews on Groupon Clone Pro, Groupon.comClone.com (yeah, that’s how it’s spelled), Build a Coupon Site, and FatBit.
Groupon Clone Pro
When I visited the main website, I saw that it was in Joomla based on the tab icon.
In any case, their demo site from the front-end looks promising, but there’s no explicit access to the demo site’s back-end. A Google search showed me that in the demo site, in logging in, the username/password is admin/admin123. Once in, the back-end system looks EXACTLY LIKE Agriya’s platform. Yet another clunky back-end with many bugs.
Payment gateways are Paypal and Authorize.net.
Price: N/A as they took off the Pricing page.
On the home page there are buttons to guide you to the front and back-ends of the site. From a design perspective the back-end leaves much to be desired. However, everything is organized from the left side and is fairly easy to quick to pick up. The biggest problem though is that there’s no place to send out coupons, manage transactions, or manage user info!
Payment gateways are Paypal Standard and Paypal Pro, nothing else.
Default template: $250
Unique design: $400
Build a Coupon Site
http://www.buildacouponsite.com – Account was recently suspended.
Fatbit.com is an Indian company that offers all sorts of software coding and design solutions, as well as SEO. They have a demo of their software on redincity.com, and all the login information on the Fatbit website,
The pros is that they seem to be available on Live Chat 24 hours a day, which is a boon for many people in the US and Canada who don’t want to be up at 1 in the morning when it’s business hours in India. They also offer custom coding packages ranging from $8 to $20 per hour, depending on the number of hours per package chosen.
The cons here I find lie with the Groupon clone software. They have an interesting system where there are 2 admin logins – one for the admin and one for the specific merchant. My biggest critique is that, while it doesn’t look like there are bugs, they made it way too complicated for someone visiting it for the first time to use it. There are too many options all over the place and is far from intuitive.
Their only payment gateways are Paypal (payments standard) and Authorize.net.
The front-end looks nothing spectacular.
Pricing: $100 for the script with default template
$1500 for the script for a custom template
$2500 if the solution is custom
Once again, when dealing with off-shore companies, you will encounter software with many basic bugs. Out of all of the softwares out there, I have found Contus to be the best for the following reasons. One is that the system is built on top of Magento Community shopping cart, a stable, robust platform especially when it comes the the bottom line: transacting money. The second reason is that their support is excellent despite the time difference. Three, they are constantly adding new features to make it “feel” different than the rest of the clone websites out there.
Until you’re ready to code your own solution, Contus is the one I personally recommend. Also, it’s strongly advised to purchase a virtual dedicated server in order to process huge amounts of bandwidth from the visitors and database use.
That concludes my review of the Groupon Clone software series. I hope these reviews have guided you in the right direction in terms of which software to use.
Rafael (Rafi) Hecht
Rafi Hecht is a leading SEO Consultant and Web Programmer, employed full-time at iRISEmedia.com, an online marketing company, and currently residing in Toronto. He has been in the IT workforce since 2003, and has focused on Search Engine Optimization and Web programming since 2007. Rafi holds a Bachelor of Science in Management/Information Systems from Touro's Lander College for Men as well as a Master of Science degree in Information Systems at Stevens Institute of Technology. He also is a devoted husband and father. His personal blog can be found at http://blog.rafihecht.com.