Dear Blocs forum,
this time around I rather need your advise - if you care.
Backstory and requirements:
I am currently implementing an online platform/store in cooperation between my and a partnering company involved into lab diagnostics business. We deal with many kinds of lab diagnostics and supplies, but this portal should be created specifically for distributing Covid-19 diagnostics, namely - various kinds of rapid tests.
The specific nature is: we only sell these to medical institutions, clinics, specialised wholesalers etc., but NOT to end users (because these tests are not meant to be used by non-professionals).
Because of this restriction, we have to operate our ‘online shop’ only for registered users, being closed to general public, so to say…
Therefore we basically need to approve the registrations for these customers manually. The idea is: a customer applies for registration, but he has to be ‘approved’ by us, not automatically (because of the specifics above).
Current tools I have at my disposal are:
- Sitelok add-on
- Ecwid business plan account (with closed storefront app)
I know, that I can do such manual registration with Sitelok, but we need to use Ecwid’s customer group feature for differentiation between purchasers, like hospitals, wholesalers etc.
Hence a customer HAS to be registered in Ecwid store in order to be assigned to a specific group.
I assume, Sitelok (as good as it is) is probably not suitable for such procedure - because in such case customers have to register twice:
- once through Sitelok to gain access to their member’s area on our site (approved by us) and then
- once more from there, in order to access their Ecwid’s store account (they’d get automatically).
The only workaround for this which comes into my mind is to omit Sitelok and send to every single customer “their” login and password manually upon their registration request. …which is, of course, less than optimal.
If you, dear reader, have managed to get to the end of this essay and have a better Idea, - please, please, please leave your suggestion.
I would love to hear your thoughts!