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Archive for October, 2010

API for Marketplace

By ttbadmin
October 7, 2010 9:39 PM

For more advanced users that decided to use a full featured CMS (like Joomla, WordPress, Drupal…), see here for details.

We offer an API for the Marketplace allowing you to create your own very custom e-commerce website using PHP, Java, .net or any modern language.

Note: you will most likely need to hire a professional developer to take advantage of that feature and there are over 90 available on trade within our network.

The marketplace has some CMS features bundled with it that will allow you to load some informative content for your users and customize the look and feel.

Very easily you’ll be able to:

  • Change your header, logo and tagline
  • Change the colors and fonts to create a custom skin for your e-commerce website.
  • Customize the Home page, FAQ, and other default pages included with the marketplace.
  • Add new pages with any content
  • Add pictures and Videos using the full featured editor
  • Create content in multiple languages (e.g. English & Spanish)
  • … And much more.

For more advanced users with some knowledge of HTML and CSS:

  • Custom Header
  • Custom template
  • Custom Home Page
  • Complete control on the CSS Stylesheet

And finally if you want to go to the next level and create a separate site just for Marketing purpose (i.e. a site for prospect in addition to the marketplace used by current members).
The Trade Alliance® barter software can host for you a CMS like Joomla, WordPress or Drupal (Please contact us if you are interested in some other CMS, we likely support it too).
By leveraging a CMS you’ll be able to choose from thousands of templates that can then be customized to your needs by one of our partners (*).


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(*) Depending on availability, this service can be offered on trade.

CRM Functions

By ttbadmin
9:33 PM

Customer Relationship Management functions including:

  • Member’s contact information
  • Member’s Fee Settings
  • Description/Public profile of the business
  • Categories of products/services they offer on barter
  • Payment Methods
  • Notes


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Numerous reports are available:

  • Sales
  • Fees Collected
  • Items listed in the Marketplace
  • Payments
  • Credit Card about to expire
  • …. etc

Most reports have an export function so you can manipulate the data in Excel for example.

Reports that are meant to be printed can be sent directly to your printer, no need to save on your disk to later print.


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Because we know that great barter software needs quality support we have put various things in place.

  • First, when you sign up we provide a live training session to get you started with The Trade Alliance® barter software. Then at any time you can call or E-mail us if you need help or have questions.
  • Our engineers are also available to answer more technical questions or to assist you should it be needed.
  • Finally because our pricing is “success based” your suggestions are always welcome on ways to improve the barter software or our services for you to be more successful. As such all barter exchanges can request new features and vote on features they’d like to see added to The Trade Alliance® barter software.

where your members can perform all basic tasks:

  • View and purchase products or services from other members
  • Create a reservation for travel or accommodation.
  • Post transactions
  • List products or services (offered or wanted)
  • Manage their profile (description, category of their business, login/password ..etc)
  • View their statements and pay their fees
  • View one of our sites at


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We’re a new Trade Exchange, we have grown quickly to over 300 members in less than a year.  Our success would not be possible without The Trade Alliance.

With TTA behind us, we know our transactions and back office functions are taking place, securely and reliably behind the scenes. We’re able to spend our time concentrating on our members and adding new ones.

I can’t imagine running a Trade Exchange without  TTA software and Trade Exchange network and Alan Mink and his staff on our team.

The software, the advice and most importantly the technical support is top notch and world-class.

Thanks Alan!

Rolf Wilkin, Local Trade Partners

The short answer is no, we  take care of everything for you.

With a traditional software installed on your computer (e.g. Quickbooks, Money ..etc), your data is at risk if you do not make backups. Hard drives are, among the parts of computers, the ones with the highest failure rates, so it is very common to have to replace a disk. See here for some stats.

With The Trade Alliance® Barter Software your data is backed up every second on a separate disk, allowing us to go back to a past state for the last 7 days or recover from a disk failure without any data loss. Then daily we do an off-site backup of the data to a secure storage replicated on 5 disks. This kind of setup would be expensive to setup and maintain for a single exchange but thanks to economy of scale and automation we can bring that level of security to you when you use The Trade Alliance® barter software.

Please have a look at our pricing page to understand more.