I just joined this forum as I'm looking to learn how to setup an online store. I have reviewed the several packages which are commercial available but don't like the fact that most of them take a percentage of your sales. I therefore think that an open source solution like Magenta will suit me best.
Although I created some HTML websites in past I would like to have a quick start how I can setup my e-commerce website. Are there company's or user-guide's which will provide training or a step by step procedure how it can be done.
I worked with an long time existing client that had a handcoded ecom solution I put together 12 years ago, to move to a system they could manage.
We did the research and settled on bigcommerce. The client had a graphic design person that had a basic level of html experience and was REALLY smart, I helped them with the templates etc, otherwise it was in house development.
Two years later the site, is doing very, very well because they were able to take advantage of the all the options they didn't have before.
I agree with minnapple. Big Commerce or Volusion would serve fine and do not take a percentage of sales. I like Volusion for their API but if you do not need it (I doubt you do at this point) then Big Commerce would be great. Both have good support and provide active advice (blogs, you tube) for small to medium sellers.