Apologies beforehand to all of you who have spent the necessary time and sweat to get where you are...
I am an IT manager who, despite the MS and Cisco certs, am starting from scratch with web design. My at-home wife is anxious to get an ecommerce site up, and after talking her out of an Ebay ecommerce website auction, I now have the distinct pleasure of building her an ecommerce site. I have not been in the company of web developers, so there are no "favors" to cash in...
Bottom line, I don't have time to start from scratch, but I need to put this thing together soon. I'm not above learning asp or php or basic html for that matter, I'm a quick learner, but I need the cliff notes on building a site graphically, integrating a recommended shopping cart package, selecting a gateway and merchant account, and going live.
I initially bought an ecommerce hosting package that included EasyStoreMaker pro and SiteWizard, and didn't find them very intuitive. The tutorials were not helpful.
What I'm looking (asking) for..
Recommended books for specific SW packages (for web page design and shopping cart config and integration) would be nice..(less $$ is better)
Drag n Drop or wysiwyg web design will suffice for now.. (tried sitespinner- in between crashes)
Turn key would be putting it mildly..
Advice on web hosting options..
I'm no dummy, but I hate spinning my wheels trying to nail down new technology. This is a situation where the need is driving the knowledge, so the knowledge will have to follow for now.
Is this doable, or do I have to start looking for a web design consultant?
Thanks ahead of time..