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intro, from ebay to e-commerce
authoring tool recommendations needed

 1:46 am on Apr 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi everyone,

After 5 years on ebay, it's time to expand by opening up a website for my business. I've signed up with starter package from Yahoo Small Business web hosting, they have sitebuilder, page builder and some wizards but they are slow as heck and I haven't had any luck with it even working. I'd like to invest in a 3rd party software and could use your advice on what would be compatible.

It's been about 4 years since I've been near a web authoring app and I used frontpage. I dont believe this is a good solution for my business to use. I will eventually hire someone to create the long term solution but feel that I can do some of the basics on my own (to get a better idea of what features I need in the end). A few people quoted me anywhere from $5K to $20K to just do the basics, I feel that is really outrageous for what my needs are. Any suggestions?

Thank you for reading my post



 3:16 am on Apr 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

Many eBay sellers feel the same way and are looking to grow off eBay. As the cliche goes, don't put all your eggs in one basket.

> I feel that is really outrageous for what
> my needs are. Any suggestions?

If you want free, osCommerce: Chain Reaction Edition with the Paypal Website Payment Pro module is probably your least expensive solution.

I think the price range quoted for you is reasonable depending on your specific needs are. Have you put together a list of your business and technical requirements?

Are you managing your eBay listings with an auction desktop program or web service? They might offer some sort of off eBay solution. Many auction programs and web services offer off eBay store.

What is your plan for managing inventory for eBay and your web store? What payment terms will you accept? Do you have a merchant account now and/or Paypal?

How do your process orders currently in terms of receiving sales details, payment confirmation, and shipping of the product? Would that change with the inclusion of a web store?


 10:22 am on Apr 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

Have you looked into an all-in-one solution?

I'm sick of paying ebay listing fees, whether sales are made or not, so getting a fully functioning dedicated e-com site up and running quickly, was my priority.

The fact that my ebay volumes seem to have fallen through the floor, has slowed me down a bit though!

Try EKM powershop.


 10:36 am on Apr 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

Try ecommercetemplates. You can slot them right into FrontPage.

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