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Suggestions on Turnkey e-commerce sites.

6:44 pm on Jun 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hello, I'm new here and this is a great board.
I own a small widget line based in the US that is distributed in S. America only. But we are now in the process of starting sales to distributors in the US.

One of the largest distributors asked me if I ever thought about opening a storefront in order to drop-ship their products (pretty much everything you could possibly imagine in our market space). This was very intriguing. I'm not expecting huge revenues here, but wanted to learn more about the subject. I would be responsible for setting the site up and they would take my orders through a secure portal in order to drop-ship my orders.

Considering the number of products (500+), I will probably need several pages. Could you suggest any turnkey solution for an ecommerce site that would make sense for a newbie?

I was looking into Go Daddy's ecommerce solutions and Lagarde's storefront.net. There are so many options out there and I don't even know where to start.....

Thanks in advance.

[edited by: lorax at 11:54 pm (utc) on June 19, 2007]

6:55 pm on June 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Consider the Opencommerce or whatever it's called, then get it a little customised.

I'd rather spend my money getting it just right than on an off-the-shelf script. Having said that, I prefer commercial scripts where possible. Just leave something in the budget for some custom work.

Really the most important thing you need is a user-friendly back-end, as the front end can be built as you like it. that's mainly cosmetics, it's the back end that counts.


11:57 pm on June 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to WebmasterWorld crg28!
Consider using an off-the-shelf solution first to get your feet wet. You may also want to check into our Ecommerce 101 [webmasterworld.com] thread with many great links to other great threads!