joined:Oct 6, 2011
I have tried doing some research, and I am not done yet, on starting an e-commerce site.There are many issues to consider when opening your own e-commerce.
Do you need to create or hire someone to code the website? How do you find someone adequate and trustworthy to fit your budget? Do you need to hire separate people, to design, build the site, and to create your shopping cart?
If you can't code or pay someone / people to create the website, what are your options? Do you give up and use Ebay till you can afford it? Possible use a CMS (Content Management System) site to create the website by following their set up steps? When using a CMS, what are things to look for one when decided which is the right one for your goals?
Security is a major issue when opening a store, as well when starting your e-commerce site. Is an HTTPS over an HTTP enough of a security? Do you need an SSL Certificate, such as Verisign? Is having a secure shopping cart system enough to secure your customers and yourself?
These are general ideas / questions I would assume people have when deciding to start their e-commerce site. I am looking to start my own small e-commerce site, expecting to make a profit under $10,000-20,000. My knowledge of code is limited to html, css, and a very basic understanding of Jquery. I want to use a CMS to create my e-commerce site but I don't know which to use. My starting budget is ideally under $500. I am planning to only sell within the US, not to Alaska and Hawaii. At least for the beginning I am not set on having my own system to process payments, I will offer paypal and google checkout. I am fine with them being the only form of payment options, unless eventually I see I could have my own and increase my profit significantly.
Any information, advice, or references will be greatly appreciated.