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The supplier has said that they can provide the catalogue in a database format (Platinum, Barclays or Windows) but does anyone know of any suitable software I can use to build & manage the shop but itegrate the database so that I don't have to manually type in all the products?
Another point is that I don't know any programming languages and I don't really have time to learn it just at the moment.
I've had a couple of companies contact me direct offering either services or software so I've asked the client to copy the database over to me so I can have a poke around with it.
I'll let you know how this all pan's out, but this certainly isn't as straight forward as I’d originally thought.
1. I've been reading some articles from Direct magazine that indicate many big retailers have decided to limit their website offerings, using the 80-20 rule to minimize work and maximize profits.
2. Americart offers a very inexpensive service (usually under $25 a month) which allows you to create pages from comma separated data -- and they then output flat HTML pages for the site using your template(s), making a very SE friendly site. I've found their service to be extremely flexible and technically rather straightforward.
There is a SQL version and a flat file version. If you have a db to import, you could probably have the whole deal set up within an hour.