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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..
There are a few e-commerce packages available, but they are fairly expensive from what I have heard.
Yahoo also has some sort of canned ecommerce website offering that might be worth checking into.
Certainly there are plenty of solutions out there that will negate the need for you to write web pages from scratch!
Depends what you are really looking for and if your partner could live with that. eBay will come with PayPal (which includes credit card nowadays) automatically and everything is relatively painless.
Get a copy of Namo webeditor, best editor for around £100 learn HTML, easier than you think, get a decent art package paint shop pro is the one I use. Again its cheap.
Get yourself a credit card processor like 2checkout or ccavenue.com both are cheap and easy to set up.
With 2checkout id recommend you use Malse.com for the cart, cant be beat.
Best books are the 'Complete reference' range by Mcgraw Hill recommend - complete reference to Html, and teh same for Webdesign. Sticky me for ISBN numbers. Both are heavy books in terms of content ad weight but I constantly refer to my copys.
Goto #*$!.com for teh keywords you want to target.
Html is dead easy I bought several books on the subject got half way through one and found Ididnt really need any more help.
oh yeah read these forums daily - best advic of all
Mal's is pretty easy to set up (and free) and you get a few options (as mentioned) for the CC processing.
There are also a few free scripts but you need a merchant account for those and they can get a bit pricy. If this is a small time site, I would seriously consider going with one of the free carts until you start making some money.
While I haven't by any means exhausted my search, I appreciate the help in getting steered in the initial direction. The sticky notes were appreciated... I can see that this forum has some quality folks...kudos.
Ended up not working for me because I needed fractional units of sale.
It will work with FrontPage too.
I ended up buying a book on PHP and MySQL (sams) and spent the last 3+ months...every spare minute. In my case it's my Mother that needs the site.
Good luck, hopefully you can sell by "each"