I plan on starting a small online store selling computer hardware +hardware review site basically. I am considering Site5.com as my web host. I have yet receive a reply (It's been 24 hours already and I haven't heard from them yet) from their sales to know if phpnuke, nukeaddon 5.2, gallery addon + an online shopping cart - http://theexchangeproject.org/downloads.php?
I'm considering this shopping cart though I am open to different options. My business will operate in Malaysia and will focus mainly on local within city business.
Now, down to the questions:
1. What's the cheapest method to operate online shopping business? At first I thought I could grab their credit card information and charge them whatever they are supposed to be charged. Now I was told on IRC that if I don't use a merchant processor such as verisign, no one will buy from me.
Can somebody explain to me what I should do in this situation?
2. I think I may have found an alternative. Since I will be doing within city business, I thought maybe I could just bill people using other shipping methods. I got this idea from some Australian site:
They use commerce.cgi whatever script that is. Anyway, these are the following billing methods:
Australian Post 500g (+3.50 etc.)
Australia Post <different weights>
Cash on Delivery
I like to know however, how do you charge people this way?
Still, if someone can suggest a good script that would do the job, good.
3. If it's not automated, could someone give me suggestions on how to receive money - Must I open a special bank account? Must I be authorized?
I really like the features of site5.com. I have not seen any other web hosts that quite impress me yet. I bought a website from powweb.com 2-3 months ago and found out it's so limited. It's difficult to work with (without telnet), it's PHP support is a nightmare - CGI version of PHP and technical support is aweful.
So to those of you out there anyway, never use powweb.com
I have a 1 year contract with them but I am willing to let them have it.
Thank you for reading. All replies are appreciated. :-)