Hello all - as you can see this is my first post so please be nice to the newb
I am looking into starting an online store for selling around 500 items to start. I am totally new to the ecommerce scene and need advise on...
pretty much the whole deal.....
I have been searching and reviewing this board for a few days and see that a lot of people like oscommerce. I have played with a few demos and do not like the way it makes your store look - too cluttered in my opinion. Does anyone have any experience with cart32?
Also, any advise you could give on things I will need for complete startup would be great.
BTW - I am not a programmer and am only a beginner with Dreamweaver for what it's worth.
Definitely use Search at WHT to check out prospective hosts.
And osCommerce with a custom designed theme/skin has worked great for many members here.
Do not shy away from asking questions, just use Search to narrow your thoughts down
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Thanks for the quick replies. Since the original post I have been playing around with a CubeCart demo and have created several items with options and find it very easy to use and like the overall look of the page/template. Any thoughts on cubecart?
acidbase - thanks for the offer. I will reply to you in an email but it will be tomorrow as the wife says it is my bedtime
Search these forums, and take a look at what software you are using and what they recommend. Choose your merchant wisely: make sure they are compatible with whatever software you use currently or intend to use in the future (ModernBill, Miva, etc).
Also, definitely make sure to grill any prospective merchant account provider or 3rd party processor with respect to the details on their processing services.
Don't be afraid to go through the contract and ask numerous detail questions and make sure you have a full understanding of all fees as well as risk & chargeback policies, customer & merchant support availability and investigate the processor's track record with other merchants.
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Okay - does anyone have any suggestions on a 1-stop-provider where I can get hosting/shopping cart(preferably CubeCart)/and credit card processing capability (either processor or merchant - I just need to accept cc online for payment).
I am not a programmer/web-designer/etc... and have no desire to learn it. I just want to have my online store where I can sell my products.
I'm not much further ahead myself as I'm building my first shopping cart. I decided to go with LiteCommerce (litecommerce.com) and have been very happy with the package so far. It's extremely feature rich and offers virtually limitless customizability. It was designed to be user friendly for customization and I have found that to be true. It's only $95 for the basic package and there is an unconditional 30 day money back guarantee. I've ordered several custom features and the prices have been inexpensive and the support excellent. I highly recommend giving it a serious evaluation. There is a nice demo available on the site. I've been very impressed with how well thought out the design is. There is a good product import feature which allows you to configure your products' parameters in a text file and then load everything at once. For 500 items I consider this an absolutely essential feature.
From what I've see on cubecart it looks like LiteCommerce blows them away. Another cart which looks impressive is ClickCartPro.com.
If you decide to go with LiteCommerce make sure your hosting environment has php safe_mode disabled as that's an absolute requirement. I decided to get a virtual private server account with dinix.com and have been very pleased with them. It's so nice to have full root access and the power that comes with it. If you're just interested in a basic shared hosting plan I've had good experience with successfulhosting.com.