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    entire ecommerce process


    i'd like to have some help with a rough step-by-step process involved in e-commerce, receiving orders online. I am new to ecommerce, and the threads are a little daunting for a newbie like me.

    Can you give me some input on good services, pros/cons for each step?

    1) Web Hosting that is e-commerce friendly (planning to sell designed t-shirts)

    2) Shopping Cart (Seems like OS commerce is the best)

    3) Merchant Account

    4) Payment Gateway

    I guess those are all the steps? Your advice and experience is much appreciated!

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    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Castle Pines, CO
    Welcome to the forums milesfides!

    You pretty much have it all - except for the SSL, which I would recommend and then you use a gateway that would actually offer you an API so you can integrate it into your shopping cart to have a seamless checkout procedure.

    As far as pros / cons of each, there are always going to be some. There are tons of threads in the forums about choosing a merchant account as well as a gateway.

    Each electronic payment gateway has some great qualities and some bad ones. But whatever you choose, also consider Paypal in conjunction with your cart

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    If you go with a host that offers fantastico you have the choice of three great shopping cart script. Oscommerce, Zend, Cube Cart. You can auto install these with the links provided. All you need to do is add your contact info and items. You can use Paypal to get started right away and then add you merchant account when you get it set up. Of course you can modify the graphics as well.

    I personally use oscommerce but I like some of the features of the zend cart better.

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