Creating an online store

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by keansalzer, Jun 2, 2006.

  1. keansalzer macrumors newbie

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    Any suggestions on the best way for a non programming newbie to launch a webstore featuring a shopping cart and the ability to pay with PayPal? I would like to drag and drop because I will have lots of inventory changes as this is one of a kind hand made jewelry.
     
  2. Lau Guest

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    Another site I visit is craftster.org, and a lot of people there sell things like hand-made jewellery online. Have a search on there, because lots of people there aren't that web savvy, so there's a few threads about setting up this sort of stuff.

    This thread looks good for starters.
    http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16137.0

    Hope that's helpful! :)
     
  3. matticus008 macrumors 68040

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    For your shopping cart issue, check out AgoraCart (agoracart.com). It's free and open source, as well as simple to use. In time you can learn to customize your site's appearance and make it look pretty impressive, but out of the (virtual) box, it looks okay. If you haven't selected a host for your website yet, I have had great experience with a few, especially my current host. I won't plug it without being asked, but post back or PM and I'll provide details.

    My host also has an auto-install feature for AgoraCart so you don't have to make a special request with your hosting provider. Another cart you might like is at mals-e.com--it looks better when installed. Most online carts are going to take some work to set up, which will be a little frustrating at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's really easy to add and remove products.
     
  4. emptyCup macrumors 65816

    emptyCup

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    The easiest way might be Freeway 4 Express. Universal. Less than $100. eCommerce built in. Check it out here and see if it meets your needs. Best wishes.
     
  5. wrc fan macrumors 65816

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    I've never used it, but this looks like the easiest way: Shopify
     
  6. disconap macrumors 68000

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    I run a store using Miva (the license was given to me by the people who host my server, which saved us about $500 or so). The cheap part is the software; credit card processing and secure gateways (plus unique IPs and SSL certs) can get pricey.

    If your webhosting company won't pay for the license, get OSCommerce. It's a damn good program, AND it's free and open source, both are things I support wholeheartedly.

    http://www.oscommerce.com/
     

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