Web Hosting Help

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by tjb1, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. tjb1 macrumors 68000

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    Im looking to build and host a small online store, about 10 items maybe a few more. I have no experience with web design or desire/time to learn it, the hosting service will need templates/builder. What is the cheapest place?? Also where is the cheapest place to get a domain?

    I have checked godaddy.com and its gonna be $10 a month for a 20 product site with only 3 pages, seems a little expensive for so little. I am also willing to download a program and just load to something like godaddys hosting service with is $8-9 for a ton of stuff. I have no problem learning a program, but I cam not going to learn coding. I have tried to use dreamweaver and it was really difficult for me, just throwing that out there. Stores that use paypal or google checkout is fine as I have both.
     
  2. alexbates macrumors 65816

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    I have two sites and use A2hosting ($40-$70 per year) for the server and ActiveDomain ($10/year) for domains. Never used anything else, but I'm sure there are cheaper options.

    Do some research on open source online store software. Here's one you might want to check out: http://www.litecommerce.com/
     
  3. tjb1 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Do you have a site with a store that I could look at?

    Does litecommerce build the store and you host to a place like godaddy?
     
  4. alexbates macrumors 65816

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    My sites use phpBB, Wordpress, MediaWiki and some custom coded HTML5, no E-Commerce store. If you click on "Demo" on the page of the previous link I posted, you can see an example of an online store.

    Yes, Litecommerce is just E-Commerce software that is installed on a web server.

    When you are shopping for a web server, I would suggest choosing one that includes cPanel, a web-based server control panel. It is usually accessed at www.example.com/cpanel and is password protected. Within the cPanel control panel, there is an option called "Softaculus," which allows you to choose to install a bunch of open source software to the server at the click of a button. Here are some demos of E-Commerce software available through Softaculus:

    http://www.softaculous.com/demos/Zen_Cart

    http://www.softaculous.com/demos/Freeway

    http://www.softaculous.com/demos/osCommerce

    http://www.softaculous.com/demos/OpenCart
     
  5. tjb1 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    All of those look just like store only websites. Would I still be able to have pages for like about me, contact us, home, etc...?
     
  6. alexbates macrumors 65816

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    As an example, look at the osCommerce link. At the bottom of the left navigation panel, there are "Contact Us" along with other pages, you customize all of them. I have not used the software, so I don't know exactly.
     
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