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#1 mrludable

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:08 PM

Evening all, I hope this is in the right section.

Here's the story, my aunt needs a website up in about 3 weeks. I'm going to create it(hopefully) but I need some advice and direction from you guys. The site is for selling personalised gifts. I know HTML & CSS quite well, am studying MySQL & doing a little bit of PHP right now but have very little knowledge of Javascript.

I would like to know what would be the best way to go about it and what would be involved, I don't want to be in over my head.

Also she(my aunt) would like to upload photo's, info etc, so I was thinking maybe Wordpress would be good for that? I've never used it before but am going to look into it now.

All help greatly appreciated.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:16 PM

The best thing to start out selling stuff is Shopify. It's a hosted solution, but that takes care of hosting and payment gateway all under one roof. Once it takes off and is market-tested, look at scaling it to something self-hosted like OpenCart.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:44 PM

Ok so no Paypal, use Shopify instead?

I had a quick read it sounds good and easy to use. My aunt wanted to create a Merchant account on Paypal but I've heard they are a pain to set up.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:57 PM

They're a royal pain, the industry is rapidly falling out of love with them.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 09:07 PM

Cool, well thanks for the info/help, really appreciate it.




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