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Idiots guide to setting up a website ?

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I need a website to sell my handcrafted cards and other ocassion related items so am looking for a website with shop type templates. I don't know where to start, what do I need to do in terms of sett… Read More
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9y, 9m agoPosted 9 years, 9 months ago
I need a website to sell my handcrafted cards and other ocassion related items so am looking for a website with shop type templates.

I don't know where to start, what do I need to do in terms of setting up and hosting it ?

Any help MUCH appreciated :thumbsup: :)
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9y, 9m agoPosted 9 years, 9 months ago
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#1
I don't think there's much places which show you how to set up an website. I just search 'setting up a website' in google, I don't think there the kind your looking for because you want to sell items.

There are websites you pay to have websites designed for you, which cost a bit of money. Or you could download an template and edit it a bit and upload it to the web.
#2
Hi, im a website designer. How was you looking to recieve payment for your items? was you intending for your customers to pay by paypal or by bank transfer? i was going to say that paypal is easy and a secure way for something like your after
#3
You could use CubeCart/ZenCart for a shopping cart
#4
t0mm
You could use CubeCart/ZenCart for a shopping cart



yeah you can buy packages with hosting included etc :thumbsup:

for example, not sure if theres any cheaper anywhere

http://www.rentacart.co.uk/options.html
#5
if u want to try out first, check with ur ISP, if u have a web space. if u have just create a website to show your cards n use paypal for payment. everything is free rather than going all out and pay for hosting, carts etc etc.
#6
You could do worse than set up an eBay shop.

If it takes off then you can look at investing in having a proper eCommerce site set up - I'd recommend getting someone web savvy on board as there's a lot of mistakes that can be made with a first site and if it's your livelihood it's not something you want to get wrong.

Cubecart is a very good low-cost online shop solution, but then you would need hosting too. I've recently set up a CC store for a client and can recommend a host. Design wise, CC can be run out of the box or you can buy a ready to go template to change the look of the site.

You'll then need to decide on what payment system you are going to use - if you've already got a PDQ machine with your bank then apply for an online merchant account. Failing that, Protx / Worldpay / Paypal / etc all offer to process payments for you, but charge a small fee.
#7
Don't opt for a host who is really cheap and offers you loads of bandwidth and storage space, they'll be hosting loads of other sites so speeds won't be too great. You'll need a host who lets you use databases, you'll need a database to store all your shop items, clients etc.

You have two main options, either Windows based hosting or Linux based hosting. If you're looking to use one of the free ecommerce applications as mentioned above you'll be best off with a Linux host.

In terms of web space you have plenty of options, try and go for a UK based host.

In terms of the appication, so far your options are

CubeCart
osCommerce
Zen Cart

What's your overall spending budget?
#8
The first thing you will need to buy is the address. Buy the address (domain) from godaddy.com. Next you will have to buy some hosting for it. For this, I recommend [url]www.34sp.com[/url]. They will be good for you as they have a lot of time for customer service, and I am sure they will help you out in terms of getting used to making websites.

Once you have bought both of those things, you'll need to tell your domain 'where to point to'. This means, when someone types in your web address, where should the domain find the web hosting? This sounds complicated, but is extremely easy and will take 30 seconds.

Once you have done that, you have set up your website. The next stage would involve finding a FTP piece of software, which would move files from your computer onto the internet. But we can deal with that after you've done the above :)
#9
Hi

I have found the Mr Site website in a box really easy.Its all template driven and hosted for a year.You can also add a PayPal shoping basket and loads of email addresses.I have found this at Amazon for under £30.00.
This is really easy. I got a website up and running in about 15mins.
#10
chillipuss
Hi

I have found the Mr Site website in a box really easy.Its all template driven and hosted for a year.You can also add a PayPal shoping basket and loads of email addresses.I have found this at Amazon for under £30.00.
This is really easy. I got a website up and running in about 15mins.


cheers for this, managed to get this from PCWORLD, currently on offer from 34.99 to 19.99 :thumbsup: it seems too good to be true, hopefully it's just what i need - thanks again :)

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