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Help/Advice required for developing E-commerce Website

gagandeeptiwana Avatar
9y, 6m agoPosted 9 years, 6 months ago
Hi,

I have some experience of design basic static websites, using html and css and I have been asked by someone to develop an ecommerce website. The ecommerce website would be for the selling of IT products, along the lines of http://www.dabs.com

As it would entail a shopping cart etc I am a little unsure on how to get started. I was going to produce some design mock-ups in Photoshop. An easier option would be to use some e-commerce web designing software.

Can anyone recommend any websites/software to do the above? Open source would be ideal!
Also any indication of how much I could charge for this? 

Thanks in advance,
G
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9y, 6m agoPosted 9 years, 6 months ago
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#1
If your after a pre built e-commerce site, Id use Zen-Cart and then customize it to your requirments. As for the price... are you doing the logo? Updating the site? Adding the products? Submitting it to google and other search engines? 1 or 2 Years hosting? Domain name? Email setup?

If yes to all of them, id charge £250.

http://www.zen-cart.com/
#2
Hi,

Thanks, just looked at Zen-Cart, looks pretty good, someone else suggested oscommerce, has anyone used them both and has a preference?

Anymore suggestions?

Thanks,
G
#3
Hi,

Thanks for all your advice. I came across an interesting article about the various options:
http://www.ecommerce-guide.com/essentials/shopping_carts/article.php/3668061

I have narrowed it down to just 3 now:

http://www.comersus.com
which uses asp with VB script

http://www.zen-cart.com/ and http://www.oscommerce.com/solutions/oscommerce


It would be nice to hear anyone who has used the above and which one they would recommend.

Cheers,
G
#4
I use oscommerce and find it great.

Theres a really helpfull forum where you can search for ideas, ask for help etc. Most of the modifications come with really easy to read and understand manuals that help you mod it quickly. And you can modify it as much or as little as you want. Best thing to do is to go the [url]www.oscommerce.com[/url] and have a browse. I'm no technical wizard, but even I can do it!lol

My sites not 100% finished yet but I'll pop a link here just to give you an idea of a basic oscommerce store and the type of layout you can have. I'm messing around with the images alot at the moment, so if you see any weird and wonderful stuff in there I'm just having a play! lol
Its not live, so feel free to click through and see what the product pages look like etc. Saying that theres virtually no look that you cant acheive with scommerce. It just depends on how much time you have and the look you want.
oscommerce example store
#5
Os commerce is good (and free!!!), I had a quick play and had a test shop working in minutes!

Another example is http://www.7dayshop.com
#6
Oh yeah I forgot that bit - FREE!

Thats my favorite word:thumbsup:
#7
that, or a static site with google checkout "buy this" buttons might work too, without complicating things ? depends on how they want to process payment of course?
#8
Oscommerce is an amazing tool when used and harnessed properly. I too play a part in an oscommerce site and over the years we’ve learned one main thing of relevance to you guys, basic template systems don’t work! As I’m sure the HUKD members will confirm they’re a smart bunch typical of your average internet shopper and they can spot a shop that’s just been setup. The result of this is the loss of confidence from your customer, why should they buy from your shop? Can they trust you?

Not sure if this makes sense but good design promotes confidence and in turn sales. So expect to pay a lot more that £250 for a quality small business online store.
#9
Thanks for your responses. It was mentioned to me that: Zen Cart is an adapted version of oscommerce is slightly more superior, can someone who has used both confirm this?

As for charging, what I was going to do was setup the intial site with a few dummy items, change the look and feel of it a little and then basically just provide them this. Any idea on what I could charge for something like this, as I am quite new to this all.

There are additional services that they might want afterwards such as - copywriting, logos/images, seo, email setup etc, but again unsure what to charge for these? Luckly they will be updating all their products themselves! :-)

Thanks,
G
#10
Get a designer in and make it professional, there's nothing more off putting than a bad design on as shopping site
#11
A professional firm wouldn't even write a hello world page for £250 so that is waaaaaaaaaaay too low for a full e-commerce site.

I know how you feel struggling with the pricing, I've just setup a web design/development company myself and that was probably the hardest thing to work out. If you're struggling to come up with a figure to charge just think how much you are worth per hour (what does your regular job pay or what did previous jobs pay) then multiply by the amount of hours you estimate it will take (for example a standard working week would be 8 hours a day for 5 days).

Most important, make sure they are aware of and are happy with the cost before you do any major legwork.

Hope that helps
#12
megalomaniac
A professional firm wouldn't even write a hello world page for £250 so that is waaaaaaaaaaay too low for a full e-commerce site.

I know how you feel struggling with the pricing, I've just setup a web design/development company myself and that was probably the hardest thing to work out. If you're struggling to come up with a figure to charge just think how much you are worth per hour (what does your regular job pay or what did previous jobs pay) then multiply by the amount of hours you estimate it will take (for example a standard working week would be 8 hours a day for 5 days).

Most important, make sure they are aware of and are happy with the cost before you do any major legwork.

Hope that helps


Yeah, totally true, £250 is ridiculous.

I have just built an e-commerce site from scratch and charged about £13,000.
#13
JayBird
I have just built an e-commerce site from scratch and charged about £13,000.


F'in hell!, Thats a lot!

Give us a tenner ya rich git! :-D

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