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    Custom Website Design with e-commerce cart

    I do web design for a living. So I know HTML/CSS/some Jquery. Typically I build my clients custom websites where I design the site from the ground up and code it myself. I have a potential client that wants to be able to sell a product wit ha shopping cart but also have a custom design. (I have no experience doing e-commerce stuff at all).

    My questions is - What is the best way to do this? Is it better to just go with a service like Shopify and customize a template? Is there a way to build a custom website for them and then hook it into Shopify somehow (other than just having a link to send people to a shopify site). I have some experience editing wordpress themes(but i've never created my own), so I am assuming shopify themes work somewhat similar.

    Any tips would be very much appreciated.


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    Senior Member Ronald Roe's Avatar
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    Shopify (or Big Cartel) would be a good idea if their site is relatively small and they aren't selling a ton of products.

    Shopify templates are quite different from WP. They use the Liquid templating engine, which was created by Shopify, IIRC. It's pretty easy to use. I haven't done any Shopify themes, but I have used the liquid engine. It's pretty slick, and doesn't take too long to pick up.
    Ron Roe
    Web Developer
    "If every app were designed using the same design template, oh wait...Bootstrap."

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