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    Hi, I am new here and faily new to webdesign. I can use a html editor (a freebie I found ie trellian) and find my way around photoshop6.

    I want to set up an online store. I have been looking at the templatemonster 'online store' templates. I;ve tried the live chat help thing but there is never anyone there

    Can anyone tell me if I need a better html editor such as dreamweaver, golive and frontpage?

    Can I use anything else apart from them?

    Also when it says a requirement is photoshop7, will 6 be ok?

    I look forward to your replies and learning a lot from here!


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    Senior Member planetgman's Avatar
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    You've answered most of your own questions.
    Most live chats on sites like Template Monster are either defunct or never worked to begin with...........so you can't bank on them for answers.
    All of the programs that you mentioned are good programs with at WYSIWYG format. Dreamweaver is probably the most versatile out of the 3 you mentioned. Frontpage writes "dirty code" so there are some browser and code issues.
    Go Live, requires a little more knowledge but if you are using other Adobe products, it could be easier to use.
    As for Photoshop, version 6 should be fine. Obviously, you don't have some of the newer editing detail in CS, but even if you can upgrade to 7 that will help.
    My best advice on which HTML program to use is to go to a local bookstore and look at each of these programs and see which one you would have the least trouble working in.
    Good luck......
    GMan

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    I have another approach you might want to look into.

    Since you want an online store and you'll need to be able to control
    the catalog, images, inventory, and customer purchases ...

    I would suggest you find out what ecommerce systems your webhost
    offers (for free possibly). These would most likely be PHP/MySQL scripts
    that would be hosted on your website. They would allow you to handle
    all of the aspects of your store and handle credit card processing.

    I mention this because if you install one of these systems, they actually
    create the pages for you. You customize their templates to make the
    site look like the way you want.

    This means that you would install everything BEFORE you spend the time
    making your web pages.

    Just a thought ...


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    Thank you for the replies.
    I don't like the basic look of oscommerce and I don't think I could customise it myself to look half decent but I think I might go with squirrelcart.
    I suppose everyone has to start somewhere don't they!


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