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    So... im looking into building my first real website [ive made a few webpages before but nothing functional] - i have a clothing company and i need a webpage to offer my clothing online. im also a graphic designer [my full time job]. Im not 100% on coding or whats is recommend to make a webpage easy to edit/add products [different sizes,colors, quanity] - i really like www.phase9media.com i like the simplicity of the page itself - what would i need to create something like that. would anyone happen to no if thats a template with edited graphics or is that custom?

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    Their site looks hand-made ... the graphics and the PayPal stuff (items listed).

    Break your project into two parts.
    1) The graphics part that you do as a graphic designer.
    2) The programming part that you hire-out (like to a freelance programmer).

    Research this ...
    What credit card merchant are you planning on using?
    Who you choose will make a big difference on how the programming is handled.
    What method of CC gateway will also make a big difference.
    Will people be willing to buy your clothing without trying them on?
    Will you be able to take good photos, and manage the online store as a full time job?
    Will you be able to quickly deal with returns/exchanges and wrong-size issues?

    Look at this credit card merchant to learn about the 2 methods of transactions:
    http://www.authorize.net/resources/howitworksdiagram/
    SIM: Simple Integration Method (like PayPal).
    AIM: Advanced Integration Method (where you have a secure server webhost account).

    Decide who and how you will handle credit cards.

    Before you even come to us with website design and programming questions,
    are you totally ready to sell online as a full time job. Running an online website,
    and selling online isn't something you just toss-up and sit back and watch.
    It's a very difficult business to run ... especially clothing. People need to touch it,
    see it in person, and try things on ... very tough to do online.

    Good luck.


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    I will be using paypal... being im online 8 hrs a day... and im always shipping out products have a few extra things to shipout and deal with shouldnt be that much of a hassle. What would the programing run me as far as total cost?

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    If you use PayPal (SIM) where the shopping cart and checkout is handled
    on PayPal, that makes things a lot easier for your website. You only need to
    deal with the photos, description, prices.

    The only other decision would be inventory quantities. With PayPal, you can
    have it automatically adjust inventory numbers (when an item sells), or do it
    yourself. Automatic will take some more programming, as it uses an IPN :
    https://www.paypal.com/ipn

    You should also look into using a pre-made shopping cart script (system),
    like CubeCart, OSCommerce, Magento ... some are free, others have a cost.

    The PROS:
    The nice thing about a pre-made script is that the programming is all done.
    The only thing you need to do is upload photos, descriptions, and cost.
    Programming time is almost nothing, only installation is necessary.

    The CONS:
    You have to customize it to match your website (the look and layout),
    and that means you'll have some limitations on how it will look. It will also
    have many more features than you'll need ... that just makes it a longer
    learning process to operate.

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    Also before diving into this ... look into the idea of creating an EBay store or a Yahoo store.
    These would be ONLINE systems, where your store is hosted by them and you
    do all of the setup and uploading online. You don't have your own website per-se.


    Make a few decisions after research and let us know.
    Also ... how many clothing items do you have to sell?
    And do you already have a website where we can see them?


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    If you are looking for layout and easy development just by linking to paypal or other payment gateways then try Excitepro. That should give you a beautiful website then what you are looking at. Of course you can attach shopping cart to excitepro. If you want to try advanced ecommerce solution then Zeuscart could be another solution. tryout. Goodluck.


    Quote Originally Posted by crookedvisions
    So... im looking into building my first real website [ive made a few webpages before but nothing functional] - i have a clothing company and i need a webpage to offer my clothing online. im also a graphic designer [my full time job]. Im not 100% on coding or whats is recommend to make a webpage easy to edit/add products [different sizes,colors, quanity] - i really like www.phase9media.com i like the simplicity of the page itself - what would i need to create something like that. would anyone happen to no if thats a template with edited graphics or is that custom?


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