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    Looking to build a website

    Whats the best website software that I can modify/create or have modified/create by a designer? I'm looking for a pretty straightforward site. I will not be selling items. Basically it will have to have an area where people can fill out a form and put in cc info in. They would need the capability of attaching a file or inserting a link in the "message" field. Once submitted I would want to be able to get alerted. I would want them to be able to create an accounts with login as well. Thanks

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    Just because credit card info is involved, you don't (just) need a designer; you need a developer as well. The difference is that a designer is the one who draws the pictures and creates the graphics and may do the HTML coding, and the developer does the programming and builds in the credit card form and does things like that. You may need a designer; you will need a developer.

    You need a developer because as soon as you take credit card info on your site, you'll need to be aware of PCI compliance standards. They seem complex, but the short version of the standards is that "you need to do the maximum possible to protect your users and their credit card data". This includes things such as an SSL certificate (the part that encrypts the data), protecting users' credit card info and ideally not storing it if it can be avoided, protecting other sensitive information, a returns policy (even though you're not selling hard goods, you still need one), etc. There really isn't any software in the world that will take care of those things that I'm aware of. Oddly enough, if you had sold hard goods it would have been less complex.

    What I would suggest is to have a designer create a simple layout in Photoshop or a similar program, keeping things such as cell phones and tablets in mind (this is known as responsive design...it can't be done as such in PS, but the designer can at least lay out different versions for different screen resolutions). From there, find someone who knows the programming / e-commerce side of things to help you.

    Hopefully that doesn't make things more confusing for you.
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    Thanks Game much appreciated. I war thinking of a shopping cart type of site maybe like volusion etc.

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    I'm not sure if Volusion could handle that. You'd have to ask them directly to get the best answer, and you'd probably have to tell them what you're selling.
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