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Starting my very first website?

Discussion in 'E-Commerce and Online Selling' started by UKbuyer1, Sep 7, 2010.

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  1. John

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    I only mentioned shopperpress because you have a wordpress template.. To be honest, choosing a cart comes down to personal preference
  2. Pete

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    What is your budget and what are your needs?

    Here's an example of what many would not even consider a "need" when first looking for a cart - ************************. The fact is there are very few, I'd go so far as to say extremely few carts, free or paid for that support animated gif images.

    I'm not saying you have a need for animated gifs, only that there may be something you have or want to do that neither shopperpress or bigcommerce will handle.

    And shopper press is a onetime cost of just a bit more than a single month for bigcommerce. So from a cost standpoint you are comparing apples and oranges. As you are when comparing a ground up cart with a wordpress add-on. I have nothing against shopperpress, in fact I sell it, but it no bigcommerce or the "own it yourself" version on big commerce, interspire.
  3. gxjenkins

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    I’m new to this tread but I do agree with the comments that for your first site I would go with a free cart. I’ve used a free cart for years after purchasing a license for a commercial cart.
    What I’ve found is that you’ll have more flexibility using an open source cart with good support than a commercial cart.
    My current store, “Your Neighborhood Store” is here, ******************************** , and the initial cost was less than $50. My re-occurring cost will be less than $10 per month. This store is built with Zen-Cart, and all the modules used are free.
  4. Andy777

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    Yes, of course - BigCommerce is a fully packed, stand alone shopping cart software (hosted one) while Shopperpress is only a plugin/theme to turn your blog into a online shop. More on what it can and can't do here:

    http://www.easyauctionbusiness.com/shopperpress/
  5. Ownthrone

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    Hey Andy,

    I've looked at easyauctionbusiness a few times and decided not to buy but that last little push to have a look at shopperpress did it for me. Just purchased it now and I look forward to it's arrival.
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  7. yus786

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    Hey Rick - do you have any updates on this?

    How's your e-commerce baby doing? You still pulling in the numbers?

    Cheers
  8. UKbuyer1

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    Yes yus.

    Numbers are still increasing and I'm getting around 12-20 orders per week. It's definately going in the right direction, so all is good so far mate!
  9. SkemPab

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    This is a great post and some super answers for people starting out, I like the fact you have given us a step by step update of the progress. Glad things are going well for you. Would like to see the site if your allowed to post the link here?

    GL with the sales :)
  10. mastersg

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    your site is pretty good mate , nice :welldone:
  11. karltimber

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    Great thread alright - all the correct information needed for newer folks -incl myself - to see whats involved. thx
  12. karltimber

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    Hi Rick, in the same boat as you were. An ebayer trying to expand. Will have a look at that BigCommerce too. Did you look at ekmpowershop ? When you look at both it's hard to see the difference. Anyone have any pros or cons over either.
    I don't have my own domain or hosting yet. But i really like your site. Very easy to read, order and navigate. K
  13. itpartsdirect

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    Big Commerce/Interspire is by far better that EKM, but so shows the price.
  14. UKbuyer1

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    I didn't try that one no.

    You know BC offer a free 15 day trial?

    I would suggest that and having a play about with it.

    Good luck
  15. Dave Casuals

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    Am I right in thinking Bigcommerce are a US company...I tried EKM powershop and didn't really like their template system after a 30 day trial, but their customer service was second to none...absolutely perfect, and when I emailed them regarding stopping their service this was done without any issues...they also seemed to be online 24/7 whenever I had an issue...

    My question is, would any issues arise using an American website and can it have any restrictions? Im in the process again of finding a basic website company that I can build on my own or source out for the company to be built, but don't have a clue where to start
  16. Nick-D

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    Hi Dave,

    They are Australian but I've had no issues so far!
  17. iGadgetuk

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    One year later....Hows it doing now
  18. UKbuyer1

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    More like two years ago now!

    In a nutshell then, I went with Big Commerce, had a little SEO done. To my amazement I was taking orders within a few weeks of setting up, and doing really well simply by using dropshipping.

    Then BC released an update which totally ruined the look of the website - text mis aligned, pictures askew, it was a real mess - and orders stopped. I decided to go for a different cart - I went for Opencart. I literally spent hundreds of hours on this, with various different little things needing attention.

    Again, SEO, and things were great until I installed an extension, and anyone going onto the site got a malware warning. I had this seen to professionally. Orders continued again, (usually from flyers from put in with eBay items), until yet more problems - people were purchasing, but nothing would come through on the backend of the OC dashboard - I could see Paypal payments, but didn't know what the customer had purchased. Pretty embarrassing emailing a customer and asking what they ordered.

    After this, enough was enough. The time spent vs money made was not stacking up for me, so I pulled the site.

    It was a great experience, but many lessons were learnt which I hope to take into a new site from next April - and all the work will be outsourced - this is something I wish I had done from the start, instead of spending countless hours on how to do something for myself.
  19. psxgamer

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    Trust me Rick, nevertheless all of the problems, the knowledge you gained by going through all this is pricesless. I'm sure you know exactly know how the new site should look and which features it should contain. Furthermore, you had success with your previous site. You've felt how deep the water is and it's not to deep for you.

    When you say you will be outsourcing the work, it means you'll pay somebody else because you know the site will generate the cash to pay for it. Something you probably didn't do at the beginning because you didn't know what to expect from it.

    Are you back going for a free shopping cart or will it be a custom build website this time?
  20. UKbuyer1

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    Very true Koen.

    I haven't yet decided on what I am going to go for, when Xmas is over then I will start looking into it.

    But you will know yourself from using OC, it can be the most frustrating, time consuming thing ever - though you have stuck at it and are making a good success of it.

    The next site won't be rushed at all, and yes it is true I now know the foundations upon which a retail site should be based on.

    Will probably update this thread next January now!
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