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A good ecommerce site builder?

Right now I'm looking for something that will be easy and inexpensive for hosting, and building an online store. Until I know this will benefit my bank flow, I don't want to spend too much time or throw too much money to it.

If it all goes well after a year or so then I will build my own site and I know who to go for as far as payments, checkout, shipping, order tracking, etc, etc....

So, what have you found easy and inexpensive for building an online store front? I've searched around a bit this morning, but so far what I've found I either; don't like, or don't want to dish out the $300 set up fee, or $100 a month fee....

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are you looking for software, a provider or both?

OsCommerce is pretty easy and very tweakable to make it scale far better than its stock config.

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are you looking for software, a provider or both?

OsCommerce is pretty easy and very tweakable to make it scale far better than its stock config.
Right now I'm just looking for an easy online site builder for an online store, no software. Like I said, I want something that won't take much time or money until I know this is going to benefit me.

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I got the perfect thing for you, friend is building her online jewelry store with it. zen-cart.com

Another one is cubecart.com.

Let me know how it works out for you.

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I think there should be several online shops linked through zen-cart... you can browse them. I think they all follow the general 'template'. My friend who is a professional web designer told me to get started on that site as opposed to spending thousands upon thousands of dollars creating a fancy site.

He basically told me to save my money and create a simple, cheap website and using the money for advertising!

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I have a friend that has his own business, web design and hosting. I'll PM you his info.

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He basically told me to save my money and create a simple, cheap website and using the money for advertising!

Good luck.
+1 That's what I am going to do.

Then if it works like I hope it does, I'll be able to throw more money into building a really nice website, with nice tools to go along with the purchase process of everything. This zen-cart looks nice, I am going to check it out. Thanks for the link. I searched google a few different ways, and went through about 3 pages on each search and zen-cart never came up.

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I think there should be several online shops linked through zen-cart... you can browse them. I think they all follow the general 'template'. My friend who is a professional web designer told me to get started on that site as opposed to spending thousands upon thousands of dollars creating a fancy site.

He basically told me to save my money and create a simple, cheap website and using the money for advertising!

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'cheap' web hosting will get you what you pay for, especially if you try to actually build a reputation and make money from it.

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'cheap' web hosting will get you what you pay for, especially if you try to actually build a reputation and make money from it.


That's very true, but i've heard people throw 3,4,5 k into building a super sweet looking site.. then have no more money left for advertising and building a customer base. I guess you just have to find that balance and what you can afford.

I think it's more than just web hosting, it has alot of stuff for people starting up an ecommerce business. I haven't had the time to really dive into it but it was recommended to me by a close friend.

Really can't go wrong with this, start up for 'cheap' build a nice customer base, when you're pulling in some steady cash then upgrade to that pimp site. Baby steps imo.

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My company does ecommerce: http://www.chicagowebmanagement.com and we've worked with OSCommerce as well.
Hello, a certain company that has a white and pink Kitty used OSCommerce the past 2 years and it was a *very* fast site. Of course, adding a handful of strategic indexes to the base OSC structure really gave it some balls

They recently moved on and what used to take 2 seconds to load now can take up to 30 seconds to load on a 'supposedly better' platform.

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Really can't go wrong with this, start up for 'cheap' build a nice customer base, when you're pulling in some steady cash then upgrade to that pimp site. Baby steps imo.
Yeah, I'm not about to throw a thousand dollars or more into something that may blow up in my face and do horribly. Do I think it will? No. However, I do not have the kinda cash flow to go spend 2 grand on a nice set up and have little to no revenue come in, and then I am up shit creek. I'm going to do this, have a decent set up and then see how well it does. All the money I make from it will go into a savings account for a nice set up in, ideally, 6 months or so. I already have a pretty good customer base. I've been working on some things the last couple of months, and just dished out a good amount of cash for the product that I will have tomorrow, so now it's time to get the set up started. Baby steps exactly. When I get home I'll check out zen-cart, it doesn't seem too cheesy or cheap.

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Yeah, I'm not about to throw a thousand dollars or more into something that may blow up in my face and do horribly. Do I think it will? No. However, I do not have the kinda cash flow to go spend 2 grand on a nice set up and have little to no revenue come in, and then I am up shit creek. I'm going to do this, have a decent set up and then see how well it does. All the money I make from it will go into a savings account for a nice set up in, ideally, 6 months or so. I already have a pretty good customer base. Baby steps exactly. When I get home I'll check out zen-cart, it doesn't seem too cheesy or cheap.
Just be careful to not have a dud site reflect badly on you with that established customer base. While you may view an infantile site as unimportant or no big deal, the customer always sees your business through a different set of eyes.

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Just be careful to not have a dud site reflect badly on you with that established customer base. While you may view an infantile site as unimportant or no big deal, the customer always sees your business through a different set of eyes.
Definitely. This isn't my first time doing this. I did this for someone else, and ran the site and everything with limited funds. I've worked with crapier crap and made a damn good website.

I've actually made and designed many websites in my day for work and pleasure, so I know what I am doing when it comes to design and all that good stuff. I know what appeals to the eye and what doesn't (I work in sales). Of course any tips are always appreciated!

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If you will decide to build your own web site later, X-cart is not a bad package. Relatively cheap.

The other solution I would recommend looking into is e-bay store - easy to set up and you get a huge customer base without advertising.

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