an ecommerce question


onview
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2013-07-24 7:07 pm EST

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I currently have a power plan with InMotion Hosting and want to set up a shopping cart to start online art gallery sales. I took the power plan because it was "ecommerce ready". My question, how do I choose which shopping cart is best for me and will there be additional costs?

I have been told that shopify is a good but do not see it on the list of ecommerce software listed with InMotion Hosting.

I'm new at this and have no experience with ecommerce. You had many articles but I didn't know where to begin... do you have any suggestion?

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Arn
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17,232 Points
2013-07-24 7:39 pm EST
Hello Onview,

Thanks for your question! It's a tough question because there are many options. We do have a primer on choosing an ecommerce option here, but I want to also include a few other possibilities:


  • PrestaShop - yet another FREE option that has a lot of potential to provide a beautiful ecommerce website.

  • WordPress.org with Ecommerce plugin - originally a blog software, but with many, many options including ecommerce solutions that make this easy to use software also a possible ecommerce solution.



And there so many other possible solutions that I can't list them all. One thing to take into account is the size of the website and its complexity. If you're building it yourself, remember to give your self some time to learn the solution you're going to using. Additionally, evaluate each solution by trying it out. Everything that I have listed above are FREE solutions. You're welcome to load it and then see if it's a good fit for you.

I know it's a tough solution, but take your time to look at each possible solution and determine which best fits your needs. By the way, if you have a hosting account with us already, then you may want to check out Softaculous - which is an install program that a can quickly load or uninstall many different types of programs (including these ecommerce solutions).

If you want more details on each program without having to load it, make sure to visit the home pages of each and checkout the show cased websites. This will give you some ideas as to their potential.

I hope this helps to provide some answers and point you in a good direction to find information to make an informed decision. If you require any further assistance, please let us know.

Kindest Regards,
Arnel C.

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Thanks Arnel,

I have look over the links you have sent me and have another quick question... remember I am pretty new at all this so I'm sorry if this is basic stuff....

My website is created and maintained in Dreamweaver. Will there be issues connection my store to my website? I was thinking they would be separate entities and I would provide a link on my website to the store.

thanks
onview
11 Points
2013-07-25 3:49 pm EST
Hello Onview,

If your website is created and maintained in Dreamweaver it should be no problem. Dreamweaver is simply an editor and you can create links using Dreamweaver that jump to the store that you create with whatever solution you select. The website files that are created with Dreamweaver will need to be saved on the web server. You can find more about configuring Dreamweaver to our hosting services by reviewing this tutorial called How to Configure Dreamweaver Settings.

When you have your Dreamweaver site published and your ecommerce site created you will have two websites, but they'll be hosted from one server. Hopefully, that makes sense to you! The connection is simply a hyperlink to the store and it should be no problem at all. When you setup the ecommerce store it will be accessible via a URL. Check out this video from Adobe if you want help on creating hyperlinks with Dreamweaver.

I hope this helps to clarify the issue for you! Please let us know if you still have any further questions.

Regards,
Arnel C.
Arn
17,232 Points
Staff
2013-07-25 4:18 pm EST
Thanks Arnel,

Guess I under stated my level of web experience... Everything is up and running for 3 yrs now and your answer about connecting the two via a hyperlink is what I had assumed and was hoping...

I know I just have to get in there and do it... just didn't want to get into it and run into any surprises.

Thank you so much for all your help!
onview
11 Points
2013-07-25 5:30 pm EST
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