I am confused!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please help me

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hi folks

My problem is that i am currently about to start building my ecommerce website after i've watched a couple videos on youtube on how to make it

the thing is that in all videos they use free themes such as shopify,wootique,Mystile,customizer.....etc


but after reading a lot of blogs i found out that actually you need to buy a monthly subscription to shopify.com or bigcommerce.com to get a theme and to pay 2% for every transaction made on your website and they charge you also by SKU which is the volume of your inventory which is not cool since I am just trying to test it and see how it goes and keep my expenses minimal


I hope that people who have experience with this help me out and propose a cost/effective solution



Thanks in advance for reading my post
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  • Profile picture of the author Jangoz
    You should use Magento or OpenCart to build your store. They are free and there are a lot of free templates to make your store look nice.
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    • Profile picture of the author darbok
      Originally Posted by Jangoz View Post

      You should use Magento or OpenCart to build your store. They are free and there are a lot of free templates to make your store look nice.
      But you will still need a domain and hosting.
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    • opencart is free and has a lot built in featues, if you want more you can buy opencart premium themes in themeforest.net
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  • Profile picture of the author alvinrizki
    use wordpress then use woocommerce plugin, there are some free template like mystile
    i use that one.
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  • Profile picture of the author lastreporter
    Originally Posted by onlineadvisor View Post

    hi folks

    My problem is that i am currently about to start building my ecommerce website after i've watched a couple videos on youtube on how to make it

    the thing is that in all videos they use free themes such as shopify,wootique,Mystile,customizer.....etc


    but after reading a lot of blogs i found out that actually you need to buy a monthly subscription to shopify.com or bigcommerce.com to get a theme and to pay 2% for every transaction made on your website and they charge you also by SKU which is the volume of your inventory which is not cool since I am just trying to test it and see how it goes and keep my expenses minimal


    I hope that people who have experience with this help me out and propose a cost/effective solution



    Thanks in advance for reading my post
    The problem is not developing an ecommerce site. The problem is finding a reliable, secure shopping cart.

    My experience with Woo commerce and WordPress is that they are not the best ecommerce platform. They have tons of glitches, as you will find out if you use them.

    My suggestion is to go with Shopify. It's easy and reliable and the company doesn't charge arm and a leg.
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  • Profile picture of the author ishalovie
    u should try ning for creating an e-commerce website.
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    • Profile picture of the author onlineadvisor
      what I don't understand is why would people want to buy a monthly membership for a theme on shopify.com or ecommerce + pay 2% for each transaction if they can get one for free


      it doesn't make sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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      • Profile picture of the author Solid Commerce
        Originally Posted by onlineadvisor View Post

        what I don't understand is why would people want to buy a monthly membership for a theme on shopify.com or ecommerce + pay 2% for each transaction if they can get one for free


        it doesn't make sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
        Because paid themes and shopping carts usually have a lot more functionality and features than their free counterparts.

        On the Internet, you usually get what you pay for. There are plenty of free options, but paid platforms usually come with superior security, ease of use, functionality, etc.

        Hope this helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    There are no monthly fees with Woocommerce. It's a fast, reliable ecommerce solution and has plenty of extensions that will do just about anything that you want an ecommerce store to do.
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    • Profile picture of the author rhinocl
      The problem is that although many carts are free, the support for them isn't and if you are new to the web and don't have major skills with php and css you will not be able to customize your store to do what you want and look the way you want. You could have to pay a developer thousands of dollars to get it that way. Hosted programs like Shopify and Big Commerce make a lot of those issues disappear for low monthly fees.

      An online store is not as cheap to run as many web projects. You will have some expenses and if you are successful you may have to upgrade to more expensive hosting.
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      • Profile picture of the author justray
        BigCommerce, Shopify, et. al, will charge you a monthly fee. I built a test site with WPress and found it to be an easy set up. My test site did not go as far as selling any actual product, so I can't really speak to glitches. I tried BCommerce before going to Shopify. It was not as easy as I thought, not as intuitive. As for the fees, I think you pay a little for support, and Shopify has never let me down, in that regard. They have always been willing to help, and I have needed them on more than one occasion. But, consider I sell less than 100 different products. Try a few, figure out which one will work best. Remember, when things go down, that is lost revenue, too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Oifahad
    You can visit few websites(Blogger Templates Gallery, all-free-download.com) which provide will allow you to download free theme. but if you want to go various features, you have to pay for the content.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lizzi
    I use Opencart. Easy to setup, great shopping cart, reliable and free! It comes with PayPal and other payment modules already built-in.

    Magento is another great, free option, although it is not as easy to set up, and you may need to pay a little extra for hosting as it is very resource heavy.
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    • Profile picture of the author LastWarrior
      I'm new as well as wanting to build/find an eCommerce solution(site or template) with a shopping cart.

      My studies kept me going back to OpenCart. The main selling feature to me besides free to fairly priced templates is the support. There is commercial support listed that you can pay for... OR there is an online community, a forum, where you can get help and support as well. Since you are new, like me, such support opportunities are invaluable at this point. I'm an entrepreneur and I understand delegation and that I don't have to do everything myself. I prefer to focus on what I know and hire out, ie, outsource projects that either will take me too long to do or is something that is beyond my area of expertise.

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  • Profile picture of the author efil4renots
    I think wootique are free if you accept paypal only....As far as I know.
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  • Profile picture of the author Etoot
    I will advise you to use Magento. It's best for building an eCommerce store, but you will still need to have your own domain and hosting.
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  • Profile picture of the author PoondK
    Use Opencart
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  • Profile picture of the author Klemen Znidar
    Magento is a resource hog. You need to run dedicated server for it to load fast enough. Trust me I've tried it with shared hostings and it just doesn't work. So if you can't pay at least $50 per month for dedi, don't bother with magento.

    Just my personal experience. I run 2 magento stores, but am paying $70 per month for the server.

    -k
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  • Profile picture of the author feedia
    I can help you if you need help. IM me.
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  • Profile picture of the author buddah389
    Thank you for posting this question as I am also in the same dilemma at the moment. Going to be a lot more hours of researching before I make a final call.
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  • Profile picture of the author LABEShops
    Going with a free solution (I recommend opencart) or a hosted one like BigCommerce or Shopify really depends on your level of comfort in building a website and doing things yourself.

    Hosted solutions are great for people with no technical knowledge or seo/design experience. Their software supplies all the basics you need, however, you have limited control over customization and rarely can add features. There are some free ones (bonanza, etsy, etc) that can work depending on what type of products you sell, though they have yet more limitations on customization and you have to rely on what they have built in for seo.

    Using your own solution such as opencart, magento, prestashop, etc, gives you more control, however you really either need to know the basics of html and php to customize them or hire someone to do them for you. This is the best way to go if you have a lot of products or what total control over how your site works and how it looks.

    Wordpress with an ecommerce plug in can be great if you are selling a small amount of products or info products as it lets you focus on providing information and selling a few items. I do not recommend it if you intend to sell hundreds of products though.

    Either way, you will incur some costs. That's the cost of doing business.
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  • Profile picture of the author artkho
    Hey guys,

    good discussion , ecommerce is something I am also looking for my future website... but for now I can't decide which theme to go for.

    1. Florida theme - WordPress - Florida - Premium Multipurpose Responsive Theme | ThemeForest

    2. Sterling theme - WordPress - Sterling - Responsive Wordpress Theme | ThemeForest

    Has anyone had any experience with either of those? Both of them by the way have woocommerce integrated.


    Any, reviews and comments will help to make a decision! Thank you.
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    • Profile picture of the author whatzit
      Couldn't get magento to work properly and went with oscommerce which I eventually ditched and just put in PPal buttons. Nothing is as easy a placing a few PPal buttons, but that doesn't make it a shopping cart though.

      Like the opencart and bigcommerce suggestions here, will try those as product line increases. Glad the topic came up.
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  • Profile picture of the author anutt
    hi friend, I have a question that you want to build a shopping site from an existing product/software or to build a new one?
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  • Profile picture of the author feedia
    If you are having trouble, you may want to consider a plan that will setup your site for you, as well as market it, and be available for support. (you have to either by located in the U.S. or sell in the U.S.) Here is my ad here on WF: http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...ting-fees.html
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