Advice for small e-commerce project

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Hello! I'm about to do a small e-commerce store for selling crafts with a personal and consultative approach, how would you do it?
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  • Profile picture of the author eswariseo
    Genuinely developing online e-commerce website has never been simpler. E-commerce sites have appeared as an effective device for promoting your items on the internet without actually conference your customer as well as without displaying him the real items. In such case, the style of an E-commerce web page becomes very important.
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  • Profile picture of the author ernestrategos
    Thank you eswariseo for your input, I see in your signature you develop in Magento and Joomla, do you think both platforms are adequate or overkill for a small sized project ( < 300 items) ?
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    • Profile picture of the author eswariseo
      Originally Posted by ernestrategos View Post

      Thank you eswariseo for your input, I see in your signature you develop in Magento and Joomla, do you think both platforms are adequate or overkill for a small sized project ( < 300 items) ?
      Hi ernestrategos,

      We are the PHP development company target all the CMS like Joomla, Magento and Drupal. For Ecommerce development Magento is the right choice, because it has more features and functions for online business websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rotwic
    Magento is a great platform to start an ecommerce site. But since you will be selling only so little products and insist on a "personal and consultative approach", i think WordPress would suffice. Acutally, WP would make more sense. There are so many eCommerce themes out there which look absolutely gorgeous.

    Im speaking from experience as i had helped a friend get one done. If you would like someone to do this for you, dont hesitate to PM me as i have a thread here on WP site creation services.

    Here is an example: http://www.elegantthemes.com/demo/?theme=eStore
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  • Profile picture of the author webpeon
    I think we could be doing something similar, most likely totally different but using the same method.

    I originally built the store in my signature in prestashop, long story short I broke it moving servers, decided to rebuild it in wp using wp-ecommerce and have to say its alot more light weight and more suitable than my original choice of platform.

    Take a look, feel free to ask any questions if it's along the same lines.
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  • Profile picture of the author ernestrategos
    Rotwic, thank you; I agree with the Wordpress choice, so versatile it makes my head spin!

    Then I agree with webpeon about WP e-commerce, I'll get in touch with you guys and if you need anything I'm at your service.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lchoate
      Originally Posted by ernestrategos View Post

      Rotwic, thank you; I agree with the Wordpress choice, so versatile it makes my head spin!

      Then I agree with webpeon about WP e-commerce, I'll get in touch with you guys and if you need anything I'm at your service.
      Just wanted to jump in on wp-ecommerce. Even the paid version is a cluster. I just dumped it for Cart66 and I am in heaven! It isn't great for managing thousands of items, but for a hundred or two, its awesome. It allows you to use all the great features of Wordpress without compromising on any of it for a cart's sake. Want to see it in action? www calefs com (a little country store in New Hampshire)
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  • Profile picture of the author topnichewebsites
    Agree Elegant Themes eSTORE is really good Good luck with the project and if you need any help/tips hit me up on Skype.
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  • I've built several online e-commerce stores. My best advise to you would be to "develop
    the site with your product in mind". What I mean is you want to make sure the the product sort of compliments the site colors, navigation etc. Add some eye candy graphics etc. Be creative & shoot forward

    Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author ernestrategos
    topnichewebsites, thank you for your recommendation! we'll definitely talk on Skype.

    Guillermo, thanks for your advice, I'm in planning phase and I'll make sure the site is developed around the product(s).

    Jaime
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  • Profile picture of the author crivion
    Take a fresh wordpress install, add a nice theme and install cart66 lite plugin.
    That's all you need for a start
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  • Profile picture of the author ernestrategos
    crivion, I'm currently checking your recommendation, the services feature look interesting. The cart66 lite plugin compatible niche themes seem like a huge timesaver; thank you for your input.
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  • Profile picture of the author arsalan
    I would suggest magento if you are planning to have a lot of features and products, if you just want to have basic e-commerce features like buying, selling with small inventory then WP-ecommerce is the way to go and if your needs are neither too big nor too small then i would say go with Prestashop.
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  • Profile picture of the author ernestrategos
    xuled, definitely precision comes first, specially with requirements, thanks.

    arsalan and eswariseo, I agree with Magento being just awesome for e-commerce, I'll definitely work with it in future projects. Since what I'll do now is not huge I'll tackle it by myself, would you recommend it inside a shared hosting environment?

    Oliviacis, OpenCart looks good, extensions look great; I wonder how it manages content, since the store will be a hybrid between e-store and informational site, I'm checking it out right now.

    Quality options are fantastic!, THANK YOU warrior forum tribe for sharing your expertise and insights, I'll update what is working for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author ernestrategos
    UPDATE

    Ok, so I bought two domain names for the store, after using Google Keywords Tool and doing some research about the specific niche, Wikipedia really is a lifesaver.

    I was buying domain names at around $12 on g dad... (with coupons on the first page on the SERP for keywords g dad.. coupon); but the first result doesn't always have the best offers, result number 3 or 4 had a deeper discount coupon so I bought each at around $8.

    I sent a hand drawn logo to fiverr in order to be vectorized (not just traced); on purpose chose and directly bought a gig from a seller with no ratings on his gig, just to test if he/she would deliver faster, almost 24h have passed from the 48h. delivery so...

    I'm about to choose platforms after designing a "cute" see you in x days page, I'd like to know if updates would be of any help for someone; thank you all for your words.
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    • Profile picture of the author vidpes
      Originally Posted by ernestrategos View Post

      UPDATE

      Ok, so I bought two domain names for the store, after using Google Keywords Tool and doing some research about the specific niche, Wikipedia really is a lifesaver.

      I was buying domain names at around $12 on g dad... (with coupons on the first page on the SERP for keywords g dad.. coupon); but the first result doesn't always have the best offers, result number 3 or 4 had a deeper discount coupon so I bought each at around $8.

      I sent a hand drawn logo to fiverr in order to be vectorized (not just traced); on purpose chose and directly bought a gig from a seller with no ratings on his gig, just to test if he/she would deliver faster, almost 24h have passed from the 48h. delivery so...

      I'm about to choose platforms after designing a "cute" see you in x days page, I'd like to know if updates would be of any help for someone; thank you all for your words.
      Updates would be fine for now if your in the process of developing a eCommerce site. I have developed several eCommerce related sites so let me know if you want some help in setting a eCommerce store up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Evan-M
    give opencart a try, one of the easiest carts to learn the template system, magento is a bloated nightmare...avoid it..trust me.

    also look into cart66 if you insist on using wordpress. but 300 items would be rather large for a wordpress ecommerce solution, id stick to a opencart/wordpress mix with matching themes.

    site.com be opencart and your catalog
    site.com/blog ( or whatever you name the folder ) be a wordpress site for posts/pages and seo purposes .
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    • Profile picture of the author ClicProject
      I would definitely steer away from wordpress if you are at all serious. Everybody raves about it, but to be honest for anything other than a content based site or lead generation site there are much better solutions.

      Magento is a huge resource hog, I would only recommend that if you were doing enterprise level stuff.

      Take a look at Open cart - it is simple, well coded, built from the ground up for the job you want and has a great templating system. Get a pro theme from themeforest for 50 bucks and you´re away.
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  • Profile picture of the author ernestrategos
    vidpes: It is an e-commerce project since financial transactions will be made through the website. All help is welcome, many thanks.

    Lchoate: I took a look at cart66, seems like a fantastic all-in-one choice for Wordpress, another interesting project to keep an eye on.

    Evan-M: I'll definitely keep an eye on OpenCart, seems like the best lightweight alternative to Magento, I like customization options and elegant use of resources due to its codebase.

    N1-ck7: As I wrote to Evan-M I find this option clean and a great out of the box agile solution.

    ClicProject: Wordpress can be all the serious you want it to be. Your opinion about OpenCart is precise and a great choice for an e-store only project.

    Thank you WF members for sharing your experiences and opinions!
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  • Profile picture of the author dexlink
    Originally Posted by ernestrategos View Post

    Hello! I'm about to do a small e-commerce store for selling crafts with a personal and consultative approach, how would you do it?
    Your site will sell your view to your clients. So, from design to management, your site is very important.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dong Lee
    Get a website, promote it on FB, Google. Repeat till you get succeed
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  • Profile picture of the author ernestrategos
    dexlink: You're right. I'm taking all the necessary steps towards completion.

    donglee: Social media is definitely on the plan especially Facebook.

    ahok999333: Startups are awesome, Wordpress is a great choice.

    mmeetkaur3: A pleasure.

    This is a great ride! I'll keep you posted with updates!
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  • Profile picture of the author rising_sun
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    Presto Shop is the best for doing e-COMMERCE,
    besides this you can use WP e-COMMERCE .
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  • Profile picture of the author henrywinsett
    For small E-commerce store ,WordPress is ideal , because it is simple and an open source. It supports various plugins which will help you manage and develop a good looking E-commerce website but this is apt for a small unit. If you are planning to expand in future then Magento is CMS for developing an E-commerce website . It has incredible features and techniques for managing an E-commerce website. On the web several e-commerce websites are developed in Magento.
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