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What is the best way create an Internet store?

Posted 04 August 2016 - 03:34 PM

What is the best way create an Internet store?
I have some educational background in web programming, but never done a serious website. Maybe there is a system already well known as simple and good to make Internet stores? PayPal and good level of security should be included.
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Re: What is the best way create an Internet store?

Posted 04 August 2016 - 03:39 PM

On which type of hosting? Magento is the defacto leader for php
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Re: What is the best way create an Internet store?

Posted 04 August 2016 - 04:10 PM

There are Content Management Systems (CMS) which provide a great back-office for your site and allow you to customise your front-office.

I have only tried Magento and Prestashop, and I hated both of them. They are so modular that it actually adds unnecessary complexity and make it difficult to think creatively about how you will put it together (especially on the homepage which is not considered as a "page" but a gathering of different modules).

But this is a designer's approach. To be fair, they are fantastic pieces of software. A lot of thought is put in them, setting them up (if you don't want to push customization too far) is very easy, they have an active community creating modules (payment modules for instance) and helping out on forums.

Another drawback related to the complexity is that there is no simple way to connect them to an accounting software so that you can manage goods that you sell in a physical shop alongside goods you sell online. It is possible, but you don't want to do it yourself, you need to pay a specialised company to set up a connector for you, and you will need to repeat this many times because almost every time there is a major update of the CMS, the connector breaks, and you want to do the CMS updates because CMS(s?) are a target for hackers and you really need the security updates.

I think I have depicted the good, the bad and the ugly. There are a lot of other systems which may be simpler to work with. I keep hearing about Squarespace, which sponsors a lot of podcasts and videos, but I don't know what it's worth.

Definitely make an actual list of what features you think you need and check what the different actors offer you. I know that I would not do the integration myself, it's not something you can bend to your liking, you have to learn it and do what the developers expect from you.I personally like to do a static working prototype and then work with a dev to implement it. Sometimes sacrifices have to be made but I'm not the one making them and it makes me feel more relaxed ;)
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Re: What is the best way create an Internet store?

Posted 06 August 2016 - 09:05 PM

Learn Ruby,

Its so much quicker and easier than php

then use Shoppe,

its open source.


https://tryshoppe.com/

Regards

Snoopy.
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