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Topic # 173438 23-May-2015 12:24
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We have started a small businesses importing various products from the UK and other countries and selling via TM and FB .

Not happy with both of these selling methods and bottom line is I want to build a web site with a shopping basket.

I know how to register a name in

Cost is the main factor.

Bottom line I want a site that I can add photos and product descriptions to it.

Take payment by credit card (Paypal to start with)

Manage myself.

Any help appreciated.



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  Reply # 1310395 23-May-2015 13:55
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If you're looking for an easy solution, I would go with either Shopify or Squarespace. Both of them take care of all the security & database work, you just have to upload and manage the products.

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  Reply # 1310415 23-May-2015 14:49
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Really depends how technical you are. 

Drag and Drop Options
If you want a drag and drop solution with less control of the overall site and being locked into their hosting system Shopify, Squarespace, Wix or website builder (if you want to support a kiwi company). 
Cheaper to setup if you do most of the work yourself but no potential to migrate to another webhosting provider if you ever have issues with the hosting or designer in the future.

Open source Options
If you want full control of your website and want to build your website on an open source platform, I would recommend a self hosted WordPress website with Woocommerce.  With the WordPress/Woocommerce option you will probably need to get someone to build it for you but you would be in control of your entire site and if you hosting provider or web designer does not perform or there are issues you can easily move to another host or designer easily.
More expensive to setup, unless you do the design yourself and you have full control of the website.

I wrote an article a while back called - Avoid the Web Design Lock in it is a good read for anyone thinking about setting up a website.



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  Reply # 1311061 25-May-2015 08:50
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Ive used OpenCart which I found easy to set and use - didnt use any processing payment systems with it though.

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