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How we'll build your website

We can take care of all the technical aspects of your site for you, leaving you to concentrate on what you do best: running your business.

Ticking the boxes
Before we start to build your shop, these things have to be happen (in addition to the standard questions relating to colour, aesthetics, writing style etc. that apply to any website). We can help you out with any or all of these.
1. There must be pictures of everything you want to sell, along with prices and detailed descriptions written in a tone appropriate for your business.
2. If you're running a bricks-and-mortar shop as well as your planned E-Commerce website, it's best to set some of your stock aside to be sold online. Put the stock on a seperate shelf in your storeroom (or better yet, somewhere off-site) and make sure that your staff leave it alone - or at least let you know if the stock level changes!
3. You've got to have some method by which to accept credit cards, so if you don't have a PayPal account already, you should definitely get one for free at PayPal.com.
4. You should know exactly how many units you have of each product - this way, the software can let you know when you're running low on stock, and hide out-of-stock products until you have some more available.
5. You should know roughly how much each product weighs. Some shopping cart systems can automatically calculate postage by adding up the combined weights of all the items and then adding a certain amount for packaging - but only if it knows how much each product weighs!
We can help you with all of the above, but it'll cost a little less if you have all of this information ready.

Choosing an engine
When we build your E-Commerce website, we'll talk to you about what the future holds for your store. If you're selling products that communities can spring up around - such as car or motorcycle parts, watersports gear, computer supplies, anything where you'll find some enthusiasts, or people who buy such products to feed a hobby - then it might be better to design your site with a view to expanding it into a community website later on, where people can talk about their hobbies and your products. People like to buy from the same places in which they talk with other likeminded people.

Decisions like these will affect the framework around which we build the site. If you're just after a simple shopping cart framework, we'll probably work from Zen Cart - if you'd like the opportunity to expand into a community site later on, it's probably better to use Joomla! and a shopping cart component.

At any rate, we can help you plan out your site from start to finish, and answer any questions you might have - if in doubt, contact us!

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