originally posted by: DigginFoTroof
So, I'm an IT admin (systems/networking & technician) but am not really a coder so much but can make a decent page, nothing "flashy" (pun intended)
nor with java, CSS, etc. Basic frames, headlines, images, etc.
There are lots of pre-built solutions out there, that you just install, and fill in your pictures and text about what you want to sell. Some are
commercial solutions you pay for, but many are freeware. Just do some research on this. With admin skills, you want to limit your work to installing
things, and avoid all coding. It's not worth your time to do any coding in this day and age, you'd just be re-inventing the wheel for something that
may not even work out for you. So, go cheap, go free, use pre-existing stuff for everything.
I'd like to be able to accept paypal, credit cards (can be seperate forms not integrated). I run Linux and want to know good software for this as I'm
used to Dreamweaver (have license for 5.5, 6 and CS version). Is there a Linux like program for this?
You probably want to run Linux on the server that holds the web site, but also have a windows machine to do some image and text work, since windows is
still the best platform, with the most tools, to prepare your website. Don't be a windows hater fanatic, be willing to use anything that's available
and works. Some people just hate windows, and won't touch it.
I have 3 seperate catagories, unrealted to each other, Electronics, Herbal stuff, hardware tools (new & restored) & a bunch of other things, so I'd
have a page for each catagory and then list the items on each page and then maybe a page for each item. On top of all pages I'd have the basic
"Products, about us, contact us, order online, etc) as well as the header graphic for the site.
Forget about having your own site developed. If you do anything on your own site, keep it simple and minimal. People aren't going to find your product
from your site. They are going to find you on amazon or ebay, and then check out your site to see something more about you, if they are interested in
what you present on amazon or ebay. People pay a lot of money to search engines and advertising shops, to bring visitors to their own site, and rarely
ever make back the money. It's not worth it. Don't to it, unless you become a big company, and have lots of revenues already. Let amazon and ebay do
all the marketing for you.
Basically, people will check out your site, to see if you operate a business independent of amazon or ebay, and will feel more comfortable about
buying your products, if they see you have your own shingle. But, they'll buy from amazon or ebay instead, because they get to leave feedback and
complain to the whole world, if you disappoint them. And the buyers get "buyer protection" from amazon and ebay, that will give them back their money,
if things don't work out. They are not going to buy from you direct, unless they have already bought many things from you on amazon and ebay, and
you're offering a substantially lower price on your own site (which some sellers do, to avoid paying amazon and ebay fees).
So, in the beginning, you want a basic shingle, hanging out there, with things like phone and address, and maybe a couple pages describing a few
things. Spend no big effort on this, it won't repay the effort, unless you already have significant revenues to keep it going.
I'd also like to have something like a blog where I can tell customers what I have in the works, what will be showing up on the site in the future
The objective of the "blog", is to hang out some text out there, loaded with "keywords", to get indexed by search engines, that then bring visitors to
your site. So, you want your blog to talk about things you're actually selling, that the visitor can immediately click and buy, not some future plan,
which is just a waste of time. Since, the person isn't going to come back to your site, if he isn't finding things he wants today.
I'd like a place where people can ask for specific products that want me to get or carry as well as submit feedback of any kind.
The way this is done today, is buying the information from the search data directly from the marketplace, like amazon or ebay. I noticed this years
ago. When I enter the term "Function Generator" into the ebay search field, I find nothing. Then, 24 hrs later, several sellers have put up offerings
listed on ebay for various "Function Generators". So, ebay must be selling them this information, and enabling the sellers to list their items
"just-in-time" to try to grab a sale. I wanted a Book recently, that was listed on Amazon.uk, but not listed in Amazon.com, and the uk seller wouln't
ship to north america, so I put that book in my Amazon "Wish List", and lo and behold, a few weeks later a seller appeared willing to ship to NA. So,
Amazon must be also selling data on what people are looking for and searching for to its seller base. That's how you get "timely" and "relevant"
information on what to list. I bought the book, and I'm happy with it, and the seller is happy, because he sold the book to me at twice the price of
the book, and made a killing. But, the alternative for me was to use a forwarding company, that would get me an address in the uk, let Amazon.co.uk
ship to that address, and then pay all the fees to get it shipping over here. Too much hassle and cost, so I paid the double.
Can anyone suggest the best way to go about doing all of this, what language I should write this in (html, php, etc?)?
Don't spend your time writing anything, other than marketing text, and uploading pics. Use prepackged tools. Since you've picked Linux for server, I'd
say look in the Python packages, and pick and just "install" something.
I'm also not up to date on online payment methods and would like to take as many as possible, including bitcoin I guess. Any suggestions here?
Start with paypal alone. Paypal will let you accept Credit Cards. After you've become somewhat successful, then think of adding other payment methods.
Making money online is hard. Start simple. Find out what works for you. Add features as you grow.
The best money would be spent buying the information from amazon and ebay, that tells you what people are searching for using the search in their
marketplaces, and what people have put into their "Wish List" (amazon) and "Watch List" (ebay). Because that gives you relevant info on what people
need right now.
If you can't supply what people are currently looking for, putting listings up for things nobody is searching for, is a sure way to burn money, time,
and energy, for no return on investment.
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