reply to post by GmoS719
Okay where to start....................
When starting a proper e-commerce venture you first want to get a merchants license so that you can accept credit card payments without the use of
paypal. This merchant license allows you to accept all types of payment even interac, and is the only way to begin a startup as the ability to accept
all payments directly helps with trust issues your potential customers may have. A merchants license can be obtained from your bank for roughly $25
dollars a year, and from there use it to open a beanstream.com acount. Beanstream handles all credit card payment, and transfers for you so there are
no security concerns or liability directed at you for any grievances. Building your own database for credit card transfer, and trying to do what
beanstream does with your own code is definitely not suggested.
From there contact a provider that offers low end hosting, as the other people have stated. For you to be opening an online store where you will need
capital to buy, and sell products, and then want to do it free is ridiculous at best. Free hosting often comes with a heavy unseen price tag, and I
have had clients come looking for rebuilds of their sites that their free host took the rights to, closed shop on, or deep sixed the site for too much
activity, that's right too much activity.
From there you need to develop a site that is higher functioning than a static site, and not that easy to make, so if your planing on using a free
site builder next, you may want to look into what that will take before you start spending any cash. I also suggest that you do some back end checking
on the marketing practices of your competitors before you start anything. Often there are large powerhouse players in certain markets, and it takes
cash to play against them, both in seo, and pricing.
The costs of an online venture are much more than I believe you think they are, and between hosting, site development, merchandise, and then shipping
your looking at $1000 at the bare minimum. I build e com sites starting at $2400, and that doesn't include nice things like seo, or site operation
video tutorials, just to give you an idea of what web devs cost. You may want to research a lot before you get in to anything, and maybe on web
development forums, as there are not many people that have actually built an ecom site or operated one, and you may get less than correct info. If you
want I can show you some of the ecoms I have built, as well as a few that I own, and can answer some quick questions, and give you some pointers on
what your about to face, just pm me.
edit on 8-2-2012 by DrunkNinja because: (no reason given)