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    • gabriel73195
    • By gabriel73195 13th Apr 19, 5:14 PM
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    Advice on the best way of creating an E-commerce website
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    • 13th Apr 19, 5:14 PM
    Advice on the best way of creating an E-commerce website 13th Apr 19 at 5:14 PM
    Hello there!

    Would anybody be able to suggest the best way to obtain a woocommerce site?
    Is it possible and advisable for a layman/non expert to get Wordpress/Woocommerce hosting and along with purchasing a good oocommerce templateand to get it up and running themselves or is it too difficult?
    If I was to hire a wordpress/woocommerce developer on an hourly rate does anybody know how many hours it should take to install a basic site with 25 - 50 products?
    Would it be worth considering the online websitebuilder sites?

    Thank you for any advice
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    • Neil Jones
    • By Neil Jones 13th Apr 19, 6:25 PM
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    Nothing is difficult if you spend time learning how to do stuff yourself. You'll be the one maintaining it adding and removing products and what not so you may as well be the one to get it going.

    So for this you'd need a hosting package, quite a few of them provide the Wordpress software through their control panel so you don't even need to install it yourself, just click on a few buttons. Time: 5 minutes.

    For WooCommerce itself, according to the documentation you just search for it as a plug in and install it through your own Wordpress site. Everythings documented here:
    https://docs.woocommerce.com

    Setting up products is documented here:
    https://docs.woocommerce.com/document/managing-products/

    While the initial two or three may take a while, after that you'll rocket through so it should not take you personally more than a couple of hours I would have thought.
    • gabriel73195
    • By gabriel73195 13th Apr 19, 11:12 PM
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    • 13th Apr 19, 11:12 PM
    Thank you Neil for your input. I've found a recommended hosting site that and there's apparently a one-click wordpress installation which might be what you mentioned.

    So probably the best place to start would be to search for a few basic YouTube videos and go from there. I've been looking at online do it yourself eCommerce solutions but they seem to lack the flexibility of other options
    • jeandenham66
    • By jeandenham66 14th Apr 19, 12:21 AM
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    • 14th Apr 19, 12:21 AM
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    • 14th Apr 19, 12:21 AM
    If you're taking the ecommerce route i'd highly recommend Shopify, a friend of mine uses it and claims it's very easy to use vs other software.



    What is it you're planning to sell if you do not mind me asking?
    • gabriel73195
    • By gabriel73195 14th Apr 19, 1:45 PM
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    • 14th Apr 19, 1:45 PM
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    • 14th Apr 19, 1:45 PM
    Hello Jean, I've been doing some research online about the different types of Ecommerce sites that can be created and Shopify does come out quite high on the list. I would prefer a UK/European based company if I can find one though and a disadvantage with Shopify is that if you want to scale it up you have to pay quite a considerable amount and you're tied into their payment gateway

    I shall be selling home made non perishable foods from my site that can be shipped to anywhere
    • zanuda
    • By zanuda 15th Apr 19, 4:07 PM
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    • 15th Apr 19, 4:07 PM
    gabriel73195, if you still havn't paid for hosting, make sure they run proper php and MySQL version (wordpress.org have a list of requirements). Wordpress will run on older version of php but it sais somethig about hosting support... And some of the plugins might not run on on older versions of php or MySQL.

    When you install wordpress (or have it done by hosting support), it will ru basic wordpress theme. After that you'll need to find theme you like. At the moment there are plenty of themes that are done for working with woocommerce. A lot of companies that make those theme have a free versions (you could get them from wordpress.org) and paid ones of the same themes tat offer more unctions and support. So, first play around with free themes, make sure they offer everithing you wanted. Because as soon as you set up and "adjust" the theme for yourself and put all the content, it might be a problem to switch to different theme.

    And Shopify, looking from description, is not a software for your website. It's a website builder, when you use some sort of editor on Shopify website. So, you kind of do't own anything there. You could easily use e.bay for that.
    • gabriel73195
    • By gabriel73195 15th Apr 19, 5:55 PM
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    • 15th Apr 19, 5:55 PM
    Hey zanuda, thanks for your post it's very helpful. So I wondered why people have said you need specialist hosting and you've just explained.

    Do you think that it would be possible for me to build an e-commerce site myself using wordpress and woocommerce despite me not having ever built a website before? I do however understand the fundamentals of coding although can't actually code and haven't ever made a website before
    • dan958
    • By dan958 16th Apr 19, 8:43 AM
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    It is definitely user friendly enough that you can do it yourself - but self hosted may cause you issues depending on your technical knowledge. For example, say a plugin update causes a problem and all your website goes down, you would be the one fixing it. You would also need to take regular backups of your website (most hosting companies will offer this, but I would never rely on those backups alone).

    I would personally always use self hosted instead of a website builder, but the website builders definitely have their place.
    • gabriel73195
    • By gabriel73195 16th Apr 19, 4:36 PM
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    • 16th Apr 19, 4:36 PM
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    • 16th Apr 19, 4:36 PM
    Thanks very much Dan for your post!

    So here's my thinking so far
    1. Use specialist good quality Wordpress hosting and I've found one which has something called a one click installation process for word press
    2. Try and find a freelance wordpress/woocommerce expert on an hourly rate to help and assist
    3. Choose a good quality adjustable template to work with
    4. Watch a few youtube videos

    So basically I'm trying to learn enough so that I do the basics but hire a php freelancer who can help make any adjustments or possibly do the whole thing if it's within mybudget

    Does anybody know approximately how many hours it would take to set something up in this case?
    10 hours? 20 hours etc?
    • dan958
    • By dan958 17th Apr 19, 1:46 PM
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    That depends on how bespoke you would like your website to be. You might want to have a look around theme websites such as themeforest to see if there is already a Woocommerce theme that you like (there are many themes available). Themes are normally around $50, and are quite simple to set-up, and Woocomerce in general is also quite basic with lots of availble documentation..
    • gabriel73195
    • By gabriel73195 17th Apr 19, 8:22 PM
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    That depends on how bespoke you would like your website to be. You might want to have a look around theme websites such as themeforest to see if there is already a Woocommerce theme that you like (there are many themes available). Themes are normally around $50, and are quite simple to set-up, and Woocomerce in general is also quite basic with lots of availble documentation..
    Originally posted by dan958
    Thanks dan. Yes I think WooCommerce is the easiest and most professional solution. People have said the online website creators don't look professional. I can't really say for sure but I kind of know what they're saying in that they all look the same.
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