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03-02-2009 05:00 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tip question trick resource online selling marketing business big cartel

Does anybody know of a free website hoster that i would be able to sell projects on? has anyone tried out www.bigcartel.com


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#1 posted 03-02-2009 05:04 AM

I don’t dabble in this much but I’m finding more and more that when I shop online i check amazon first. They do have a system for you to post things for sale and lots of people run a business off of it. Like ebay but not an auction site. it’s to sell. It’s fast becoming the largest seller on the internet.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#2 posted 03-02-2009 07:18 AM

I just did a quick google search and what about ripplehost.com? $10/year. That’s cheap.

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#3 posted 03-02-2009 08:22 AM

yes good ideas. i just thought that if i could sell some projects then i could have money to start new ones. perpetual motion

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#4 posted 03-02-2009 09:47 AM

The real cost in getting a website setup is the actual work in creating it. You’ll either need to learn html, css and whatever or hire someone who does. It’s pretty complicated stuff although you can download software to make it easier.
To get exposure, you’ll need to learn search engine optimization and marketing too but you can worry about that stuff later.

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#5 posted 03-02-2009 02:45 PM

Point is, if you find a host that you pay a yearly fee for and get web space, then you have to make the pages and hope someone finds it via maybe google or yahoo. Now making a webpage isn’t really that hard but for some people it’s a huge mystery. The harder part is making a web page that accepts orders and payapal etc. That requires some special skills and server pace. Look at lumberjocks for example. A bunch of webpages with information, anyone could do. But these LJ place’s I’m typing into now and them finding the right place to go and people being able to view, watch, respond to them takes some serious web programming knowledge and equipment.

Storefronts like Amazon, yahoo store, etsy, etc. Automate the process. So all you do is have to configure your page and upload your pictures, information etc, like you do here. They take care of the money transactions and how people contact you and if it’s been sold and so forth.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#6 posted 03-02-2009 03:29 PM

I use bluehost as my webhost… I don’t sell anything on it, but there are storefront softwares built-in that you can install and customize through cPanel. I pay about $100 for each year. When it comes to web hosts, it is like anything else. You get what you pay for. But it isn’t that expensive for quality. Free hosts spam your site with ads, limit you on bandwidth and storage, and shut you down if you don’t log in every so often.

-- San Diego, CA

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#7 posted 03-02-2009 05:57 PM

Try Craiglists.com

-- Rick

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#8 posted 03-03-2009 03:04 AM

yea right now i’m doing some research on bluehost. seems quite reliable. because i really want to start my online store by may. i’ll keep you posted

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#9 posted 03-03-2009 03:25 AM

I own a site for selling tours. Cost me a little over a grand to set it up with credit card options etc. on a secure server (that’s the LAW, you have to have a secure server for credit card transactions, no if ands or buts about it) and hosting. I wrote the site myself to save money. Depending on what you want, and how many pages etc your probably looking at at least a couple grand (that would be a bare bones site) to have it coded if you can’t do it yourself. Then like someone above mentioned you’ve got to spend mega hours, day after day getting it indexed and roboted on the major search engines. It don’t happen overnight.
You’d be better off IMO to find an online store that’s already established that would be wlling to list your items on a commision basis.

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#10 posted 03-03-2009 03:32 AM

Check with your ISP. Many times they will give you a free website for being their customer.

-- Chip -----------http://www.penmanchip.com-----------------Micah 6:8

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#11 posted 03-03-2009 03:36 AM

I use Homestead. It is very easy to build a website even if you don’t know anything about it. You can set up a store with several different options. http://www.homestead.com/

-- David, Southern Indiana

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#12 posted 03-03-2009 03:37 AM

Bluehost offers these free merchant solutions in their package

Magento is a new professional open-source eCommerce solution offering unprecedented flexibility and control.

Magento was designed with the notion that each eCommerce implementation has to be unique since no two businesses are alike. Magento’s modular architecture puts the control back in the hands of the online merchant and places no constraints on business processes and flow.

Live Transactions require a Merchant Account. Paymerica Merchant Solutions offers free setup, zero application fee, and no monthly minimum.
——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- CubeCart is an “out of the box” ecommerce shopping cart software solution which has been written to run on servers that have PHP & MySQL support. With CubeCart you can quickly setup a powerful online store which can be used to sell digital or tangible products to new and existing customers all over the world.

There are a great deal of powerful features enabling your business to trade online successfully. It is easy to modify the look and feel of your store to match your company’s branding or to site comfortably beside your existing website due to CubeCart’s powerful HTML template system. Our solutions are robust, flexible, affordable and are supported by not only a profitable and stable company but a thriving community of enthusiasts who are keen to recommend it and share their ideas and experience.

Live Transactions require a Merchant Account. Paymerica Merchant Solutions offers free setup, zero application fee, and no monthly minimum.

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ZenCart
truly is the art of e-commerce; a free, user-friendly, open source shopping cart system.

The software is being developed by group of like-minded shop owners, programmers, designers, and consultants that think e-commerce could be and should be done differently.

Live Transactions require a Merchant Account. Paymerica Merchant Solutions offers free setup, zero application fee, and no monthly minimum.

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osCommerce is an Open Source based online shop e-commerce solution that is available for free under the GNU General Public License. It features a rich set of out-of-the-box online shopping cart functionality that allows store owners to setup, run, and maintain their online stores with minimum effort and with no costs, fees, or limitations involved.

Live Transactions require a Merchant Account. Paymerica Merchant Solutions offers free setup, zero application fee, and no monthly minimum.

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OpenCart is an open source PHP-based online shopping cart system. A robust e-commerce solution for Internet merchants with the ability to create their own online business and participate in e-commerce at a minimal cost.

OpenCart is designed feature rich, easy to use, search engine friendly and with a visually appealing interface.

Live Transactions require a Merchant Account. Paymerica Merchant Solutions offers free setup, zero application fee, and no monthly minimum.

-- San Diego, CA

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#13 posted 03-03-2009 06:05 AM

I’ve been looking into this place: http://www.webs.com/

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#14 posted 03-03-2009 07:27 AM

hmm that www.webs.com looks promising

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#15 posted 03-09-2009 08:25 AM

I use Terapad. They offer absolutely free websites, standard and pro has fees. They are the leading CMS software and editors choice in ZDnet.co.uk.

If you need an online shop, they have it too. It is easy to use and has lot of things to offer. Just get a free website option if unsure and you can terminate your account anytime when you’re not satisfied.

Hope it helps. :)

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