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I'm interested in opening up an ecommerce store, and could use some advice..

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by SavyCon, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. SavyCon

    SavyCon Regular Member

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    Hello BHW!

    This is my first post, although I have been a lurker on the forums and learner of all things IM and SEO for a long time. I have no less than 7 website ideas, and over 30 domains in my gameplan. Today I have made it my goal to actually DO instead of read and wish. Today I will set up my first site.

    I'm developing this site around a specific niche that I hope to become the authority of. I hope that it can monetize by selling products and services, although the articles/blogs and videos would attract interest to the site (and help with rankings as well). The site is tailored to the prank/revenge marketplace.

    The problem I'm having is in dealing with the eCommerce software choice. I've narrowed it down to Magento, OpenCart, and Wordpress. Magneto itself is too bulky for me, and I look to fellow blackhatter's to help me choose an ecommerce platform and template/theme as well. What do you think would be the best choice for me?

    Thanks :)
     
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  2. hurn

    hurn Power Member

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    I love wordpress on SEO basis. If you are doing affliate then you should think about somthing unique rather than linking to aff site with every page. Because Google is pushing down bridge sites so badly.
     
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    magneto..is heavy...opencart is good ,but wp is the best :)
     
  4. CoyoteAssassin

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    How many products are you selling on each site?

    If only one or a few, I really like (and use Cart66).

    If you have more, a lot of people use eCart as a plugin for Wordpress.

    In most cases, you will need to accept payment.

    Go to your bank and setup a second checking account and then go to Authorize.net and start the process of using them as a payment gateway unless you plan to use Paypal and lose sales.
     
  5. hassan_isabad_subar

    hassan_isabad_subar Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    In general you're going to hear a lot of 'wordpress' since that's the majority of what people build off of here. So playing devil's advocate, what I personally use is Joomla + Virtuemart. If you're planning on selling less than 10 products or so, RokQuickCart is really as easy as it gets. Virtuemart takes some tweaking, but looks really legit when it's finished.

    Edit: Both plugins take Payments through paypal out of the box without a hitch.
     
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    If you don't have a hugh db (ie 30K products) go with Wordpress; if larger, Magento. I had a Magento site but the code was too complex for me so it was good when the Wordpress ecom plugin was available. IMHO all other scripts are useless. And will Magento, you still have to install Wordpress for blogging.
     
  7. CoyoteAssassin

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    Hassan - How long have you been using Joomla? Many people started with Mambo and naturally moved to Joomla and refuse to let all of their hard work go to waste and move to the more efficient Wordpress.

    Just curious, have you been using Joomla for more than three years? If so, you should give Wordpress a try.

    This comes from someone who spent many hours building Mambo sites before the developers moved to Joomla.
     
  8. SavyCon

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    Thanks all for your responses. I would assume that there is no more than 200 unique products, which I will be dropshipping and creating myself. It seems that wordpress is very popular (thanks for the alternative hassan_isabad_subar), which I will look heavier into.

    Is there any templates/themes/widgets/plugins you could recommend for a Wordpress based ecommerce site?
     
  9. Petko

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    Hello mate,

    I would also recommend you joomla+ vurtuemart . It is stable , plus there are included in advance a lot of payment methods. I personally was webmaster before 2 years of an online store and it is easy to use. Plus there are a lot free themes, which you could modify accrording to your needs. PM me if need any help.

    Cheers
    Petko
     
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    ben10023 Regular Member

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    Woocommerce is awesome! You will need to spend a little on the extensions though
     
  11. hassan_isabad_subar

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    Was working without a cms for a while, moved to mambo, went right back to html. Didn't make the move to a cms until circa 2009 to joomla. From there, every time someone had a problem they'd give me credentials into the backend of their wordpress site. Really saw no point in switching since they could essentially do the same exact thing.
     
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    I use bigcommce for my ecommerce clients, there is a cost involved but they have both phone and live 24/7 chat support. The team is awesome and also technically proficient. I also like bigcommerce because it allows me to execute my content marketing campaigns effectively for my clients.
     
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    If you're not already making gold bricks from your site or another job, Magento is going to kill you. Practically anything else is a better choice.

    My personal choices are either xcart or pinnacle cart.
     
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    have tried prestashop and opencart. Eventually go for opencart as it is much more easy n simple to use.
     
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    Ignore anyone and everyone recommending using WP for eCommerce. They're clueless, for the most part. I'd look into BigCommerce, CoreCommerce, or Magento. The first two if you want an easy hosted solution that's a little more restrictive and Magento, even though you feel it is "bulky", for a site that has unlimited scaling, and customization abilities.
     
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    Maybe I am clueless, but I still send 45-65k in sales through my WP site each month...
     
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    I've used Magento before but I'm currently using Prestashop for my ecommerce site.
     
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    The thing is, IMO, if you are not selling many products, not selling your own physical products or doesn't require online stock keeping, certainly go with wordpress. Because it is so much easier to customize wordpress in terms of appearance & SEO as compare to a shopping cart script.

    Shopping cart has more elaborated(and stable) features like stock keeping, coupons/points, order process tracking, affiliate, ect. When I was building an ecommerce site about a year ago, I found that Prestashop has the most free features and ease of use.
     
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    Good advice here... paypal is certainly easy... but certainly not the best choice.
     
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