I could never be a web admin.

By | January 29, 2009

I’ve been knee deep in webhosts all day.  My Mom owns a children’s store in my hometown and for the longest time I’ve tried to convince her to take it online.  She finally decided to listen and has been really excited about it.   I bought her a domain name about a month ago and she said she was a go with it all so I purchased a starter plan via 1&1 Hosting (who this one is through) and started setting everything up.

I know nothing about e-commerce sites, so I went with WordPress and an e-commerce plugin that was available for it.  It was pretty nice and looked like it would suffice, but 1&1 really sucks when it comes to resources.  I found that after installing that plugin, I pretty much was limited to nothing else.  Memory usage was maxed and doing simple tasks resulted in continuous displays of the  Internal Server Error 500 page.

So, enough was enough and I’ve decided to transfer the domain to InMotion Hosting which rated very high on many webhosting review sites for business purposes.  Only problem is that I have to wait 60 days from the time of domain registration for it to begin the transfer process.  The 60 day mark is February 2nd, so not too bad.  Hopefully it won’t take too long to actually transfer.

This also gave me a chance to look into dedicated storefront software and I was surprised to find so many free options.  I looked at Magento, osCommerce, Mal’s e-Commerce, VirtueMart, Zen-Cart and others.  I finally found one I really like for her in Prestashop.  It’s pretty simple, but has a nice interface and I don’t think the admin panel will overwhelm her.  It also seems to have all the options I can ever imagine her needing…even if it does better than I expect (I hope it makes her millions, but I have to be a little realistic at first).

Anyway, that’s what I’m doing right now as I wait for Prestashop to upload via FTP.  After it gets off the ground, I’ll post the link and you can all buy your kids some new clothes and some new Vessi vegan shoes.

3 thoughts on “I could never be a web admin.

  1. RU

    Hey buddy,

    If you don’t want to deal with all the hosting/admin issues consider using a Yahoo Store. It’s not free (~35-45/mon), but it has all you might ever need, including inventory management, secure shopping card with SSL certificate, reports, and tons of other stuff. You just have to come up with your UI.

    That’s what my wife is using for her kids clothing store. Need some merchandise to sell? Let me know. ;)

  2. BDJ

    Just an FYI on prestashop. good luck on the shipping module and a payment module with credit card support (i.e. authorize.net). Prestashop may be a great e-commerce package one day but without packaged support for just those two options mentioned its going to be rough for a first timer, IMO. Too bad there is a total lack of support on their forums for those modules also. Good luck.

    1. Jon Post author

      Prestashop took a backseat to Joomla!/VirtueMart. After getting more time to really use a variety of e-commerce packages, most just fell short on what was available in the lines of free add-ons and templates. VirtueMart and Joomla! both have huge amounts of free add-ons available and I’m finding it to not be as difficult to setup as I first thought. It’ll take some time, but I think I’ll be able to go further with it.


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