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Steven
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I'm in the process of setting up a retail store but am having a...a...heck of a time setting up the online store page for our web site. I want to experiment with managing the online store before we go live. Here's the dilemma: I'd like to mess with Shopify but you only get a 14 day trial. Ecwid has a basic version to work with but is a major pain to put on the web site I'm building. In fact the Ecwid app doesn't work with Wix. Both Wix and Ecwid do not a good job in explaining how to troubleshoot. I guess what I'm asking is; what e-commerce service is best (in your opinion) and how would you go about building a web site? I have tried Wix, Wordpress, Weebly and web site software on my home computer. This part of getting the business going has really turned into a big pain the...the...posterior.

I'd be really interested in store owners saying how they do their online selling and what they went through to get it set up.
 
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lol, take a peak at the pinned thread on this forum... ie

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The biggest roadblock to taking my B&M online is one thing: money.
The right software to manage the volume needed to be profitable is not cheap (more than doubly so for one that communicates with my in-store software).
You need excellent security, accurate inventory management, a user friendly GUI, and more.
You can likely find this by leasing ($40-$50 month not incl. setup fees) something, but you still probably have no way to deal with pre-orders - HIGHLY important for today's market.

My budget to pull the trigger is $2,000 initial cost, and $300-$400 a month for go maintenance/support. That's not bad at all really, but I always find I have other things my store needs to use that $2k for.
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The OP is asking specifically about problems setting up an online store.

It sounds like your having problems with shopping cart setup. This may not be the best forum for advice. There are specialist forums for online selling (I only know of UK ones). I can say from experience is that the most commonly asked question is "Which it the best shopping cart software" and the answer is never simple and usually starts with "it depends on what features you want and how much you are prepared to spend".

I can also tell you that the biggest barrier to running an online store is attracting customers. There is a lot of competition out there.
 
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Steven
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Okay. First, thank you to all who replied above and those that sent an e-mail.

Let me clarify. The online store is mainly for the customers in our geographical area and for customers to order at or after a school or church game night we host. That might sound a bit weird. To get the retail store going we are working with the local sba organization. The main city here has a population of just over 60,000 with neighboring smaller towns next to it. There are 2 more cities with 70 miles south and 70 miles east. There is a lot of open country here. Winters can be interesting too. Many people commute up and down the interstate. I doubt many potential customers would make a 1 hour drive just to get to our store. Thus the reason for an online store. By the way, if you combine the population of almost all the towns where we can realistically expect to get customers you have a total of around 107,000 people. How many game stores in this area? One. One very small one that many in the city it is in do not know even exists.

Also, I have spent the last two days creating our own web site on my home computer. I have been able to get an online store to work today and am now working on making it more sophisticated. Thanks again for the help.
 
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Congrats and good luck!
 
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We were using Magento go, but they are closing down. In the process of switching to bigcommerce. Try them out. I don't know if they are what you need, but going from magento to bigcommerce is like going from trying to be an architect to putting things together plug n play. So far very easy.

It's a bit pricier, but much more streamlined, better themes, better customer support etc. Good luck.
 
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