[quote]Hi fenway2k! Wow congratulations by taking the necessary steps in a very short period of time. It's definitely a sign that you are taking things seriously. And I wish you LOTS of luck!
Unfortunately, this message is not to give advice for I, myself, am still learning. In fact, maybe I can get some tips from you.
What is your website? I can check it out and spread the word. It's funny because out on the ebay world or any other auction sites, we are competing against one another. BUT here we are one big happy Salehoo family that can help and even share experiences.
BTW, I need to create a website immediately. So once that is up and running, I can also share the great news to everyone. :-)
Well, take care!
All the best,
Sorry, I guess I should have mentioned that in my previous post. You can find my store at Link hidden: Login to view
The blog can be found at Link hidden: Login to view
Since I don't have thousands of dollars to give a way to some firm to design my store, I've had to pretty much take a crash course in web design.
I chose Go Daddy because hands down, they are the cheapest place to register domain names. Right now they have .info registrations for 89 cents...for the entire year! The .biz registrations are just 5.99 for the year..and even the .com registrations are at 9.99 for the year.
I went with Host Gator for hosting not only because they are cheap (you can't beat unlimited domains and bandwidth for $10-15 bucks a month), but they come with a host of different platforms for your needs. They have a variety of ecommerce platforms available that will literally be up and running in about 2 minutes.
My blog is a subdomain of my ecommerce site, so I didn't have to pay for a separate domain name, just went to the c-panel and hit the ADD SUBDOMAIN button, and my blog was created. I hit the INSTALL WORDPRESS button and my blog was up and running in less than 5 minutes.
I chose to use Open Cart for my store because by far it was the simplest to use. At this stage I don't need all the bells and whistles. I can list products, sort them by manufacturer, brand, price....etc. I can setup discounts, sales, and promo codes...and include any feature articles I want. You can also upload a logo (which I created by downloading a free trial of Photoshop and watching you tube on how to use it). The best part is that Open Cart didn't cost me a dime.
So that's what I did to get up and running. It's all I know so far and I hope it helps you to get started.