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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Shopify...great product...but no thanks...

OK, so I really want to open up a "real" web store. you know...just my products, not a subset of a bigger set of items (e.g., an ebay store), where I can take credit cards, have control over the look and feel of the site, etc.

So I stumbled upon shopify (www.shopify.com), which seemed to fit ALL of my requirements. I don't have a merchant account (WAY too expensive for me right now) but I could accept CC payments via a PayPal gateway.

I spent about 3 days working on getting it to look right. It has a lot of functionality but I just couldn't get it to where I wanted it.

OK... I know...3 days is not much time to spend on setting up a web site. But I do have html experience, and web design is not all that foreign to me. I figured, though, that 3 days should be enough time for me to figure out even the basics, like getting my home page just right, determining my menu navigation, etc.

So I gave up.

For now.

But don't take this as a rip on shopify. I was quite impressed with what they had, and their pricing was fantastic (especially compared to zoovy and volusion).

Right now, I got about 5 irons in the fire. The "my own web site" thing is gonna take a lot of dedicated time for me to do the way I want; I DON'T want a cookie-cutter site that looks like everyone else's site who uses the host I ultimately choose.

Given all this, I do recommend it. It's just not for me...yet.

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