If you have the desire to tackle the many shopping carts that you can customize you might want to look into Zen Cart, Candy Press, or OS Commerce to mention a few.
If you take on the challenge of selling online there is one forum that is a must for you. I'm talking about Creative Shop Talk. If you are new to this forum simply create a free account to access all of the information inside. When you come to the home page of this forum you will see the following statement:
"We are three things in one, Support, Resources and Promotions to your online E-commerce site. CST is a peer to peer group of online business owners who run their own website stores and come together to share their experiences and support with each other."
Listed below are some of the threads that make this such a great place to research and grow your business:
CST MEMBERS CORNER:
- CST Welcomes Our New Members
- Seller Support
- Site Review
- Members Offering Free Mentoring
LET'S TALK ABOUT OUR SHOPPING CARTS:
- Your Business Plan
- What To Think About When Shopping For A Shopping Cart
- Hosting And Domain Names
- Candy Press ASP Carts
- Zen Carts
- Other ASP Carts
- Other PHP Carts
PHOTOS AND IMAGES:
- Logos And Banners
- Photo Image Software
- Photo Tips And Cameras
These are just a few of the many Topics that can be found at the Forum. The nice thing about it is even though you may not have one of those carts that require all the programming you can still get some great advise for the cart that you do have.
I printed out a three page explanation of what I could do to our site to better it in the Search Engines from one of the members, now tell me where are you going to find someone that doesn't have a financial interest in your business that will help you for free?