I am starting a community web site for the surrounding areas of my hometown. It offers web design, chat rooms, message boards, e-cards, free email and free “basic” web pages for all med-small business. I’m using Home Free for the main community engine, Alias mail for the email, Host Pro as my provider and so on. My question is…I would like to give the community businesses the ability to ecommerce there sites for additional fees, but how should I do this. I’m aware of merchant accounts and providers and so on, but can I provide my own shopping cart software (Cyber Cart Pro) per paying site, have it click some how thru me, then to a secure online credit card company or do I (or the client) need to have a separate account per business. Does the client have to set this part up on there own for additional fees or what? I’d like to be able to charge 25 cents per transaction and make a little off of banner sponsors and affiliates as well (I ‘ve got a good grasp on that part). If anyone knows of a not to costly way to achieve this (electronic mall, where I run the show!) or a better way, please let me know. I getting the internet surfin’ blues. Thanks
Being able to run multiple stores isn't going to be easy to do with free software unless you know how to program and modify the script. Here are a couple of options for you though:
Cybercart IP $249 http://www.lobo.net/~rtweb/
WebMall $1799 http://www.smctechnologies.net/products/wm/
eShowcase Shopping Village $1825 http://www.eshowcase.com/
Of course if there are other solutions listed at: http://cgi.resourceindex.com/Program...hopping_Carts/
Just from quick browsing and a little looking eShowcase looks like a good buy to me. The price includes installation and setup of your mall with your logo.
[This message has been edited by wluke (edited April 27, 2000).]
To initiate secure transactions, you'll also need a certificate available from Thawte or Verisign. You'd also want to require that each site selling anything is certified with TRUSTe.
If you allowed your members to sell through your certificate, then (I think) you'd be responsible for any legal action. However don't take my word for it because I am not sure.
You'd want to verify that the member was actually who they said they are (verify Social Security # or Tax ID) so that they cannot evade any legal action from customers, and have it redirected at you.
Who the heck is Gen. Failure and why does he want to read my hard drive?
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