Creating simple online shop, pointers please!

Hi all,

I’m new here so forgive me if have posted in the wrong place!

I’m looking into building a website to be used as an online clothing shop. I found a site (link below) which I think works really well and is exactly the kind of thing I’m looking for-

Now my problem is that I’m relatively new to web design, I have many years graphic design experience but have only recently stepped into the internet side of things.

My question is how what would be involved in constructing a site like this? Would I solely be using Dreamweaver or would there be other applications involved? (I’m aware that to create the graphics for the site I would need to use Photoshop etc)
The site needs to be easily adjustable so I can add and remove stock when needed. The construction of the site at the link above appears to use a grid system when displaying products, this is the kind of thing I’m looking for.

I’m not asking for a step by step tutorial, just some pointers in the right direction would be great!

any help would be much appreciated! :slight_smile:

You would go and look for a shopping cart, already built, by a team with a lot more experience, and use that. You would NOT build the cart yourself.

Doing it yourself, you would need database and programming experience and you’d spend a fair bit of time learning these if you don’t have much experience just now, then you’d spend a fair bit of time planning, designing and testing. Then build it. Then it would go wrong. We are talking a long time here.

Shopping cart or e-commerce systems can be found via google, and there are a lot of them! Investigating to find one that suits you is slow work, as they can be styled by add-ins that you can buy, sometimes from third-parties, and the basic cart can look quite basic until you do this.

Installing such a program is relatively straightforward, often 10 - 15 minutes (but possible and hour or so of reading the instruction manual to be sure you’re doing it right). Styling the cart yourself can be intimidating for a newcomer to web design, but you can often buy add-ins that give a completely different style, and these are not too difficult to add, although some are more involved than others. In the trickier cases, the developer often others an installation service as well.

almost any beginner with a little experience could install and use a shopping cart. none could built their own from scratch unless secretly a brilliant programmer.

Hi, thanks for the reply.

I think I may have found the Shopping cart I am after, its called Prestashop and it looks like it has all i need. I don’t suppose you have any experience using? It looks like it has some nice templates and a simple to use back office (is that what you call it?)

Thanks again :smiley: