I am trying to help a relative to get create an online store for a small business. This is new to me and I am having difficulty with all the various materials I have been reading. Is thre a good primer on how to do it? I do not need an enterprise solution but one that works seamlessly. I have also seen there are eCommerce hosts that offer services such as BigCommerce and the rest. What is a good way to do it? Any help?
You can pick many hosting providers, but important to understand your business and how you will sell the product. This will help you select right shopping cart application.
Many free (open source) shopping cart applications offer free demos with admins that you can try before you select the cart.
For hosting, you can try siteground.com they include many shopping carts hosting
There are a number of web hosting providers that provide eCommerce applications that are included. Usually, they are available as one-click installations, so that you do not have to get your hands dirty in terms of setting up a database and uploading the software to the hosting account.
Depending on the application you decide to go with, usually there are communities for these programs that allow you to ask questions about the functionality of the software.
It’s good to ask the web hosting providers you’re interested in to see what eCommerce options are available.
You might want to consider putting up your Ecommerce site on WordPress.org. This means getting a hosting account like Hostgator or Blue Host. Then you will need to pick an ecommerce theme. Look at these two.