Setting up a new website

Hello everyone,

It’s been a while. Last time I posted was 2015…

It’s time for definitely migrating to a modern environment. Time to put my current website in a museum.
I would like to ask you guys some advise in this respect.

Let’s start by having a look at my current website www.ilcontadinobio.it

Cute, right?

Now, for the new one it would be nice to keep some features from the old one (like the product list, possibly the accommodation e noteworthy sections and a central area where I can embed the latest from socials). Naturally, my plan is to get a good enough template and then tweak it accordingly.

I am looking for some kind of small e-commerce, I found this as a possible starting point http://t.commonsupport.com/rotterdam/index.html. It has all features I want it to have.

I know nothing about compatibility, bugs, and all problems that could arise from themes customization. I think these are the biggest issues I will face.

I would like also some advice on what hosting to choose. I currently have a basic Windows based host. Should I switch to Linux? How about having multiple domains, like .it, .de, .fr, etc. or multiple ips? Would they help in positioning and visibility?

Thank you in advance for your help

Hello @dRyW
If you want to build an eCommerce website and have experience in WordPress I think you are in the right place. As of theme customization, trust me it will make you want to pull out your hair. I’d suggest looking in to elementor or oxygen builder. No need to worry about bugs with these, they are constantly updating bugs and they have great support teams in case bugs come up. They cost the same as a theme and offer full customization (basically they are a blank theme and you use their plugin to build exactly what you want). Also take a look at shopify checkout button. It is easier then woocommerce and faster. And for your host struggle, yes, switch to a linux based. Linux hosting is normally cheaper and wordpress is designed to perform better on linux, mainly because the software it uses is linux based. Checkout Fastcomet or siteground, both are linux based.

Hello!
It’s great that you’ve decided to update your website and migrate to modern environment. Your website is really cute :slightly_smiling_face:

But your website requires a complete update: design, platform, navigation, website structure, everything. Of course, we will keep the list of products with new high-quality pictures.

What platforms do I recommend? WooCommerce plugin for the WordPress platform or Shopify SaaS. Or Magento Open Source since it allows you having one store on multiple domains.

Professionals that develop websites for big companies would begin by designing the website in terms of features, in terms that non-technical users would understand, without specifying how to do it. It might be a mistake to proceed with WordPress if you later discover you need to do something that would be better done using something else. Sure WordPress is a likely good solution but the important thing is that you need to know as much as possible what it is you will need or just want.

Of course Linux and PHP enthusiasts will consider it foolish to remain with IIS (Windows). To a large extent it is sometimes a matter of personal preference. My personal preference is to avoid PHP, please. There is much about Microsoft that I do not like but I also do not like PHP. It is possible to use C# with Linux hosting and that is something I will likely learn eventually.

Much depends on how much you want to learn. If you do not want to do any programming then the solutions are different from doing some of the programming yourself.