I'm quite new with website design, and I'm creating a site for a friend. I thought this project would be much simpler than it has turned out to be, and I have spent many hours searching for solutions.
The site I am creating will be selling services, and not products. All the e-commerce systems and carts I have checked out so far
have required pricing info and appear to be pretty much designed for products. Why hasn't this worked for me? This is how the site will work:
- The customer places an order through a form that is customized to which service they are ordering.
- The customer uploads documents through the order form, which are used to provide the service.
- The typical auto-responders will be sent, and notifications will pretty much instantly (instantaneous is essential)
- All the customer data filled out in the form will be sent to a MySQL database which will also be interfaced with
So far the site I've built is certainly not the epitome of web design excellence :-/; I'm learning this as I go along.
I'm thinking I may redesign the whole site from scratch with a CMS system, especially if I learn of one that is really
well-suited for what I am creating here. I am looking to use free, open-source software for all of this.
Thank you so much in advance for your help, input and suggestions!! Many hours of crawling, surfing, and slurping through the web to figure this out have had me feeling :wall: