WEB Can someone knowledgable tell me exactly what i need

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  1. Buck something?

    Buck something? New Member

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    Hi, I would like someone knowledgeable to tell me exactly what my site needs for it to run correctly.

    Thinks I know I need:
    forms for customers to fill in
    a credit card/debit card processing service
    a way for me to receive that information
    and a way to connect all this together seamlessly

    Cost is also a factor. I am trying to keep this as cheap as possible. This business is really more for fun and a way for me to explore and sharpen my marketable skills, if it makes money great, if not it will still look good on my resume.

    Thanks for the help!
     
  2. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    what are you selling ebooks or something? :ugh2: just make an html page and use paypal checkout
     
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    Buck something? New Member

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    No, its a legit service. Its consulting, I need to look professional. Not everyone has paypal, and paypal doesnt scream professional. However I am considering google checkout.
     
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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    :ugh: far more people have paypal accounts than have google checkout accounts. and many people use google for so many other services that they don't want to use them for financial transactions. and I don't think you even have to have a paypal account to use paypal payment processing. and if you did, how is that any different than requireing them to make a google checkout account?
     
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    Actually, if google check out is like paypal, I'd rather not use it. Do you think people who aren't the most savvy technology users will trust paypal? I feel like having a 3rd party checkout comes off as cheap and unprofessional, ya know? This is just my take on the situation, if you have another perspective id like to hear it.
     
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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    most people will trust paypal more than you.. even if they shouldn't. and it's way more difficult to handle it yourself.. not only because you gotta find a processor but you also have to worry about security way more

    hell, buy.com, mtv.com, monoprice.com all accept paypal.. you think that's unprofessional?
     
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    Buck something? New Member

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    I appreciate the the knowledge/perspective.

    They accept pay pal, but I don't believe its their only method of payment. They also already have credibility as major name brand sites, while I am just a start up. Honestly if pay pal is viewed as secure, worthwhile, and not cheap by my customers I have no problem using it, but I just want to look come off as good as I can, you know?

    How much more hard/expensive (in both fees and implementation) is it to use an alternative built in payment system?
     
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    Die Antwoord New Member

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    PayPal is trusted and you don't need an account with them to checkout using their service.

    If you want to have your own payment gateway, thinks get complicated. You also need an SSL which can be pricey depending on your budget.
     
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    Pepsi1975 Mod of the Year

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    :werd: if cost is your problem, then ssl and all that will cost you more money than you want to spend
     
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    kingtoad OT Supporter

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    Users don't need a paypal account to make purchases.
     
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    Buck something? New Member

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    You guys convinced me
     
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    I also need someway for me to easily update a content section with information about events/news in the community without me using html. what would this entail?
     
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    google.com
     
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    lol wut
     
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    Id like to be able to post events/news to some certain frame on my website. how would i go about standardizing that, so instead of editing the HTML To submit an event, I write in a box press submit and it becomes posted.
     
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    Use a CMS.
     
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    PayPal is horrible and it sucks to be a merchant when a customer files a complaint. They are horrible at handling situations. I have a merchant account with Wells Fargo and I use Authorize.net as the payment gateway. They allow me to use their API on my website.

    I would talk to your local banks in setting up a merchant account.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. How do wells fargo business accounts stack up?
     
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    lol, that doesn't make any sense... the fact that they use google for so many other services would somehow indicate that they wouldn't want to use them for another service? :hsugh:
     
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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    I use google for everything.. they probably know more about me than my mother
     
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    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    Are you looking to develop something your self or find someone to make it for you? You're looking at a decent amount of money. I'd say if you're paying someone to develop it for you, then you might want to make sure you'll make money on it. Otherwise, you might be wasting money. No matter what, you will be paying for hosting, SSL certificate, any merchant fees (if you don't want to do PayPal) and domain fees.
     
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    i still don't understand how that concerns you when it comes to google checkout :dunno:
     
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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    I didn't say it concerned me.

    but if they know everything else.. why give them credit card and bank info, too
     
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    :rofl:
     
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    I have a domain, and hosting (though i think they are going under, my email bounced when i emailed their tech support :ugh: ) I have a basic site set up using a template. it looks good though.

    I still need:
    forms
    payment system
    contact form
    and a way to post event info.

    anyone else have advice?
     

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