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Old 10-21-2008, 01:27 PM   #1
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The problem: Avid slot car racer would like to use some custom parts on his slot car at the slot car "nationals" in Feb. 2009. The rules require that any non-standard part used must be readily available for purchase in order to be legal in the competition.

Now, said slot car racer has no real interest in manufacturing and selling these goodies - it would be virtually impossible to break even, much less make a profit on such an endeavor. So paying a pro $1000 to set up such a page would be madness, and purchasing (and learning to use) fully-featured web design software for this purpose would be only slightly less crazy. I'm told there are templates available that can make this sort of thing quick and easy ... recommendations?

Mr. Slot Car would be most grateful....

   
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Old 10-21-2008, 01:33 PM   #2
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What about good old WordPress? Easy to set up, provision for easy image uploads, good search, etc. And lots of support from people here if you get stuck. You can even have a free site with WordPress as host, though it doesn’t let you have your own domain name (at least not a plain one).

However, while I believe it is possible to have a shopping cart sort of thing, that would be complicated.

What is he going to sell, exactly? Plans? Actual parts? Produced on demand? Assuming (hoping!) that no one will want to buy?

If he can get away with selling plans, I suppose PDFs would do.

   
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I'll bet he's not planning on selling anything but just having a web presence would probably satisfy the rules...

Am I right Franca??? '-}}

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So paying a pro $1000 to set up such a page would be madness, ..
You can treally find someone who would set up an eCommerce site as cheaply as that???

Joomla! with VirtueMart provides an eCommerce solution - at open source prices. Free. Available here.

There are also plenty of free Joomla! templates, although a few dollars will buy something flashy.

   
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I'll bet he's not planning on selling anything but just having a web presence would probably satisfy the rules...

Am I right Franca??? '-}}
He is hoping not to have to sell anything. I think all he'd need is a photo of the product, a small bit of text describing it, a price, and some way for a customer to order it. I'll have to check, but it's possible that ordering could be by email contact with no shopping cart necessary.

   
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franca: I'll have to check, but it's possible that ordering could be by email contact with no shopping cart necessary.
I think that's a very reasonable approach...he could even state, "email me for pricing and ordering"

I figured he didn't really want to sell anything...'-}}

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What about good old WordPress? Easy to set up, provision for easy image uploads, good search, etc. And lots of support from people here if you get stuck. You can even have a free site with WordPress as host, though it doesn’t let you have your own domain name (at least not a plain one).

However, while I believe it is possible to have a shopping cart sort of thing, that would be complicated.

What is he going to sell, exactly? Plans? Actual parts? Produced on demand? Assuming (hoping!) that no one will want to buy?

If he can get away with selling plans, I suppose PDFs would do.
Supposedly he has a domain name reserved on GoDaddy. He also has web space available under another domain name but would rather use the new domain name.

He's hoping he can get away without needing any sort of shopping cart system. The product would be actual parts produced on demand. I think. Or perhaps he would make up a small batch of extras to keep on hand for himself and others.

   
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I think that's a very reasonable approach...he could even state, "email me for pricing and ordering"
I'm hoping that will be sufficient unto the rules ... will ask him if that will fly. That would make everything much simpler.

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Now, whatever gave you that idea? LOL!

   
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You can treally find someone who would set up an eCommerce site as cheaply as that???
Believe me, that was not a comment on the value of the service. Just not an option when eCommerce is not the real goal.

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Joomla! with VirtueMart provides an eCommerce solution - at open source prices. Free. Available here.

There are also plenty of free Joomla! templates, although a few dollars will buy something flashy.
Thanks - will check that out. ("Flashy" is neither required nor even desired for the unwilling salesman. LOL!)

   
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OK, it's confirmed - no shopping cart required. Phew! His project is now a whole lot simpler....

   
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