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13 Easy Ways to Find the e-Commerce Solution That Does Not Suck

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Do you have problem to start your own e-Commerce website? Did your last shopping cart ended up losing you money? We had problems with building an e-Commerce website when we first started. We have heard many horror stories too. Here is a story of our client that you probably can relate to and also can serve as a reminder to us all.

Bob (not his real name) had an idea to sell some watches on the internet. Yes, watches because he thought everybody wear watches so he should have a good market to sell to. Forget about this idea being profitable or not, but lets us focus on the costs for him to start the business. Firstly he went to a web designer to design his website. He spent about $2000 for that.

After that, the web designer advised Bob to get a web hosting account so he can preview his storefront prototype live on the internet. Bob ended up at subscribing to a hosting plan for a year with Lunarpages costing him about $120. Any other web host will cost about the same, be it Hostgator, Godaddy, Bluehost, Hostmonster, iPowerWeb, or PowWeb because 1 year is the shortest period these companies promote and prefer people to pay. Next, Bob hired a web developer who installed an open-source shopping cart, did some customization to fit Bob’s business needs and installed the shopping cart on Bob’s web hosting service. That was another $3000. Added to that was the payment processor charges like Worldpay setup and miscellaneous integration charges which is about another $700.

To cut the story short, after all the spending, Bob’s web store plan did not follow through because he failed to execute the marketing part of the business plan. He spent a total of about $5820. So he lost them all. Luckily his business idea did not involve any stocks to keep.

After sitting down with many e-Commerce startup owners, we came out with these steps to avoid.

Did You Make one of These 13 e-Commerce Startup Mistakes?

These are 13 sure ways to lose money on your e-Commerce venture

  1. Your store management panel cannot be accessed from ordinary browser.
  2. You cannot quickly setup a store, but require help from web designers, PHP developers or may be more people.
  3. Be ignorant on which providers the majority of top 500 Internet Retailers are using.
  4. You do not check if your Shopping Cart Software is built on good server to ensure reliability.
  5. Software installation on your desktop is required – hence can be maintained from only that PC/Mac.
  6. The e-Commerce solution cost thousands for design, customization, search optimization etc. before your business can start.
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Homestead Sucks. Go Home Instead?

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Looking for a reliable Homestead reviews? Heard about Homestead complaints? Some say Homestead eCommerce hosting sucks? Did you hear some Homestead issues, Homestead.com hosting problems or negative customer experiences? Can these negative reviews be trusted? Heard some horror stories and limitations about this Intuit product? READ THIS HOMESTEAD REVIEW FIRST!

If you are considering to get a web store account from Homestead, you may want to (or probably have tried to) search for the keywords “Homestead Sucks” or “Homestead bad” on Google. However, the result may confuse you. Perhaps you have read tons of good stuff and rave reviews about Homestead thus far.

Did the Homestead experiences like below made you think twice to signup with Homestead?

  • “…(in 2005) I tried to visit the URLs of my websites today, and ALL of them are down…”
  • “…You won’t get PHP or MySQL or other features…”
  • “You can’t upload anything but .jpg and .gif files to your pages…“

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Amazon Webstore vs BigCommerce

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We often hear people complaining that their web hosting service or the ecommerce solution provider sucks, but the statement is never backed by quantitative facts and numbers.

For all the geeks that we are, we can’t resist pouring numbers to every aspect of life, and here’s an interesting way to look at Amazon Webstore to see if it is one of the best ecommerce hosting solution today:

  1. Open an Excel sheet for data processing.
  2. Google “Amazon WebStore” and record down the number of results returned, say result ‘A’. We found about 2,000,000 results.
  3. Google “Amazon WebStore sucks” and record down the number of results returned, say result ‘B’. We found more than 80 results for this search.
  4. Divide result ‘B’ (the number of “sucks” result) by result A.
  5. The answer of the equation in (4) is the “Suckage Ratio”- the lower the number, the better the hosting company you’re reviewing.

The be more accurate, we should also search for “Amazon Web Store sucks”, “amazon webstore sux”, “Amazon Webstore complains”, and other variation of misspells, just incase some smart a** cannot even spell the e-commerce hosting name right, and then we add these numbers to figure B. Continue reading Amazon Webstore vs BigCommerce

eBay Prostores Suck?

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Looking for a reliable ProStores reviews? Heard about ProStores complaints? Some say ProStores eCommerce hosting sucks? Did you hear some ProStores.com issues, ProStores hosting problems or negative customer experiences? Can these negative reviews be trusted? Heard some horror stories and limitations about this eBay company? READ THIS REPORT FIRST!

If you are considering to get a hosting account from ProStores, you may want to (or probably have tried to) search for the keywords “ProStores Sucks” on Google. However, the result may confuse you. Perhaps you have read tons of good stuff and rave reviews about ProStores.com thus far.

Did the ProStores experiences like below made you think twice to signup with ProStores?

  • “…they keep harassing us to enter our credit card on their site. …”
  • “Prostores is too complex!”
  • “Prostores sucks, don’t even try it…“

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