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BlessedWifeandMommy's avatar

Can you walk me through the steps of creating a website,where I can sell both self made DVDs and download-able content?

Asked by BlessedWifeandMommy (40points) September 15th, 2008
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cwilbur's avatar

How much technical skill do you have?

BlessedWifeandMommy's avatar

I beginning to moderate skill, I do learn quick. My husband who would be helping me, is a computer programmer.

I’ve never considered making my own website before.

BlessedWifeandMommy's avatar

I know I need a domain name and someone to host the site, but what software do I use to create the content? Also I want a shopping cart and check out system. I also need to know how to set up downloads?

tWrex's avatar

Well… As far as a program goes, I’d recommend Notepad++ or Aptana. A shopping cart system that supports downloadable content. Hmmmm…. OsCommerce does do that. Here’s how. They have a huge community and the shopping cart is very well developed.

You’re really not going to need to do a whole lot as far as creating content on the computer. You’ll probably end up doing most of that within the shopping cart software. If you want to make a custom theme for it, then yeah you’ll need some of the software I suggested, but if you can find a theme you like, then I wouldn’t bother. Have your husband help you setup the basic database connections and you should be good to go from there.

BlessedWifeandMommy's avatar

Thanks for the suggestions!

donok's avatar

I have just set up someone with – so cool and smart and customizable. And you are not having to reinvent the wheel. All there and ready to go.

tWrex's avatar

Glad I could help. Hopefully it’ll get you where you need to go.

richardhenry's avatar

tWrex beat me to the punch. Great answer. Come back here if you need more help, I’m sure I can chip in.

steelmarket's avatar

Don’t know if my comments are too late – just saw your post. Here is my very personal suggestion -I am sure others will disagree on my recommendations, but they serve me well.
1. Select a host, open an account with them (I use GoDaddy for several sites, but there are many others), select and reserve a domain name (most hosts can help here).
2. Go go and download the latest version of Joomla! (free, open source web design software).
3. Buy the book Joomla! – A Users Guide by Barrie M. North and read through it.
4. Dive in!

You can test your new Joomla site on your own computer using the free program WAMPServer – get it at .
When you are ready to go live, upload your site to GoDaddy (or whatever host) enable enable your domain name

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