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    Code blog into site

    Hey there,

    So I own a clothing company and I have a website that was built using a pretty intuitive generator, but I have grown to hate the limitation of it.

    This is my current site: www.SwizzApparel.com

    I have done some research on other site of people that do the same thing as me and found I want to emulate this site:

    www.freshletes.com

    If you go to his site, you will see it is quite simple. He basically has a blog layout and for his shop, he has a link to his BigCartel cart, which has been coded to look like his site.

    What I want to do is code the whole site my self, (I am a novice coder and only know html/css) so I can have full control of the layout, but I want to be able to update the content of the homepage via a blog feed, which would separate adding daily content and updating the format of the site for ease. I know this is possible because I know thats what this dude does, but I see in his source code that he is using some sort of java script to pull that data from somewhere. Can someone please direct me to the resources I need to achieve this?

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    bump. Please help me out here guys

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    one word PHP....learn it...might take a while.Or I can create a free prototype for you....it would take less time for me to build it than for you to learn then build it..let me know

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    that would be ****ing awesome man, can I get in contact with you? Im willing to do something for you in return! I have learned a tiny bit of PHP but I agree, I think it'd take me longer to learn it than it would for you to do it for me! I dont like handouts though, I'd like to do something in return if you will allow!

    Let me know how we can get in contact!

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    Swizz ...

    I'm located in Cottage Grove (I noticed you're in St. Paul). Would you rather use a WordPress site? That would be easy to set up. Freshletes are using WordPress.

    You can find a free responsive WP theme and it can be customized for your company.

    I do freelance work and may be able to help. PM me if interested.

    "responsive" site means that it renders (resizes) correctly for all browser screens / devices.

    Here is an example of a responsive themes:
    http://www.premiumwp.com/best-respon...hemes-of-2013/

    This one is a 'minimal' responsive WP theme ... about as plain as it gets ...
    http://themes.simplethemes.com/skeleton/


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    Thats awesome Im actually from woodbury haha I have a lot of friends from CG.

    I really like some of those responsive themes. Would I be able to incorporate a an ecommerce cart into one of the themes from the first link?

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    You have to do some research first and determine how you will be accepting credit cards.

    Every CC merchant is different, and the costs are different.

    Some people use PayPal, some use Authorize.net, etc. Whatever you decide, it will be directly connected to your bank account, so it has to be something you trust.

    Then, a wordpress plugin that supports (has a gateway) for the CC merchant you choose needs to be found.

    Getting all of that to match can sometimes be tricky.

    Some people choose to get a "Woo theme" from the start and use "WooCommerce", or add "WooCommerce" to an existing WP theme:
    http://wordpress.org/plugins/woocommerce/

    Then, you can use a payment gateway like Authorize.net

    If you don't sell much in a year, Authorize.net will be expensive to use. So you might choose PayPal instead. Too bad Square.com doesn't have an online payment gateway yet ... they might have it by the end of 2014?

    Square.com does have an online store, but it's not connected at all with WordPress. I mention square.com because you may already use them with an iPhone when you sell shirts at a show or event.

    How much are willing to spend each year for accepting credit cards? $50, $100, $??
    And pay fees by transaction, by the month, or both? It's not free to accept credit cards, but you probably already know that.

    EDIT:
    Getting an actual WooCommerce WP theme comes with the shopping cart system already installed ...

    Example of a nice responsive WooCommerce WP theme:
    http://flatsome.uxthemes.com/

    WooCommerce Themes:
    http://www.wpkube.com/best-responsiv...mmerce-themes/



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    I think I might actually go with the second to last link there. I really like that layout and it seems like I could customize it a lot. Its only $55. Would you recommend? Could I maybe come to you with questions?

    Thank you for the help!

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    When you go with that, you'll need to wipe out your current website and do a wordpress install. You might not like doing that.

    I'm not sure who your webhost is ...

    I recommend you buy a separate new account and do the new site all by itself. When you get it installed and working, you can either overwrite the old site or point your domain name to the new site.

    If you want, you can do this...
    1) buy a webhost account without a domain name from here, cleverdot.com
    It's only $40.
    2) install wordpress using their control panel, automatic script installer.
    3) buy the flatsome theme and upload that to the theme directory.

    Or ... PM me with all of your cleverdot or webhost info and I will install wordpress for you. You can then email me the theme files.

    Your current site will stay untouched as you develop your new site in a whole new separate account.


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