“How hard can it be …”

“Well, that was your job …”

These are words are an expression of an attitude that could break your shopping cart project. If you start into your first shopping cart project, expecting that you can put it together in an afternoon, you will find yourself with a stressed afternoon … and evening … and next day. If you expect a staff member or contractor to put your shopping cart project together in an afternoon, you may send that person looking for employment elsewhere.

So, sit back, have a cup of tea or coffee, and let yourself soak in the learning curve. Here are a few of the topics you need to consider:

  1. Do you have high quality, digital photos of all your products?
  2. Do you have digital descriptions of all your products?
  3. Do you have all the information about your products in a spreadsheet or other format that can be easily imported into a shopping cart system? If you don’t, products will have to be entered one at a time, and you won’t be happy with the time and cost.
  4. Is that spreadsheet correct? (One time a man told us to take the list of his products from his web site. We proceeded to do that only to find that he had products that were “discontinued”. He was very angry at the work we had done.)

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