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I agree and disagree with Andreas' answer. Yes, it totally depends on your userbase. But my grandma sure as hell doesn't care if her favourite site has been 'secured' by McAfee. She'd want to know what a coffee company has to do with her website. And as a sysadmin I also know that those certifications are bogus to a certain extent. However, I also ...


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What do I ask to determine competence and integrity of the individual? You should ask for past work experience, examples of his/her work, and maybe education. Don't be too intrusive, or he may raise his prices. Is there a chart of reasonable costs? This depends entirely what is being done. Just some examples: Digital Designs [prices] MAGIA Internet ...


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I think the best way would be to integrate the shop in the current site (therefor under the same domain). SEO: One domain for both would strengthen that domain (all links lead to this domain, so they are not splitted between info site domain and shop site domain). Usability: Visitors could switch seamlessly between info pages about the company and the ...


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While Imgur is an image hosting service, their service is intended for the images to be commented upon, rated and shared within that site by members of their community. Their TOS (under "Stuff not to do") does state "don't upload .. advertising (and) solicitations". Even if your e-commerce site doesn't sell products or services, the TOS also specifically ...


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To my mind, it will make more sense to use 410 gone status code in this case. The requested resource is no longer available at the server and no forwarding address is known. This condition is expected to be considered permanent. Clients with link editing capabilities SHOULD delete references to the Request-URI after user approval. If the server does not ...


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If you have never done it before and have tight schedule and budget then i'd say you are doomed anyway and have to choose whatever has the shortest learning curve for you. Best choice out of these would be Magento but it has the longest learning curve and you'd be well comfortable with this platform after 6 months hands on working with it. I would not ...


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Why not throw a 410 Gone HTTP status header so the search engines know those pages no longer exist. On the page that you display let the user know the product has been discontinued and offer links to existing products that may suit their needs. Also offer obvious links to your home page, site map, and contact page. This will allow them to then navigate to ...


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I tried to make the below as general as possible for the individual looking for a small website or someone looking to undertake a large web project. It is meant for someone who knows little to nothing about web development. Questions to ask and think about First ask yourself what are your needs? Then does the person/company fill your needs? Is the person ...


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Depends on what you're looking to achieve. If avoiding fees is the most important thing, you need to do the math and decide what vendor is going to give you the best deal based on your transaction volume. If you need greater programmability, you might consider going to Authorize.Net, but it may cost you more with the gateway fees + merchant account fees.


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Users first!!! Catering to search engines instead of users is a recipe for failure. Good usability would be to redirect them to a page that explains that the product doesn't exist anymore and invite them to explore other related items. That way you don't lose the visitor due to a bad link or confusion. After all if they are following a link expecting one ...


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If a piece of content has been intentionally removed from the site, then naturally that page's PR will disappear. That's the appropriate behavior. PR represents votes from other users indicating that they believe that the linked page is valuable. So if the content they voted for has been removed, then naturally their votes should be discarded. Now, you ...


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A lot of this comes down to the old question of whether to use an existing service/product, or develop it yourself. Pros of using an existing product/service are: quick to launch community of users to provide support and feedback cost effective will probably do 95% of what you want out of the box Cons of using an existing product/service are: ...


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Your friend is right. Cookies are sent with every request, even for things like images, so you have to make sure everything is being sent securely if the cookies are sensitive. The browser warnings only occur when there's a problem with the server's certificate. The most common problems are an expired certificate, an improperly configured certificate (i.e. ...


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That is because Alexa does not know how much traffic your website gets. They depend on users with their toolbar visiting website to get an idea of how much traffic to website gets. So the lesser trafficked site is getting more Alexa toolbar visitors then the other site. That's why you shouldnt be paying any attention to Alexa.


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A lot of it depends on the resources you have available, email is a great option if you have a list, social sites such as stumbleupon if you have the right content. The search engines can drive a lot of traffic, if your site is not yet ranking, you can take advantage of any applicable universal search features, in addition to the shopping results you already ...


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Security certifications are typically based on the results of a penetration test, which gives an indication of how difficult it is for ethical hackers to get past the security controls. Where this testing is done by experienced professionals this can be very useful. However Any security test is a point in time: a new 0-day exploit could be released the ...


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"If a product page has a good PageRank but, is not sold throughout the year, how to deal with it?" Prompt visitors to register for product alerts: "Thanks for your interest in [William Wonka's Exploding Chocolate Eggs]. Submit your email address and we'll tell you the moment we have more." Amazon prompts visitors to check out and purchase the product ...


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PHP 5 e-commerce Development starts by creating a simple MVC-style framework, then continues to teach you how to build an e-commerce system with PHP. Effortless E-Commerce with PHP and MySQL teaches custom e-commerce development with PHP. WordPress 2.9 E-Commerce shows how to use PHP, WordPress, and the WP-Commerce plugin to build an e-commerce site. ...


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Keeping the session cookie secure is surely one of the biggest problems, if a site switches between secure and non secure pages. But that's only a problem, because most sites combine session handling and authentication. If you use the session cookie exclusively for maintaining the session, you can avoid this security risk: ...


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This is a problem because it potentially will cause duplicate content issues with Google. But you can just use canonical URLs to indicate the one URL you want to represent that page. That easily solves the problem.


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You can create a product with options in PayPal which is easy to use and setup. You just copy and paste their code onto your website and visitors can select the product and colours and add it to their cart. I would go with PayPal over Google Checkout she'll get many more orders with PayPal since more people use it. http://www.mals-e.com/ is another free ...


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You can't just take content from another site without permission, even if the content is user-generated. You will first need to check the terms and conditions of the site to see how user-submitted reviews are treated. I imagine there are two common cases: Submitted reviews become property of the site (in the same way that if you wrote an article for a ...


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If the content is the same then changing HTML will make no difference to rankings, although you may get a tiny boost from better page speed. Generally, having a lot of 301 redirects isn't a huge problem but with 45,000 pages you should be careful to not make any mistakes! Make sure you are consistent; in your case you will have a one-to-one mapping of URLs. ...


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It starts to make financial sense to leave PayPal when your total sales are over $100 million per year. PayPal now (August 8, 2010) charges the same rates across all accounts. $0.30 per transaction plus 1.9 - 2.9%. The lowest competitive fees I could find at this time is $0.23 per transaction plus 1.5%. If you are averaging ten $50 transactions per day, ...


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I may be a little old-school here, but PayPal says "amateur" to me. Credible and trustworthy e-commerce sites take real credit cards for payment. Never underestimate the value of trust in e-commerce. Look to Authorize.Net for this, as they are great. See this question for more.


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This isn't the first issue I'd worry about for SEO for an e-commerce site. What is more relevant is making sure that each page is unique enough from other pages that it doesn't become duplicate content. The problem with most ecommerce sites is that each product page has very little unique text in comparison to other pages using the same template. Ways to ...


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I've not tried it but I believe Magento has pretty robust language and currency support. I would suggest going with a CMS that is designed with eCommerce in mind rather then trying to get an eCommerce solution out of one that isn't designed for it. (It's possible to get a good webshop out of WordPress or Drupal many do but imho it's better to start with an ...


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There are couple of e-commerce modules in Orchard Gallery atm. I'd advise you to watch Drew Robbins build a Flower Store at MIX11. It's short, but may be a great help! HTH


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Some good practises to consider: Create unique, hard to guess certificate keys Keys should be hard to guess even if that means that they're also harder to type. You may wish to consider random.org to generate true random alphanumeric keys using their HTTP api. The site seeds the pseudo-random string generation algorithms that programming languages use with ...


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"1. Am I off base or am I approaching this correctly?" I'd suggest that you're off base. Your current process: Make a huge feature list that results in a complex site build. Find someone to build everything as cheaply as possible. A better process would be this: Set a budget based on what you can afford to pay. Ask several developers what features ...



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