I`m taking a post that iouone2 posted on a different thread ... and I hope he doesn`t mind if I start this discussion here ...
I often wonder, if I decided to leave my current shopping cart system, how difficult is it to slip into someone elses database system? I know you will need to transfer your domain name, but what about the database and purchasing structure. How much has it changed and what were the difficulties discovered in order to start over somewhere else? Do you loose everything (site design, visual structure, other)
All that I can tell you right now is ... I have some incredible resources that have steped up to the table to assist GoTruckStop.com, including several folks here at SuN`s Community Forum. (For all of you that have offered your services (here at the forum or in private msg`s) I say THANK YOU.
We changed hosting services rather easily, however I do recommend that folks back-up their web sites (ftp) on a regular basis ... as well as the data base.
The image changes have gone fairly smooth ... we are still missing a few hundred images for our products ... but that should be remedied in the next few days.
My other suggestion to folks that are not familiar with html and ftp ... get familiar. Don`t sit back and be afraid to learn. I recall a sage piece of advise I once received (gosh, and I truly forgot about it till now)
"Take control of your destiny ... or someone else will."
I wish I could share more with you at this time ... however till all the transitions are completed ... I don`t want to lead someone down the primrose path.