I am new to the e-tail world and I`m struggling to devise a reasonable shipping policy for my customers without going broke in today`s economy. I plan to focus on a policy within the US for right now and will have a small product category. Questions I have:
1. Is investing in shipping software right for a new online business on a limited budget?
2. Are the general shipping tables provided through shopping cart software good enough for right now?
3. Should I stick with ONE or go with MULTIPLE carriers to start shipping?
Look forward to all of your responses!jayme288/5/2008 11:36 AM
@HostRail: Thanks for the congrats. Figuring out the shopping cart is next. I may seek you out in the future!
@sddreamweavers: Good to know about he Network Solutions agreement. They are sooooo expensive too.
@infilta: Your feedback and contribution to this forum is so helpful. Everyone`s experience with different hosts gives me a lot to think about that I hadn`t read before.
Jaymejayme286/26/2008 12:24 AM
Thank you infilta and vwebworld!
This is what I have decided to do. Basically find an e-commerce solution that is not proprietary, then find a host that will allow the software. Some other people have said to ask about charges for bandwidth overage and adding items to your catalogue.
You guys have been a great help! Good luck this year in all of your ventures.
@videography: Thanks for taking the time to respond to my request. Good to hear that GoDaddy has treated you well. The "things to avoid" is extremely helpful!
@vwebworld: I hadn`t thought about what happens if/when I want to switch hosting companies. I remember reading some people ranting about the troubles of switching and that it could have been b/c of the shopping cart issue. Good to know ahead of time! I thought the all-in-one solution was the best avenue but you have definitely given me incentive to keep researching and not jump to the most "convenient" hosting company.
Have a great day!
@infilta: thanks again for the great information. I wondered about the top hosting lists. I will check out your references and do more research on what software I want for e-commerce. Are you into the NBA finals? The Lakers are getting their butts kicked.