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Hi

I am new to web design and would appreciate any help. I have just embarked as a Mature student on a course and one of my assignments asks me to build a functioning web site. So far so good, but it also asks for it to operate as a shop front with working ordering facilities with a catalogue of sample stock. I seem to be going round in circles trying to find info on how to combine all the elements. I have installed Jooomla on my PC to experiment with and do not mind paying for templates etc as long as they work for someone with 2 days Joomla experience! If any of you experienced guys can point me in the right direction I would be very grateful. I am not asking for help making the site I will enjoy doing that, just to stop me trying to re-invent the wheel and point me to the things I need.

Thanks

Pierre :huh:
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Hi Pierre,


Welcome to the fun! Please keep coming back and learning as you work through your project. In no time you'll be the one dishing out good advice to the new beginners.

Please be aware that Laurie is right on in saying that this is a big project to take on for someone with no web building experience. While Joomla does help streamline some aspects of building a website, if you are building an online ecommerce solution (which you are if you need a shopping cart), then there are quite a few non-Joomla pieces that you will have to understand as well.

Do your research, and go with a solid host. Joomla.org uses Rochen for their hosting, so you can probably trust that a Joomla site will run well there, and they will have decent support for it. Hostgator was great, they have been a bit shoddy as of late in my oppinion, but I still recommend them as well.

Understand ALL aspects of web security when running an online shop. Now, that's almost impossible, but it must be said. Get your SSL certificate work out early on. Do a little studying on htaccess and what it does. Google "security for a Joomla website" and do some research there.

In order to have a smooth learning experience, it's best to understand what you need to study...and have knowledgeable folks around to help. There are lots of those kinds of people here.

Good luck!
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Hi Pierre
I am also in the UK, I use Rochen Hosting, Click Here, not necessarily the cheapest, but I find that they have a good support. I have heard good things about Hostgator, Click Here and also 1&1.co.uk, Click Here.
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Mike, Ian and Laurie,

Thanks for you help guys. I do appreciate your advice and I know it is a bit of a steep learning curve for me. I am working my way through the tutorials and hope to get some form of site sorted out as soon as I can. The deadline for my assignment is in April so I have my work cut out! I have not sorted out a host yet. I am in the UK so if anybody has any reccomendations please let me know.

Pierre :)
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Are you working your way through the free tutorials?

What you are attempting has some fairly advanced aspects. You'll also need the Beyond the Basics and Joomla Pro courses.

I always advise new Joomla users to build half a dozen basic sites of varying styles and gradually expand their ability. I think you should build a few practice sites before you attempt an online store.

Keep talking to us, Mate!

Best wishes!
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Hi Pierre

Various people here have reported very favorably on Hika Shop - http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/e-commerce/shopping-cart/14275 and the free version combines all the elements you've been asked for and should do more than enough for you.

There are also heaps of free templates available, as well as the default examples pre-loaded into Joomla. No need to put your hand in your pocket.

It might take a while to get your head round things, but keep at it - there's always advice here too.

Best of luck

Ian
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Welcome Pierre
I assume that you may need a product range, have a look at the Joomla Extension Directory, try this site.
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