Question by inixsy: I want to open up an online lingerie business but unable to set up a website the way I want. Can anyone help?
I am trying to start an online lingerie business but have limited amount of funds at this time. I am looking for someone who can help me set up my website. If you enjoy setting up websites as a hobbie, please email me or reply to this posting. Thanks Alot.
If you have any suggestions for me about the lingerie business, please share you knowledge with me. Thanks
Answer by qadata
There are many things you need to consider especially when you are dealing with a “customer facing” applications like this one. You must have a clear understanding of the following before you could start thinking about havign a website:
1 – How the images will be captured and uplaod to the website. Who will take pictures and who will “enhance” those pictures, and who will actually upload those pictures to the website. Is this going to be you? How much time you cna spare for this; there might be a full-time employee required to do all this.
2 – How the content (images, desscription, prices, etc) will be updated? You should be able to add items, delete items, change prices, etc.
3 – Is there going to be online shopping cart? If yes, how it will be managed. What kind of payments you will accept, where you will ship/not ship, etc.
4 – Are you going to run any campaigns? discounts? promotions? how those will be managed?
5 – What kind of security measures you’ll take to protect user’s information, your application, payment information, etc. What are the levels of encryption/certifications you are going to have on your website.
After you have discussed or found solution to all of the above, it is the time to start designing the website on paper (how controls will appear on website, how the user will navigate, etc).
Best thing would be to navigate through several related websites and mark the ones you like for: 1) Images 2) Navigation 3) Multimedia (animations, flash, etc). Then start writing a document which will be for developers to describe how things will happen (Google for “Software Requirements Specifications Document”).
At this stage you might want to show how screens should look like (specially if the developers are in some foreign country where labor is cheap). Use MS-Excel to design pages for your developers. It will be amazingly simple (Hint: keep row and column height very small and mark the area which is going to be equal to user’s website resolution and work within this area).
And cheap software development is done in India, Pakistan, and rest of the third world countries or where qualified professionals dont earch much; but make sure you have enough time to deal with time differences, patience to write emails about typos and design imperfections, and committment to finish the project.
Disclosure: I am a computer professional in the US with 10+ years of experience. My development shop is in Pakistan but I am not into “outsourcing” since my developers are working with on certain self financed projects; but I can hook you up with some friends who are in the US (Minneapolis and Miami) who are running offshore software development centers in Pakistan. You can send me email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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