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Hey guys, Just trying to get my ducks in a row for an ecommerce website. I'm setting up a zencart-based website and am rounding the final lap on completion. I couldn't find an all inclusive post on this. I want to be able to recieve payments via paypal and credit cards.

What I think you need (basics):
payment gateway
merchant account (plan to use paypal which apparently has both gateway and merchant account capabilities)
SSL certificate

My question is, what all is needed to complete a fully working zen cart website (i.e.: services that I need to purchase, how to setup shipping rates, or anything else similarly tedious)

Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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Hey guys, Just trying to get my ducks in a row for an ecommerce website. I'm setting up a zencart-based website and am rounding the final lap on completion. I couldn't find an all inclusive post on this. I want to be able to recieve payments via paypal and credit cards.

@PsychicTide

Are you familiar with any programming?

It's not hard to set-up an e-comm website. It's like learning a CMS.

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Indeed, very familiar. I'm a computer science major not far from graduation and have been a freelance web dev for about 7 years. I just want to make sure I have everything in order as I'm not 100% certain of the parts of an active e-commerce website (I just took care of logic/algos, in the past someone else took care of the services which needed to be purchased to complete everything else).

Anything for the framework has great doumentation, but the services/frameworks I'm assuming I need are as follows (very basic):
SSL
Custom Code / Framework (Zen Cart)
Merchant Account + Payment Gateway (PayPal + PayPal Express checkout)

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@PsychicTide

SSL

That is from your host server.

Custom Code / Framework (Zen Cart)

Since you are developer, then it wouldn't be any issue at all creating & writing the code.

There is a default template you can used.

Merchant Account + Payment Gateway (PayPal + PayPal Express checkout)

You need to know how to implement that. That is separate from the website.

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why dont you go for opencart that is very easy in use and fast you can also make multistore easily on them...

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Alright, I've setup my website using a paypal sandbox account (testing purposes), guess all that needs to be done is purchase the SSL and set it up (I hope). thanks for the help guys.

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Alright, I've setup my website using a paypal sandbox account (testing purposes), guess all that needs to be done is purchase the SSL and set it up (I hope). thanks for the help guys.

@PsychicTide

You are close to be be done! Congrats. I thought you might take some time of doing this but you done it quick.

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