Lately I've been contemplating setting up my own web store.
Etsy has been treating me well, tho I can't help but worry that someday it will go the way of eBay. I used to do very well on eBay when I started selling on there years ago, but back then it was just a huge yard sale with all kinds of odd stuff. Now I barely do anything cuz everything favors the buyers and large volume resellers. I fear that eventually Etsy will succumb to the forces of evil and become a place for crappy brand new fake craft stuff.
So I've been thinking that I might as well try setting up my own site to hedge against future instability. If nothing else it looks good to have a simple business card with "doctorgus.com" or something where people can find me. And the money I avoid on Etsy fees could be applied to advertising so I do not get completely lost in the mists of the interwebs.
Anybody have any experience owning/running/setting up a store with carts and all that?
Any suggestions where I should go for hosting or services? I've been looking at places like www.dreamhost.com/hosting.html
, they seem to have nice bandwidth and space as well as having a green initiative which is a nice tie-in with my theme on top of it. I am pretty good at generic coding, but I would need a cart checkout system and it feels a bit daunting to start fom scratch. Should I start on a wordpress kinda page and upgrade from them (but they don't do carts, right? idk)?
Will I just get lost in the internet and should I just find more sites like etsy to sell on simultaneously? What other sites like Etsy should I be considering selling on in the meantime?
Do any of my watchers here do web design and might possibly be interested in doing a freelance job for me? I would just need you to get the site up and running in a way so it's kinda turnkey operation that I could fiddle with later.
Any help or random thoughts on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Perhaps I should be a hardcore artist creating for art's sake and refuse to sell anything. I don't believe I would make a good starving artist though.