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What is the best way to create an ecommerce site?

May 26, 2012 12:06 AM

I want to create an ecommerce site from scratch. I want it to be like sites such as,, etc. Am I able to create sites like those through DW or do they use a different software?

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    May 26, 2012 6:30 AM   in reply to CollinPayne

    This is a broad question.  And you are looking at it from only one perspective.


    Do you know how you plan to accept payments?

    Do you know anything about the server (php, asp, mySQL, MS SQL)?

    Are you connecting an already existing system (ie: existing business) or starting the web business fresh?


    Personally I think you should look towards a commercial solution and consider hiring outside help.  As even if you go with a pre-built solution there can be a lot of hand coding involved and a lot of design work involved.  DW can help you with the coding but it will not automate the entire process for you and it is not a graphic design tool like a Photoshop or a Fireworks.  Even with solutions specific to DW like Cartweaver still require some work from the end user and coding depending on the level of customization you are looking for.

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    May 26, 2012 9:43 AM   in reply to CollinPayne

    Start at the Bank.  You'll need a Merchant Bank Account to accept on-line credit card payments as well as a payment Gateway to securely process card data.   You may need to shop around.  Some banks have very strict standards for shopping cart sites. Others are more realistic.  Either way, you need to use a shopping cart that meets Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance and is also compatible with your Gateway.


    Some Card Processors to consider (there are others) ~

    PayPal ~

    Google Checkout ~ ~


    Some Shopping Cart Solutions:



    Web Assist


    Adobe Business Catalyst ~ Built-in turn-key e-commerce









    Good luck,


    Nancy O.

    Alt-Web Design & Publishing

    Web | Graphics | Print | Media  Specialists

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    May 26, 2012 2:09 PM   in reply to CollinPayne

    The Converse site no.  Right click anywhere on that page.  It's a Flash application.  No good for mobile or anything.  Really a bad move on their part by such a large corporation.


    The Vans site is maintained by IBM Websphere Commerce platform: .


    You can typically find out a lot about what a site is made of by viewing the source code.  If you do not understand the source code, jumping to DW will be a huge leap.


    Asking if Dreamweaver can build a site is like giving you an unlimited supply of lumber, a hammer and some nails and telling you to build a house.  Some people could be a mansion with those while others might struggle to make a dog house.  Dreamweaver is a tool.  It is not a one-click solution to build those types of enterprise level sites.  It can give you the tools to make skinning a content management platform easier.  It can also make programming easier by giving you access to code hinting, code coloring and other features.  So just think of it as a tool and not a solution, because if you believe it is a solution you will be greatly disappointed.


    The applications Nancy mentioned will give you a good start because the platforms those comapnies are using could be out of your budget financially.  Usually when companies don't even post prices to solutions online and tell you to call someone in sales, it's not cheap.

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    May 26, 2012 2:21 PM   in reply to CollinPayne

    How do sites such as, Vans or any name brand clothing sites create their sites?

    Most likely they have a resident team of professional web developers or they sub-contract out to professional firms.


    Is it possible to create something similar to theirs using DreamWeaver?

    Sure.  In the same way that you can build a house with a hammer, nails & lumber. Tools don't build projects; people do.  If you have the necessary skills, DW is very good tool.




    Nancy O.

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    May 26, 2012 5:06 PM   in reply to CollinPayne

    If you're going to be using Dreamweaver, you really want to look at using Adobe Business Catalyst because it is an all-in-one ecommerce hosting solution that has been nicely integrated into Dreamweaver CS6.


    We've been using Business Catalyst for client ecommerce sites and I can't recommend it enough.  You don't have to learn PHP or SQL with BC. If you know HTML/CSS and maybe a little javascript you can do some really powerful things relatively easy because BC is designed to handle all the backend database functionality through simple modules and tags.   And the same way Dreamweaver does code hinting for HTML and CSS tags, it does for Business Catalyst's modules and tags for ecommerce and database functionality in CS6.


    So with BC, basically all you need to know is the front end coding part of building sites and you can do ecommerce sites in Dreamweaver.  But like someone else said, Dreamweaver isn't going to build the site for you.  The tools are there but it is up to you to know how to use them to their potential.

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    May 29, 2012 2:24 PM   in reply to CollinPayne

    I did a new training course on this topic at - here's the URL:

    If you don't have a membership, they offer a 7 day free trail which give you plenty of time to go through this course and maybe a few others. Here's a url for that:


    Hope you find this helpful.


    Lawrence Cramer - *Adobe Community Professional*

    PHP & ColdFusion Shopping Cart for Adobe Dreamweaver

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    Jul 9, 2013 2:46 AM   in reply to CollinPayne

    I think it is a little hard to create it with Dreamweaver you have to choose a shopping cart platform it isn't easy to handle all that features that they have by your self alone they are big companies to provide solutions for eCommerce websites. I am working with Pinnacle Cart which is easy to handle and has lots of features that you can read it all in this topic: Pinnacle Cart

    Try to have a free try of this solution and then decide that you want it or not or read here How to Create an online shopping website

    Please Reply if you have questions according to these systems

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