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Setting up Magento from scratch

Monday, July 6th, 2009

I'm currently investigating a number of options for setting up a basic e-commerce site. My first inclination was to try and push the limits of WordPress. There are a number of shopping cart plugins that I could use to make it happen, however, recently I've discovered another open source e-commerce solution, Magento.

The advantage that Magento appears to have over the WordPress option is that it has been designed specifically with e-commerce in mind. This is a good thing, however, it also means that setting it up, and configuring all the options correctly can take a lot of time.

Magento lets you set up various options for products, ordering options and tax rules.

If you're interested in Magento, you can download it here:
http://www.magentocommerce.com/download

I found this cool tutorial on setting up Magento from scratch which is a must read for anyone considering using it as a shop front CMS.

At the moment I'm leaning toward Magento for my project. My only reservation being, I'm not sure I can find the motivation to pick up yet another CMS...

How to create your own search engine

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Do you have an undeveloped domain name just sitting there gathering dust? Personally, I have a couple that were purchased based on the "it seemed like a good idea at the time" principle. I'd tried parking them, but that wasn't working out for me.

So now I've decided to use one of the domains to create my own search engine, at least until I have time to develop the domain further. Keeping in mind that I literally spent 47 seconds on this, take a look at my uber search engine, you can check it out at VikingIdiot.com.

Whilst it may not look like the pinnacle of web design, you shouldn't expect too much from 47 seconds of hard labour, besides that, it's also bringing it some extra cash, from what would otherwise be a dormant domain. Want to know how I did it? (more…)

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