Well, maybe this should read…how I did it, or better yet – how I plan to.
Firstly, besides by family – I love the web, shopping on the web, wordpress, motorcycles and volkswagens…not necessarily in that order. I work at a great company called Clickstop (who is a retailer of many goods online – check us out) – but I never like to quit learning. I came to the company a web developer and have since taken over as the eCommerce Director. One would think I totally get all things eCommerce and this little journey I have embarked on is crazy…but the thing is – making wholesale changes on sites like ours is not a real good idea.
So, to increase my knowledge – I decided to get a site going which I could continue to pursue my passions (see above) and learn more about my job and the things that go into it. So, I purchased a defunct ecommerce site called “motorcycle-fairing.com“. The site was started a few years ago as a drop shipper of motorcycle fairings direct from the factory in China. Its an interesting business model – and we’ll get more into that as we work on the site and tell the story here on the blog.
One of my other passions (see above) is wordpress. So – part of my learning process is also to see what else I can experiment with on wordpress which furthering my ecommerce knowledge. If you are familiar at all with wordpress, you know it is awesome – but it doesn’t have any ecommerce tools build in. So, after using WooThemes for quite a while – I chose to leverage their ecommerce plugin called WooCommerce for the site. WooCommerce is free, as are a number of great themes which are already designed for an online store.
My first challenge will be to get the store up and running, transferring it over from a Ruby on Rails site. Then there will be a laundry list of things to do after that.