Additional Resources


There are many, many kinds of e-commerce solutions out there. If you want to sell something online, it will really payoff to do some research first and find the right solution for you. Below is just a small sample of what is available.
For simple ecommerce, a great place to setup an account so that you can take credit cards and sell product and services online. Google checkout offers a similar service.
One of many companies that offer shopping cart, merchant gateway, inventory and customer list services for a monthly fee.
Open source software that can be installed on your site, so you can set up inventory and handle sales. You will need the help of a developer to get it set-up, but it does give you a way to manage your own inventory and sales. Works with PayPal or a merchant account.

A plugin for WordPress sites that allows you to have a fully functional cart as part of your site.


Several sites that are set up so you can have a free blog without having to setup your own. Your site can have a direct link to these.
This site can set you up with a free blog, or if you go to, provide free software so you can set up your own blog on your own hosted site. WordPress started as a blogging platform, but it’s really a content management system, that can be customized to pretty much anything you need in a site. This site is built with WordPress.

Free Software

FireFTP, an FTP program that works as a Firefox plugin, right in the browser.

Irfanview, a nice easy to use piece of software for editing image files. Not a replacement for Photoshop, but an alternative if image cropping, resizing, etc. is all that’s needed.

Gimp, a more complex, open source alternative to Photoshop.

Komodo Edit, a Dreamweaver like open source software for creating and editing web pages.

Where to find out who owns a domain name and if yours is listed properly.