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Shopify or self-coded eCommerce

Some of my friends are starting an eCommerce store and I am have to make the website for it. Now I think I can make an eCommerce website as I have completed the "tshirts4mike" course in PHP from treehouse. Now though I would like to code the website as it would help me enhance my skills but my question is:

Should I code the store myself or use a platform like shopify?

I can code the store, I want to. But would it be better if use an eCommerce platform(due to problems like security issues,database management etc)


2 Answers

If you are using paypal to manage your shop and your customer details are correctly and safely stored in a database, but you don't collect any sensitive payment details, then you should give it a go and go keep learning about security every opportunity that arises. Most of the paypal integration options are relatively safe to implement since the security is handled at paypal's end.

Don't try to go beyond what you're certain of for a live site though, so don't capture sensitive information if you're not sure how to secure it.

Andrew Whitfield I can't use Paypal. I live in India and Paypal is not very popular here. I would add another payment gateway option which would provide the option of using a debit/credit card to make the payments. This is the platform I would use if I don't code the website myself Zepo.

I would love to hear your views on this.