Quick backstory : I've built a couple websites now and Im about to take on my first ecommerce for a friend. Ive worked with a few before but just have some questions re: resources that will be good to learn from/read or any insight anyone can offer.
I am really comfortable with html and css (not so much html5 and css3 if im writing from scratch) and a decent understanding of php but a lot to learn.
The way I was going to go just because I dont wanna spend time building things from scratch...
So Im just putting together all the requirements and now that Im mulling over the project a few questions come to mind.
1) How important is it that I get a theme thats "eCommerce ready" - is there a few tutorials and then trouble shooting worth doing to help learn how it works? More learning the better.
2) Is there a smart way to approach the ecomm side? Ive got a list of about 15 different products. All of them have variations of some degree, 11 have 2 different variables. The variations and variables Im not sure how to handle and boggles my brain a bit.
The F.U Too Pendant
2 chain sizes: 16" or 20" - choice 1
3 materials: sterling silver, rose gold, yellow gold
3) Security - if the site is processing payments, what kind of precautions do I need to take? Any good reading to suggest?
4) How long would it take a decent developer to pump out the ecomm side?
Any insight or direction on learning would be greatly appreciated.