1: Getting Started

Just as the process of building a house does not begin with a hammer, creating an e-commerce site does not start with your computer. Well, you’ll probably use your computer for research, but actual coding is a step that comes much later. In this chapter, you’ll learn how to get started developing your e-commerce site. The goal is to explain two things:

• The actual steps you’ll need to take

• The perspective I have on e-commerce, which is also to say the perspective of this book

While the point of this book is to provide concrete answers and usable code, there will be some subjects, especially over the next few pages, for which I cannot tell you what to do. In such cases, I try to identify what questions you’ll need to answer ...

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