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The Port Web Design located in Maine and NH  specializes in professional E-commerce website design and website development solutions.

Transform your WordPress website into an attractive E-Commerce store delivering enterprise-level quality and features, Whether you’re operating a superstore selling thousands of products, or just a sole ownership selling handmade arts and crafts we have you covered

Smart dashboard widgets & reports
Keep an eye on incoming sales and reviews, stock levels, general store performance and statistics all from your dashboard or go to the reports section to view stats in more detail.


Payment Gateways and Shipping Methods
Payment gateways and shipping methods are important to any store – our E-Commerce system comes bundled with several popular options including PayPal Standard (for accepting Credit Card and PayPal account payments), Cash on Delivery, flat rate shipping or  free shipping.

Premium Extensions
Need a specific payment gateway? Perhaps additional shipping methods? Plenty of eCommerce extensions.

Multiple Addons and Widgets.

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  • Professional Custom Design
  • WordPress Content Management System
  • Admin Control Panel
  • Easy Store Administration.
  • Integrated Payment System
  • Authorize.net, Paypal, 2Checkout and more…
  • Base Country/Region
  • Target Markets, Currency Settings
  • Social media, Facebook, Share
  • Blog / News Section Set up
  • Special Discounts – Coupons
  • Product Reviews, Featured Items Widgets
  • One Page Checkout
  • Email receipts contact & purchase
  • Set up & Customization of tax & shipping
  • Client’s Account & Maintenance
  • Advanced Search products & Categories
  • Related products on product detail page
  • New Product Widget – Products Slideshow
  • Add to Wishlist, send to a friend
  • Products Comments, Stock Availability
  • Product variation management
  • Ready to add unlimited products and categories
  • Reviews, Comments, Ratings
  • FREE 3 Hours Training
  • Site maintenance if needed
  • 24/7 friendly support (phone or email}

Your quote will depend on how many products, categories and specials you will ask us to set up. We can set up only 2 or 3 products as samples and after training, you will feel comfortable enough to add your own products. Or we can install all your products and categories. Your budget – your choice!

Can I add products, categories or clientele information to my site by myself?
Yes, you can add/edit/delete products, add new pages or categories, edit/add/delete client accounts and information for all of our e-commerce websites or database driven websites – CMS.

Can I add a shopping cart later to my site?
Yes, at any time you can add an e-commerce system to your site. Integration fee will apply.

What forms of payment can I accept?
Cash and Checks. All major credit cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover. You can also accept payments through Paypal.

What about the cost?
Each project is unique and is different for each client. Your needs and goals will determine the cost and complexity of a project. Larger and complex sites obviously will cost more than a simple and small “brochure” site.. A database driven website, E.commerce or content management system (CMS) site can go for under $1500 to …$20,000….We can give you an exact pricing when we know your specific needs and requirements.

What are the maintenance costs on a website?
Once a site is completed there are no maintenance costs associated with the site but – optional – you can sign up for our WordPress Care Packages & Maintenance Plans. You will need to keep your plugins and WordPress version up to date at all time to protect your website from malware or hackers. There are hourly costs if you don’t have a maintenance plan. Change to the design, add new pages, products or additional functions are not included in the maintenance plans.

There are web hosting expenses (see hosting plans here). Web hosting  is a must to link your domain name to your web server where your website is located – your hosting plan gives you an internet presence 24/7.

Is there a charge to change or update my site?
There is no charge if you have a content management system (CMS) where you can access the backend of the site with user ID and password security, make all the change you need as often as you like. In the event you want us to update your website for you there are hourly costs associated: $95/hour is the usual fee. We will be glad to assist you with any change. We can be reached by phone at 207-967-4691 or by email.

How long does it take to complete my website?
Most projects take around one or two months. If a project takes longer than a couple of months to complete, the most frequent reason for the delay is that we have to wait for the client’s digital material. We’re pretty persistent about getting it, but sometimes clients just aren’t able to give it in a timely manner.

Do you take credit cards?
Yes, we do.

What are the first steps if I want a database driven website?

  • First, you need to know exactly what you want your database to accomplish
  • Next, visualize your database from the perspective of your customer (front end) and the administrator (back end).
  • Finally, contact The Port Web Design, explain the requirements of your database and we will give you an accurate quote.

How does The Port Web Design make my online business secure?
The first component is a high quality web development. The WordPress web development of your online store needs to be well organized and cannot contain any security holes. We use all the right plugins to secure your website.

Who Needs a *Dedicated IP Address?
Usually *dedicated IP addresses are used for large websites or secure e-commerce websites using database and payments online and need their own SSL certificates.

* SSL Certificate (secure sockets layer):
The final component to a secure online store is the use of an SSL certificate. This is a secure connection between the customer’s computer and your online store. The secure server encrypts the personal information being passed from your customer’s computer to your online store protecting your customer’s privacy.

* Database:
A database is a collection of related records stored on your hosting server. For retrieval and sorting, each record is usually organized as a set of data elements designed to store and retrieve stored information

* E.commerce or Electronic Commerce:
This covers a range of different types of businesses, from consumer-based retail sites to business exchanges trading goods or services between corporations.

* PHP Hypertext Pre-processor:
PHP is a programming language that allows web developers to create dynamic content that interacts with databases. PHP is basically used for developing web-based software applications.

MySQL or “My Structured Query Language” is a relational database language. MySQL is an open source relational database management system that uses Structured Query Language (SQL), the most popular language for adding, accessing, and processing data in a database. Because it is open source, anyone can download MySQL and tailor it to their needs in accordance with the general public license. MySQL is noted mainly for its speed, reliability, and flexibility

* IP address:
Internet Protocol address: a unique ID that computers use in order to identify and communicate with each other on a computer network utilizing the Internet Protocol standard (IP).

* Dedicated IP Address (or static IP) vs Shared IP:
A static (or dedicated) IP address dedicated to a single website is unique to your domain name and your space on the server (on the web). Your website will have the same identification number for its lifetime. (eg.. Dedicated IP addresses are considered to be premium real estate on the internet. Another benefit of a dedicated IP address is that website will have more control over their search engine results.

* Shared IP address:
Most websites on the internet are hosted on shared IP addresses, which means that one server with one IP address holds multiple domain names.

The Port Web Design offers *E-commerce solutions in Maine and New Hampshire!

Whether you need a small shopping cart for your little boutique or a marketplace that will reach the world or just let your clients manage their account online, The Port Web Design has the capability to integrate business databases with websites to provide a complete enterprise solution! Using the latest technologies, or starting from scratch, we can advance your website into the 21st century.

The Port Web design team provides online *database development services and high-quality programming. We specialize in *PHP and *MySQL (FREE with hosting packages!) database planning, code writing, implementation and design integration. We also provide *SSL certificate to secure your site.

E-Commerce clients who host with us are provided with a FREE *Dedicated *IP address and FREE SSL.
To conduct business on the Internet, you need an e-commerce website. An e-commerce website can be as simple as a catalog with an order form, or it can be a complex multimedia-enabled website with real-time credit card processing capabilities.

Or simply use a database to store and keep track of your daily, monthly or yearly reports and clientele, and let your clients manage their account online!

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