I plan to install the software on my shared server; I will apply updates, patches, upgrades as necessary. Any issues with this approach?
Root or Sub
Can I install to subdirectory and easily access the store from my root? Or better to install directly to the root?
Is it best to maintain two instances—development and production? Once the site is live, I can apply patches/upgrades in development to validate and then migrate the same to my production site (after backing up of course). I can export/import products, can I do the same for configurations?
Rather than build out an entire store, I want to create a couple of categories, add some products and test the shopping cart, payment, shipping methods. I want to demonstrate the website/shopping cart are fully functional before spending hours loading products. Is this a good plan? To do, I’ll need to establish merchant & shipping accounts and obtain SSL certificate for my site.
What’s the best method for shipping? UPS or USPS? If shipping is based on weight, should I add additional weight to accommodate packaging (box, tape, packing material, etc.). Can you recommend a high quality shipping extension?
What’s the best method for payment? Google Wallet, Paypal, Authorize.net? Assume I will have very small transaction count and want to keep costs low. Can I have both google wallet and paypal? Can you recommend a high quality merchant?
Do you recommend manually upgrading the software or using tool such as Softilicous? Installatron? Are there advantages?
At least initially, I’d like to go with a standard (simple) default theme. I want to get the store up and don’t want to hassle with broken themes due to extensions, etc. How often do themes break with upgrade?
How often do extensions break during upgrades? At a minimum, I need the following functionality, can you recommend high quality extensions (side bar nav and carousel).
1. Need a sidebar navigation mod
2. Need a carousel mod
THANKS to all who respond.