Well, I landed my first web design job for about $180. We agreed that it would be an informative website with about 30 pictures of her products, and if customers were interested they could call and order.
Well, I met with her today and she and her husband changed theirs minds. They now want to do a "cart" system, which I've never done before. I know little about them, but did explain to her that they cost money and that you have to purchase an SSL certificate.
Am I in over my head here guys? Is it THAT difficult to do? The host will likely be A Small Orange who runs CPanel so the SSL thing is no problem, but I've heard carts use PHP and MySQL and crap I've never heard of or learned...I only know HTML and a little CSS and can copy and paste JAVA when needed. Should I tell her that she needs to rethink her plans? I'd really love the $180 but my thing is customer service and doing a good job, and if I can't pull it off, I don't want to do it.
So I guess what I'm asking is, can I pull this off, and if so, can anyone link me to some good tutorials or walk me through it themselves? I know this is asking a lot...
The site that I found for a cart service so far is called Zen Cart
...it seems pretty straight forward but who knows. I'll also need to find some place to get an SSL certificate...which I also have no idea how to acquire....I definitely think I'll need to up my price though because this will take time and effort that I didn't factor in to the original estimate.
Thank you all.
EDIT: Um...my God. These SSL certificates are like a thousand dollars...PER YEAR. Is that really true? That's the price on VeriSign for one of the more basic ones..