i need something like ecommerce but without the buy part. i want to have a page full of thumbnails of bikes and then when you click on one of the thumbnails it takes you to a description of that product. I dont want to have to manually put each thumbnail up and then make a page for it so what can i do? any programs that do this? the description page is not gonna let them buy that product, just see a picture of it and tell stuff about it.
In that case, it's simply a product catalog. eCommerce typically (not always) has these components:
- Product catalog (for browsing, searching and view product details)
- Shopping cart (well.. for shopping)
- Payment (Payment or request for quotation etc)
If it's just product catalog and the product range is small (say less than 20), a lot of such sites just use content pages to display the product listing and details.
One step further will be to use frameworks which have catalog or eCommerce module/plugin support. Drupal's Ubercart, Joomla's ShoppingCart extension etc are some of them. You can disable the shopping cart/payment options to just showcase the products without shopping carting and payment.
What you want is a simple 'Product Catalog' -- still database driven content, but without additional e commerce functionality.
If you're totally new to web development, you might want to make life easy on yourself and start out by getting a self-hosted installation of WordPress setup. It takes literally only minutes, has a vast amount of plugins you can search through and find something to your liking, and can be themed to your liking.
Check it out: http://wordpress.org/
And the WP Extend Plugin directory here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/
And the WP Extend Themes directory here: http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/
All free and open-source, but there are those who develop Commercial products and themes for WordPress as well. It's VERY well support and used by millions.