What do you need to set up a store on a page. I'm pretty sure that it's eCommerce, but I'm not really sure what that is. Is that a programming language or what?
You can set up a store with a CMS like osCommerce. Install it on a server an play a while until you are sure what are doing.
eCommerce (or Electronic Commerce) simply means the concept of doing business transaction online (on the internet). It is not a programming language, neither do you need to know programming (will be nice if you do though).
It's a very generic term which can range from selling:
- a single/few items on a static HTML/blog site linked to a Paypal payment page
- a range of items on auction/classified sites (e.g. ebay.com)
- a range of items on a ecommerce services provided by hosting or solution providers (e.g. shopify.com, smallbusiness.yahoo.com's Merchant Solutions)
- a range of items (usually well-categorised) on a custom retail site (e.g. Gap.com)
Here's a couple of interesting reads:
Choosing an E-commerce Provider
YouTube - How to set up an online store in 3 minutes
Try googling and you will find tons of resources and tools.
eCommerce is becoming a playground for the rich - the credit card companies are making it more difficult to comply with security requirements for transacions handled on your own site and so most small eCommerce sites are handing off payment processing to a third party.
Basically you need a product or products to sell, a shopping cart application that allows a site visitor to select and collect products together, then you need to send all the appropriate product details to a payment processor that will take payment from the customer for the products they have chosen.
The payment processor provider will take a hefty cut and then send you the remaining cash (not necessarily at the same time) and order and dispatch details.
How you approach adding products for sale to your website will depend very much on scale.
Paypal buy now buttons are an easy way to get started.
If you are a beginner check out Shopify here: http://www.shopify.com/
Also a review here: http://www.ashwebstudio.com/reviews/shopify-great-for-simple-e-commerce
Yeah....You need to spend about a week learning what e Commerce even is before you try to make a store... lol...
You can make e Commerce applications in pretty much any programming language, on any platform, with any features... The limits are boundless...