We are a decorative lighting distributor considering using shopify for our new e comm site. The shopify-created site (from the example sites that shopify shows) that most closely matches the look, features, and feel of what we are looking for is http://www.nest-living.com/
The market leader for the arena we'd like to enter is www.ylighting.com
At first, we just want to get our feet wet in the process of designing a layout with similar features and layout to the above-referenced sites, and to create approximately 25-50 product pages for 60-200 skus.
If we can get a layout with features that we like and find that once everything has been designed, developed and programmed by an outside consultant, which we can then take and manage the content on our own, eventually we may be looking at several hundred product pages for 1000+ products.
We are technologically savvy until we have to understand code or the difference between HTML, CSS, PHP, Joomla, etc. which is the point at which we start crying out of frustration.
We have a very detailed list of what we want feature-wise and a good idea of what we want layout wise, but how to get there from zero is where we need help. We realize some features are easier to implement than others, and have played around with shopify a bit to try and understand the process better, but all of our research has led us to conclude that we may need professional help.
We don't have a budget per se. We're looking to do this in steps by getting the basics done, working the content ourselves, and then proceeding to add more features and products.
We'd like to speak with someone familiar with shopify and e-comm in general who can take a look at the two sites we mentioned, and talk further with us about the services you can provide.
We will, of course, need to see examples of your prior work.
Please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org