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CafePress Storeowner FAQ >

Customizing Your Store >

Can I host my store(s) on my own website?

Certainly, though the amount of time and effort you're willing to put into it plays a big part in how you do it.

If you're an HTML wizard, have a decent amount of experience with forms, and have a lot of time on your hands, you can hand-code your own store.

  • Pros:
    • it's free
    • you'll have your store on your own server, so your visitors won't leave your site
    • you can customize everything the way you like it
  • Cons:
    • it's pretty time-consuming
    • you have to be at least moderately adept at HTML, especially forms (and a little javascript, too)
    • every time you update your store, you have to make changes to your own site to match
You can also use a third-party script like cpshop that automates the process of putting the store on your site.
  • Pros:
    • easy to install, even if you're not experienced in HTML or Perl
    • you can have your store up-and-running, fully customized, in around 20 minutes
    • automatically updates when you update your CafePress store
    • you'll have your store on your own server, so your visitors won't leave your site
    • you can customize everything the way you like it
    • cpshop comes with pretty powerful options
    • someone else takes care of the maintenance (script updates)
  • Cons:
    • cpshop costs money ($19.77)
    • your server needs to be able to support perl scripts
Whatever you decide, putting your store on your own server can be very rewarding, and also looks quite professional. (But don't expect to be able to do it without spending either time or money. :)