My first client was in the year 1999 and it was a plain vanilla HTML4 website with some small happy hacks.
I was worried about flunking out of BMS course and hence I registered a cool domain-name and started calling phone numbers in the published advertisements of **The Times Of India**. I made my first call and the guy on the other side a famous brand of shirts – called me immediately for he needed web-solutions.
For the first meet, I designed 2-3 homepage layouts to show to the client my design skills. I had no idea how will I design the eCommerce engine & which technology (asp.net, jsp, php) I will use for making the website. I also was confused about the timelines to give to the client and about the total costing and pricing.
Those days – Open Source – web stuff was PHP and only PHP. And it was still evolving. I am talking about early 2000. Now, today you have WordPress, you have WooCommerce and so many premium and totally free WooCommerce plugins and also ThemeForest.net, which has 1000’s of all kinds of themes and great plugins.
Today anybody can start a small Mom & Pop eCommerce store because of almost free WP & WooCommerce. There are other options also available like SaaS Cloud based Wix, ECWID & many more.