I have a freelance web design/development business that I started when I was in college to keep my 'resume' current. I have a few clients whose websites are not complicated, basic information websites.
A friend who is a webmaster for his psychologist has recommended me to his doctor to develop and maintain an eCommerce website for the books he has written and would like to market on his website. I was kinda dubious at first as I get friends all the time wanting to give me work but nothing really ever comes from it. Especially when he told me about the prices he quoted his doctor. $5,000 for development, $5,000 a month for SEO optimization, and $400-500 a month for maintenance. So, I looked up the doctor and yep, its legit. My friend has been his webmaster for 2 years now according to the website, and the doctor shows up all over google when you put in his name. (My friend only knows how to use Dreamweaver...and the current site is pretty aweful looking).
The doctor wants his site to be SEO Optimized to keep his site in the top of the rankings, use an eCommerce shopping cart, wants a teaser of the books to be available, wants the books converted from Word to PDF and ePub formats (another company will handle the shipping of the hard copy books via email sales orders).
As I can really really use the money (who can't right?), I want to make sure I can do this right. I've never worked with shopping cart systems nor SEO optimization tools (outside of meta data keywords, description, etc.).
The doctor wants this done ASAP, but I am going to put in a minimum 4 month project plan because I do work full time and I want to be able to ensure everything is tested thoroughly and the site meets all standards for security and best practices.
I am also looking for suggestions on hosting, windows vs. linux; eCommerce platforms, SEO Optimization Tools, security tips. Any advise would be much appreciated!