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How could I create a website mostly from scratch that uses pre-made e-commerce systems like payment and order processing?

I’m a computer science student trying to gain more experience in web design. A friend reached out to me saying he wanted a website that would basically be an online shop. I want to accept the task but I don’t really have much experience in web development, aside from Google Sites. I decided to try and build it from the ground up.

I started building a mock up from scratch using strictly html, css, and js. I made solid progress but then I realized that trying to create ways to accept payments, process orders, and implement customer-independent features would be really difficult, time-consuming, and most likely unsafe.

I suppose I am looking for some program that is preferably free at first, and allows for much of the site to be coded but with e-commerce features implemented. I’m not sure if this is even a thing, because I’m very inexperienced, so any advice would be appreciated.

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