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What is an E-commerce website?
An E-Commerce website is a website that allows users to purchases products or services. Usually, the concept of a shopping cart goes hand in hand with E-Commerce. Users choose their products and add them to a shopping cart.
What are some of the complexities or E-Commerce?
E-Commerce sites need to be well planned out to account for things like:
- How many products will you be selling?
- What is the price of the product?
- Are they any per product or per order discounts?
- Are your required to charge the user taxes?
- Shipping Complexities
- How will you ship your order? Will it be standard drop shipping or freight?
- Product Photos
- How many photos of the product will be shown?
- Product Options
- Will the products have varying sizes or colors?
- Product Bundling
- If a user views product A, should they also be prompted to view product B?
- How many users are purchasing items? How many users abandon their cart?
- Payment Types
- What payment types will you accept?
- Integration with fulfillment and accounting systems
- How will you get sales information from the website to your accounting system?
- Expected Sales
- How many sales do you anticipate in your first year?
- How secure will your checkout be?
- Payment Gateways
- Which payment gateway will be best for you (authorize.net, paypal)?
What are some of the options for E-Commerce?
There are many different prebuilt store solutions out there today. Some are setup to provide a very simple store functionality, some provide full featured functionality. Which one is correct for you depends on your answers to the questions above. Some of the options are free, some will cost you. Some examples of the options available include:
In addition to a dedicated E-Commerce platform, you can also "bolt-on" an E-Commerce plug-ins to some existing content management systems like WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. Furthermore, E-Commerce can also be added with services like Shopify.
How can mnwebco help?
E-Commerce is, by it's a nature, a complex animal. I can help your define your requirements, pick a suitable platform, and implement your store to get your store up and running. Contact me today to get started.