eCommerce Website Store Builders
Building Online Stores or Shops
There are several different ways in which you can build an e-eCommerce website or online shop.
Each has their own advantage, for example if you want to have total control over your site, then rather than just creating products and their product descriptions on your website, you will also need to pay for web hosting, buy e-commerce software, configure and run installation routines to install the software.
On the other hand, especially if:
- You are not highly technical in the area of website development
- Have no interest in programming but just want to get your products online and sell
- Would prefer to spend a small amount every month perpetually e.g, 20-50) rather than a large amount (thousands) now
- it will be much easier for you to build your e-commerce site using an off-the-shelf hosted commercial eCommerce Package such as Volusion or BigCommerce.
Hosted eCommerce Website Development Solutions and Software
Essentially your shop will be hosted on the suppliers servers but appear to visitors as a completely independent shop.
This way of building your shop means you don’t need much more technical know how than you already have if you are computer literate.
It also means you’ll automatically be able to benefit from any technical changes and updates the providers make to their packages without having to pay for upgrades or having to install the updates yourself. In short these packages can be much easier to use and also provide you with more support. However, you will need to pay the vendor regularly e.g. monthly, for as long as you maintain your shop. On the other hand, the price of your package may be dependent on how many products you have on your shop and you need to pay monthly whether you make sales or not.
The main advantage is you can build your website online quite easily and publish your products almost immediately.
Another advantage is that both packages offer you and absolutely free trial for one month with lots of technical support available to help you if you get stuck.
BigCommerce eCommerce Website Builder
With BigCommerce you get a web based control panel where you can easily manage all aspects of your shop from any computer connected to the Internet.
In addition BigCommerce also offers multichannel retailing which means that no only can you sell your goods via your own shop, but you can also sell through eBbay, export them to several comparison websites.
Also you get automated email marketing so you can easily make your clients aware of your new products and prices.
Your site is automatically optimised for popular mobile devices so customers can easily browse your products on Apples IPhone and Ipad, as well as on Blackberry phones and Android based devices as well as on social site such as FaceBook.
BigCommerce lets you easily distinguish your store by using one of 96 themes or designs and there are several other features available to you (Watch the Video below to find out more).
Volusion on the other hand offers a large number of free (and commercial) designs that you can easily customise.
Your shop is optimised so that it can get top ranks for your products in search engines, but in addition, Volusions packages include a Newsletter Generator, ability to offer your customers Gift Certificates, a coupon and discount generator, an Affiliate program for your site so you can pay your customers to market your site out of sales they generate and a customer loyalty scheme.
In terms of your products you can add an unlimited number of product images to each product, allow your customers to easily carry out product comparison or like on BigCommerce sites, market and sell your products though Social sites
eCommerce Websites – Definition
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