There are manydifferent options available when it comes to setting up an e-commerce website, but no matter how you go about it, you will need a full array ofoptions when establishing your website in the beginning.
It goes withoutsaying that before you can even begin to think of the setup and design of theecommerce website, you need to have a business plan drawn up to cater for yourproduct, your marketing plans, and your outline for future growth. Once youhave a suitable product and plan to generate traffic and direct it to yourwebsite, you can then outline what you want for a fully functioning ecommercewebsite.
Of the featuresavailable, you will need the following, at the very least:
For anyecommerce website that is selling physical (or non-physical) goods, these arethe items which you will need to consider when setting up your site.
For hosting, you caneither approach a hosting company directly, or approach a decent web designer.The web designer will be able to handle the logo creating for your companylogo, and will integrate this into your layout and design for your website aswell. They will, usually, also know where the cheaper options are for hosting,and will be able to direct you to a suitable company for this, often being ableto set it up for you. Alternatively, often hosting companies provide the sameservices (by having an in-house developer and designer) as a package, and youwill be able to use one of their website templates for your site.
The shopping cartsystem can either be done by yourself, or by hiring a developer, or by gettinga ready-made shopping cart system integrated into your site (your webdesigner/developer will be able to do this for you). The cart will generallyintegrate into a payments processing provider, so you'll need to discuss with aprovider about having credit card payments made on your site, and about havingthe provider take payments and settle with you directly.
Any decent ecommercewebsite will keep track of its own stock and orders, and will integrate its ownstock and sales reports with those that are returned by the payments processingprovider. You will then need to do reconciliations with the provider to makesure that all the orders that are processed were paid for, and that theprovider settled all payments to you by the required date. The providers areusually quite strict about you maintaining your own records, so keeping trackof your own orders is a good idea.
Overall, it is quitesimple to do the entire ecommerce website yourself (or with the help ofcontracted IT professionals), but there are also alternatives out there, whereyou can purchase an entire, ready-made package. It's just a matter of looking,and gauging what works best for your situation.
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