Creating an Ecommerce Website

by antis
41 replies
  • ECOMMERCE
  • |
I am planning to create my own e-commerce website. I do sell only 4 - 5 different products. What should I consider when creating my own online shop? I am not planning to do it myself. I will hire a web designer. Where can I find a decent one? Thanks.
#creating #ecommerce #website
  • Profile picture of the author ZanyZebra
    Originally Posted by antis View Post

    I am planning to create my own e-commerce website. I do sell only 4 - 5 different products. What should I consider when creating my own online shop? I am not planning to do it myself. I will hire a web designer. Where can I find a decent one? Thanks.
    There's no need to do so.

    I can recommend Shopify. It's the leading ecommerce platform that is very easy to put together. Just as important there are a huge number of apps and add ons that will take care of just about any function you will ever need for ecommerce.

    Hope this helps.
    Signature
    Want Straight Answers About ASM? (Amazing Selling Machine). Go To:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/ASMEntrepreneurs/
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10228189].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    Building your own site is certainly an option, as ZanyZebra mentioned. The basic tools are fairly easy to use. Shopify, Bigcommerce, 3dcart, or even a basic WordPress site with WooCommerce installed are all good options.

    If you do want to go with a designer make sure you work with someone who has experience with eCommerce. Nearly all web designers will have some graphic design experience but not all have eCommerce experience which - if you're wanting to spend the money to optimize your site at the outset is important.

    You can request a quote for a store build from the Store Coach team here.

    Beyond that Google is your friend.
    Signature
    StoreCoach.com - FREE TRAINING - Learn How to Build Your Own eCommerce Website
    My PROVEN ecommerce process, as seen on: Fox Business News, the NY Times & Flippa
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10228254].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author mirko76
    I'm building my second store now, and the technical part is not that hard. If you don't want to build it yourself, I agree that Shopify looks nice.

    My personal nightmare is meeting the legal requirements (return policy, privacy etc.)

    But I'm based in Germany, I think we're a little stricter here (which I welcome as a consumer, but not as a merchant).

    Just sayin' that because it's often forgotten in the equation, and getting sued can be pretty expensive.

    Best of luck,

    Mirko
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10228561].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author courier
      Originally Posted by mirko76 View Post


      My personal nightmare is meeting the legal requirements (return policy, privacy etc.)


      Mirko
      For Australian customers & I know there are a few on here - there is a company called Legal Vision who specialize in eCommerce legal requirements. I have used them for a few things and they have lots of free documents on the site too.
      Signature

      ihunt is a treasure hunt game

      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10256551].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Hunting
    You can always find a privacy policy , return policy template online and thats more then enough to save your behind.
    Signature

    Love the outdoors? Shop for quality binoculars, spotting scopes, telescopes and more at PointBlankScopes.com.

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10229053].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author mirko76
      Originally Posted by Hunting View Post

      You can always find a privacy policy , return policy template online and thats more then enough to save your behind.
      That's how I do it, mostly. Problem is, it's contantly changing with about every lawsuit. So you really need to keep up to date. But again, that's Germany (and EU).

      I didn't want to derail the thread, just give a little heads up.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10229206].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Nabaleka
    If you have fewer products, the most suitable way is to add banners and more text, letting people know you are an expert in the products you are selling. I would recommend using testimonials, product images, blog posts about the products too.

    There is more than just setting up a store, we all want to sell and the structure of your store will help you sell. NOTE: Not all online stores do sell.

    There are plenty of developers here and online, find one who understands you needs and who is ready to help you along the way. Not just developing the site but who understands what it means to run an online store succesfully.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10234211].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author muntasir006
    I prefer woo-commerce website in word-press , because It is more reliable than any other website.
    A lot of theme,extension and plugin are available for woo-commerce website.
    I f you have a domain and hosting you can start a woo-commerce website by spending 10$.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10235319].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author theawesomeone
    [DELETED]
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10240610].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author nomaanali
      You should also consider safety of your eCommerce site to prevent it from hackers.
      Here are few tips:
      1. Choose hosting provider carefully
      2. Don't install any application/software that is suspicious
      3. Don't save customer's that which you don't need
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10240967].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author maths0la
        Which hosting services are recommended?
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10250145].message }}
        • Profile picture of the author Adso1
          Shopify has both eCommerce websites and hosting for a reasonable cost.
          They have excellent support and a ton of marketing info.
          {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10255923].message }}
          • Profile picture of the author courier
            Originally Posted by Adso1 View Post

            Shopify has both eCommerce websites and hosting for a reasonable cost.
            They have excellent support and a ton of marketing info.
            Dont forget Bigcommerce too
            Signature

            ihunt is a treasure hunt game

            {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10256555].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
    Banned
    You can do it the expensive way and hire some developer for a shop with only 4 or 5 products or you can just build a Wordpress Woocommerce site that would cost practically nothing to build and no monthly fees like with other platforms.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10240993].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author earnrupee
    Am a also online seller , my suggestion is if you are beginners start with ebay, amazon .. you will get idea how it works about the ecomm site is also best for that you don't need to hire any programmer , just ready made plugins are available for ex shopify,woocommerce .. which already mentioned other commenters.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10244381].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Mehwish84
    You can built yourself an ecommerce website with WordPress. you need woocommerce plugin only. You can buy template from themeforest and can easily built one for you. Recommended web design company is vtechpk.com
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10256574].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author skatesusa
    You can create you own eCommerce website free of cost with bloxup.com. No technical skill needed. Just sign up and build your website online.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10256657].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author codeuridea
    Originally Posted by antis View Post

    I am planning to create my own e-commerce website. I do sell only 4 - 5 different products. What should I consider when creating my own online shop? I am not planning to do it myself. I will hire a web designer. Where can I find a decent one? Thanks.
    I see many have recommended Shopify here. However, shopify has its own limits and it allows very little optimization. You cannot experiment much with the theme.

    Since, you're planning to sell just 4-5 products, we would recommend Woocommerce (WP). It's perfect for your requirement. Easy to customize and user-friendly, the product panel and backend management is really easy.

    If you need more information, feel free to mail us at info@codeuridea.com. We would be happy to help you with your queries.

    Thanks!
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10256730].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author SiteNameSales
    If you are going to be selling digital products on a Wordpress site I'd recommend easydigitaldownloads (dot)com. Free, no fees and a lot of integration possibilities with some of the more popular add-on vendors.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10258102].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author stellajohn
    If it is small ecommerce website you can hire a freelancer and do it, it will reduce the cost
    Signature

    Best Web Hosting Provider in India | Best Shared Web Hosting in India | Best VPS Hosting in India-http://www.ihostingreviews.in

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10545249].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author atifseo
    Hi , I am Offering E-commerce Site Development and designing at very cheap price, Also offer Ecommerce management service like Product adding , social media pages management post promote banner and online marketing , Please PM me for more detail. Thanks
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10547770].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author atifseo
    Originally Posted by antis View Post

    I am planning to create my own e-commerce website. I do sell only 4 - 5 different products. What should I consider when creating my own online shop? I am not planning to do it myself. I will hire a web designer. Where can I find a decent one? Thanks.
    Hi , I am Offering E-commerce Site Development and designing at very cheap price, Also offer Ecommerce management service like Product adding , social media pages management post promote banner and online marketing , Please PM me for more detail. Thanks
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10547771].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author campbelljof
    You can buy free ecommerce shopping cart or alternately you can crodsourcing your website design and development to the websites like Upwork, Freelancer, Designhill etc.
    Signature

    Niriya offers best Digital Marketing Services

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10548697].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author guptanisha80
    If you have the knowledge of Programming language you can do it by your own of if you want to hire any developer you can find it on different freelancing sites.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10549238].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author salmanhaider
    You can use Wordpress if you are going to sell only four items. Shopify is a good alternative but it is expensive. Wordpress on the other hand is almost Free.
    Signature

    ---------------------------------------------> Amazon Keyword Tool <---------------------------------------------

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10552061].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author saurabhthakur12
    If you have a well developed knowledge, then you can start to build eCommerce websites on own behalf. You have also option to hire a freelancer designer for good images & banner.

    But if you have not good knowledge of coding, then I suggest you to hire the best eCommerce designer and developers. You have also the option to choose a readymade eCommerce script. With readymade script you don't need to spend the time to hire the designing & development team. So I think readymade script is the best idea for creating an eCommerce website.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10570178].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Alperr
    You start start with simple and continuously updated scripts like opencart, wordpress+woocommerce etc. And as second, you should never ever stop promoting your poducts around the web via socialmedia.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10570193].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
    Banned
    Install Wordpress, Install WooCommerce. Add 3-4 products. Boom. Done. It's as simple as that. Why hire a designer for something that easy?
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10570361].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Pick Panda
    I have used shopify once and It's damn good. You can easily setup your store in few minutes. No need to have any kind of technical expertise. Just take some time to think about name, theme, look and feel etc and you are good to move.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10570456].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Anna Wiliams
    Originally Posted by antis View Post

    I am planning to create my own e-commerce website. I do sell only 4 - 5 different products. What should I consider when creating my own online shop? I am not planning to do it myself. I will hire a web designer. Where can I find a decent one? Thanks.
    Creating a E-Commerce site is a simple task these days. if you are intrested in saving your hard earned money you can Use various Free platforms as you dont have many products it will be easy to setup.

    Firstly i will recommend you Wordpress as it is very easy to find a e-commerce them install and setup.
    Easy to setup payment gateways too and also its SEO is more powerfull than others.

    Secondly i will Suggest you to go for Opencart 2.2 latest version and its is specifically designed for ecommerce so you can manage all your sales and site very well

    Third is Prestashop this also similar to Opencart but with some added features.

    I will recommend you to go for opencart first and to setup you can see videos on you tube. it is very easy. after you buy your domain and hosting.
    hope this help.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10574186].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author maheshsharma
    Create eCommerce website dynamic for security reason, open source is less secure than dynamic, when you planned for creating eCommerce website for your selling only products can consider open source word press, Joomla but if you go with seller system need to create fully secure shopping portal prefer asp.net framework.
    Signature

    Mahesh Sharma
    www.noblewebstudio.com

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10576245].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author campbelljof
    As we know that creating an ecommerce good if you want to sale products and have some business ideas. So before creating an ecommerce website you have a domain name, logo for your business and of-course manpower.
    Signature

    Niriya offers best Digital Marketing Services

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10576266].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author surenpillai
    Think about your hard earned money. Spend some time looking around for free or low cost platforms. WordPress should be, in my opinion, a good start. I have had some experience with WooCommerce and am trying to leave it. When it comes to Amazon I am using fresh store builder which I paid for but it finally gave me a very professional looking website. ECWID is another platform you can use you can find YouTube tutorial for it. It has its limitations but you have only a limited range of products. So it should work.

    I am trying my hand at OpenCart, because I am a supporter of Open Source (am a linux user and also an Mac user)

    If you use WordPress, you can easily work the SEO part easily, so that you can concentrate on the Keyword area and the optimisation level.

    Start on a level that will not pull the floorboards from under your feet.

    Shoppify is good and professional. However, you have a monthly fee.

    Make a list of the options you get and take what is optimum for you.

    Amazillionaire is a visually good platform and very cheap. However, the support is ZERO. NO response. But the presentation is not bad.

    Try the free options, the cheap options and then decide about hiring a developer
    Signature

    Suren Pillai
    Bend! Never Break
    www.supath.net

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10576987].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author hmnur32
    you want to start your eCommerce business, you must be need a website. you can use WordPress WooCommerce website. Wordpress website, you can maintenance easily and cost effective .

    But you don't use any others third party plugin which are not trust, because of it becomes harmful for you business
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10581077].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Jordan Alexander
    New to coding?

    A few important considerations:
    DIY (do it yourself) or Turnkey solution? Wordpress/Woocommerce are always good, Shopify is a very good for an easy start and well, a whole bunch more. I'v had good experiences with Godaddy site builder, Wix, and Weebly as well.

    Payment Gateway - They all charge different fees, offer different features and levels of customer service. Some charge qualified rates, others Cost+ which I would recommend. Sometimes Paypal and Square offer the best rates if you're planning on processing < $5000 monthly, but you can do better with another processor at higher volumes.

    Shipping - Woocommerce has it set up very well for order management and inventory, although all solutions really have it set up well.

    SEO - Is the theme optimized? H1's for titles, H2's for supporting headings? This is super important.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10588719].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author kazim
    You should focus on these
    How can I best customize the overall look of my online store?
    What type of payment system should I use?
    How will I handle customer service?
    How do I create the best product images and descriptions?
    You may also take a look on this article-
    Creating an Online Store in Three Steps
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10589901].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author The Rune
    I built my store using Prestashop. It is not complete, but anyhow. The advantages of Prestashop is that hosting IS INCLUDED (if you choose Prestashop cloud) and it is Free (if you use the standard template).

    The free template is absolutely perfect! The address of your shop will be (your shop name).pswebshop.com. So that is not too bad at all. So far so good.

    The disadvantages I have come across so far is the user interface. I guess it is somehow easy, but it is not perfect! Not at all. I had to go to Youtube and watch tutorials. I am totally new to ecommerce, so it is maybe easier for more experienced users. It is not very intuitive. You can't just click here and there and fix things where they are. I have never tried any other ecommerce platform, so I don't know if Prestashop is worse or better. But it is not as good and easy as I would like, that is for sure.

    Shopify is way too expensive. $348 for one year is not cheap.

    I did try other ecommerce platforms, actually. Well, they were so little intuitive that I did not manage to install them on my computer. Then I thought. If it is rocket science just to get this shit installed, no, I better find something else. And that was Magento and OsCommerce.

    I tried Freewebstore the very first. But the program just shot itself down all the time, and it was a lot of trouble with everything. So I gave up.

    I do think Prestashop is a very good alternative for those of us looking for a free service included hosting. I need that, because I have almost no money just now. The shop looks very professional, not just something thrown together. And that is important for me, and I guess for you as well.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10590477].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author carolrobertjoan
      If you are looking to build an eCommerce web development, then choose Magento platform for creating a high-quality website. Even though, Magento is a CMS it has various extensions and templates design to develop a rich and search engine friendly eCommerce store.

      If you want to succeed in that, then all you need a focused and well-experienced the best solution provider for eCommerce web development.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10601022].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author trevordd
    Banned
    I like creating eCommerce websites on my own, honestly. It is very fun. Especially, if you use some free websites builders like http://www.webstarts.com, for example. There are lots of great templates which you can use and customise. It is very handy
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10605719].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author saurabhthakur12
    As you mentioned, you want to create a small eCommerce business website. You didn't need to hire the designer. You can buy a readymade script like Yo!Kart. With readymade multivendor eCommerce script, you can save your time & money. And the startup cost is also low, So I prefer this.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10613117].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
      Banned
      Originally Posted by saurabhthakur12 View Post

      As you mentioned, you want to create a small eCommerce business website. You didn't need to hire the designer. You can buy a readymade script like Yo!Kart. With readymade multivendor eCommerce script, you can save your time & money. And the startup cost is also low, So I prefer this.
      Or you can get WooCommerce and WCVendors multi-vendor, both for free. I prefer this.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10613496].message }}

Trending Topics