ECommerce solutions – Important things you want to know



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As the ecommerce niche continues to progress, considerably more user-friendly options are coming into the market, making it easier to setup shop and sell items online.

When you are deciding which platform or solution may be best for your needs, there are a few important questions that you should be asking yourself.

Below, we are going to discuss a few of those questions so that you can find the right platform for your online store.

Self-Hosted or Hosted Ecommerce Solution?

If you are tech savvy and enjoy the challenge of managing your own hosting, setting up a platform like Open Cart on your own VPS could work for you. If you are like most, a managed option would be a better alternative as the burden of keeping your site live and secure falls on the platform, not you. This can save considerable costs, especially if you would have to hire an IT professional to keep your site running on your own hosting.

What Features Do I Need?

When you are evaluating platforms, it is easy to get caught up in the bells and whistles that each of them offer. Often times, this leads to purchase add-ons or upgraded plans that cut into the profitability of your site. Before you browse platforms, take some time to create a “needs” and “wants” list. Think of it as a “grocery list” for your platform selection.

While comparing, you should also take time to consider how many items your store will carry. Some platforms perform better for small stores while others excel in enterprise roles.

 There are a number of ecommerce solutions in use today. Some of these include:

  • BigCommerce
  • Volusion
  • OpenCart
  • Shopify
  • Wix
  • Squarespace
  • WooCommerce

The benefit of going with a commonly used platform are many but, here are a few of the main perks that come with most platforms:

  • User Friendly Back End Design
  • Readily Available “themes”
  • Applications for Integration with Shipping & Billing Programs
  • Extensive Training Guides & Resources
  • Prompt and Thorough Customer Support

Additionally, most hosted solutions allow for near instantaneous startup.

Not so long ago a hand coded ecommerce store could take months to build and once live, the errors and issues where a constant battle. With todays’ hosting solutions, the parent company takes care of security, coding upgrades, and the laundry list of other items that need regular attention.

In addition to the convenience, the costs associated with launching and ecommerce store have gone down considerably. Even drag and drop sites like Wix can now be setup to sell products using readily available add-ons like the Shopify buy button. If you can copy and paste, you can sell products on Wix!

 If you are considering setting up an ecommerce store or just selling a few products online, there are a handful of great solutions that can help you get started without a lot of hassles or headaches. As we kickoff 2017, don’t be afraid to take action and execute your dreams.

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