Starting an e-commerce store is now no more a big deal for clients who are technically sounded. Specifically in India physical business place are tending to go online and make their presence as an e-commerce store as now-a-days more purchases are done online. All the niche from Jewelery to Clothing, Computer tools to Vehicle parts everything is present online. This is why self financed business are trying to create their own personal platform over signing-up at Amazon or Flipkart. Also, platform like wordpress and all has given the power to establish online store at no time.
Leading E-commerce Platforms
There are some leading e-commerce platforms available that are offering low cost platforms for budding businesses. Making it easy to do online business such platforms also do offer accounting solutions in-built. While some of them has usage restriction and it gets sorted by making payment for your subscription. WordPress has provided two e-commerce platforms for creating shops online:
Moreover, wordpress support numerous plugins which makes task more easier. There are some more leading e-commerce platforms were you could easily setup your store and get started right away. WooCommerce is the popular and user-friendly platform for WordPress e-commerce sites. It’s easy to use, supports both physical and digital products, and has lots of add-ons and plugins. WooCommerce has features like advanced checkout and table rate shipping that are free, while you need to purchase some add-ons. While there are some platform where you can only sell digital products like music, ebooks and some other stuffs online.
Well, apart from WordPress there are some other platforms too like Shopify, Magento, Prestashop, Opencart and more. If you are not that so technically sound then you can use Shopify to instantly start your store online and it also provide free hosting. You just need to buy a domain but remember that there might be issues with hosting service though they are providing good customer support. This was all about setting up an online store.
E-Commerce Payment Gateways
When you setup your online store you need to display your products for sell thereafter the most important factor is payment. In the country like India you can offer COD(Cash on Delivery) because people there often promote that source of payment over online payment. So, in that case you may save the costing of payment integration. But in other countries there are more supporter for online payment so in that case you need to integrate online payment system.
- Paypal is one of the best option you get. You can also place a button.
- Authorize.net is a payment gateway for direct credit card payments.
- Stripe allows you set the gateway at somewhere 2.9%.
- Gumroad is also one of the Gateways where you give away $10/month.
Creating an E-Commerce Store
It’s important that you are aware of how one platform is different from another, so you can create the shop that you really want for your audience. You want to make sure that you’re creating the best possible store that your customers will find both informative and easy to navigate.
Well Setting-up an e-commerce website is a tedious work but it’s fun learning.
Learning about the many tools available (from design to functionality) will help you decide what you want your store to be. In the end, offering your products online should be a hassle-free experience for your customers. This way, you’ll get loyal customers who will keep coming back for more.
Hey, if you are a E-commerce developer then what tips would you like to add to this list? Let me know in the comments below!
About the Author: Samibrata is a Digital Marketer, Web Designer, Speaker, Trainer & an Entrepreneur with Engineering Degree in C.S.E worked for finest Company in India, handling some top brands.