Over the past five years e-commerce has expanded rapidly, which is understandable because of the time and hassle involved in running from store to store in a search for an item in the real world. On top of saved time and energy e-commerce saves consumers' money as well, since it allows finding the best deal from a myriad of online vendors.
E-commerce provide a variety of benefits for business over non-electronic commerce. It reduces the labor cost, paperwork and errors in keeping data, and most crucially helps expand the business into wider geographical locations (domestically and internationally).
Your e-commerce website can be as simple or as complex as you like, but it is important that you keep it as simple as you can so your clients can access and navigate it easily and quickly find the information or the product they wish to purchase. There are some essential e-commerce tools that you'll need to make your site successful.
While selling online, you persuade your customers to buy based on what they see on your website. It is easier when you sell well-known brands, but if you are a small business enterprise you would need photos, videos and other multimedia tools that will introduce your products to your clients. All that can be achieved by integrating different multimedia content and plugins that allow good and clear display of your products.
Your e-commerce project will not be complete without shopping carts where clients supposed to load their purchases. But it is not necessary to install shopping cart on your own website. Instead you could link to other shopping or merchant websites, or even to payment gateway sites. Shopping carts enable your customers to keep track of their purchases prior to checkout of payment.
Another vital part of your e-commerce business is security of your visitors' personal and payment information. One of the best ways to solve the problem of security is to introduce third party payment gateways.
Among other e-commerce tools, you may want to use, can be different data directories, order and email managers, feedback forms and currency convertors. With all those components you will be able to build advanced and successful e-commerce website.
Shopify is a complete ecommerce solution that allows you to set up an online store to sell your goods. It lets you organize your products, customize your storefront, accept credit card payments, track and respond to orders — all with a few clicks of the mouse.
Shopify is web based ecommerce software. This means there’s no installation required and it works with all operating systems. Your store is hosted on Shopify servers so you don’t have to worry about installing, upgrading or maintaining any software or web servers.
You can actually use your own domain with Shopify. The easiest way to do this is to register a domain using Shopify. Shopify also integrates with an existing web site or a domain name registered with another provider. Ask your domain registrar to point your domain or subdomain to Shopify's servers.
Shopify works in almost every country and currency. It is dependent on the payment gateway you use. Furthermore, the ecommerce storefront, checkout, email communications, etc, of a shop can be in any language.
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Bigcommerce is an e-commerce platform for fast-growth businesses, enabling them to easily launch professional online stores in hours. Bigcommerce has helped over 30,000 online stores find success and pride themselves in being the fastest growing eCommerce software.
Their newly redesigned software creates beautiful and completely customizable online stores with incredible features. With the ability to sell products online, process and ship orders, and track inventory, Bigcommerce has everything an online business needs.
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