How To Sell Your Products Online
Hosted shop platforms -Shopify, BigCommerce etc..
These companies offer great shopping experiences, and easy to manage platforms where you can upload your product information, take online payments and charge shipping, create vouchers, discounts and sales. They integrate well with the big social media sites like Facebook and Instagram so you can market your products directly on your social media pages.
They charge a monthly fee, which varies depending on your requirements, and you can use various payment systems such as Paypal, Stripe, or your own bank Merchant facility.
You have to pay the monthly fee regardless of whether you sell anything, and your website on Shopify ONLY exists whilst you have a shopify account, so if you decide to use a different sales method or stop selling online, you can’t transfer your website to another host.
There are many free designs that come with Shopify, as well as paid themes, and we can customise these for you. Its important to remember though that this is FIRSTLY a shopping cart software, and secondly a website, so there is less flexibility in design than if you have a WordPress website with WooCommerce shopping cart installed.
WordPress Shopping Cart Plugins – WooCommerce
We build our websites in WordPress which is a free software that currently powers almost 40% of the worlds websites (source: https://hostingtribunal.com/blog/wordpress-statistics/#gref). This software has thousands of “plug-ins” or “add ons” created by independent developers, both free and paid versions, which allow us to adapt your website design to suit literally any kind of use.
For e-commerce, the number one choice for WordPress is the WooCommerce plug-in. This adds a shopping cart function to your existing website design, so you can have a website AND a shopping cart. If you decide you no longer want the shopping cart, we simply disable WooCommerce and hide any links to it, and your website functions as a standalone showcase of your work and services.
Everything you need to know about starting an online store
Decide what products to sell
Identify your target market
Pick an all-in-one ecommerce platform
Build your online store
Advertise and market your web store
We can create an online store for you, including design, adding categories and products, setting up the payment systems and training you on how to manage your online store. We can also assist with online marketing
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