E-commerce, or EC in industry slang, is the modern day trend in entrepreneurship. You may be thinking about starting an EC site yourself, and there are several ways to get started into this modern trend. One way is an e-commerce start-up that is a brand new online business that exists only online. An online only business is also called a 'pure play' company. Some brick-and-mortar business may be looking to venture into offering goods and services online. Such a business is called a 'click-and-mortar' company. No matter what your goals are, you will need to offer support activities and services, make plans that will drive customers to your site, find Web hosting, and register a domain name. The next step will be to develop content and keep it updated, and of-course, design your site for easy usability and offer support services.
When you are setting up an online business, it is important that you choose a reliable web hosting provider, who can provide a secure website and a reliable shopping cart, which are both very important factors. Also equally important is excellent customer service and technical support. If you are a start-up, and a brand new business, it is a good idea to read up on matters facing a new start-up. A source for info is magazines such as Entrepreneur and Business. Be sure to check out the article by Michael V. Copeland and Om Malik, in Business 2.0, the June 2006 issue(a classic. The article title is, How to Build a Bulletproof Startup. The article goes into a timeless list of things to do, things needed, and how-to-do lists. For an E-commerce site, you most certainly will need to build or acquire a Web site.
The classifications of Web sites are, informational, interactive, attractors, transactional, and collaborative. An informational Web site is just that, and provides information and gives a business a presence on the Web. An interactive Web site allows users to communicate and interact with one another and encourage feedback. Some value added tools would be things like a currency converter, calendar, or a mortgage calculator for example. The transactional Web site will be selling goods and services and offer a shopping cart, information, and interactivity. The collaborative Web site is just that, giving a portal for business and vendors to collaborate.
Let us see what options we have here. A good option for an Ecommerce hosting solution is to go with good web hosting companies who are offering an online store builder along with a good range of services and tools that includes marketing tools. Additional features Some functions provided are being able to accept credit, debit, and PayPal payments online, payment processing, credit card verification, inventory management, shipping and taxes, reports and statistics, and integration with accounting software. Here's a list of highly rated ecommerce web hosting companies.
For Ecommerce hosting packages, you may also go with an option of a dedicated DIY storebuilder service, also known as a design-and-host-service. One such company that offers extensive storebuiding hosting services is Yahoo! Web Hosting. Yahoo!'s service supplies the disk space and templates for your store for a Merchant Starter Plan price of about $35.95 per month. The package gives the business owner a combination of Web hosting, and store building. Some functions provided are being able to accept credit, debit, and PayPal payments online, payment processing, credit card verification, inventory management, shipping and taxes, reports and statistics, and integration with accounting software. Yahoo! also gives customers with it's Merchant Plan, 1,000 email address, unlimited email storage, unlimited disk space and data transfer, free domain name and SSL or Secure Socket Layer to protect customer information in transactions.
Finally, your aim is to build a successful online business as well as attract targeted site visitors and potential customers. Whether you go with a dedicated diy store builder service or consider a reliable hosting company offering ecommerce web hosting features, make sure you choose a reliable one.
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