For many people, an effective eCommerce website is the pot of gold at the end of the online rainbow.
If built well, an eCommerce website will allow you to make money while you sleep by creating an online solution to your business that can service the needs of your client and customer base, even when you are unable to.
The Modern Potential of an eCommerce Site
Even better, an eCommerce site enables the modern business to move away from the exclusive sale of hard goods that require shipping (and an unavoidable delay in consumer satisfaction), and toward downloadable products that can both minimize costs, maximize profits and make customers happy because they are able to indulge their immediate gratification.
eCommerce sites may sound like they are either a pie in the sky dream, or perhaps something too expensive or unattainable for the average business. The truth is, it’s never been easier and the extraordinary opportunity is open to everyone.
Planning for Your eCommerce Site
Before you build your eCommerce site, you want to decide the ideal product you would like to sell. Perhaps you have an idea already, but it is best to fine tune your initial concept before you attempt to build something, even if you plan to have a designer do it for you.
It is always best to proceed with a clear picture ahead of time, rather than juggling both the time and expense of correcting an avoidable mistake.
You will need to register a domain name for your eCommerce site. If you can get the existing name of your business, then great. If for some reason your ideal domain is unavailable, it is a good idea to go with something short, easy to remember and directly related to the product or service you plan on offering.
The next step in your eCommerce website adventure is to secure web hosting and then decide on the best platform for your online business. Using the WordPress blogging software can be an excellent shortcut to eCommerce success.
By publishing content to a blog, you will be constantly providing search engines with a reason to crawl your site, thereby updating your information and allowing you to climb through the rankings of the search engine results. And modern WordPress themes, with a couple of minor tweaks, can render your “regular looking blog” into a turnkey eCommerce enterprise.
Once your eCommerce site is up and running, you will need to install a payment system such as PayPal or 1-Shopping Cart, then start marketing your product or service!
The eCommerce dream is open to everyone. What are you waiting for?