What do I need in order to make a good E-Commerce website?
Once you have decided to start your own e-Commerce business, the process of launching it can be confusing and overwhelming. There are a lot of decisions to make, and focusing your efforts in the wrong areas can lead to months of wasted effort. Based on our experience as a hosting company, serving numerous e-Commerce websites, these guidelines will help you make a good one.
• Choose an easy to use shopping cart application. The more time you spend browsing a complicated shopping cart, the less time you will have to focus on building up your store, creating valuable content, interacting with your customers and marketing your business. Our top pick for shopping cart for a new e-Commerce website owner is OpenCart. It has a clean interface, a decent feature set and is very lightweight. Other good shopping carts, compatible with our hosting setup include:
• If you want to accept credit card payments online, you need either a merchant account provider that issues merchant accounts to businesses. Or, you can use the services of an aggregator (Example: PayPal) a company that processes transactions through their own merchant account on behalf of other companies.
• Payment Gateway. This is a service that allows a connection directly between a website and a bank, meaning that payments can be placed directly on a website and deposited straight into a bank account. It processes the transactions in real time. If you want to accept credit card payments on your website, the payment gateway is your solution.