How to start ecommerce

How to start ecommerce.
Our ecommerce starter setup Guide is intended to cover all the important questions you need to address if you are considering setting up or redeveloping your ecommerce / online store.
This guide is developed from developing ecommerce since 2002.  We are adding to it monthly. That is how fast ecommerce is moving. When you engage us as your ecommerce partner we will make sure you are always ahead of the competition. 
 

Types of Ecommerce Platforms

By | 2017-08-02T10:40:49+00:00 October 18th, 2013|How to start ecommerce|

There are 4 main types of ecommerce platform. 1. opensource ( E.G. opencart, prestashop, magento( requires vps or dedicated hosting ),   virtuemart, zencart, oscommerce ) 2. licensed and hosted by the store owner ( paid magento, actinic, shopify ) 3. Saas ( volusion, shopify ) 4. Pass ( platform as a

Choosing an ecommerce development partner

By | 2017-08-02T10:41:32+00:00 October 9th, 2013|How to start ecommerce|

This is possibly the single point where most ecommerce projects fail to make it to market or function. It is the stress point of business, as they are investing money and not getting any revenue until the site goes live. The way you define the product on the outset determines the response

expanding your market

By | 2017-08-02T10:42:30+00:00 October 9th, 2013|How to start ecommerce|

You are now setup and selling a modest amount of product. Well done you have reached the you first ecommerce milestone. The next milestone is to get you site and all the product names and descriptions translated professionally for your target market. We have seen examples where clients on translating their site

Advertising for ecommerce

By | 2017-08-02T10:43:07+00:00 October 9th, 2013|How to start ecommerce|

When you are planning your online store you need to put aside a large budget for advertising and promotion. Getting your first 1000 customers is expensive and in most cases you will not make money doing this. Know where your market lives on the internet. They can live in Social Media, Google

Checkout experience in Ecommerce

By | 2017-08-02T10:44:13+00:00 October 2nd, 2013|How to start ecommerce|

Checkout process and steps have to be smooth fast and logical. Customers should only be asked for information once. Asking customers to re-input information already completed just frustrates. You are aiming to please your customer not frustrate them. Most ecommerce products have a smooth and well formed checkout process. Think hard about

Shipping methods for ecommerce

By | 2017-08-02T10:45:10+00:00 October 2nd, 2013|How to start ecommerce|

The cost of shipping and fulfilling orders will have a big impact on the margin you are going to make on your product. Typcially items under 1kg are alot cheaper to fulfill than items over 1kg. Items over 1kg may need to be stored nearer to the target customer so as to

Fulfilling orders

By | 2017-08-02T10:45:47+00:00 October 1st, 2013|How to start ecommerce|

When a customer purchases in your store your have won a new customer, now the challenge is to keep them and make them return again. When fulfilling orders online remember the customer wants to know when and where the product will arrive. They will require no surprises like taxes and duties to

Selecting you payment processor

By | 2017-08-02T10:46:20+00:00 October 1st, 2013|How to start ecommerce|

When selecting your payment processor you have to consider 7 items : What is the average unit value of each sale What number of transactions per month are you predicting What countries are you selling to What is you current banking setup What is the fraud risk on the product you are

Choosing your hoster

By | 2017-08-02T10:47:29+00:00 October 1st, 2013|How to start ecommerce|

This is a really important item. The speed of your site depends on 2 items: 1. the technology and how well it is put together to build the ecommece engine 2. the speed latency of the hosters servers Your checklist for hosting on ecommerce : What are the technical requirements to run