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    How to setup an E-commerce website?

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    Hey Guys,

    One of my friend is planning to build an E-commerce website. But the thing is that he don't know how to do that. So, in this regard, any tips on setting up an E-commerce website will be highly appreciated. Moreover, he is a beginner in this field, so if there's any easy to follow guidelines then please do not hesitate to provide them.
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  • The best way for anyone who is planning to start an eCommerce site with low budget is to go for SAAS platforms which allow you to design and manage your own professional and complete eCommerce site without any technical skills or lots of fees.

    You can also read my article on Zepo Review

    My personal suggestion would be to go for Zepo. They are one of the most reputed and popular eCommerce platforms.

    Advantages of using e-commerce platforms like Zepo
  • Extremely low costs. Prices start from as low as Rs.900/month. No more hidden costs.

  • All solutions under one roof. They help you in getting lowest possible shipping rates from their logistic partners as well help you with setting up online payment gateway so that you can accept online payments on your site.

  • A lot of time is saved. You can start and make your online store live in as less as 5 minutes.

  • You can manage and maintain your site all by yourself. No major technical skills required. You can manage everything right from selecting design, uploading products and prices and prices and managing accounts and delivery.

  • They have a dedicated support team to support you 24x7. Whenever you have any doubt, they are there to help you.

  • I would suggest you to take FREE 14 days trial and build the store for free. Once you get handson experience and confidence, you can go for paid options after 14 days if you like. Just try it and I am sure you would just love it !

    You can signup for absolutely FREE 14 days trial and start your own demo eCommerce store by Clicking Here

    More reading: e-commerce development companies in Kerala

  • As your friend is a newbie to this field, I suggest you to try some free tools which will greatly help you to develop your own E-commerce website. I am suggesting some of the most popular and yet free E-commerce tools for your ready reference.

    1. OpenCart: This tool is based on PHP and has a very stunning user interface. This tool is very easy to use and is also available as a paid version which features even more features.

    2. PrestaShop: This tool is based on dynamic AJAX programming and is really very light and requires only 48.3 MB of free hosting space. It is also one of the highest rated tools.

    3.Magento: This tool features a good visual interface and is available with a wide range of features. With this tool, you can even create your own promo codes.

    4. TomatoCart: This tool is very light with only 30 MB free space requirement and yet comes with a lot of basic as well as advanced features. However, it will take some time before you completely understand all of its features. So, I recommend you to watch some of its tutorials before experimenting with this tiny tool.

    5. WHMCS: It is also an advanced eCommerce tool which comes with certain handy features like automated billing, provisioning and account management.

  • I haven't built any E commerce website but I have read books about entrepreneurs where they mentioned they used Magento to build their ecommerce website. The common advantage mentioned in all the books is scaling. Scaling means suppose if there are 10,000 visitors per day, suddenly it may increase to 1 million visitors. To support this user base you need to scale up your software.

    None of the entrepreneur in that book mentioned that they developed the website on their own. They have given this task to software companies and even they took a year to complete the project. It costed them more than 3 lakh for a single website.

    I don't think it is a good idea to develop website on your own. You will be dealing with money and you should be very careful. A small bug can ruin your business.

    Also just building a website doesn't mean everything is completed. You need to set up payment gateway. Magento will give you the flexibility but you need to use third party gateways.

    If you are planning to have cash on delivery then it is a whole different thing. It seems you need to add extra functionality.

    If you are planning for a small scale business my opinion would be set up seller account in popular ecommerce website like Flipkart, Snapdeal or eBay. If you need to website like Flipkart then sure you need experts help.

  • As a WordPress developer, I suggest you to use WordPress Plugin called WooCommerce. This plugin along with other add-ins for the payment processing can take care of your e-commerce store. This is for the store that has less than 50 items in the shop.

    If you have more than 50 items in the store then I suggest going with the Shopify. If you cant afford monthly fee then you have options like Magento, Opencart and PrestaCart. These carts have their own plugin for payment processing. Once you setup the products and the store, all you need is a traffic for the store to make money. Make sure that you have mobile optimized theme for your store.

    Most of the shopping carts are free and you can get started right away with just hosting and domain.

  • When you start to setup an E-Commerce website there are a few things you will need to investigate before you launch into that search for the perfect development platform using which you will setup your store. This is to avoid any issues in the future that will delay your project or end up as a hurdle. You must understand that once you are dealing with e-commerce, you are intending to either sell a service or product to your visitors and this involves money transaction, security and privacy of the user's data, order fulfillment and updating of your accounts.

    So now that you have the above aspects to consider, you can now start making your decision as to how to start selling your product online through your own e-commerce store. In simple terms, you will need to have the below items in place:

    1. A catchy and quirky domain name for your e-commerce store which users will access
    2. A reliable, secure and robust web-hosting service which will host your webstore
    3. A reliable Secure Server Layer (SSL) Certificate subscription to encrypt communication data
    4. Subscription to a suitable Payment Gateway to process payments
    5. Your online shop with an easy and intuitive shopping cart
    6. A well structured in-house order processing system that gets activated when an order is placed online through your website

    Now that you have an idea of the requirements to setup an e-commerce store, you can explore the various options that will help you achieve the above. Obviously, if you are a layman with development of websites and coding, you will need to outsource the program to a reliable developer or firm that deals with such projects who could also advise you and assist you in selection of suitable tools, technology and services to make your project a success. If you do so, you need to ensure that you have control on the content and management of the system and at the same time get optimum updates, maintenance and trouble shooting of the system in case of need.

    If your friend already has some experience with building website is planning to go the do-it-yourself way and ensure transparency and have full control at the same time, the easiest option would be to go the WordPress way and use the WooCommerce plugin. There are various Payment processors or gateways that will integrate easily with WordPress CMS to help collect payments and transfer them to your bank, but all of them have certain criteria that you will need to meet. They usually have rigorous documentation and some processing fees you will need to pay upfront and they take some time to process your document and let you know whether you qualify for their service. It's a bit intimidating at times but they need to make sure that you are doing a legitimate and registered business and are committed to delivering to your customer what they pay for and also addressing their support requests. Once you cross this barrier and get a thumb up from the payment gateway you are on your way to launching your online store and collecting payments from your customers.

    Don't fret if you don't have access to the payment gateway subscription. You can still run an online store and sell your products or services online for which you are free to collect offline payments through various modes such as cheques, bank transfers or cash on delivery (COD). This is an option most e-commerce store plugins and applications provide and are quite easy to setup. Hope this is information is of use. All the best for your e-commerce project.

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