You want customers to purchase your products from the comfort of their own homes
E-commerce sales continue to rise as more people have become comfortable giving over credit card information online. Creating secure payment gateways has become easier and more secure.
What you need for e-commerce
This was included in the base website costs as optional, but this is mandatory for any website that collects payment. Utilizing processors such as PayPal will allow processing to happen offsite utilizing the SSL to create a secure connection.
Products will need to be added to your website and sometimes that means having to change your website type completely. For example, WordPress allows for an addon that allows e-commerce whereas Shopify is a stand-alone e-commerce website.
A product catalog allows for management of pricing requirements for each product and checkout.
Are you Shipping?
If you want to offer customers the option to pay and pickup, then you won’t need to find a solution that offers shipping. Most e-commerce platforms include an option to include the shipping size/weight in the product itself.
How much are you selling?
Depending on how much you are selling will depend on which e-commerce solution you would need to setup. Less expensive options allow for smaller sales with less products whereas if you plan on selling thousands of items you’ll need a more expensive and more robust e-commerce platform.
There are a lot of other articles regarding which platform would be best, but if you would rather have a 15 minute consultation, then we can recommend the best e-commerce platform for your specific needs.
Processing Power Increase
In order to have shopping carts and product catalogs, the hosting will need to be more powerful than your average website.
Costs vary depending on e-commerce platform and you get what you pay for in most cases. Let us get you a quote after a 15 minute consultation outlining your e-commerce expectations.