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5 tips for starting an Ecommerce business

12-05-2022

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When it comes to launching your own eCommerce venture, the options are endless. From building a mobile-responsive website to building a brand that customers trust, there are a lot of things to take into consideration.

However, the most daunting task is probably the one of choosing the right path to take. Ecommerce websites are becoming more and more common as more people shift from brick and mortar retail to online merchants.

They allow you to sell your own goods and services as well as resell the products of other companies. However, launching an eCommerce website requires a lot of time and dedication. If you’re looking to start an eCommerce business, you’ve come to the right place.

Keep reading for everything you need to know about starting a shopping website.

5 tips for starting an Ecommerce business


What is an Ecommerce Website?

An eCommerce website is a digital platform that enables consumers to buy and sell products and services.

This format is prevalent in the marketplace because it allows businesses to sell their goods and services online.

Also, eCommerce can be used to manage company inventory and has the capacity to accept online payments.

A lot of businesses choose to use eCommerce websites to increase their sales. In fact, it’s estimated that online shoppers spend over £693 billion in the UK every year.

There is plenty of room for growth so why not take a slice of the pie?


How to Start an Ecommerce Website

There are many different platforms you can use to start an online eCommerce shop for your business. Some popular platforms are Shopify, BigCommerce and WooCommerce.

Personally, I like to use WooCommerce as this for me is the most cost-effective solution. unlike Shopify, there are no monthly fees and you also own the website.

Here you can view some example websites I have created for my clients using WooCommerce:

As you can see when viewing the above projects, the websites load fast, and look different, but are all built using WooCommerce WordPress Plugin.


Types of eCommerce Websites

A subscription website is the best choice for companies that sell products that are not available all the time.

A subscription website allows customers to subscribe for future products or receive them as a gift on specific occasions.

Examples of subscription websites include wine clubs, gym memberships, diets, fitness programs, etc.

An eCommerce marketplace is a website that allows sellers to list their products or services for sale.

You can view some examples above of Market Place eCommerce stores.

These websites are very popular because they allow sellers to easily set up their products and manage their sales from a single location.


What do I need to build an eCommerce Website?

This is the most daunting step of all. If you’re starting from scratch, you’ll have to decide on your website’s architecture and the layout of your pages.

As mentioned above I like to use WooCommerce and WordPress for building online stores.

You will also need to select a suitable hosting provider to run your website project.


What is the hosting for an eCommerce website?

The hosting for an eCommerce website is the computer system that allows you to store, share, and use the content as part of your website.

It’s what allows you to share content like images and documents as part of your website.

Many hosting services will let you choose between shared and dedicated hosting.

Shared hosting allows you to host multiple websites on a single server.

Dedicated hosting allows you to host many websites but the hosting server is dedicated to only your web projects.

At DCP we host our website on a dedicated webserver to ensure maximum uptime and a fast loading website.

Shared hosting is the most affordable type of hosting. It’s also the easiest to set up and use.

The speed of shared hosting is usually very limited, but this does depend on the hosting provider, some are great and unfortunately, some are poor.

Dedicated hosting is usually more expensive than shared hosting. It’s also usually the most reliable type of hosting.

The speed of dedicated hosting is usually very consistent and reliable.


Conclusion

Launching your own eCommerce business is undoubtedly one of the most challenging tasks people can take.

You will have to spend a great deal of time, effort, and resources in order to achieve success. However, it is worth it. It is possible for you to make a living by selling products or services you provide. It is just a matter of doing what is necessary.

The article above contains key information you need to know about starting an eCommerce website. However, it’s important to note that there are a lot of other things you’ll have to take into consideration before you can begin your venture.

 A great way to start is to research the market and see if there are any eCommerce opportunities in your area that you can take advantage of or simply build a website around something that you are interested in and you will have the enthusiasm to succeed.

If you are not sure where to start then take advantage of our free web development consultation service.



Article by Pankaj Shah: DCP Ecommerce Web Design London


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