If you had a mind-set that building an ecommerce website on your own is hard then read on to change your mind.

5 step by step process to build an ecommerce website-

  1. Select a domain name and hosting

Domain name selection plays a vital role especially with regards to online advertising such as text links and banners. Brand building requires a name that is uncommon, a name that will stick in the public minds when they come across it in your online/offline marketing campaigns.

At the onset, there isn’t the requirement of a huge web server or hosting account. Just go about with a shared web hosting account. Make sure there is the potential to develop the bandwidth and web space.

  1. External shopping cart or complete web shop?

Depending on the number of items you have decided to sell consider your website accordingly.

You should opt for a standard website in case you are going to sell below 10 items. However, the website must contain some link that advances to an external shopping cart application. This set-up is convenient but when customers re-visit your website their shopping carts will be empty which may lead to sales loss.

In case you have a huge product catalogue then it is right to opt for full-featured ecommerce solutions. Three superb open source projects to run a website shopping portal for free or at a cheap rate are- Zen Cart, Magento, and osCommerce.

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