Designing your own Ecommerce Web Site
Before you make your decision to design your own ecommerce website, remember that doing it yourself is a very large task that will take many hours even for an extremely technically savvy entrepreneur. It will save you money in the long run, but it may take several designs to finally get the results that you are looking for. Expect to spend many hours researching web design, internet marketing, web programming, and many other e-business topics. Here is a list of online an offline resources to help you get started.
Basic Elements of an Ecommerce Website
- Home Page and Informational Pages
- Product Pages
- Shopping Cart System
- Checkout Page and Checkout System
- Secure Connection
- Payment Gateway
Designing your own ecommerce web site is by far the most rewarding way to get into ecommerce, but requires a large investment of time and patience. The easiest way to get into ecommerce with your own design is to use a system such as oscommerce for your website. This is a free, highly customizable ecommerce system with very good support. It includes a shopping cart system, checkout ability, and integrates with most payment systems. Oscommerce can integrate with just about any payment gateway so it makes it easy to add credit card acceptance or even paypal to your website. There are literally thousands of merchants who have created their own websites using oscommerce or similar systems. Make sure your hosting company is compatible with a certain system before you have them host your site.
Resources for Do-It-Yourself People
Print resources for design and marketing: