We are often asked by our customers what steps they must take to open an Ecommerce storefront on their website. So, we've written this E-Commerce tutorial to explain what E-Commerce is essentially and to outline the basic components that are required for operating an E-Commerce storefront of your own.
We've divided up our E-Commerce tutorial into six areas that are designed to assist newcomers to the E-Commerce experience with various issues, and to point you in the right direction for information that will help make your decisions more clearly.
InstanteStore.com - With this online service, you create your own E-Commerce site through a very easy-to-use, web-based system. Using InstanteStore.com, you choose a site layout from over 60 web site designs -- 100 MB Web Hosting, 10 POP3 accounts and 1 GB traffic included!
In addition, this is a system that allows you to quickly set-up your web store online, with no need to understand how to build web sites or set-up shopping carts. You can have the account started, add your product information, and be ready to sell online in under 24 hours.
InstanteStore.com gives a good idea of how all the components of E-Commerce fit together, while making the entire process of setting up an E-Commerce website that much easier. They provide the website design, shopping cart program and E-Commerce hosting all in one affordable package. All you need to add is the merchant account of your choice.
You can test out this service using their 30-day FREE trial, so you'll have a chance to decide if its right for you before you have to pay anything. After the trial is over, the total cost is $49.97 per month for the site, the hosting and the shopping cart system. Since InstanteStore.com handles the hosting and shopping cart program, you don't have to set any of that up, or worry about SSL security. Its truly a complete online storefront in one easy-to-use package!
InstanteStore.com includes additional features that you want in an E-Commerce solution:
You will need to have your own merchant account / payment processing service. InstanteStore.com is fully-compatible with most major credit cards payment gateways, including PayPal, 2CheckOut, LinkPoint International, Authorize.net, Verisign and more. We recommend PayPal as the best online merchant account for the InstanteStore.com program.
For those who want to have a professionally designed website, but don't have a huge budget for such things, then buying an ecommerce template or using an ecommerce development platform are both great options. Templates of this sort provide you with a ready-to-implement website design that has the shopping cart program built-in. One very good example of an Ecommerce development platform is Web.com. They have a well-established system which provides you with a professionally designed business website with it's own shopping cart all in one easy-to-use solution.
You can learn more about additional ecommerce development services in our Ecommerce Templates section.