E-commerce WebsiteWith the development of globalization, E-commerce is becoming more and more popular all around the globe. E-commerce is doing business online rather than in traditional ways. E-commerce is a revolution of global business. Many companies have realized the huge economic values of e-commerce. They tend to build an E-commerce website for stimulating business. A full or regular E-commerce website consists of shopping carts, coupons, payment methods and so on. The most popular network of E-commerce website is based on Magento. You might have the perfect design to keep your customer on your e commerce website but if you make it hard for them to buy by poor navigation on the site it doesn’t matter how perfect your web design is they will simply move on to another site which does make it easy to purchase. Internet shoppers are lazy so help them as much as possible by having as few clicks as possible. Ask your potential ecommerce development company about implementing a single check out page which reduces the number of clicks during the shopping basket process which reduces your abandon rate. If you have 1000s of products your ecommerce web development company should be advising you on the best way to present these products to the customer. Introducing a simple ‘filter module’ would straight away solve this problem, for example filter, by price, brand, category, age group etc. There are various types of ecommerce solutions out there on the market. Static off-the shelf e-commerce stores tend to suit smaller budgets. These types of solutions are limited in terms of their flexibility to be customized and nine times out of ten need more involvement to keep updated or to make minor changes such as changing a product image. Basically you get what you pay for. If one of your pains is to streamline productivity then you want to consider a content management system that is database driven to enable you to dynamically make changes and keep content fresh with very little technical involvement. Extensibility is also key, not only should your ecommerce provider be able to provide you a scalable ecommerce solution but one that has the flexibility to grow as your business requirements change. Ideally you want to look at a modular ecommerce solution that allows you to plug in additional functionality with minimum of effort, for example customer loyalty schemes, promo codes, gift vouchers, buy one get one free etc. Taking this even further from a long term investment perspective you should consider how your ecommerce supplier deals with customization and bespoke development that is specific to your business and your ways of working. In other words, you don’t want to invest in an ecommerce solution where you discover later on down the line that the solution does not have the flexibility to customize resulting in having to reinvest in a brand new solution. Search engine optimization is a long term strategy and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Stay well clear of ecommerce website companies who claim they can deliver you an ecommerce solution that is fully optimized and will achieve rankings on page one of the three major search engines. Google use more than 200 signals (which include their page rank algorithm) to digest the whole link structure of your website solution and decide which website pages are the most relevant. They also carry out an intensive hypertext-matching analysis to decide which pagers are most relevant to a keyword search that has been made by an internet user. So, to make sure your website conforms to these you need to implement a long term strategic search engine optimisation. Payment Gateway Solutions When building an ecommerce solution you need to take into consideration the payment gateway that you will choose in order to have the capability to take payments online via your ecommerce store. There are lots of different types of payment gateways out there with many different offerings which can be confusing so it is imperative that you choose an ecommerce company who are experts in this field. The types of questions you need to be thinking about is whether you choose a payment gateway where you will need to have a MID (merchant ID) or use a merchant bureau service where you do not need to apply for a MID via a bank. Do you choose a hosted payment gateway solution where the internet shopper leaves your ecommerce web store to make payment or an inline solution where the internet shopper does not leave your ecommerce shop; a far slicker solution in our opinion. What about the perils of fraudulent transactions? When choosing a payment gateway you need to consider the fraud screening tools and risk management services they offer in order to protect your online business, for example does the payment gateway support the 3D Secure Scheme (chip and pin for the web) that has been created by Visa and MasterCard. Internet Marketing It’s all well and good having a fabulous looking and rich in functionality e commerce solution if nobody knows that you are there to purchase your products. As soon as you start thinking about building your ecommerce website you should also be thinking about online marketing at the same time. Devising a web and internet marketing strategy early on is essential. Investigate all of the different types of internet marketing and decide which one/s best fit your online business and set aside a realistic budget. This could be setting up a PPC ad campaign to have an instant presence on the internet or looking at a long term strategy of getting high rankings for certain keywords on the natural listings of the major search engines. Whatever it is don’t leave your internet and web marketing strategy to the last minute. Remember the goal of your ecommerce website solution is to be profitable and in order to be profitable your potential customers need to know you are out there.
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