If you are looking to build a small business ecommerce website to showcase your products and securely process payments, the Small Business Web Designer can help with the set-up and customisation of a wide range of ecommerce platforms.
For creative control and store functionality there are free Open Source ecommerce platforms such as WooCommerce (for WordPress), Prestashop and OpenCart, These collaborative software solutions require development knowledge, at least at the outset.
Software as a Service (SaaS) website builders include Shopify, Wix and Squarespace. Used to simplify and streamline the process, these are ideal for non-techies to build and control ecommerce websites via licensed, hosted software on a subscription basis.
The Small Business Web Designer can help in the initial set-up and build of your small business ecommerce website and supply ad hoc services throughout its lifecycle. The range of ecommerce website build and support services include:
If you're considering the build of a small business ecommerce website, or have been up and running for a while, there's a service that can help you.
There is no ultimate platform for building an ecommerce website. Rather, the suitability of a platform depends on your particular needs. A very basic ecommerce website doesn't even need an ecommerce platform. For limited items, minimal budget or for just testing the water, you can sell products from your website simply by using PayPal Buy Now Buttons.
Open Source Ecommerce Platforms give developers full access to the software’s source code, so design and functionality can be customised, making the platform highly flexible. Straightforward enough for merchants to access and maintain, but requiring website development experience to set-up, configure and customise. Popular open source ecommerce platforms include:
SaaS Ecommerce Platforms are hosted and maintained by the provider and licensed out to merchants. No doubt these are the fastest, easiest and cheapest way to start selling products online, but it can always be helpful to have an experienced website developer on hand, to get you up and running, or to be available if needed. Popular SaaS ecommerce platforms include: