Building a website is not difficult anymore. Gone are the days when you need to know every detail about the website to build a website. With the growing websites and technologies within a day, you can build and start running your website as well.
So, if you want to build a website on a lazy Sunday and run your own part-time business follow the below steps:
Step-1: Choose an Ecommerce platform
Choosing an Ecommerce platform will be dependent on your expertise in web development and the resources at your hand.
If you have resources to run your website on your own server then it might be a feasible option to choose an open-source code. These codes are free but this will take a lot of effort from you to keep the website and server with all the security updates and prevent potential security breaches.
If you are a small company or a freelancer then the recommended option would be a Content Management System. Websites like Shopify, Square Space, Wix, etc. offer these services for a fee. With these websites you can build your website and the security protocols will be taken care of by the CMS.
Step-2: Building the website
If your website is an ecommerce website then your theme can not be a single-page portfolio. Choose the theme of your website properly. Changing the website theme can be easy but once changing the theme after all the pages are built will be a great hassle.
Once you are done with the theme follow the below steps:
a) Choose the pages:
The ideal scenario of the webpages an ecommerce website would be
Home page – This is the main page that visitors will see when they first come to your site, and it should provide an overview of your products or services.
Product pages – These pages should provide detailed information about each of your products, including photos, descriptions, pricing, and any other relevant details.
Shopping cart – This page should allow customers to add items to their cart, view their total, and begin the checkout process. A tax calculator to give an estimate of shipping charges and any other additional taxes would be a good integration.
Checkout pages – These pages should guide customers through the checkout process, collecting their shipping and payment information and confirming their order.
About Us page – This page should provide information about your company, its history, and its mission.
Contact Us page – This page should provide contact information for your company, including phone numbers, email addresses, and physical addresses.
FAQ page – This page should provide answers to commonly asked questions about your products, shipping, and returns.
Terms and Conditions page – This page should outline the terms and conditions of using your website, including any policies related to returns, exchanges, and refunds.
b) Keep the navigation simple:
One of the biggest problems in many ecommerce websites is navigation. By keeping the navigation simple there is a good time the session time of your customer will increase.
An additional bonus would be adding a sitemap to the website as well.
c) Add products to the website:
Add the product name, price, description of the product, and any other required details. Adding a review of customers will help in increasing the trust of the customers as well. Keep your website updated with the inventory that you have an inventory that you have already sold out.
d) Setup Payment Gateway:
When choosing a payment gateway, opt for secure third-party tools like Stripe or PayPal to simplify the process. Ensure data encryption if redirecting customers to other websites, and consider integration ease, security, PCI compliance, and fees for both you and your customers.
Step-3: Choose a Web hosting provider
In case you have chosen a CMS then you might have built a great website but you need a hosting provider so that your website can be live on the internet. Hostinger, Kamatera, Hostwinds, and Godaddy are some examples of websites that can host your ecommerce website. Keep in mind that these are not free of charge.
Step-4: Test and launch your website
Once you have purchased your domain, test out your website. Check if the landing pages are working, check if the website products are being added to the cart, and if the website is mobile-friendly. Use different browsers to see the compatibility of websites across them. Check whether emails are reaching the inboxes of different email servers.
Once all these are checked then make your website live and go sell your products!
Step-5: Sell your products
This is not a step but an additional bonus from our side. To effectively sell your products, it’s important to understand your target audience and highlight the benefits of your products. Be sure to provide excellent customer service, use high-quality images and descriptions, and offer promotions and discounts to attract new customers and encourage repeat business.
Additionally, leverage social proof through customer reviews and ratings, optimize your website for search engines, and use social media platforms to reach potential customers and build your brand. By implementing these practices, you can increase sales and build a strong, loyal customer base.
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