Ecommerce means selling online from your website, and that can be products, services or digital downloads. You can either incorporate a simple system on your site such as a Paypal button – which is ideal if you have one or two services or products to sell, or build have an ecommerce setup within your own website.
Ecommerce software and ‘add to cart’ or ‘shopping cart’ scripts can be incorporated into the design of your website, and even secure pages that need to be hosted on other sites, such as Paypal, can be customised to include your logo and website colour scheme.
The advantage of using a third party payment system to accept payments is that you don’t need to have your own online merchant ID number.
A online payment solution lets you accept credit card payments via the internet.
Accept credit card payments through your website
Ecommerce with WordPress
WordPress is a powerful content management system (CMS) and there are various options to incorporate ecommerce into a WordPress site. I use Woocommerce ecommerce software. Using WordPress and Woocommerce you can host your own website.
Paypal’s e-commerce solutions
Paypal is one of the most flexible and well-known systems for buying and selling online. Customers don’t need to have a Paypal account to purchase items via the web, but a registered Paypal seller can accept payments from all major credit and debit cards. It’s an easy system to integrate into an existing website, and ideal for small businesses.
Paypal has a standard service which is free to incorporate and use, and you pay a commission on transactions. Paypal’s pro version has a monthly fee but you have much more flexibility, such as being able to accept payments on your own website without the customer being redirected to Paypal’s website, lower transaction fees and more customisation options.
Cost of ecommerce website development
If you’d like a quote to design and develop your ecommerce website please get in touch.
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