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How to create your own e Commerce website? Create your own e-commerce site for FREE

Updated on December 26, 2016

How to create your own e Commerce website? Create your own e-commerce site for FREE

Today, businesses based on the internet make good money. E-commerce enables businesses to connect with consumers better. Today, most of the successful retail stores are based online. India’s e-commerce industry is likely to be worth $38 billion by 2016. Firms like Snapdeal, Flipkart, eBay, amazon etc have seen great success through e-Commerce. Flipkart is expected to sell goods worth $10 billion in 2016. In the next four years, over 10 million sellers are expected to be online in India. E commerce enables entrepreneurs to cut inventory costs and connect with customers more efficiently. Further, many people search for products on the internet directly and they are likely to find your site through relevant search engine results. This is a double whammy for e-commerce sites as it reduces the need for paid advertising.

Hence it’s imperative to build your own e-commerce site to kick start your business. In this hub, I’ll teach you how to create your own e-commerce website.

There are many companies that provide webhosting service and enable you to create a professional e-commerce website with customized features. No tech skills are required. Just drag and drop the contents and features anywhere you want. Online stores can be customized for mobile users too

Go Daddy: Go Daddy offers hosting at Rs 999 per month. They offer professionally designed themes suited to E-commerce business.

Shopify, Squarespace, Shopnix and Weebly are other platforms that enable you to create your e-commerce website.

EBay prostores: eBay prostores is a webhosting service offered by eBay. It includes simple wizard-design website, site design tools and e-business management. It also provides integration with Quickbooks and Dreamweaver

Free Webhosting Platforms:

Freewebstore.com is a free online platform for creating e-commerce websites. There are many other platforms that offer their services free of cost. Some companies offer Free trial for a specified period

Boost your Sales with Marketing Tools: You can find the traffic pattern to your site and understand customer behavior with tools such as Google Analytics. Further, add rating and review widgets on your e-commerce site. Potential customers will generally wish to hear reviews from product owners

Create Payment gateway: Once you create your e-commerce site, you need to integrate it with a Payment gateway to receive customer payments through credit or debit cards. A payment gateway verifies information, transfers requests and authorizes payments safely and securely in real time. Cybersource, Verisign etc are examples of payment gateway service providers.

Integrate Digital Wallets: With government's latest push to promote digital payments in future, millions of people are expected to use Digital wallets instead of cash in the near future. Government has announced tax incentives and rebates for customers on electronic transactions. It has even announced lucky draw to the tune of Rs 340 crore to both customers and merchants though "Lucky Grahak Yojana" and "Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana" schemes. Consumers are eligible for awards upto Rs 1 crore while merchants can win upto Rs 50 lakh. So, integrate digital wallets in your e-commerce site to receive payments. Paytm is the most popular digital wallet company in India and is akin to PayPal, one of the world's leading internet payment companies.

Paypal: Paypal offers free payment gateway services. Paypal is account based and provides safe and secure payment transfers. Anyone with an e mail can join Paypal. There are no charges for joining paypal. However, the company charges a small commission amount on each transaction

PayPal also offers a professional Website service called Payments Pro, which offers basic shopping-cart functionality and costs $20 per month plus transaction fees.

Paytm: Paytm offers online payment service. It's a very popular one. Paytm also offers an e commerce platform through which merchants can sell their products

Create mobile app for your E-commerce Site: A Survey says that nearly 50% of users use their mobile phones to search for products. Here is where Mobile apps come into play. They help customers discover new goods and services. They help personalize shopping according to customer needs and convenience

There are many Professional mobile app developer tools available online. Popular tools are Appmakr, Runrev, appsbar, Appy Pie, Mobile Roadie,TheAppBuilder etc–These offer both paid and free services. Apps are customized for both iphone and android

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