Ecommerce is known as Electronic Commerce or simpler yet a way to run an online store on your website. There are many ecommerce solutions out on the market. They range from running your own scripts on your own server or hosting your site on a server you don’t own.
Now there are pros and cons for both of these solutions. For example, if you have your own web host you will be paying less per month than if you were to have a company host your site for you. An advantage of using a hosting provider that is not your own is that they have all of the software and tools already setup to get your site up and running quickly and easily with no programming or setup knowledge required.
HOSTED ECOMMERCE SOLUTIONS
If you have decided to use a hosted ecommerce solution you can look at some companies such as Volusion and several others. How these companies work is that they offer some specific features such as:
Number of products
Social Media Tools
Ratings and Reviews
Import and export of products and data
Ebay / Amazon Integration
And much more.
Depending on the features that you need to run your store you can be paying anything from $15.00 a month up to $200 or more per month. Now this can be a great option if you are not tech savvy. The other option is to choose a host that offer ecommerce software.
Ecommerce software are shopping cart solutions that you run on your host. Some of these include osCommerce, Open cart, Woo commerce and many more. If you decide to use this option you will need to know a little more about installing scripts and configuring your store. The advantage of doing this is that you have the total amount of space that is offered by your hosting company as well as the bandwidth. You have the ability to have an unlimited number of products in your store and have more control over how the script is setup.
WHICH IS BETTER?
Well deciding on which one is better needs to be determined by you and your budget. The main thing I would look at is your monthly fees and charges. If you can afford the price tag for a service like Volusion I would consider going with them if you are not someone who wants to deal with the headaches of the back end of running your store. But if your budget is low and you feel ambitions and have a limited number of products to start out with I would suggest using a script like Open Cart, Cube cart or osCommerce. They come free with most hosting plans and can be easily installed with a built in installer.
But no matter which option you choose to go with creating your store make sure that you weigh all of your options and budgets before you commit. You don’t want to get your store with 10,000 products up and running and then be shut down because you couldn’t afford the monthly fees to keep it.