How To Build an Ecommerce Web Site

As usual there are a number of ways to build an ecommerce web site, the method you choice will depend on your skills and budget.  Let’s assume you do not want to pay for a professional web site designer, what are your options?

Option 1 – Online Ecommerce Web Site Builder

The quickest way to build an ecommerce website (and also the easiest) is to use an online ecommerce website builder.  You will pay a monthly fee and for this you will get an online ecommerce solution.  You do not need any HTML or programming skills, simply logon, choice your web site design, upload your product details and start to sell.

You can take a free 14 day trail of the number 1 online ecommerce website builder at Volusion.

For reviews of online store builders click on the link below

Do It Yourself Ecommerce Website Design

Option 2 – Ecommerce Software

A similar but cheaper option is to use an ecommerce software package. This works in much the same way as the online builders but the software will run on your host server and you will need to install and set up the software yourself.  If you already have a web hosting service or you are happy to install software you can save on monthly charges and just pay a one time fee for an ecommerce software package.

For ecommerce software I recommend Lite Commerce

Option 3 – Ecommerce Templates

This option works the same way as the ecommerce software option but you have much more control over the design of your web site.  You will need to know a bit about HTML and be able to use Dreamweaver or a simpler program. Templates are based on the programming language and the editor you use and you will also need to have a specific type of hosting service.  For example, you can buy an ecommerce template for Dreamweaver that requires php hosting.

Take a look at Ecommerce Templates

Option 4 – Free Ecommerce Software

The most popular free, or Open Source ecommerce software package is Os Commerce.  Simply search on Google and you will find somewhere to download if from.  It may already be included in your hosting package.  If you do not already have a hosting company take a look and Sytec, their hosting starts at $5.75 per month and there are plenty of open source software packages that are included and can be easily installed.