This is a very common question that we hear clients ask all the time. Selling your product or service online opens the door to many different opportunities, not only in your neighborhood but around the globe. Trying to understand what this really entails can be daunting for a website owner. Where do you start? What do I need? How much will it cost?
Your web design company should be able to walk you through the different available options based on your budget and the level of integration you need. They have to spend time understanding your business in order to help you make the best decision for your product. Questions like - what are you selling (product or service), is a Shopping Cart needed, can users download it, do you need to collect funds instantly, all need to be answered in order to help clarify what options are available for your specific situation.
Based on your level of integration and customization often times a third party ecommerce product can be used to save time and money. However, sometimes implementation of these systems can get costly depending on how robust their feature set is.
Given all the different options for implementing ecommerce on your website be sure that your web design company spends the necessary time understanding your marketplace and products before recommending a direction to go. If they don’t, that’s a red flag to stay clear. We look forward to speaking to you.