Shopping is an activity that we all have experienced. By either going to the grocery store to pick up eggs or to the mall to buy clothes. Today, with the development of the computers and of the Internet, some brilliant minds thought that it would be even better if people who do not have enough time to spend in shops, could buy stuff over the Internet. Revenues from ecommerce stores have increased consistently over the past few years. Logically, online shopping is strictly connected to the use of websites, because through the sites, people can view products and place orders.
First, whenever you plan to launch an ecommerce site, one of the most important things that you should plan is the layout. Why? Simple, image and first impression. When someone visits your online store, you want them to feel as if you’re a professional, not somebody who does not care about the appearance of their business. If the site is not professional, would you want to give these people your credit card information? If you went to buy a new car and the car you were interested in had “wash me” scribed into the dirt covered hood, would you buy it? Also, the layout should be clear and easy for your customers to navigate. Now, the next question is, how can someone have an ecommerce store like this when their knowledge about html is little or the budget is not very big? This question has two answers.
Ecommerce shopping cart and an template for the shopping cart. First I’ll explain the shopping cart. Shopping cart software is used to perform the duties of an online store. Duties such as maintaining inventory of products with photos and descriptions, processing orders and payments, etc. This software is open-source and available for free. Some of these are free, some require monthly fees, and some require a one time fee. Most ecommerce stores come with lots of options and can be most customized.
One of the free options is oscommerce. For many beginners or advanced users, oscommerce is the perfect option becasue it the software is free and is widely used. This brings me to oscommerce templates. They are already made so you can, in a way, preview the look of your site. Also they can be modified and updated, and moreover, they have no errors, so there won’t be any worries concerning a line or a box not being where it should.
These templates are made by web designers and developers and come in several themes and colors. There are many such templates that can be found on the Internet. For the most part you must pay for them. Some may be free, but you usually get what you pay for. Keep in mind that the price you will pay for a template is going to be much less than what you would pay a web designer to create a personalized ecommerce site for you. Sometimes thousands less.
If you decided not to use a template, it would also take much longer to develop your ecommerce site from scratch. On the other hand, using a template gives you the template at the time of purchase. Also, the template provider may provide configuration services for the template. This would allow you to do everything with one company at the same time.
Finally, I want to say that it is not a strike against you to use a template instead of hiring a web designer. This is often what designers and webmasters will tell you when you decide to use a template. These templates are made for you to use. Most templates and are actually created and used by web designers all the time.
Before starting your own ecommerce website you should think what you really want to do, how your site should look, and then choose from the large number of templates. Good luck.
This solution is ideal for the beginners who want to start their own online shopping site or web designers who want to save time.