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6 Factors Before Launching An Online Store

If you are setting up an online store, of course you want to design a site that entices potential customers to browse, buy, and come back. However, as Business Computing World points out, one poor decision regarding your online store could spell disaster.

Every aspect of the site, from domain name to design to payment platform has to be chosen with care in order to create a place that will attract new and returning customers.

Here are a few best practices before you launch successful online stores:

Domain Name

Choosing a domain name for your online store may seem straight forward, but you have to be sure not only to pick the right name, but also avoid choosing the wrong name. The name should correspond with your business if possible.

Memorable and distinct domain names are highly suggested. To increase exposure, your domain name should exhibit the savvy nature of your business. Infusing a creative aspect into the choice for your domain name will add value to your brand in the eyes of consumers.

Design

Sales can be lost due to your design’s incompatibility with tablets or Smartphones. The intuitive design of such mobile optimized websites is also crucial. The context of where, when and why consumers are shopping with different devices, should be accounted for through mobile optimized design and functionality.

ECommerce Platform

According to Business Computing World, there are two choices when considering your eCommerce platform: Do you want to create your own platform from scratch or do you want to use an already existing platform? Creating your own platform will save you money, but it requires a lot of technical know-how to get it up and running.

An eCommerce platform, on the other hand, can be expensive at the outset, but as the site is up and running and earning money, you may find it worth the investment. Nate Lipton who runs an eCommerce site called Growers House recommended finding a platform that will provide 24/7 support in order to keep your site up and running.

Hosting

Finding the right eCommerce hosting provider is as important as using the right eCommerce platform. Your hosting provider should be able to scale the number of servers your site is using and guaranteed uptime despite power cuts or server failures.

You should also consider any times your site might have more traffic than others (Black Friday) so you can prepare for heavy traffic spikes with the right host.

Shipping Partners

Prior to negotiating a contract, be certain of all the pertinent metrics regarding inventory stock, packaging requirements, and distribution, as they relate to your operations.

Background research regarding competitor pricing, late fees, rate hikes or other aspects is recommended, prior to exploring options in person.

Payment Gateways

Paypal is an obvious and ubiquitous choice, but it isn’t the only choice. According to Alex English with ProtoParadigm, which sells printer supplies, Authorize.net has average rates and good service, and almost every platform you can imagine is supported. Merchant-e-solutions is also a decent provider that provides integration tools for a wide variety of platforms.

Another fantastic option is BitPay for accepting Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency. BitPay allows you to accept Bitcoin and receive a bank deposit in USD. The currency is a cash equivalent and there are no chargebacks.

Legal

When compiling Privacy Policies and Terms of Use, leaves room for the potential monetization of data gathered from interactions with your eCommerce site, Garg suggested. Often, the data collected by an eCommerce site, holds worthwhile value in the eyes of marketers, advertisers and other interested parties. Your site’s data can boost the overall value of your eCommerce site.

Also, prior to going live with an eCommerce site, it is important to ensure the protection and designation of the intellectual property throughout the site. Registering the domain, taking care of trademark registration, and the creation of updated Terms of Use and Privacy Policies is crucial.

By following a set of best practices, you have taken the right step to launch a successful online store. Be sure to do your research and understand what the best route to take is for your business before taking a big step forward.

Editorial Staff at Web Loggerz is a team of Web Technology lovers led by Ansh Gupta.

4 Comments

  1. Bitcoin is a viable choice taking the current scheme of things in consideration.Payment gateways are expensive and will be a burden till the site generates profit.

  2. Hi Ansh,
    That was an interesting post. I’m somehow involved in affiliate marketing myself.
    Thanks for those tips.

  3. Behind having a well thought out plan; knowing how to create online awareness of your brand is the most important thing to consider. Stepping into the eCommerce world without a bit of knowledge of SEO or online advertising will lead to problems in driving people to your website further down the line.

  4. I agree, Melvin. Online awareness is important for ecommerce success along with a well-rounded plan of marketing vehicles to support it (print, direct, etc.) Thanks for reading, everyone!

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