Selling online can be as straightforward as adding a PayPal button to your website, but if you're looking to manage a full catalogue you really need something more sophisticated.
Running an online shop can mean your market instantly grows to be worldwide and your shop open 24/7. Because it's now 'Open All Hours' you should make sure your ecommerce store is:
- clearly laid out
- can handle multiple transactions
- manage stock levels dynamically (so you're never selling what you don't have!)
- have a secure payment process (security set-up so buyers are confident ordering from you)
- good SEO for both your shop pages and individual products
- ability to handle discounts, special offers and vouchers
- clear photos and images with zoom options
Here's what I have to say about Venda, and the reasons I think it's ideal for small businesses looking for a professional ecommerce solution. While Venda takes care of your shop, we make the shop look good!
There are lots of things to consider from a practical and 'process' point of view when setting up an ecommerce store, and we use Venda as it's already thought of them all! I am big fan of the business philosophy 'stick to your knitting' - which for us means we stick to the design and marketing aspects of a website, and not the coding. Building an ecommerce store from scratch is not a simple job, and is also likely to cost you quite a few £££ if you're looking for something even slightly complex.
To use another cliche, there is also little point in re-inventing the wheel either (especially at your own expense) when it comes to selling online. It makes sense to take advantage of development that has already been proven and tested and launch your ecommerce store on the back of that. This is why we use Venda.
Venda SBS is a subscription based ecommerce 'content management system' which allows you to update your online store just by accessing the site online. It costs just £49.99 a month for hosting, support and access to the ecommerce platform. To make your Venda site look good - we offer a custom design service.
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