The Right Ecommerce Providers
Finding The Right Ecommerce Providers
Today a million companies will tell you how great a job they will
do designing your website.
They'll tell you they'll make it look professional. Your site will
use the most advanced web services available today. They might use
java or flash, or some other technology that sounds very technical.
They might even build a shopping cart for you.
Another million companies will tell you how great a job they will
do hosting your website.
They'll tell you they have great features. Your hosting account
will support the most advanced technologies used today. They might
support the java or flash, or other technologies used to develop
your website. They might even provide a shopping cart with the hosting.
So what does a business owner really need to look for when choosing
a company(s) to get started doing business online?
5 Important Tips for choosing the right ecommerce provider
1. Choose a complete provider--There are some out there. Many
times business owners get stuck in the middle between the requirements
of the website, and the hosting services needed to support it. The
company you choose should be able to design your site and host it
as well. If the design firm can't host the site, think how difficult
it may be to find a hosting company that will meet the requirements
of the designed site. Selecting a firm that can provide you with
both will save you time, frustration, and possibly even money. Some
design firms offer discounts on packages when you choose to have
them both host and design your site.
2. Look for examples--Ask the company you are considering doing
business with if they can show you examples of similar sites they've
previously designed and hosted . If the company has done a site
for your type of industry or business previously, chances are they
may be able to provide you with what you will need for your site.
3. Ask "What Else" you will need to get started--A website
and hosting quote can be just that...A website and hosting quote.
A quote doesn't necessarily mean that your idea of what you want
to accomplish is going to be what you get from your finished product.
A good example of this occurs when a designing company can't provide
you with a payment gateway or merchant account in addition to your
shopping cart. You may have a great looking store online that doesn't
take credit cards. Find out upfront if you will need to seek out
other solutions in addition to what the company is doing for you.
4. Don't be afraid to pay--In this day and age especially, the
old adage "You Get What You Pay For" rings true. All those
Do-It-Yourself tools and instant ecommerce sites aren't going to
get you where you want to be online. Professional services are always
distinguishable on the Internet. Your Do-It-Yourself site...well...everyone
who happens to visit your site will know you did it yourself.
5. Pay Attention to the conversation--Does the company you're
talking to answer the questions you asked? Do you get technical
answers to business questions or vice versa? Or does the company
actually pay attention to what you're trying to do online and show
you how they will accomplish it for you? If not, you're talking
to the wrong group of people. Step away, and try other companies
until you get what you need.
Conducting business online doesn't mean you have to shell out tremendous
amounts of money to reap the benefits of the Internet. The Internet
is geared towards helping those businesses with marketable products
reach a much larger audience then they previously could achieve.
As a business owner you want to receive the best service at the
lowest possible price. If you don't choose the right provider you
can end up with the best price and the lowest possible service.
So use these tips and choose wisely. Either way you'll definitely
see the results.
About the Author
is a resource for webmasters and consumers looking to find a website
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would like to thank Mark Drake for contributing this article. Mr.
Drake operates Edynamo.com, a full-service online business solutions