If you’re planning to sell off your website, you’re going to need an e-commerce facility. There are many available and we’ll be able to accommodate whichever you choose (and that includes building one from scratch, just for you, with a shopping basket and a checkout and anything else you might need) but we’re mentioning WooCommerce here because it powers more than 30% of all online stores.
What you need to know, as the online store owner, is that WooCommerce allows you to sell anything, anywhere. Physical or downloadable, it makes no difference. You can ship wherever you want and you can charge for shipping or include it in the price. WooCommerce gives you the ability to hold on file the amount of stock that you have for any particular line and update it as you go. You can take payment through credit cards, debit cards, PayPal, bank transfers – you name it. Want to do special offers and sales? Open-ended or time-limited? No problem. It’s all there. And it doesn’t matter how many SKUs you have because WooCommerce just keeps expanding to cover your needs.
From the store owner’s point of view, the only fee you pay is a percentage of each transaction – but that’s an oversimplification because there are fees for the various plug-ins, we’ll have to pay them when we set the site up and we’ll pass those costs on to you as part of our overall fee. But you might need to have a place to host your store, then you can check out internetvikings.com for hosting solutions.
There are so many other e-commerce solutions that there isn’t space here to mention them all, but one you might want to look at is Shopify. Major differences between Shopify and WooCommerce:
- With WooCommerce, the customer stays on your site whereas with Shopify you set up a storefront on the Shopify website and the customer transfers there to make the purchase
- Shopify charges a monthly fee as well as taking a percentage of each transaction.
E-commerce is a complicated subject – let’s discuss it in detail when we talk about how your website is going to be set up.