eCommerce

eCommerce Websites

Well, you are technically on an eCommerce website right now.  If you go to on any of the products above, you can buy them, and have them delivered to your door.  

These are all Print on Demand products from some of the websites I’ve created and managed, and yes they are all real, active and will be delivered to you anywhere.   And as they are Print on Demand, and with a WooCommerce base, it doesn’t cost me anything to have this functionality here.

Feel free to buy one if you don’t believe me 🙂

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One of the main issues with eCommerce websites is getting traffic to come to you, using SEO, Facebook Ads and Google Ads to get clients in the first place, then ensuring you have a responsive, active website at the other end that grabs them.  As one of the world’s largest search engines, YouTube content is also essential to ensure you’re getting the search traffic.

A great product to sell helps too, but that’s up to you.

 

WooCommerce

There are two main players in the eCommerce space that most websites base on, namely WooCommerce and Shopify.  I’ve built and run websites on both, and generally veer towards WooCommerce now.

WooCommerce is a free add-on to WordPress, and without any ongoing monthly cost at all, you can have a fully-functioning eCommerce system added to your website.  Commercially, WooCommerce works by selling add-ons which significantly enhance the functions of the core site, and there are over 300 to choose from.  A lot of them, such as adding PayPal and Stripe to your site, are free, and some have a monthly or annual fee.  

It does have a rather higher learning curve than Shopify, and if you’re just starting up and not looking to hire me to set it up for you, then prepare for a lot of expletives as you try to figure out what’s going on and why your products aren’t looking how you want them to.  But once you get the hang of it, it’s a more customisable and significantly more versatile option for your site.

Shopify

Little Roos is one of my first eCommerce sites, and it was originally based on Shopify.   The process to set it up was simple, and there’s a variety of themes to choose from and there will be certainly one that will fit your needs.  Shopify comes with a variety of different pricing options and charge monthly.

I have a policy of ongoing honesty with my websites and designs, and the reason I moved over from Shopify to WooCommerce was simply cost.  Little Roos sells through a number of different channels, and the website was not making enough to justify the monthly subscription.  I can also say from experience that transitioning from Shopify to WooCommerce is a total pain and involves re-creating pretty much everything, so try and pick one and stick with it.