Today one of the biggest challenges entrepreneurs
face is how to choose from so many e-commerce packages, which
range from free do-it-yourself solutions to custom storefronts
costing thousands of dollars. An increased range of options
means an increased range of choices, which can be frustrating
Fortunately, it's possible to narrow your choices and figure
out what works best for your business by considering a few key
issues. Unless you're a technical whiz, it's better to start
with a simple and inexpensive online store that can grow with
Although some businesses operate and maintain their own Web
sites, this can be an expensive and difficult process. You'll
need to invest in hardware, a dedicated Internet connection,
and software, along with a Webmaster and programmers to maintain
your site. This is an expensive process, and you can't cut corners
customers won't tolerate a buggy, unreliable online store.
There are two alternatives: hire a Web developer to build and
host your site, or use an online hosting service that provides
everything you need to build and maintain your own store.
A Web developer can build and maintain a deluxe, fully customized
online store, but you'll pay dearly for the service. Do-it-yourself
services, on the other hand, usually offer everything you need
to launch a basic online store, and most charge either a small
monthly fee or nothing at all. Many of these services are quite
reputable, and they're a great way to get started in e-commerce
without investing a huge amount of money up front.
Even a simple online store relies on complex, behind-the-scenes
technology. You can choose from a variety of "storefront"
software to maintain your product catalog, track inventory,
calculate sales tax and shipping charges, and perform other
vital tasks. This software often costs thousands of dollars,
however, and requires a great deal of technical expertise to
operate and maintain.
In most cases you're much better off using a service that operates
and hosts your e-commerce software, usually for a small monthly
fee. Even if you operate your own Web site, you can build a
storefront by linking to the service's e-commerce software.
And as far as your customers are concerned, they're still dealing
only with your business.
AWCS.net is a premier partner of AbleCommerce Software,
an industrial-strength ecommerce application package.
AWCS.net has been building ecommerce websites since 1997.
We have added shopping cart technology to sites as small as
one product or to sites with over 50,000. AWCS.net works with
small to medium size businesses to help them create a successful
online shopping experience for their customers.
The ecommerce websites we build are constructed on the award
Software platform. AbleCommerce gives us the ability to
quickly setup a very simple store or the open flexibility to
construct a highly customized shopping experience for your customers.
At AWCS.net we offer design, development, hosting and support
services. All of these services together give you a one company
solution that can take your idea from inception to completion.
We can add the AbleCommerce shopping cart technology to an existing
website or build you a highly integrated successful ecommerce
site from beginning to end.