What is a Web store?
A Web store is a special-purpose Web site designed to display and sell products. Just like traditional brick-and-mortar stores, Web stores can sell just a few products or thousands of items, they can advertise their products, have sales, and accept various forms of payment. Unlike brick-and-mortar stores, however, Web stores can reach customers all over the world, instead of being limited to one city or neighborhood.
Your Web store will notify you when you have new orders, and it provides easy, secure access to order information. Verio ShopSite plans offer other advanced features so that you can provide your customers with the easiest and most efficient online store available.
What is e-commerce Web hosting?
E-Commerce Web hosting adds an e-commerce application to a Web hosting package, which is what allows you to have a store on the Internet.
Think of a Web host as the landlord of building. A landlord rents out storefronts to various businesses. Each business decorates and runs their store differently, and doesn’t worry about the maintenance of the building. In a similar way a Web host rents out space on a Web server – or entire Web servers – to various businesses. Each business builds its own Web store and never has to worry about the maintenance of the Web server.
In other words, the Web host provides the place on the Internet where your Web store lives. It’s a lot cheaper than buying your own server, and you don’t have to hire the technical staff to take care of it.
The e-commerce application is server software, which means that it is installed and runs on the Verio server – you don’t have to install anything on your PC. You access it with your Web browser, and you simply click buttons and fill out forms to build your store. You can check orders and make changes to your store from any computer that has a connection to the Internet. It’s easy to learn and easy to use, so you can focus on running your store instead of learning a program.
What e-commerce applications does Verio offer?
Verio offers ShopSite &msash; the market-leading e-commerce applications to meet the needs of any size store. ShopSite provides easy-to-use store building tools and secure shopping carts. Read more at our e-commerce page and ShopSite introduction and demo page.
How do I get started?
There are two primary tasks involved in building and opening a Web store: planning and implementation.
Obviously, a store with thousands of products will require a more advanced organization.
Even great advertising can’t replace good organization in helping your store to succeed.
Pictures must be in jpg or gif format. If you have the ability to scan and edit images yourself, you can simply create the images and store them for later. Otherwise, hire a graphic designer to take photographs, or use photographs that you supply, and use them to produce images in jpg format. When you receive the images from the graphic artist, store them on your computer. You’ll be able to upload them to your Web store when you’re building your store.
After you’ve picked a plan, call a Verio sales representative and sign up for that plan. Your account can be active in just a few hours, and your sales representative can help you apply for merchant accounts and credit card processing, too. You can start building your store while you wait for your application to be approved.
Once your account is set up, you’ll receive an e-mail message that has a link to the back office of your store. Click on that link and log in with your username and password, and then the store building wizard will walk you through the steps of setting up your store.
Get started with building your on-line store here.
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