An Ecommerce website is an online Store that will open up your products and services to the WORLD! However, you are in control. You decide how many services or products you want to sell on line. You can grow with as much or as little speed as you wish. Although it got off to a relatively slow start, eCommerce is now the largest retail environment growth area in the world.
E-commerce now accounts for 25% of all retail sales. Everything from gifts, books and perfume through to the weekly grocery shopping can be bought online. If you’re selling a product or service, an eCommerce website is your virtual ‘shop window’, letting your visitors see your products from the comfort of their own home. So what do you need to make an eCommerce website effective?
Here is an example of a value for money ecommerce website.
For any ecommerce website to be effective there are a few things that need to be in place before you ‘open for business’. Like any shop window, an ecommerce website has to be eye-catching, effective and offer potential customers what they want. So the first thing that has to be right is your SEO or search engine optimisation. Without a good page ranking, your shop will remain empty and the customers will be spending their money on your rivals’ sites. An effective ecommerce website should be vibrant, easy to navigate and well laid out, just like any other ‘real life’ shop. Ecommerce is all about the user experience, and your shop has to give your visitors the best user experience it possibly can.
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Security – the number one issue
The reason that ecommerce websites took a while to gain precedence is that many people were worried about typing in their credit card details into the Internet because of the fear of fraud. So your site has to be secure. Offering an https checkout page is a must. Https notification indicates that the site is protected and that visitor’s card information will be safe from hackers or scammers. The advent of PayPal has also made things more secure online, so accepting PayPal payments is now a necessity if your ecommerce website is to be successful.
A site that’s easy to navigate
If you walked into a high street shop that was a mess of piled up clothes, lose shoes or unmarked goods, you would quickly walk back out again without buying. You want to go into a shop where everything is laid out and easy to see, clearly marked and attractively arranged. Your online visitors are looking for exactly the same experience when they visit your virtual shop, so a good ecommerce website has to be easy to navigate. Sitemaps are vital, letting your visitors find their way around your virtual shop easily. However, there also has to be a clear roadmap that guides them gently (without the hard sell) towards the end goal, namely a checkout cart filled with your products. Good ecommerce websites have a strong call to action on every page, encouraging the visitor to convert that click into a cash buy.
Integrate the pages
Following on from your roadmap, consider how the pages work together as a whole. Think of a sales website as a department store, where one page can quite easily lead into another through a simple and tempting link. Advertising special offers on various pages through the use of banners or links encourages the visitor to explore your site rather than just sticking to one page.
Giving people what they want
Ecommerce websites are designed specifically for one purpose – selling. Visitors will want to know three fundamental questions when they visit your site:
- What’s for sale?
- How much is it?
- How do I buy it and can I use the site safely?
Keeping things simple, concise and clearly laid out is the art of ecommerce website design. But if you want them to come back, encourage your visitors to interact with the site through comments, blogs and other two-way processes. Unique visitors are great, but the aim of an ecommerce website is to keep your visitors coming back for more. Fresh, engaging copy, content that encourages interaction and unique special offers all help to keep your website open for business.
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