The value of e-commerce isn’t always obvious when you run a successful small business and sell your products in your shop. However, adding an online store to your website can expand your customers and sales. It gives you the opportunity to:
Creating an e-commerce website might sound like a huge task, especially if you don’t have much technical skills. But the good news is you don’t need to, while you can use a platform like Ecwid. Read this guide to learn how you can start an online store with Ecwid in a few simple steps. In this guide you will learn:
What Is Ecwid?
Ecwid stands for 'E-commerce Widget'. It is an e-commerce platform that provides a way for business owners all over the world to create online stores without a need for programming or designing. Ecwid is ideal for small and medium sized businesses.
Ecwid is a very powerful option if you already have an existing website that gets a decent amount of traffic which you can direct to your ecommerce pages.
If you don’t have a website, Ecwid provides a free Instant Site which combines everything you need to start selling online. There is no setup charges and no transaction fees. You can make quick changes to your Instant Site with the easy-to-use editor. It is already used by hundreds of thousands of merchants in 175 countries.
Example of Free Instant Site: Pardis Bazaar
What Is An E-Commerce Website?
An e-commerce website is a site that allows you to sell your products or services over the Internet and get paid by one of the online payment services like PayPal and credit cards. With Ecwid E-Commerce you can choose to get paid offline too; for example, Cash On Delivery "COD".
How You Can Create An E-Commerce Website With Ecwid?
Your online store should be added to a website. You can create a website using a site builder like WordPress, Joomla, Weebly, or a website platform of your choice.
If you have a website already and just need to add a shopping cart - you can use Ecwid to embed an online store to your website. Note that your Ecwid online store can be added to more than one website. Example:
The good news is, when you sign up with Ecwid E-Commerce, you get an easy-to-use website with a built-in online store right away; the Free Instant Site. No coding or designing needed — just add your business information, your products and you are ready to go. It is really easy to get your Ecwid store connected with your website or literally any other platform out there including Facebook, Instagram, even Amazon and ebay.
To sign up, visit the Ecwid website and click on the link Get Started For Free - Type in your name, email and a password. Then complete the registration by answering few questions:
And then, follow the Ecwid video guides (below)!
Note: If English is not your first language, scroll down to the bottom of the page and change the language of your Control Panel to the language of your choice.
Ecwid Video Guides
In the footer of the Ecwid website click on videos. Ecwid Video Guides are step-by-step instructions with short tutorials covering all you need to know for setting up your store including:
Below, watch the first video – A Quick Start Guide
How To Use Ecwid Free Instant Site?
The Instant Site is a free customizable one-page website with a built-in online store that allows you to start selling right away. The Ecwid Instant Site is perfect for you if you don’t have a website for your business and you want to start selling online as fast as possible. It is a simple and professional site with responsive design which looks great on any device including mobile.
Well, your store is built, and now you need traffic. You want your store to get found online; Ecwid helps to make that happen, by providing several options for Search Engine Optimization "SEO".
Ecwid has provided a number of excellent Search Engine Optimization videos and articles which you can use to improve your page ranking and bring more eyes to your online store. Below, watch one of the SEO videos - 5 ways to improve your SEO:
Ecwid Plans, Pricing And Features
Ecwid offers a completely free plan with three paid plans to fit the needs of any business. The paid plans differ by available features and prices. After you subscribe to a paid plan, the subscription is renewed automatically unless you cancel it.
Free Plan – When you sign up with Ecwid, you will automatically begin an account, and can start building your store for free. You can add up to 10 products to your store, set up shipping and payment methods, configure your store design and start selling. The free plan is a great way to test the platform; if it is giving you all the tools you need to sell your products online, you can keep using it as long as you wish. You can upgrade your Ecwid account to one of the paid plans at any time.
Venture Plan – The Venture plan is great for businesses with up to 100 products in their catalog. With the Venture Plan, you are also able to sell digital products: e-books, audio, video master-classes, etc. Some of the features available to you are:
Business Plan - The Business plan is for stores with up to 2500 products in their catalog. It includes all the features of the Venture plan plus giving you more tools to showcase your products including:
Unlimited Plan – With the Unlimited Plan, there is no limit on the number of products that you can have in your catalog. You get all the features of the Business plan and more:
To see and compare complete features available for all plans, visit Ecwid website and click on prices.
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