ECOMMERCE Website Development
Making the decision to establish an eCommerce presence in addition to your existing online assets or as your primary website entity is a significant step in the development of your company or organization. Ensuring your online storefront is operating effectively and efficiently will be important to your success. If you’ve been considering online sales, you’ve no doubt researched a number of eCommerce tools to help you move forward and you’ve probably realized there are many decisions to make.
With either WordPress or Squarespace, getting started with eCommerce makes the process more manageable. Their eCommerce platforms are powerful, feature packed and reasonably priced. Within your chosen platform you are able to sell not just products but services, subscriptions, digital content and collect donations.
There are a number of options within WordPress for your eCommerce tools however we’ve found using WooCommerce is generally the best choice for most clients.
WooCommerce is an open-source, completely customizable eCommerce platform for entrepreneurs worldwide. Go beyond the confines of traditional eCommerce solutions, and be limited only by your own imagination.
WooCommerce is built on WordPress, the software that runs about 25% of the web. WooCommerce is regularly audited by Sucuri, an industry leader in security. We’ve been working with Sucuri for a number of years and they are the best in their industry.
WooCommerce seamlessly integrates commerce with your website content. Everything you need is in one place within the WooCommerce dashboard contained within your WordPress dashboard area. You only need to be in one place to manage your website and online operation. WooCommerce is kept lean so you can add just the options you want. It’s also made to work alongside your favorite WordPress plugins, so you can keep the features you already love.
From physical products and digital downloads to subscriptions, content and even appointments, you can sell anything with WooCommerce.
WooCommerce is entirely open source, which means you can modify and customize anything and everything. Because you have complete control, you can add unlimited products and users, and take unlimited orders.
With our managed hosting with Flywheel, your eCommerce site is protected with ongoing security and SSL encryption.
Squarespace offer their own robust eCommerce platform, developed by Squarespace to work seamlessly within any business site or above website. For those needing a smaller eCommerce presence their plan available within their Business Plan is probably your best choice. If you’re searching for a greater number of features, additional shipping and payment methods and greater product options, choosing one of their eCommerce platforms is a solid choice.
Selected Features (Not all features are included in all plans)
Fully integrated eCommerce which includes inventory and order management, taxes and shipping
Rich product displays which can include video and image zoom
Automatic inventory management
Ability to sell unlimited products
Powerful shipping calculator features
Schedule appointments with online bookings and calendars
Collect customer emails and build mailing lists
Integrated social media channels
Sell digital content directly from your website including music and e-books
Collect donations with PayPal, Apple Pay, Stripe, and Venmo
Built in tax tools for simple compliance
Secure checkout for all devices
Abandoned cart recovery
Connected eCommerce tools such as Printful, Xero, Stripe, ShipStation, FedEx and TaxJar
Ability to manage your store with your Apple or Android device
Device integrated bar code scanner for shipping labels
Different hosting plans with various additional features and benefits
eCommerce hosting packages range from $18.00 - $40.00 per month and include SSL Security, website metrics and more