Creating an Online Store

By Topher | April 2019

Creating an online store can be as easy as one two three four five six... Nevermmind. Don't worry though; creating an onine store can be a long process, but this step by step approach will get you off to a successful start. The best news is that you can always get professional web design help to lauch your project even sooner. This gives you more time to work on what really matters too!

Creating an online store all start with having a goal in mind. What do you want in the whole wide world?! Creating a technically sound and engaging store is important. But also creating a good marketing plan will keep your business above it all. Build something stupendous and share it with the world.

Have a Goal in Mind

Hmm, how to start a successful online store? Creating an online store is about you! It's about you and your dreams and making your dreams come true. So let's start with that. Narrow down what starting a successful online store means to you, and you're off to a good start.

Engage your Customers

The trick to creating an online store and being successful at it is page time. That is how long your visitors stay on your website. The longer people poke around the coats rack, the more likely they are to purchase a coat.

So, how do you make your customers stay on your site a bit longer? Give them something to gawk at. Animations are a great way to engage your visitors as long as it takes for them to convert to a paying customer. Creating an online store and making it engageing can actually be pretty fun. I know I enjoy very much creating something fun for visitors to look at. This will better engage them with your already quality content.

Make your Site Responsive

IPhones are becoming the new record stores and outlet malls. With more and more people doing their shopping online, it makes sense that they might also use them on a mobile device. People might visit your online store through a phone or tablet and you want them to be able to make their purchases quickly, easily, and seamlessly enough for them to share the experience with their friends. Creating an online store means showing it off on just about any device.

Ask yourself how to start a successful online store that also works on a small screen. Of course, I always design with mobile devices in mind. I want your ecommerce site to work on the latest and greatest phones as well as a tablet and desktop computer or laptop. Creating an online store can be tricky, but if done right, can be a glorious success!

Setup your Payment Options

The whole point in creating an online store is to accept payments in return for your product or service so that you can continue to craft. This can be a complicated and cumbersome task without the propper experience. Luckily I've built many of web applications that accept payments and subscriptions.

This can actually be a pretty quick and easy process to set up with Stripe. I set my clients up with Stripe because it has an easy-to-use dashboard that you can use when creating an online store. All you have to do is plug in your bank account to their secure system and your ecommerce site will do the rest. It's quick and very easy. They also offer great reports and many more features so you can sit back and watch the money roll in. I love seeing how happy my customers are with how easy this is.

Optimize your Website with a Blog

Blogs are a great way to stay in touch with your customers, create a personal experience, promote your latest and greatest, and even aquire new customers. In creating an online store I would highly recommend creating a blog as well. This is a great way to say hello and make sure your customer know they're dealing with real people. And, of course, it doesn't hurt to share your most recent products and services in your blog. Who knows!? Maybe someone will stumble across something they like and become a new regular customer. There's an endless list of reasons for pairing your online store with a blog.

Get Some Reviews

Have you ever sorted your Amazon search by "best reviews?" This is a pretty common practice in the world. People value what others are saying about you and it can be a determining factor between you and your competition. Creating an online store is a great first step in earning money, but building your reputation is just as important. You want to spread the word and getting people to write reviews is a great way to show everyone how cool you are. Collect them all in one place to stay organized and copy them to your online store to remind your visitors they found something good.

Now, bring it all back to your goals. This should be what drives your project. Let's use stupendous web design and ecommerce app development to see your business through together.

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