It's all about the dollar bills.
What is ecommerce?
Well like we said before, it's kind of a complicated answer, but at the core of it all is a combination of two words: electronic and commerce. Basically, ecommerce is about buying and selling things online.
Let's say you want to buy a new pair of shoes with fancy lights on the back (we don't judge). You could get in your car, fight traffic for what seems like forever, find a parking space, walk into the mall and start shopping, or you could hop online and click "Buy it Now". If you do the latter, then you're participating in ecommerce (and saving a ton of time).
But things get more complex when you start talking about the different forms that ecommerce takes.
Let's break it down into three categories:
See? Ecommerce isn't that complicated. Except that it is. It used to be that setting up your own shopping cart and ecommerce platform was a nightmare of coding, lost sleep and energy drinks. It was definitely not for novices.
Fortunately, that's all changed. People have spent decades fine tuning the ecommerce world into one where the average consumer that wants to start their next big thing can pick one and be off to the races. No longer do you have to know how to code or sign crazy contracts with banks to get selling online. In fact, you can even be up and running in under an hour.
Well, you can with at least one ecommerce platform. More on that later.
Now we're getting into the weeds. If you want to sell online, you need some kind of method for processing payments, managing inventory and everything else. Just think about the last time you bought something online. There were a lot of things that happened behind the scenes that you might have never realized.
This is where an ecommerce platform comes into play. These are systems that you run on your website that allow you to sell goods, both physical and digital. Some you can install onto your existing website and go from there, while others are entire kits that you build from scratch.
Then there's GoCentral Online Store, the ecommerce platform that will help you start selling stuff in under an hour (See? We're bringing it all back around). GoCentral Online Store combines a full-featured professional website builder with an ecommerce platform that gives you a ton of abilities. For example:
- Sell and manage up to 5,000 with 10 images each
- Process payments from all major credit cards plus PayPal and Apple Pay with Square and Stripe handling the backend
- Give your customers tons of shipping options
- Let your customers book and schedule appointments online, plus accept their payments
And that's just the start.
That's ecommerce and ecommerce platforms in a nutshell. Complicated — kinda. But once you figure it out, it makes a lot of sense, and it's absolutely the way you'll make money on your next online business venture.
So what is ecommerce? The future. Now it's time for you to hop on.