What is e-commerce? How to create an E-commerce Website?
In this topic, I will explain what is e-commerce, And how to Create an Ecommerce Website. But before that, let’s talk about a few issues if there is no E-commerce in our life.
There was a time when we had to go directly to the market to buy the goods we needed. If we do not know where to find these things, then we had to roam the whole city. The biggest problem was faced by those people who live in far-flung areas. They had to come to the city to buy any type of goods, in which they had to go through many problems as traveling is not easy always. The biggest problem was when one of the shops in the city used to charge you arbitrarily for any goods. At that time we did not know the exact price of any product.
But in today’s time, if you want to buy any product, then you know its price from the internet. Now a lot has changed with the arrival of the internet. E-commerce has changed our life a lot and made the shopping experience to the next level and hazard-free
What is e-commerce?
E-commerce is a combination of the words E and Commerce. Here, E means Electronic, which completely, will be termed as Electronic Commerce. “If any goods are traded or exchanged through the Internet through electronic means, it will be termed as E-commerce.” In simple words, we can say that commercial applications over the internet are known as E-commerce.
For example, if you need any goods, then you can buy the goods from the internet through a website like Flipkart, Amazon. You pay them the prices described and the goods are delivered to you. Then, this process will come under E-commerce. Amazon, Flipkart is the biggest example of this in India. Other includes- Myntra, Snapdeal, Etsy, Jabong, Grofers, Bigbasket, etc
Types of E-commerce
- Business-to-Consumer (B2C)
- Business-to-Business (B2B)
- Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C)
- Consumer-to-Business (C2B)
E-commerce is mainly categorized into four types. They have different functionality for the use of any business and customer.
#1 Business-to-Consumer (B2C)
In this category, the process of E-commerce is directly between businesses to customers. This means any customer who is online, can buy any product from a business website directly. For example, Purchase did from Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Myntra, etc comes under the B2C process.
#2 Business-to-Business (B2B)
When one company buys or sells any product from another company, it will fall directly into the B2B category. Suppose if there is a mobile company. They will need software and a processor to make the mobile, then they will buy it from another company, then his mobile will be ready.
#3 Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C)
When a consumer sells his product to another consumer or buys from it, or the process will come in C2C. The biggest example of this is websites such as Olx and Quikr. On Olx, you can buy a product directly from a consumer who will be in need, just like you, or you can sell your product.
# 4 Consumer-to-Business (C2B)
In C2B, any company buys any goods for its own needs or takes service from a consumer. If a company needs software and a website for its business, then it buys all this from a freelance developer.
How to do e-commerce business?
Starting an e-commerce business in India is not as difficult as people think. you should just have good knowledge about it. If you have information about it, then you can start it yourself. People who already run a shop or have their own products that they make themselves will not have to do much to start it. they will just need a website and bank account along with a courier service to deliver the goods.
People who do not have their own product, they can also help those people who have the product but they have information about online.
How to create an e-commerce website?
After getting complete information and completing the preparation of your product, you will have to focus on your website. There was a time when a developer used to charge 50-60 thousand rupees for any Ecommerce Website. They used to take a lot of time to make it. But now, there are some software, applications, and modules available in the market, which can set up a basic e-commerce website in a simple way at less cost.
WooCommerce, Magento, Shopify platform are considered to be the best for creating e-commerce websites. Among all of them, WooCommerce is the simplest and free to implement the module.
Here I will tell you some steps by which you can create your own e-commerce website. Just you have to proceed with the following article carefully-
#1- Register domain for E-commerce website
The first thing to do to create an e-commerce website is to register a domain for your business. Such as flipkart.com, amazon.in, etc are all domains. You also have to choose a domain according to your product and you can register that domain with Godaddy, Bigrock, Namecheap, etc. You may have to spend a very small amount for a domain.
#2- Register for hosting to host your E-commerce store
To run a website, you will need hosting. Hosting is a kind of online space where all the files related to your website are kept in one place. These files can be accessed from anywhere by the domain. If you buy a good and secure hosting, you may have to spend approximately $2.5 to $5 per month. Better hosting will get you a better website. You can compare hosting plans of different companies and can choose the most suitable. You can go to Hostgator, Godaddy, Bluehost, Hostinger, etc.
Setup your eCommerce store
Below are the steps that will guide you to set up an e-commerce store with the help of WordPress. There are many other platforms available in the market but I am explaining the WordPress e-commerce store here, using the WooCommerce plugin. This is one of the widely used e-commerce platforms.
#1- Install WordPress
WordPress is a kind of software that is available for free to create a website. You can download this for free from WordPress.org. If you have any problem in installing WordPress, then before you take hosting, call them and condition that you will set us our domain and install WordPress in my hosting. They will do all this for you.
#2- Install WooCommerce
WooCommerce is a free WordPress plugin through which you will get all the features related to Ecommerce. It is very easy to install WooCommerce. Once you log in to your WordPress website, you will be easily able to install the plugin. You can upload all your products description and information on the website by WooCommerce. You can get the order information as well as add the payment gateway so that you will get the money directly in your bank.
#3- Select a good Website Theme
To make your e-commerce website user-friendly, you must select a theme according to your choice. The theme must be clean looking and catchy for users as they will be your potential customers. This will make your website look even better and make users stay on the website for more time. On WordPress.org you will get thousands of free themes and you can easily install the themes from there. You can also upload themes by yourself if you want to. If you want to spend a little money on a theme, then you can go for the Premium Theme available on Themeforest and other websites.
After this, your website will be ready to go online. After the completion of the website, now you will have to list that on Google and other search engines. Then you will get visitors on that website. For this, you have to do SEO of your website.
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When visitors start coming to your website through Google and other search engines. Those visitors will start ordering whatever product is listed on your website, this will start selling your product. Once the product starts selling, you can earn money with sales.
So, now you must be aware of everything about Ecommerce Business. Go ahead and get started to sell online. I hope today’s article will help you a lot. If you face any kind of difficulty in the above-mentioned steps, then comment below, I will definitely try to resolve the problem you face. If you like this article, then share it with everyone.