Consumers expect the stores that they shop in to remember them and offer a more personalized experience next time they visit, be it a physical business location or an online store. In the Internet retail business, personalization always equals speed, which so many Web users are all about. Your clients expect to get the information they need and find the product they want with a click of a mouse, so they can quickly move on to the next urgent task in their busy lives. If you run a WordPress store and haven’t customized your visitors’ shopping experience before, give it a try. With this approach, you are likely to increase customer satisfaction and retain more of your first-time buyers. The process is neither complicated nor expensive; you just need the right tools to do the job for you. The following techniques and plugins will help you get started.
If you are thinking of starting your own business or simply wish to supplement your income, making a profit from selling your knowledge, skills and creations has never been easier. No longer limited by their geographical location, consumers today have access to an unprecedented variety of products and information available at their fingertips, which means that no matter what you can offer to the world, you are likely to find your customer niche online.
WordPress offers a free platform for selling virtually anything online. Whether it is digital or physical products, or even services, this tool stands up to the job (and delivers!)
With the proper enhancements, the specific task you have of WordPress can be done more easily. In many cases, aesthetics matter. There have been themes designed for WordPress that are geared to specific purposes of the web site.
WordPress, as we know, is used as a robust, secure platform for online stores all across the web. It’s a simplified solution in terms of building and management.
As we discussed in the past there are many different bolt-on eCommerce solutions for WordPress that convert your everyday blog into a functioning store ready for inventory in however long it takes to get the plugin and install it. So, I mean it when I say you can have an online store in a matter of minutes.
Selling products over the Internet from the comfort of your home is a real thing. Countless people do it and they all started from a similar place.
Whether they started from the hum and whirr of a dial up modem accessing the Internet, by navigating the web with text based commands, or by jumping right into the age of GUI and Google, they all started not knowing how to sell stuff online.
WP Coming Soon Plugin allows you to set up a high converting coming soon or launch page for your WordPress blog.
It has been said more than once (I’ve even said it myself) that one could launch an online store using WordPress as the back-end in a matter of minutes, but the truth is that extra time should be taken for each product added to the store. Even up to 30 minutes per product could go a very long way, but I recommend even more than that. Sure, the entire site from the ground up can be built in 30 minutes, or perhaps in less than 3 hours for absolute beginners with the proper manual in hand. Here’s the break down of the time to “build” the site:
- Buy/prepare the domain/hosting for the store’s web site – 7 minutes
- Setup WordPress and install the proper theme/plugin for the store – 13 minutes
- Configure the store and payment gateways – 3 minutes
- Add a few products with name, price and basic description – 7 minutes
If my math is accurate, the above should amount to approximately half an hour to setup an eCommerce site with WordPress ready for sales. But, there are many ways to give the store more conversion potential out of the gate. One such way is to focus on each product. Continue reading
The WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart plugin by Tips & Tricks HQ allows customers to buy products via a WordPress blog/site with just a few clicks. On a basic level, it is an interface for including PayPal’s “Add to Cart” buttons into posts or pages (using shortcodes) that are about specific products.
The product details are tied into each button. It uses the a streamlined checkout process through the PayPal web site. There is no need to store customers personal and financial information freeing the shop owner from having to put in place the necessary security and privacy information. Naturally, PayPal profile based shipping is supported.
Setting up a web site to sell products on the Internet is a lot simpler to do than days of past. And it doesn’t require custom software in order to get a custom look. Like any task or project that is commonly done on the Internet, developers find ways to make them a lot simpler and faster for end users to implement.
In this article I’m going to discuss setting up an online store using a self-hosted WordPress option with freely available e-commerce plugins.
Getting into the web site selling business can be very lucrative. It can also account for a very long term means for an income because as long as there is Internet, there will be web sites. And as long as there are web sites, they will be bought and sold.
Just like real estate, web sites, i.e. virtual real estate, can be a long or short term investment for many an entrepreneur, or a second (or even a first) income for a family. Continue reading