What's an online store?
An online store differs from an "ordinary" website by having little bit more technical complexity.
You need to have a way to
All of this is readily available for you in Edicy.
- show the products
- place an order
- pay it up.
Larger, more established online businesses of course need more than that. There are some special components that are not available for such simple and convenient webstores — integrations with enterprise systems (inventory, CRM, logistics, book keeping) or user-specific options and purchase history.
Odds are though that you don't run a million dollar business looking for a new e-commerce platform. It's more likely you are someone like ourselves — running passionately a small business and getting started with your online success.
So let's see how you can do it with us.
1. Show me the products
The easiest way to show your products — if you only have a handful of them — is to create a normal content page for each of them under "Products" section. Add pictures, galleries and videos for visitors to get an overview. Write texts, include tables, add PDF-s with product overviews to specify the details. Link to reviews, add testimonials to build trust.
If you have a large number of different stuff on sale though, you ought to have more than that — new products should be listed first, best selling items need a place on the front page. Visitors should be able to group and filter them both by category or price or other characteristics. You need a product catalogue. There's an early beta version of such tool already available for a number of Edicy Plus users. So if you want to try it out just contact us and we help you set it up.
Another great option is to combine Edicy with Ecwid
, a separate e-commerce tool that takes care for everything — provides you with a product catalogue and lets you manage prices, payment mechanisms and shopping carts.
2. Let me order it
Most often people only buy one item at a time. A pair of boots. A picture. A house. Sometimes you manage to sell more though. Two different pictures? A house AND a pair of boots? Could be.
Single-item-selling is rather easy to be set up with Edicy. Just set up a link for placing an order for every product separately.
Allowing user to order more than one product at a time is a bit more difficult — you'd have to provide visitors with a "shopping cart" for that. Visitor adds anythig to the cart first and then places the order for the whole pack. There's one great free component that you can either set up yourself or ask our support team
to do it for you. It's called simpleCart
— just go on and check out how conveniently it works.
If you decided to use Ecwid
in the previous paragraph, you already have a shopping cart out of the box with them.
3. Let me pay for it
There are many options to choose from — a half-online method with money transfer in the end (works well with local businesses) or full online experience — paying with PayPal
or credit card.
Credit card payments provided by PayPal — and Paypal wallet itself — work well with Edicy, you don't need any additional service. Just add a Paypal checkout link to each product or use simpleCart shopping cart in-between and done you are.
Again — we are eager to help each and everyone of you get started with e-commerce just go on, contact us
and we'll quickly help you out!