Solutions Consultants, LLC specializes in design and development
of online shopping carts. We provide everything necessary
to begin selling your products or services on the web.
a total solution, including front-end cart design, setup your
secure credit card payment gateway, and ounting and inventory
management, ECSC provides a total solution. Add e-commerce
to your existing site, or start from scratch, we create professional
functional websites used by millions around the world! Don't
have a catalog yet? No problem! E-Commerce Solutions will
work with you to develop an online catalog.
What is E-Commerce?
Simply put, e-commerce is the selling of products or services
over the Internet. E-commerce can be as simple as offering
something on a Web page and asking visitors interested in
the product to send you money through the mail. It can also
be much more complicated, utilizing shopping carts for customers
to track the products they want to purchase, payment gateways
that process credit card payments in real time, SSL to collect
sensitive payment information, and store-fronts that can be
customized and keep track of product inventory.
Once you're ready to delve into business on the Internet,
where do you start? First you should become familiar with
the various tools that are utilized in e-commerce, such as
shopping carts, payment gateways, SSL, and store-fronts.
Shopping cart software, like the DEMO
CARTS carts listed here,
track products that the customer wants to buy. When a customer
comes to the store pages, the shopping cart software assigns
a tracking number to the products that the customer wants
to buy. When a customer comes to the store pages, the shopping
cart software assigns an tracking number to the current customer.
Items that are added to the cart are associated with the tracking
number for the order. When the customer wants to check out,
all of the products in the shopping cart are added to the
check out page. The software tracks the products with simple
HTML tags that collect the product information.
Most e-commerce sites use credit cards as the preferred method
of payment. How you plan to process credit card payments determines
whether or not you need an SSL certificate or payment gateway
such as TrustCommerce.com.
Payment gateways provide a link from your Web site to the
credit card processing company. If you want to process credit
cards in real time from your site, then you'll need a payment
gateway. The payment gateway will take the credit card information
and send it to the credit card processor to determine if the
sale can be authorized, and to verify the validity of the
credit card. When a sale is authorized, the funds from the
credit card are deposited in the merchant account by the credit
card processor. Some payment gateways will require you to
place your order form on their secure server, while others
allow you to leave the order form on your own secure server.
The secure server uses SSL, or Secure Socket Layer, to encrypt
any information collected from the customer in order to ensure
that the information doesn't get into the wrong hands. Fees
for payment gateways vary; some take a flat monthly fee while
others take a flat percentage of each transaction, or both.
Setting up SSL on your own Web site may require you to purchase
an SSL certificate for your domain. Collecting the customer
credit card information would then be encrypted and protected
before being sent to the payment gateway. Customers can tell
when they are at a secure site by the presence of the "s"
in the http part of the URL. A secure site's URL looks like
https://www.ecsc.net. Also, most Web browsers display a lock
indicating that the site is secure and give a warning when
entering or leaving a secure site.
Now that you're familiar with some of the terms used when
thinking about e-commerce, how do you choose what products
or services to use? First you'll need to evaluate your requirements
for your e-commerce site. Is it a simple side project that
you devote a small amount of time to or a full-on business
venture? Realistically, how fast would you like to fill your
orders? How will you ship your products to your customers?
Do you want to process credit cards manually or automatically?
What resources do you have at your disposal financially and
personally? These are all questions you'll need to take into
consideration when evaluating potential e-commerce packages.
It's also a good idea to ask others who are already involved
in using the Internet to sell their goods. They will have
already gone through the process of deciding which services
and software to use and can tell you what, in their experience,
works well or poorly, and how easy or difficult it is to use.
Researching and asking others already in e-commerce will give
you insight into things that you may not have even though
to consider. Of course you could always just have your customers
send you money through the mail and avoid all of these decisions!
every online Storefront will vary greatly, give us a call
or click here to
request a FREE site evaluation and proposal. We have many
different options available, and we will be glad to work with
you on whatever idea you have in mind! From the simple 20
item shop to the 40,000 item megastore, we provide the solution
be able to sell products, charge the customer's credit card,
and ship the very same day. In price comparison to other alternatives
of starting, owning, and managing a physical store, you can
see why e-commerce is so attractive! Cut your overhead, cut
your rent, cut your expenses and turn those costs into profit
... say hello to E-Commerce!