Internet has expanded so much in the recent years that almost everything depends on it. Now, a businessman cannot think of his business without maintaining a website. Even, every store has their own online adaption aka an online store.
Another buzzword that has been spreading fast is e-commerce. This term is a modern version of so-called online stores. E-commerce has become very popular among customers and it has become a mandatory asset for a merchant.
I am a merchant and want to create an e-commerce site
In this situation, let us think about starting an e-commerce. What is the first thing that pops up in mind?
You generally think about some technical stuff and developers who can create such a complex application for you. Well, it is true that a well-established e-commerce requires experienced developers and a good amount of investment.
I don’t want to spend too much on my startup
If you are thinking the same, then you are certainly a logical thinker.
Don’t worry, where there is a will, there is a way!
I am writing this article just for you and expand your knowledge on creating an e-commerce without spending too much (almost free, if you ask me).
What is WordPress?
If you are reading this, then you have already heard about WordPress. It is a free to use technology for creating advanced websites. People without zero IT knowledge can also create a website using WordPress.
All you have to do is to buy a domain and a hosting server and install WordPress in it. This will create a website for you after you have successfully configured WordPress settings.
Please note that a domain and hosting roughly requires $20 only per year which is very very reasonable.
I want to create an e-commerce- So, What’s Next?
Creating a website is mandatory. After creating and launching your website, you need to find a suitable theme. This will provide an appealing appearance to your website. There are lots of free e-commerce themes that you can use.
Okay, Tell me more!
In this step, you should get the main application that will turn your website into an e-commerce. You may think, “Now I am sure to pay a good amount for this app.”
Well, not really. You will be surprised to know that there is a free to use application that has been turning more than 39% of the world’s websites into eCommerce stores.
Yes, I am talking about WooCommerce
All you have to do is to install the WooCommerce plugin and activate it within your website. You will be asked to go through an easy setup wizard to configure your newly created store. Just follow the process and you will end up creating your own e-commerce.
You can also create products using WooCommerce. It provides you order management system, add to cart and almost every feature an online store requires.
Now that you have learned how to create your own e-commerce for free, why are you still reading this? Hurry up and create your own online store and start the business. You can thank me later after you have completed your first order. 🙂
Update April 2020: Nowadays a lot of website builders are providing ready to launch eCommerce stores such as Shopify, Bigcommerce, and Bigcartel etc. They have all the features you will find in WooCommerce. But most of them are not free and their monthly plans range from $15-$30. I came across Pixpa recently – Pixpa is the only platform out there that offers a complete blend of features for e-retailers and their plans starts from as low as $6/month. If you are looking to create a website or looking to create your online store, checkout Pixpa. You can also use the coupon code – GOGET15 to get 15% off on any plan.———