Should i sell online using paypal or shopping cart
So, you’ve decided to sell online. Or it could be your business requires donation online. You may have researched on the best way to do that. Some friends may have advised you against it as it is too costly. Some may have said it is too complex. Other people may caution you that you can use paypal button and put it against 3-4 products you want to sell and create free paypal account to get your payment.
Using Shopping Cart for Online Business.
But is the above method really a good way to sell online ? And is it really that costly to have an e-commerce website. First of all it is very good to research all this online and on expert forums etc. before making a decision. Simply going by your friend or brother-in-law’s advice is not the ideal method. They may not know so much about e-commerce sector. The fact is that it is not that costly to go and sell online. No you do not need to spend lakhs or even thousands. What you can do is even have a basic e-commerce website on shared hosting and be able to sell your products. Also, why should you just sell 3-4 products and copy paypal buttons ? You can use a proper shopping cart for this which any shopping cart developer loves.
Basic e-commerce website
Do not get alarmed with the above advice. There are plenty of ways to get a cheap e-commerce website made and there are many free shopping carts. A shopping cart is much detailed and much better than a paypal button. It is a complete system in itself for e-commerce allowing people to stock their products and sell them online providing prices and product details. Shopping carts are available free of cost as well thanks to open source development. Copying paypal button code and customizing it for product 1 by 1 used to happen in old days. Now paypal can be used as payment gateway in shopping cart itself.
The free shopping carts are generally available in php technology and you may need help of a php developer for helping use that shopping cart. But you can also do it yourself in spare time. You can find out many free shopping carts simply by typing in google search engine and studying and ranking them.
What else do i need for e-commerce ?
But please remember only shopping cart instead of paypal button is not the solution in totality for your website. You will also need hosting and shared hosting of good quality host can be bought. It is also very advisable to provide security for your website using SSL certificate. SSL certificate ensures customer have more confidence on your website. Last but not the least, you need to market your e-commerce website online which is a very difficult task, because you have to make Google Devta (Google God) happy with offering of good content and links which are relevant and not got by cheating. If you don’t do evil and Google Demi god is happy, you will surely get blessings on your website.
This article was written in a most simplied form by Mr. Sethi, owner of Ecommerce development company with many years of experience.