I already have a website – can I add eCommerce?

Yes. If you already have a website, you can add eCommerce functionality. This could be a very smart move and can explode your online revenue!

There are a number of options available to you and you will need to ask an expert for advice on the best option, though this guide will give you a clearer idea of what you need.

Ways to add an eCommerce to your existing website

Ways to add eCommerce to and existing website

We will evaluate whether to build a new stand-alone eCommerce, or integrate an eCommerce software or shopping cart into your existing website.

1. Integrate an eCommerce into your website

If your website is built with a CMS such as WordPress or Joomla, there are number of eCommerce platforms such as Woocommerce and Hikashop (respectively) that can be “plugged in” to your website and configured so that you can sell directly through your website.

Is this right for my website? To do this your website software will need to be up-to-date and have an eCommerce extension. If you only have a few products, option 3 is quicker.

2. Tag on a separate “standalone” eCommerce to the existing site

If your website software does not offer a viable eCommerce extension, for example if it has been hand coded, or built using Bootstrap, you will need a separate eCommerce website adding on to your current website.

This is slightly more complicated than option 1, but a good developer will ensure uniform graphics and seamless integration with your existing website. To visitors it will look just like the same website, even if it is technically on a separate platform.

Is this right for my website? If you your site does not have a good eCommerce plugin and cannot be updated this is the option for you. However, if your website is only basic, or outdated, it will be quicker (and excellent opportunity) to rebuild from scratch.

3. Add a shopping cart or payment gateway to your website

Regardless of the type of website you have, you can always add on a Shopping Cart or payment gateway such as Google Checkout, PayPal or Sage. This is a very basic form of eCommerce that allows you to receive payments online.

Is this right for my website? A shopping cart is a good option if you only have a few products and just need a basic way to collect payment.

» The business owner’s guide to eCommerce

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Alternative ways to sell online

eCommerce is not cheap, and requires lots of resources. Simpler options for beginners include selling your products first on marketplace websites such eBay, Amazon or Etsy. A marketplace is a good way to test the water before making the commitment of running a full-time eCommerce store.

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