for Create an online store or create a virtual shop, you need a set of skills and tools that I will share with you below. A
Yes, if your goal as an entrepreneur is to have a business, read on!
A very interesting fact is that e-commerce is expected to bill up to $7,000 billion by 2022 after hitting $5,500 billion last year. Which leads us to two conclusions:
- Electronic commerce accounts for a very high percentage of global GDP.
- The number of sales is increasing, so the trend is favorable.
This undoubtedly tells us that consumers are already using virtual stores on a daily basis.
So if you have a physical store and can have your online version, don’t hesitate to do so! In the same way, if you don’t have a version of a business and want to do business online, do it, you’re on the right track!
You might think it’s a bit late for that, but we’re in the second majority, so don’t worry about being in the minority that started innovating. Be second to second minority, you’re still on time!
How do I create a virtual store?
But how do you create a virtual store? Then I share the tools and basic knowledge you need.
Knowledge and tools you need to create an online store
To create one online shop We need a number of skills if we want to do everything ourselves. Because otherwise it would be enough to have money and pay professionals to do the work for us.
1- Domain, server and CMS
The first thing to consider when creating an online store is where it will be hosted as well as the domain it will have. It’s worth some money, but it’s a worthwhile investment.
To get a domain and server there are platforms that offer this for a good price like GoDaddy and NameCheap. If you want a domain name.com has very good references.
And there are many options you have. Have you heard of HostGator, BanaHosting, BlueHost, iPage etc.? They are also very popular alternatives and recommended by those who use them. Let’s quickly see how to buy a domain from GoDaddy. Let’s learn in less than 5 minutes!
Another important point is the content management system (CMS), the interface that allows you to create content and perform a number of important tasks on your website, so you don’t have to constantly touch your web template’s code. I recommend WordPress, although there are many more options.
If you want to learn how to install WordPress step by step, I recommend you to follow the instructions in the following link: How do I install WordPress?
What happens when you sign up for a domain, server…
…and you can’t use WordPress because you don’t have a server? not recommended but it would be a way to get by with nothing “Use a free host like Blogger that has its own CMS and gives you a free domain.”
Logically, this domain is not that convenient because they add the “.blogspot” at the end, but at least you could buy a domain that is cheapest. But yes, I’m honest, it’s more of a hassle to work with Blogger than WordPress because it has a large number of plugins that can help you in terms of online store.
2- Web design
It’s the main thing, to have a well-known virtual store we need an optimized web template that adapts to all types of devices. So you have two options:
- Learn to design websites
- Or download an already created template.
And I am sure that unless you really want to become a web design expert, you will go for the second option, which is the most profitable. You can get some for free, but no doubt the paid ones are always better. You decide!
Examples of templates for creating a free virtual store are Kidzoo Lite by Themeparrot, shop front Y EightStore Lite by 8Degree Themes. However, if you spend a little more time, you will surely find others.
But as always, the paid ones are better, easier to customize, guarantee better compatibility with plugins, etc. Something important is that the templates mentioned above are for WordPress. If you are using any other CMS then you need to look for other alternatives that are out there.
One of the best tips I can give you is to use WooCommerce (more information here).
Are you creating a virtual store or are you creating a good online store?
At this point, we can say that by installing your WordPress template, you already have your online store. However, aside from not having any products or anything like that, we need to do a review to optimize our site for search engines.
And later we will see other tasks that will help you in the optimization, but as for the template, for now it is important that you analyze the speed of the web. Both the template and the server you are using have an influence here. So if you find something went wrong when analyzing the speed, you already know where the problem might be.
But how can I see the speed of our website? very easy application «PageSpeed Insights” from Google. This tool tells you how fast your site is according to Google’s Core Web Vitals metrics.
Having a good speed is not an option, it is an obligation. You may not understand it very well, but if you know anything about SEO, you’ll know what I mean. We’ll talk a little more about that later.
Is that enough?
Of course not, we’re in diapers hahaha, but we need to take a break so we don’t carry on for too long. For now it is important that you know what you need:
- A domain.
- Website template.
And of course that you also know how to use them. Well, with this basis we can easily continue to build our online shop. Believe me, if you can do what I’ve already shared with you above, I’m not saying the rest will be easier, but you’ve taken a big step.
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A hug! Until next time!