E-commerce involves the
use of the Internet to promote a service/product and facilitate
the selling of the service/product. If you are already using
e-mail to communicate with customers and suppliers, you
are using e-commerce!
If you wish to offer a catalogue of items for people
to browse through and then pay for online, a shopping
cart is what you require.
What is a Shopping Cart?
If you have ever purchased anything online from a catalogue
(such as books from Amazon.com), you will have some experience
of using a shopping cart. An online transaction is very
similar to mail order. Customers select what they want
and fill in their credit card details, mailing address
and other relevant information. The big difference is
the speed at which an order can reach you, and the liberating
fact that the customer does not have to wait until your
business opens in the morning to place an order (while
you sleep, people can be buying your stock!)
A shopping cart program simply lets the visitor browse
through a catalogue of products, and when they find an
item they wish to purchase, they can add it to a shopping
cart (in much the same way as you would add an item to
a basket if you were in a supermarket). On reaching the
checkout, you would be reminded of all items you have
requested to purchase. You would have the option to change
the details of what you have ordered eg remove an item,
or change the quantity. You would then enter your payment
details and the goods would be despatched as agreed.
I am currently building my own online juggling equipment
store which will be found at my juggling
of E-commerce and useful statistics
I no longer accept new work, but am happy to point you in the right
direction for your web design needs!
Alongside the freelance web design work, I am a professional
juggler, and I run an online juggling equipment and novelty
items store. These 2 ventures are my main source of income
which is why I no longer do website design for new clients!
It would be great if you could check out the websites
my Juggling Equipment and Novelty Items Store
You can find out even more about who I
am by visiting my personal website - www.stevensworld.biz.