E-Commerce is short for electronic commerce, which is sometimes also called internet commerce. This is referring to the process of buying and selling goods or services online.
If you Google this question a whole array of answers come up but were going to break it down here to the three main e-commerce business models that we deal with.
Business to Consumer or B2C is where a business sells directly to an individual consumer. Examples of this could be retail stores or even a service such as Netflix. The important thing to define this is that these companies only sell to individuals and not other businesses.
Business to Business or B2C is where a business sells it’s product or service to other businesses. An example of this would be a business that supplies the products to a retail business for them to sell in their store to their customers.
Consumer to Consumer or C2C is where a consumer sells directly to other consumers. This is an interesting business model, and can be seen with examples like Ebay where users put up what they want to sell and other users can buy them.
Having tried, tested and even built e-commerce platforms from scratch we have settled on two different platforms that we use. We’ll break down here the two options here.
WooCommerce is an add-on for the WordPress platform. WordPress is the most popular way of building a website in 2020 and WooCommerce is the most popular way of build an e-commerce store in 2020 with around 27% of all online stores in the top 1 million websites being built with it. It comes highly recommended by us and here are just a few reason why:
Here are a few examples of stores that we have built using WooCommerce.
Shopify is a platform specifically designed for e-commerce and is becoming more and more popular particularly with those who have never run an online store before. It is extremely easy to get set up and Shopify handles all the payments. Shopify is now the second most popular way of building an e-commerce store in 2020 with around 22% of all online stores in the top 1 million websites being built with it. It comes with a 14 day free trial to test it out, and then you must select a payment plan. The starting cost is $29 a month and they got up to $299, to get close to the features that WooCommerce has you’ll need at least the middle package which is $79 a month. Here are the good points of Shopify.
Here is a Shopify store we built:
We have completed many different projects, ranging in size from personal sites to full corporation websites. We can work with any size project. Why not check out our Portfolio and see some examples of work we have done.
Now is the perfect time to build an e-commerce store and start selling online. If you have any questions or would like to find out more then please complete the form below and one of our team members will email you very shortly.