Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Building your own online shop

Online shopping has come a long way. In the early days, if you wish to set up an online shop, you'll probably have to either write your own shopping cart software or find a clever individual or company to do it for you.

It has now become a necessity and a norm for business owners to offer an online alternative to their customers. A shopping site can be set up very easily nowadays with more and more e-commerce software companies now offering quick, easy and affordable services.

Ashop Commerce is one such company offering a web-based turnkey e-commerce solution. It is a web-based solution which does not require any software installation. According to them, thousands of successful merchants in the United States, from novices to professionals, have chosen to use Ashop Commerce.

Ashop Commerce allows a 10-day free trial without a credit card requirement. The software enables business owners to accept credit card payments, customise the design of their site, update contents easily and quickly at an affordable monthly fee.

Its full service also includes technical support and customer service. It is securely hosted, integrated with all major banks, payment gateways and third parties including PayPal.

I tried out one of their demo stores for a test drive of what the software can do. The site admin functions were pretty clear and user-friendly and allows you a lot of flexibility to manage your online store easily. Just by a few clicks on its clearly-labeled menu, you can check your sales, customers' names, products purchased, payment mode and status and tracking numbers. You can also check your inventory, product prices, change your store front theme and view statistics of your site such as page hits, visitor traffic and even a chart detailing the countries you are doing business with.

It sure looks like anyone can start an online shop now with such easy-to-use and affordable shopping cart software from Ashop Commerce. Their packages are priced from as low as $39.95 a month to $189.95 a month.

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