Many companies are using content management systems like WordPress or Shopify to build your websites. I can build from scratch if you like without the use of these CMS, but most companies can make use of this technology that provides greater control at lower cost. A great ecommerce website can be created with little or even without any programming knowledge. You do need to have some knowledge how to use the system and design applications such as Photoshop as well as the time. I will design to fit your needs, if you don’t need special design creation or features you can save on set up and quote the best price for you, then we manage your site updates or show you the dashboard for your site to easily make revisions for you and your staff.
“Shopify and WooCommerce are both great choices that serve different purposes and audiences. Shopify is easy to use and maintenance is taken care of, but it is more limited and gets expensive. WooCommerce is free and flexible, and integrates easily into your WordPress site, which you are completely responsible for. The best choice will depend on the needs of your business.
The WooCommerce plugin is free. WooCommerce does not offer a complete online storefront, so you’ll have to find your own URL, hosting, theme, etc. You will also have to provide your own security and maintenance. For transactions, there are a lot of choices of payment gateways that include services such as PayPal, Amazon, and Stripe. PayPal is $79 for a single site, takes major credit cards, provides security, and provides nice shopping cart features. Amazon is free and connects to your Amazon seller account. Each provider has their own transaction fees. For example, Stripe has no monthly fee and charges 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction.”
“There are both free and paid themes for Shopify. It costs $29 per month and adds POS rate is 2.7% + no credit card fee, unlimited products, 24/7 support, discount codes, a free card reader, and fraud analysis tools. $79 per month brings the online rate down to 2.5% + $0.30 and the in person rate to 2.4%. It has 5 GB of storage and adds gift cards, professional reports, and abandoned cart recovery.
For getting a store online fast and easy, Shopify delivers. It’s easy to use and you don’t have to worry about maintenance. You don’t own the site and the cost of hosting and apps can get expensive over time. Although you can do a lot with Shopify you’re more limited than you are with WooCommerce. If you want an online store that’s easy to deal with and you’re willing to pay whatever it costs, Shopify is a good choice. It’s simple, looks great, has excellent e-commerce features, and hosting and maintenance are taken care of. Support is easy to get if you need it and you can expand your store’s features and functions with tons of add-ons.
A WordPress site powered by WooCommerce will be cheaper and give you more control. The WooCommerce plugin is free and you can choose from literally thousands of themes, both free and premium, that integrate nicely with WooCommerce.”
I can work with you on these or any other plan you have for your website. I am located in Huntington Beach, I can come to you and can easily communicate and work with you via project management such as Podio or however you like. My set up fee is based on the amount of work required, and will be very reasonable and will work within your budget. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Below are sample pages and dashboard of a free Shopify theme.