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E-Commerce – Shopping Cart

What do you need to have an online store- what is a shopping cart?

A shopping cart is an online business software that allows the purchase and sale of a product or service. Shopping carts (also known as eCommerce) essentially let you build an online store to sell your products online.

E-Commerce Shopping Carts: How to Choose the Right Platform
Choosing the best shopping cart software for your e-commerce business can be overwhelming. Due to the availability of e-commerce solutions today it’s important you assess your needs and your customer buying habits before choosing a shopping cart.

If you are not certain as to your long-term goals, remember you can start small and upgrade, add more features to your shopping cart as your business line and/or sales increase.

Examples of Shopping Cart Software | eCommerce Platforms:

  • Shopify: Offers a range of tools and features to help businesses create and operate online stores. DIY (Do It Yourself)
  • ZenCart: One of the well-known and established shopping cart available. DIY (Do It Yourself)
  • WooCommerce: A free WordPress shopping cart plugin that is easy to install but will include a fee if you need full integration within your website.
  • Magento: This shopping cart helps you take total control of your online store! DIY (Do It Yourself)
  • OpenCart: The shopping cart is simple with unlimited capabilities to include products, categories, product reviews and ratings and much more. DIY (Do It Yourself)

Suggested Features of E-Commerce Shopping Carts to Consider
As stated earlier, compare the shopping carts with care; you have the option to start small and as your business sales increase you can always add more features to fit your needs. Some basic options to consider in your shopping cart:

  • Large, Functional Product Images and Product Description
    Product images and descriptions are among the most effective ways to communicate with customers.
  • Search
    When adding the search function, make sure it is visible. It will help your customers to quickly locate your products.
  • Single-Page, Fast Checkout
    You don’t want to lose your customer due to a complicated checkout process. A customer interested in buying wants to complete this step as quickly as possible, and it’s important you make this possible.
  • Coupon | discount function
    Offering periodic discounts will help ensure the return of clients to purchase your products. Customers can also have the option to use coupons for their next purchase within your online store.
  • Analytics Stats and Sales Reporting
    A good shopping cart should have built-in sales reporting and analytics capabilities. It’s important you are able to track product sales and customer behaviors to help determine your online store activity.

Costs of E-Commerce”
WordPress provides the ability to add a shopping cart within your WordPress website. Free shopping cart plugins and premium plugins (for a fee) are available. Depending on the software you choose, support may be limited; however, there are forums available to help resolve shopping cart issues. You also have the option to contact a professional web designer to help you install and set-up your online store. In the long run, this may save you time and frustration and you’ll be up and running in no time. There are paid carts that can be costly, depending on what you choose. Without a professional web designer helping you, technical support may not always be available.

Professional Web Design Support
Overwhelmed, need help and guidance… The Port Web Design offers professional web designing assistance. We will do our best to help you resolve your problems. You eventually may be in need of help in making custom changes within your shopping cart or website. A professional web designer can assist you with making customized web design changes. The Port Web Design will guide you through the process of meeting your specific needs (change in design or add options to shopping cart).

What type of e-commerce website service are you considering?
The Port Web Design can help you create or transform your WordPress website into an attractive eCommerce store while delivering enterprise-level quality and features. Whether you’re operating a superstore selling thousands of products, or just a sole trader selling handmade arts and crafts, we have you covered

We can also help with:

  • New website design
  • Website Redesign
  • Existing website maintenance
  • Ecommerce | Shopping-cart software integration
  • Real Estate: Broker, Agent, Rental website development

Click here to see our Website Design Packages and Pricing

Integrations, plug-ins, add-ons and maintenance
Many integration features as well as add-ons and plug-ins are free but may require the help of a professional web designer to set it up and adapt to the main design. Whatever your needs, The Port Web Design is available to help you reach your goals in creating an outstanding shopping cart and/or customized website.

WordPress website training and computer help:

  • Personal remote WordPress training or group – staff – manager training.
  • Real estate or rentals sites backend training – E-Commerce training
  • We help you manage and promote your business online
  • We help you set up your Google Webmaster account
  • Email(s) setup – FREE emails when you host with us!
  • Malware detection, cleaning and much more…
  • FREE website analysis for new potential clients
  • Quick content updates, change images or update products
  • Emergency fix: if your site has urgent problems we will fix it remotely

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The Port Web Design located in Maine and NH  specializes in professional E-commerce website design and website development solutions.

Transform your WordPress website into an attractive E-Commerce store delivering enterprise-level quality and features, Whether you’re operating a superstore selling thousands of products, or just a sole ownership selling handmade arts and crafts we have you covered

Smart dashboard widgets & reports
Keep an eye on incoming sales and reviews, stock levels, general store performance and statistics all from your dashboard or go to the reports section to view stats in more detail.


Payment Gateways and Shipping Methods
Payment gateways and shipping methods are important to any store – our E-Commerce system comes bundled with several popular options including PayPal Standard (for accepting Credit Card and PayPal account payments), BACS, Cash on Delivery, flat rate shipping or  free shipping.

Premium Extensions
Need a specific payment gateway? Perhaps additional shipping methods? Plethora of eCommerce extensions.

Multiple Addons and Widgets.

  • E-Commerce Set up & IntegrationE-Commerce website design Maine
  • Professional Custom Design
  • WordPress Content Management System
  • Admin Control Panel
  • Easy Store Administration.
  • Integrated Payment System
  • Authorize.net, Paypal, 2Checkout and more…
  • Base Country/Region
  • Target Markets, Currency Settings
  • Social media, Facebook, Share
  • Blog / News Section Set up
  • Special Discounts – Coupons
  • Product Reviews, Featured Items Widgets
  • One Page Checkout
  • Email receipts contact & purchase
  • Set up & Customization of tax & shipping
  • Client’s Account & Maintenance
  • Advanced Search products & Categories
  • Related products on product detail page
  • New Product Widget – Products Slideshow
  • Add to Wishlist, send to a friend
  • Products Comments, Stock Availability
  • Product variation management
  • Ready to add unlimited products and categories
  • Reviews, Comments, Ratings
  • FREE 3 Hours Training
  • Site maintenance if needed
  • 24/7 friendly support (phone or email}

Your quote will depend on how many products, categories and specials you will ask us to set up. We can set up only 2 or 3 products as samples and after training, you will feel comfortable enough to add your own products. Or we can install all your products and categories. Your budget – your choice!

Can I add products, categories or clientele information to my site by myself?
Yes, you can add/edit/delete products, add new pages or categories, edit/add/delete client accounts and information for all of our e-commerce websites or database driven websites – CMS.

Can I add a shopping cart later to my site?
Yes, at any time you can add a shopping cart or a database to your site. Integration fee will apply.

What forms of payment can I accept?
Cash and Checks. All major credit cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover. You can also accept payment through Paypal.

What about the cost?
Each project is unique and is different for each client. Your needs and goals will determine the cost and complexity of a project. Larger and complex sites obviously will cost more than a simple and small “brochure” site.. A database driven website, E.commerce or content management system (CMS) site can go for under $1500 to …$20,000….We can give you an exact pricing when we know your specific needs and requirements.

What are the maintenance costs on a website?
Once a site is completed there are no maintenance costs associated with the site. There are, however, web hosting expenses (see hosting plans here). Web hosting expenses give you an internet presence 24/7. If you need update or change later on to your initial website, there are hourly costs associated.

Is there a charge to change or update my site?
There is no charge if you have a content management system (CMS) where you can access the backend of the site with user ID and password security, make all the change you need as often as you like. In the event you want us to update your website for you there are hourly costs associated: $95/hour is the usual fee. We will be glad to assist you with any change. We can be reached by phone at 207-967-4691 or by email.

How long does it take to complete my website?
Most projects take around one or two months. If a project takes longer than a couple of months to complete, the most frequent reason for the delay is that we have to wait for the client’s digital material. We’re pretty persistent about getting it, but sometimes clients just aren’t able to give it in a timely manner.

Do you take credit cards?
Yes, we do.

What are the first steps if I want a database driven website?

  • First, you need to know exactly what you want your database to accomplish
  • Next, visualize your database from the perspective of your customer (front end) and the administrator (back end).
  • Finally, contact The Port Web Design, explain the requirements of your database and we will give you an accurate quote.

How does The Port Web Design make my online business secure?
The first component is a high quality web development. The WordPress web development of your online store needs to be well organized and cannot contain any security holes. You also need to make sure your navigation system is easy to find and easy to navigate.

Who Needs a *Dedicated IP Address?
Usually *dedicated IP addresses are used for large websites or secure e-commerce websites using database and payments online and need their own SSL certificates.

* SSL Certificate (secure sockets layer):
The final component to a secure online store is the use of an SSL certificate. This is a secure connection between the customer’s computer and your online store. The secure server encrypts the personal information being passed from your customer’s computer to your online store protecting your customer’s privacy.

* Database:
A database is a collection of related records stored in a computer in a systematic way so that a computer program can consult it to answer questions. For retrieval and sorting, each record is usually organized as a set of data elements. A computer program designed to store and retrieve stored information

* E.commerce or Electronic Commerce:
This covers a range of different types of businesses, from consumer-based retail sites to business exchanges trading goods or services between corporations.

* PHP Hypertext Pre-processor:
PHP is a programming language that allows web developers to create dynamic content that interacts with databases. PHP is basically used for developing web-based software applications.

MySQL or “My Structured Query Language” is a relational database language. MySQL is an open source relational database management system that uses Structured Query Language (SQL), the most popular language for adding, accessing, and processing data in a database. Because it is open source, anyone can download MySQL and tailor it to their needs in accordance with the general public license. MySQL is noted mainly for its speed, reliability, and flexibility

* IP address:
Internet Protocol address: a unique ID that computers use in order to identify and communicate with each other on a computer network utilizing the Internet Protocol standard (IP).

* Dedicated IP Address (or static IP) vs Shared IP:
A static (or dedicated) IP address dedicated to a single website is unique to your domain name and your space on the server (on the web). Your website will have the same identification number for its lifetime. (eg.. Dedicated IP addresses are considered to be premium real estate on the internet. Another benefit of a dedicated IP address is that website will have more control over their search engine results.

* Shared IP address:
Most websites on the internet are hosted on shared IP addresses, which means that one server with one IP address holds multiple domain names.

The Port Web Design offers *E-commerce solutions in Maine and New Hampshire!

Whether you need a small shopping cart for your little boutique or a marketplace that will reach the world or just let your clients manage their account online, The Port Web Design has the capability to integrate business databases with websites to provide a complete enterprise solution! Using the latest technologies, or starting from scratch, we can advance your website into the 21st century.

The Port Web design team provides online *database development services and high-quality programming. We specialize in *PHP and *MySQL (FREE with hosting packages!) database planning, code writing, implementation and design integration. We also provide *SSL certificate to secure your site.

E-Commerce clients are provided with a FREE *Dedicated *IP address with our “Corporate Plan”.
To conduct business on the Internet, you need an e-commerce website. An e-commerce website can be as simple as a catalog with an order form, or it can be a complex multimedia-enabled website with real-time credit card processing capabilities.

Or simply use a database to store and keep track of your daily, monthly or yearly reports and clientele, and let your clients manage their account online!

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