How the History of eCommerce Evolved to Help Home Businesses

The history of eCommerce began almost forty years ago but started gaining currency in 1991 when the internet was first embraced by commercial users. Ever since, businesses have taken permanent residence on the net and have opted to maximize the benefits that accrue from its use.

It was initially taken to mean the process of conducting transactions electronically by use of technology such as Electronic Data Interchange and Electronic Funds Transfer, which gained prominence in the 70s. The Boston Computer Exchange was indeed the first known example of eCommerce in the 80s. This perception changed in the year 2000, which is famously referred as ‘the year of the dotcom collapse’ when established businesses worldwide realized the potential of the internet and its prospects of serving a global customer base electronically.

It is becoming increasingly popular for people to shop on the web for the simple reason that it allows them to do their thing at their own convenient times as opposed to conventional ways that we know of in fact people can even shop in the privacy of their bedrooms thanks to the internet. Home businesses have gained tremendously as a result of the evolutions arising from this rich history of eCommerce.

Take the electronic data interchange for one allows home businesses to exchange important documents with their clients without the need to move around. On the other hand the electronic funds transfer have made it possible for home businesses in remote locations without spending an extra dime to obtain payment for services already offered. These two developments have therefore made the life of home business owners easy.

Most businesses in Europe and the US actually set up their first eCommerce websites between the years1998 to 2000 even though they were rather skeptical after the events of the dotcom collapse of 2000. Those who were courageous enough to stand up and take the challenges offered by the internet reaped its benefits when the following year business to business transactions online accounted for over $700 Billion in sales.

The history of eCommerce is therefore backed by tangible evidence in terms of revenues that can purely be attributed to its use. Home businesses too can improve their revenues by taking a permanent residence on the net. This way they would be able to net a wider variety of customer base and hence be poised to greatly improve on their return on investment.

The year 1994 was important in the history of eCommerce as it saw the introduction of security protocols and high speed net connectivity. This meant that connection speeds would improve tremendously and allow transactions to be effected on almost real-time basis. With faster online transaction capability, eCommerce grew rapidly. Home businesses are bound to greatly benefit from this phenomenon as it means their dealings with clients will now be prompt hence no question of time lags in between transactions. Service delivery will certainly improve hence leave most of their customers satisfied and definitely yearning for more. On their part, home business owners will not be put on hold waiting for feedback from clients. Most of the dealings will now be real-time meaning there will be an almost instant communication.

In conclusion, home businesses ought to take a leaf from established internet based companies that took full advantage of the internet and its eCommerce ability to grow into the world’s most respected corporations such as Amazon and eBay. Not that they did not have their fair share of drawbacks over the years. The important thing is that they had the temerity to fight back and just see where they are today. Home business owners should not be cowed by the length and breadth of their resources and have it as an excuse for not venturing out there and exploit this rich history of eCommerce.

eCommerce With Integrated Blog (e-Blogging)

I Am Still Not Convinced With Using WordPress eCommerce Plugins

I wrote a post comparing Using A Blog Vs. Using An eCommerce Website, which discusses the differences between a blog and an eCommerce system. Then over the last few weeks I’ve been writing reviews looking at the different eCommerce plugins available for WordPress. If you want to see the various reviews, read the articles section under eBlog Reviews. What I am exploring today are the different options available to integrate a blog into an existing eCommerce system. If you have read all of my reviews about the different eCommerce plugins for WordPress, you will see that I am still not completely convinced. WordPress for blogging is a fantastic system and is more than capable of handling large volumes of data. Though, once you add on an eCommerce plugin it does not have the same functionality in comparison to an eCommerce system, which are more robust to handle large consumer transactions. Now, the big challenge is, most eCommerce systems do not have a blog interface built-in, which raises the question of how to integrate an eCommerce system with a blog?

Why Have An eCommerce System Integrated With A WordPress Blog?

Over the years, web users have found blogs to be more compelling to look at than just shopping sites. Most blogs have written reviews and information relating to a product or service, allowing any web user to do their research before making a purchase. Imagine that you were looking to buy the latest iPhone and you wanted to look at some reviews and read other people’s opinions before spending your money. If you typed “iPhone review” in Google, the first site that appears is usually a review site such as Cnet or Smart Company, which all run a blogging application such as WordPress. These review sites usually only provide a review and opinions, but don’t have a link saying where to buy. This is where having an eCommerce system integrated with a WordPress blog can benefit your Internet business. Instead of the customer going to other websites to read reviews and opinions about the product (by that time they may have forgotten your website), you can have your own reviews and comments linked to your products. This encourages the customer to stay on your website and helps them save time looking for other places for reviews and opinions.

Additionally, the benefit of having a WordPress blog integrated with your eCommerce system, is that it helps to increase your search engine rankings. With higher search engines rankings, your Internet business will be found much quicker and also help with becoming an authoritative site.

How To Integrate An eCommerce System With A WordPress Blog?

Luckily for us, most eCommerce systems have a special add-on package which has been developed by experienced programmers. At this point, I would recommend you hire a web developer to install or modify an eCommerce system because it will can save time for you to focus on other important business tasks. Though I will explain to you how it generally works with some systems I have test:

Magento: This is a relatively new eCommerce system that is taking the eCommerce Open Source market by storm. It’s very user friendly and is very powerful, just like how WordPress has been very successful for many Internet businesses. Magento has an add-on extension called Lazzymonks WordPress Integration 2.61, which allows WordPress to be integrated with their system. You can easily access WordPress from Magento’s administration as well and would save you the hassle of logging out of Magento and logging into WordPress.

OsCommerce: This system has been around since March 2000, which shows a long history of eCommerce development for them. OsCommerce also has an add-on which is quite easy to install – the WordPress Integration. Unfortunately this add-on does require you to log onto WordPress separately. Once you have installed WordPress with OsCommerce you will be able to still post your articles as normal and all the posts will be integrated into the OsCommerce theme you choose.

ZenCart: This is the system I have been using for many years for many of my clients and own eCommerce shops. It is easy to set up the WordPress On Zencart add-on with a few installation files to upload. Though, I found it wasn’t matching the style of the shopfront at first with this basic add-on. I did hired a programmer to modify some files which generated a good result in the end.

With many Internet businesses seeing the growth of web users searching on blogs and search engines today, it would be unfortunate to see you lose sales because you did not have a blog integrated with your eCommerce shop. There are great benefits with having both these systems integrated into your Internet business and someday eCommerce with integrated blogs will be the new community called e-Blogging.

9 Important Points for the Best Ecommerce Web Development

Today, internet without the ecommerce can’t be imagined. Trade will be everywhere, it is a universal thing and this will rule the world till it exists. However, today’s ecommerce has come a long way because people today know the importance of ecommerce web development and web design. This is the biggest reason for attracting huge amount of customers to your website and this is why the internet is currently flooded with a number of ecommerce websites.

Due to this the competition in the online market is growing thicker and thicker with passing day and it’s not that easy to go ahead of others. To achieve the best in the online world you have to design a website that will be the simplest of all, easy to use, quick in functioning than you can certainly make a good image among the customers. Here is a list of things that good and highly effective for ecommerce web site design and development.

1. The first and most important page is the home page of a website and it should be made professional and highly attractive so that the first impression of the website should remain in the user memory and as we say “first impression is the last impression.”

2. The website should convey some kind of purpose, it should be goal oriented otherwise there are website that doesn’t have anything to say rather than distracting the customer unnecessarily for increasing their web page traffic.

3. A good and effective ecommerce website should completely represent your company and customer satisfactions for the best results are the two sole motives an organization should follow.

4. Customer demands and needs should be taken into consideration so that people will love your website.

5. Ecommerce web site design should be highly communicative so that without actually promoting anything you can signify the user about the idea and purpose of your website.

6. Proper navigation on the website is very important otherwise the user may get irritated and will leave your website.

7. A filter search option is very necessary for the customers.

8. No hidden charges, multiple payment options and a secure way of checking out are very important and will maintain the trust of the user in your website.

9. A good ecommerce website along with effective SEO strategy will give the website a leading edge among others. Therefore, it is very important for with good design good SEO services should be included.

From the above points you can realize the importance of ecommerce web development and design. It is equally important to pick up the perfect company for your website otherwise you cannot cash on the ideas.

• Choose those professionals who have a commanding knowledge over various programming languages.

• Go for those who are using the latest technology and remain updated with the technology.

• Analyze their profile and look for references and most importantly previous work experience and history so that you can gain confidence over their work.

• Select those ecommerce web site design companies who are capable to build online shopping carts considering the time and budget.