It’s happened to all of us. An idea strikes us like lightening. As quickly as it strikes we realize we don’t have the skills, resources or tools to make it a reality. Or do we? Enter the world of tidy, bundled solutions. Enter the world of total ecommerce packages. You don’t need a programmer, graphic artist or web designer. A few clicks of the mouse can make your genius idea a reality in less than a few hours’ time.
Network Solutions is one of the many companies offering a complete ecommerce package. All the necessities to get up and running are available with one simple download. If you are new to the ecommerce game and have limited experience in site design and implementation, a total package is an attractive and affordable option.
Network Solutions offers a domain name, hosting, predesigned website templates, point and click web based editing tools, easy storefront setup, integrated browse and search capabilities, real time inventory management and payment processing. The package also allows you to process credit card payments offline, accept gift certificates and coupons and manage all phases of product shipping. If you have skills in web design, Network Solutions is fully compatible with Dreamweaver software.
The seamless integration of QuickBooks makes accounting and purchase order management a breeze. The Network Solutions Pro plan package will set you back $99.95 per month. A simplified plan with fewer offerings is also available for the monthly fee of $49.95.
If you seek a solution very rich in features, Merchandizer Pro might be right for you. It’s a more costly option than Network Solutions with a price point of $179.95 per month. Merchandizer Pro is completely web based; there is nothing to download and install. The package is set up for a nominal fee.
The merchant simply selects a template and begins to customize. In lieu of the dreaded and often not helpful Frequently Asked Question page, Merchandizer Pro provides an online manual, "how to" sections, merchant message boards and a real time help desk. If you are new to the ecommerce game, the variety of ways to get assistance can be a lifesaver. Merchandizer Pro has an expansive plug in system and the capability to list 500,000 products. If you can get by with fewer features and simply need a basic storefront, lower cost packages range from $19.95 - $79.95.
Shopsite Pro is one of the most popular complete ecommerce solutions. Without a doubt the big draw is ease of use. The shopping cart system is a browser based icon interface. For the novice that means a simple point and click. If you are a pro, the add-on features are impressive.
The big attribute is the extensive customer support. Nothing is more frustrating than purchasing software you can’t figure out how to use. Shopsite Pro has built their reputation on sublime web based support options. Your customers will love the ability to digitally download products. For the small to medium sized business owner the monthly fee is reasonably priced at $125.00. If you are just getting started, individual solutions from Shopsite Pro are available from $9.00 - $75.00.
If you are new to the ecommerce game the choices are plentiful, the solutions almost limitless. The key to a successful ecommerce venture is wholly based on the technology and support behind it. The demand for simple solutions has created a plethora of options to accommodate any size business. Finally we have our tidy little bundle.