In today’s digital world, having an online presence is not just a choice but a necessity for any business. From social media and studying to work and shopping, people are spending a significant amount of time online. So, why not leverage this opportunity to connect with your customers, grow your audience, and establish trust in your brand?
Moving your business online and creating an ecommerce website can sound overwhelming. Well, it doesn’t have to be! Whether you’re
What Is an Ecommerce Website?
An ecommerce website is one that allows you to sell your products or services by transferring information and money over the Internet. They are frequently connected to online payment providers so that payments can be accepted online. You can also choose to get paid offline, for example, in cash, when the product is delivered to the customer.
How Do I Create an Ecommerce Website?
Here’s how you can create your own ecommerce website:
You can build it yourself from scratch using a CMS (content management system) platform or a popular site builder. CMS is software that lets you create, manage, and modify digital content. A website builder allows you to put together a site using
Or, you can use special ecommerce platforms. They can be
There are also SaaS (Software as a Service) platforms, where ecommerce providers build, host, and maintain the software, so users don’t have to maintain it themselves.
If you’re not
When you sign up with Ecwid by Lightspeed, you get an
If you already have a website and just need to add a shopping cart, you can use Ecwid to embed an online store to your website. You can integrate an Ecwid store into any website, including:
- Or a site built with any other site builder, CMS, or website platform of your choice.
How Much Does an Ecommerce Website Cost?
To code an ecommerce website from scratch, you’ll need to hire a developer who may charge
If you run a small business and don’t have tech skills or a big budget, we recommend ecommerce platforms. Their entry plans are about
When you sign up with Ecwid, you can create an ecommerce website at no charge. That’s
After you sign up, you get your own site that is fully hosted, secure, and maintained by
What Is Ecwid Instant Site?
Instant Site is a free customizable
- Create a unique website using customizable content blocks and design themes. Edit and update your site content as often as you wish, no coding required.
- Professional and responsive designs make your site look great on any device.
Instant Site is the online destination to create a professional website and showcase your business’ unique identity and values. Our goal is to help you make a great first impression with your customers from the moment they land on your site.
Who is Instant Site for?
Instant Site is perfect for you if:
- You need a website for your business, but you don’t have tech skills or any coding knowledge.
- You’ve just started your business, and you want to start selling online as fast as possible.
How to Build an Ecommerce Website with Ecwid’s Instant Site
In a new window, you’ll see an Instant Site editor. Here you can edit your website content.
First, you need to choose a template for your site. You can select from 40+ ecommerce templates that vary depending on your business niche. Whether you sell home appliances, food, jewelry, or anything else, we have a template for you!
Another great thing about Instant Site templates is that they can be personalized to fit your business perfectly. You can achieve this by editing content blocks. Let’s go over a common setup process.
In Homepage Sections, you can edit the content of your website and change the order of their appearance. Some of the most common sections are:
- Header & Menu
- Cover & Headline
- Customer Reviews
- About Us
- Delivery & Payment
You can use all the sections provided or only select the ones that work for you and hide the rest. You can also add more sections like New Arrivals, Announcements, Special Offers, Promo Sliders, etc.
Every section has different layouts you can choose from, so your ecommerce website can be truly unique:
Now let’s go over a typical process of editing your Instant Site content.
At the very top of the site is the Header & Menu section. Use this to show your brand’s logo, let customers contact you, or add an action link.
The Cover & Headline section has twelve layout options. All of which have a space for your store’s name and a short description.
As your cover image, you can upload a photo of your team, your product, or an
The Store section, of course, will consist of the products you sell. Here, you can customize your storefront’s appearance.
You can customize the appearance of both a product list and a product page. Change the size of the thumbnails, the layout of the product page, the position of the category name, and more. You can also disable the display of your products if they do not have images.
Instant Site allows you to lay out the information in a way that persuades customers to make a purchase. Even the
The Customer Reviews section allows you to add a testimonial to show some social proof and increase customers’ trust.
The About Us section is there for you to share your business story and create a connection with your site visitors.
The Contacts section lets customers know where they can reach you. You can provide your phone number, email, and social links for quick communication. You can also share the details of your
The Footer is the last section of your website. It displays the copyright information.
You are able to change the order of all sections except for the Header and
If you need help with setting up your website, check out our Help Center for detailed instructions on configuring the design and content of your Instant Site.
Create an Ecommerce Website Today
Ecwid Instant Site is a fast and
Did we mention that it’s all for free and no coding is required?
Start your ecommerce journey today!
With Ecwid’s tools and your dedication, your store is destined for success.