Most online stores use some form of ecommerce software to display products and handle customers and orders. When you’re setting up an online store, you need to decide on the software that you’re going to use to run the store. This article helps you choose.
There are 3 broad solutions that you can use:
- A hosted solution. For a monthly fee, you can host your online store with a third party.
- Licensed ecommerce software. This is off-the-shelf software you download and install on your Web server.
- Custom-built software. You can write your own ecommerce software (or hire someone to write it for you).
This article explores these 3 options and looks at the pros and cons of each solution.