We focus on honing our skills to one platform: WordPress and Woocommerce. All our sites are self-hosted and you own all the rights of the product.
What is Ecommerce?
Ecommerce is simply selling your physical products online. Commerce is selling your products in person via a brick and mortar store. Whereas Ecommerce is selling those same products online. Ecommerce gives you the ability to reach a much broader audience that is typically nationwide: taking your local products and selling them nationally. This is a huge leap forward and allows you to participate in many different areas in the market, you didn’t think possible. Ecommerce lets your business thrive online. It takes a small mom-and-pop operation and turns it into a national corporation that is capable of handling a much larger volume of orders.
What types of products can I sell Online?
Virtually anything can be sold online. For your own site, there is no limitation to what you can sell, so long as it is not prohibited by the law. Your Ecommerce site can sell very standard items, that are sold in your store and created by a manufacturer, or very creative items that are handmade and made by you. The opportunities are only limited by your imagination.
What is Ecommerce Website Development?
There is no wrong way to sell online. Hundreds, if not thousands, of services exist already that enable you to start selling your products online. I’m sure you’ve heard of the broad range of sites from eBay, to Etsy, to Amazon. Each one of these services is an ecommerce platform for you to sell your products on. However, your entity will only exist on their site and not on your own.
Ecommerce Website Development includes both the design and the functionality portion of developing your site. Combine this with one of our full scale implementation packages and you have a powerful in-house store to sell anything you like. This is a standalone service, but works best with our full design package. Combining them together presents you with a powerful solution for your business to both get leads, and convert your visitors into sales. In either case, if you want to start selling online today, the best course of action is to build your site from the ground up. The goal is to get you more sales to your existing model. Working with a professional company ultimately saves your time and money. You don’t have to seek out additional platforms or other options to help you with your online presence.
What other options exist for Ecommerce?
As mentioned earlier, there are tons of options for ecommerce website development. We’ve tried them all and they can all be broken down into two major categories.
Hosted options are prolific. Hosted Ecommerce options include those that are off your server. You don’t own them and they are essentially a monthly lease. You may own the content, but you will never own the platform. They are great solutions and come loaded with features. Many sites run successfully on these hosted options without problems.
- Headache free integration
- No need for technical anything
- Start instantly
- Create beautiful sites fast
- No maintenance
- Limited functionality
- Difficult to rank on Google
- Limited third party integrations like eBay, Amazon, etc.
- Can get very costly
- Limited plugins
- Limited expansion capability
Because this is a very good option for someone who is just looking to start selling online, they can seem perfect in the beginning. We focus on the long-term approach and know you will eventually outgrow your hosted shopping cart. You will eventually need a more robust approach to your site as you grow.
Options for Hosted ecommerce solutions include Volusion, Shopify, BigCommerce, Yahoo! Stores, Wix Stores, and 3d Cart.
Like hosted options, self-hosted are also abundant. Self-hosted ecommerce solutions include those that are on your server. You do own them, and there is no monthly fee for running your shopping cart. You own the cart, the content and everything on the site. This is best for someone who actually is serious about their user experience and their web presence. You can control every aspect of your experience by owning your own ecommerce platform.
- Full control over Design and Development
- Unlimited flexibility and functionality
- Seamless third-party integration
- Unlimited SEO options
- Very affordable in the long term
- Unlimited Plugins
- More long-term
- You own your site
- Maintenance required
- Technical knowledge required
- Start in 30 days or less
- Difficult for beginners
Options for Self-hosted ecommerce solutions include Magento, Woocommerce, Opencart, Xcart, Zen Cart, Prestashop, and VirtueMart
What is LoDo Web’s approach to Ecommerce Website Development?
This really depends on how many products you want to sell, but we generally focus on one very robust platform. If you haven’t noticed yet, we are big fans of WordPress. The only ecommerce solution worth mentioning that integrates with WordPress is Woocommerce. Most of our sites are based on this platform because it offers the most flexibility and functionality. Literally any kind of store you imagine and any integration you imagine is possible with WordPress and Woocommerce. We are experts in the process and know both systems inside and out. Below you’ll find our different packages with different features.
All of our ecommerce websites are designed and developed in house and we focus on creating self-hosted custom sites. We build it, you own it.
Packages & Pricing
We price very competitively. All our Ecommerce Packages are designed to fit into everybody’s budget, whether you are a small business selling a few items a month or run a successful 5-figure a month store. Our packages start at $420/Month for 6 Months.
This is not a rental or indefinite monthly fee. You are not leasing a site. Once it’s done, it’s yours forever. You own the site and all the elements on it. We will help you along each step of the process. Your success is our success.
- Number of Products
- Merchant Integration
- Image Optimization
- Product SEO
- Product Analytics
- Product Ratings
- Product Social Media Sharing
- Product Comments
- Product Variations
- Custom Filters
- Custom Checkout Fields
- Custom Functionality
- Up to 100
- Small Business
- Up to 500
- Up to 2500