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Get off to a good start!Where should I start to launch my web store?

You have one or more products you strongly believe in or a very promising service that could make other people happy and you are convinced that the Internet is the best channel to start selling these products or services. Then, it seems a logical move to start a web store. But how should you go about it? We have gathered all the information you will need to get started as a newly established Internet entrepreneur. Find out how you can build a successful web store!

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Do you want to start a web store? Just do it!

We can think of many reasons why starting a web store is a great idea. First of all, e-commerce is very popular today. An increasing number of people love to shop online. Moreover, a web store is relatively inexpensive. You do not need prohibitively expensive company premises and the more processes you automate in your web store, the less work you will have to do yourself. You can e.g. have your software package automatically create your order confirmations, packing lists and, if you want, your procurement orders (also known as ‘e-procurement’).

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A webstore also allows you to carry many different products without necessarily having to store them in a single storage location. Storage can indeed be provided elsewhere. So, you can choose the solution that suits you best financially. And there is one more benefit: your web store is open 24/7 while you are going about your business. This means your customers can see your product range day and night and order your products or services at any time!

Ready-made or tailored solution?

If you are convinced that a web store is the best solution for you, your next question is probably: How can I start a web store? What is the best tool you can use? WordPress, Drupal, WooCommerce or Magento? And how can you combine certain elements with the website that you possibly already have? If you intend to handle things yourself, where can you find tips for starting a web store? Or would it be a better idea to have an agency build your web store after all?

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Lay the foundations of your success

As you can see, there are many things you should know when you plan to start a web store. No matter what approach you choose, it is always strongly recommended to take advice from experts. For this, you can contact us at any time. If you want to build your web store yourself, you should definitely read our indispensable (and free!) e-book for newly established Internet entrepreneurs!

Pick the best domain name

In addition to the question of what software you should use, you will also have to deal with the question of what domain name suits your web store best. A good web store indeed starts with a good domain name. Once again, there are several aspects you should consider if you want your online business to be a success. On our site, you will immediately see all the available options: you can count on us for a wide range of domain names with extensions in the 'shopping' category. If you register your domain name with Combell, you will get many benefits and extra services. We will e.g. offer you a free 1 GB mailbox and as many e-mail addresses as you need. Plus 24/7 support. And those are just some of the many reasons why you should go for Combell!

Obviously, when you choose your domain name, you should also make sure that your customers (or prospects) will have no problem remembering your name, or that the name closely reflects the nature of your business or, if you want/have to use the name of your product as your domain name, that the name is sufficiently memorable. If you are about to start your web store, the e-book we have written especially for newly established Internet entrepreneurs will most certainly help you. The choice of your domain name is indeed one of the many topics covered in this work.

The importance of reliable hosting services

The hosting of your web store may not be the first topic about which you would like to find tips for beginners, and yet it is very important. From a technical point of view, there would be many things to tell about it, but the details would not be very interesting for you as an entrepreneur. However, you should not underestimate the importance of good quality hosting services. Did you know that Google takes the reputation of your host into account, as well as the speed of the server that hosts your website or web store? Of course, the speed of your web store is also important for your customers. These are all reasons enough not to see professional hosting as a pointless luxury!

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Security? Do not take any risk!

By the way, there is another crucial reason why you should choose a reliable hosting provider: security. Because the aforementioned aspects, such as reputation and speed, are not enough to make hosting services reliable; you should also make sure that the backup facilities are in perfect running order. If you want to be sure that you can count on a backup when something goes wrong with your web store, it is important that you make the right choice when it comes to hosting services for your virtual store.

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Target your local customers

In a world of mega web stores with big names, your humble web store (with the associated budget) will not immediately rank first in search engines, so do not get your hopes up! However, what you can do as a small online entrepreneur is use the advantages of your 'smaller' business optimally. This way, you can establish a connection with your physical environment, i.e. your local prospects. Generate local attention for your web store, e.g. by using local posters or press releases in the local media. With or without a physical location, reaching your local target group will allow you to attract the first ambassadors that your web store desperately needs!

Good preparation works!

Well begun is half done, certainly when it comes to creating your own web store. The time you invest today in preparation will be largely offset by your earnings when your web store will be successful. With a well-designed plan, not only will you lay the foundations for the success of your web store, but you will also avoid wasting time and efforts and having to handle all sorts of problems in the future. Are you sure you have not forgotten anything? In that case, use the available resources and download our handy e-book about starting your own web store now. Follow the practical tips and you will be on your way to a successful web store!

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