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Ten tips for newly launched online storesStarting a web store

The Internet plays an increasingly important role in our social life. In this digital world, you can now work, play games, shop, etc.
Do you feel like starting your own web store?But how can you start a web store? We are going to tell you some things you should know about this. Starting a web store has never been so easy!

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Start a web store yourself: 10 tips for the ideal web store

You want to start a web store. Tips are thus always welcome. We will give you ten tips that will help you make progress.
Starting an online store has never been so easy!


Tip 1: Choose a suitable CMS for your web store

You can start a web store with very little financial resources, but if you go for a ready-made solution, it is important to pick the one that best suits your needs. When it comes to web stores, the safest bets are:


Tip 2: Do not pick a name at random

When you are about to start your web store, you need to find an appropriate name. Not only must this name sound fashionable, but it must also be easy to remember. Additionally, when you choose a good name, you must take account of the availability of the domain name. In other words, check the availability of the corresponding domain name in advance.

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Tip 3: Get to know your competitors and make sure you can differentiate yourself

Actually, this does not only apply to web stores but also to any entrepreneur. Anyone who is about to start a new business should conduct preliminary market research. In this market research project, you need to find out who your potential competitors are, what they sell, what their estimated turnover is, what market share they all have in this segment of the economy, what their strengths and weaknesses are, etc. Only then will you be able to distinguish yourself in your market. Go for a unique approach!


Tip 4: Go for reliable hosting services

Now that everything is ready, you will soon be able to get started. Although you no longer need a brick-and-mortar store, your website still needs to have its own address. The web store must be hosted somewhere on a server connected to the Internet. Think of this as renting a part of a server for which you also pay rent money. However, it is important that you choose good quality hosting services. You would certainly not want your web store to be constantly unavailable due to hosting issues. We guarantee optimum uptime, automatic backups, security, as well as growth opportunities if your web store ever starts attracting an increasing number of visitors.

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Tip 5: Security

Adequate security is at least as important as good quality hosting services. The last thing you want is for your website to become infected by malicious viruses, isn’t it? We use the best tools to keep our hosting accounts free from such infections.

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Tip 6: Make sure that all the legal aspects are dealt with

When you start a web store, it is also important that you take care of all the legal aspects. On the one hand, you are now an entrepreneur, which means you will have to choose the appropriate legal status for your business. On the other hand, as a seller, you should also follow certain legal regulations, particularly regarding the legal guarantee. If necessary, get some advice from a specialist in the field.


Tip 7: Do not forget about search engine optimisation (SEO)

It is also important that your potential customers can find your web store on the Internet. Many visitors will have one thing in common: they will find you via a search engine. This is why it is also essential to optimise your web store so that it can rank high in search engines. In your case, Google AdWords can be a good way to attract customers.


Tip 8: Build a relationship with your existing customers

In addition to reaching a wider customer base, it is important to maintain the relationship with your existing customers. Send them an occasional e-mail with a special offer. Keep their contact details and have e.g. an automatic birthday message sent to them. Reward your returning customers: offer them a discount on their next purchase.


Tip 9: Search actively for new customers

Invest in advertising and Google ads. Write a blog post about your web store and have it published. Create a Facebook page for your web store, and post an occasional message or special offer and ask friends to share it.


Tip 10: Use sales and traffic stats

Find out who the customers of your web store are. This will help you meet their wishes. On top of that, you should also keep your sales stats in order to find out when sales peak (the holidays are usually the best time of the year for web stores). Also, make sure you can deliver your products fast enough. Customers appreciate that and will most probably return to your web store in the future.

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The benefit of a web store

Whether you already have a brick-and-mortar store or not, starting an online store offers a lot of benefits.
Among them are:

  • You can create it fast and with little financial resources;
  • Possible savings on a brick-and-mortar store (no expensive monthly rent or exorbitant mortgage);
  • An extra sales channel and an ideal way to attract new customers ;
  • You can carry a wider range of products than in a brick-and-mortar store;
  • Open night and day – no closing hours or days;
  • You can cut your costs and automate;
  • Efficient marketing channel;
  • You can collect efficient statistics in order to get to know your customers better (and adapt your sales stategy) ;

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