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Today, there are more options than ever for building an online store.

Ecommerce essentially hinges on a few key decisions: shopping cart technology, payment processing, and shipping. In addition to your online store, your website should highlight your company, your values, and why your products are worth purchasing. Simplehack can get you up and running.

Ecommerce service providers:

These companies are the most popular, have the most features, the most integrations, and the most literature and support. They're also a little more expensive, and WooCommerce and BigCommerce can require more resources to maintain.


What you can expect

Ecommerce websites have solidified into a few major types of technology: shopping carts, payment processors, shipping, and online marketplaces.

  • Shopping Carts - You can use shopping cart software to build your website, you can embed shopping-cart like widgets directly onto your website, or you can have a hybrid of both using what is called "Headless Commerce". All have advantages and disadvantages. Squarespace, Shopify, Wix, etc. all offer some form of ecommerce with their websites, and are mostly "ready to go out of the box", but can require technical know-how to modify/customize/track your site and performance.
  • Payment Processing - Accept credit cards, Apply Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, Venmo, eChecks, Shop Pay. You have options to integrate directly with payment providers like Stripe and Square, or to use a service like "Shop" by Shopify that allows multiple payment options and express pay. Or, BYOB. Bring your own bank. Many business banks offer some service for accepting credit cards. These are not always available as an ecommerce option, but if your bank provides it you may get a better rate.
  • Shipping and Logistics - How much to ship from where you are, or where your product is, to wherever the customer lives? You can integrate with UPS, FedEX, USPS, DHL, or offer flat fee prices that should cover shipping to domestic buyers. Products get lost, stolen from porches, or smashed by unforgiving conveyor belts. You'll want to be prepared for these eventualities. Most shipping providers can offer some form of insurance for certain types of loss.
  • Online Marketplaces - Amazon is the major player in this space. In addition to selling your product on a personal website, you can list and sell directly on Amazon. Services like Shopify can integrate with Amazon to help you with inventory and fulfillment. Other companies also offer online marketplaces, including Target, Walmart, Macy's, eBay, and Etsy. Etsy deserves a special mention. If you have boutique items you might consider looking at Etsy as yet another storefront for your business.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can you fix my website?

  • Do you design websites?

  • How long does it take?

  • How do I get started?

  • When can you get started?

  • How much does it cost?

  • I already use a service (GoDaddy, Wix, Shopify, etc), does that work?

  • What is SEO?

  • Can I sell things on my website?

How we help

Simplehack Services

We have ~20 years experience designing and building software for the Web. Here is an overview of what Simplehack offers. Please, reach out if you're looking for something that isn't on this list.

Technical consulting
Looking for a way forward on a technical problem or idea? Have a question about your website, or the software you use or want to use?
Software development
Need something custom inside of your existing application or website? Have data that needs to be accessible?
Website and search optimization (SEO)
Website broken, or not working as expected? Concerned your website isn't optimized for search or appears incorrectly in search?
Web design and application design
Looking for a new website, or a refreshed design of an existing site? Need something added to your site? We can help.
Review expenses
Review existing tech expenses and make recommendations on how to consolidate and save.
Helping with Goals / Marketing
Set goals, and come up with an action plan to measure and achieve them.
Instructional / Coaching
Private tutoring for individuals / and small teams.
Short-term contracting
We hop on your team to help with short-term projects