5 Easy Steps to Start an Online Store with Magento
You want to start an e-commerce store, the first confusion you’ll have is while choosing a platform, whether to choose Magento or WordPress? I’ll make it easier, choose Magento ecommerce development because it’s well-built and integrated better for e-commerce, if you were to choose a blogging platform, then choose WordPress.
#1. Pick a Domain name
With Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in so much demand, domain name and title of the website’s home page is picked using the keyword. For example, an Art and Craft Website will choose the keyword Art or Craft in their name to make the website more search engine friendly.
As you can see in the picture above, the first three ranked websites on Google have either the keyword Art or Craft in the domain name and title.
#2. Choose Hosting and Install Magento
With domain name you choose hosting provider, and your website’s performance depends quite a lot on hosting provider, and you get four options to choose among for hosting: Shared, Managed, VPS, or Dedicated. If budget is a problem for your startup, use Shared hosting, it works well for low traffic websites, otherwise pick managed hosting because it’s faster, secure, and provides 24/7 support.I group hosting and installing magento in the same group as your hosting provider will install magento for you.
#3. Pick a Template and Customize it
Buy a template or a theme online according to the need of the website, and there are so many options and websites to choose among.
Once the theme is installed in your magento you can customize it by yourself, or use help from a professional to customize it, after this step, your website will be ready and working but not quite ready to start selling.
#4. Product Listing
Once you know your products, you’ll have to start adding them to the product list, if it’s 20-50 products you can do it manually but as the product list grows, you’ll need help. And now this is where you’ll need help of a developer as listing products require a lot of coding and each product is displayed differently in the store.
After adding products, you’ll need to add some pages of content as well: describing your products and website.
#5. Payment Gateway
Last but certainly not the least is the payment gateaway and there are certain ways to go about it, but for someone just starting an ecommerce site, I suggest to go for free payment options like paypal or manual bank transfer. As the website begins to grow and so does the number of orders, you can get more gateways which depends mainly on the country you reside in.
You can add payment gateaway by manual coding as well.
These tips are for beginners starting their entrepreneurship journey with their Magento development team, as the website starts to grow and the number of visitors and buyers increase, the number of steps will increase as well also. But I hope these steps will make it easier for you to start your website.