E-commerce is generally the action of buying or selling products over the Internet or using online services. The term originated in 1997 with the first commercial use of the term “e-commerce.” This term was derived from the Japanese words, “ekki”tokudomu,” which are used to refer to Internet shopping. The terms are pronounced as “ek-kee-joe-mo”tok-kee-do-moo.” In this way, it can be said that eCommerce is a combination of the Japanese words “ekki”tokudomu” and the English term “commerce.”
One important feature of eCommerce is its ability to use virtualization software to make it possible for different locations to access a virtual store from a single server. Virtualization also allows the storage of customer data and other information on a network, making it possible to transfer that data from one server to another. It also allows for the transfer of files between multiple servers in a similar fashion.
Web developers working for an eCommerce company will typically create a site for customers who have purchased goods or services through that website. It is called an eCommerce website because it is meant for the benefit of the buyer rather than for the benefit of the website owner.
Many types of websites have their own strengths and weaknesses. For example, an eCommerce website may be optimized for users in the United States. Some of the characteristics of an eCommerce website are usually that the website should provide accurate and timely information. That information should also be in a language that is understandable by all members of the target audience.
Some of the features of an eCommerce website include: web pages that include photos, videos and links; pages that display logos and banners; pages that contain a description of the product, including keywords that consumers might enter into search engines; pages that offer information about shipping options and payment processing; pages that display a map to show where a consumer can go; pages that provide contact information for a customer support service representative; pages that include a list of local contacts for a product or service; pages that contain maps or directions; pages that include a map or a table showing a customer’s location relative to a particular product; pages; pages that display links to customer service providers and payment providers; and payment processing options such as PayPal and Moneybookers; and a large number of pages that are interactive. An eCommerce website may also include features such as customer support, a shopping cart and other products such as membership and shopping cart software. eCommerce also includes services that allow customers to make payments through credit cards, PayPal and other secure online services. The features of the website may allow the website owner to track orders and keep records of the products that are sold through the website.
Shopping carts have been around for a while but are still relatively new to eCommerce sites. These programs allow an eCommerce site owner to accept credit card payments, automatically deduct funds from the website users’ account for orders, and send email or instant messages (IM) to customers when the order is ready. The shopping cart also tracks items that have been purchased and provides other information such as shipping rates and shipping information.
A good web developer can make all of these features and more for a site. In some cases, he or she will need to customize the design and coding of an eCommerce website to meet the needs of the seller or the client.
For example, if the website was designed for a retail website, an eCommerce website may not be designed for a company that sells only wholesale items. Even if the website were designed for that business, the web designer may not be able to customize the website to accommodate all of the necessary features and the codes needed to make the shopping cart function. In that case, a website developer would have to hire a professional eCommerce web development company to do so for him or her. It is a good idea to get a quote for a custom-designed website from the web design company.
When a website is designed for an eCommerce website, the website developer will work with the web hosting company to find out what sort of payment gateway, e-commerce processor, e-commerce payment gateway and e-commerce merchant account are needed. If the web host company is unable to provide this information, then the eCommerce website developer will have to learn about it on his or her own and then make the necessary changes to the website. That could mean using programming languages other than PHP and HTML.
Some people like to create their own eCommerce web-based website and have a company develop the website for them. But even if the developer is good at creating websites, it takes a lot of time and effort to learn about all of the codes and other technical aspects. For example, the website developer will have to write or edit the code to create the pages and then submit the website to the servers of the host in order for the website to actually work.