Setting up an Online Store

As you begin setting up an online store, there are some options to consider. Do you want a fill service provider, meaning one that provides you not only the templates, but also the hosting facilities, integration into other delivery modes, like Facebook, eBay and Twitter as well as additional tools to monitor and run your overall business?





That decision will be based on what your current online experience is. Do you already have a website which can host your online store, and therefore you are only looking for online store web templates? Before you decide which way to go, make sure you have considered your current condition.

Full Service Providers

The full service companies provide not only online store web templates, but hosting and a bunch of tools and integration to help you in setting up an online store (see the comparative charts below). These stores can either be as a complement to your current website or as a total standalone to help in setting up an online store.

As you can see from the chart below, there are some distinguishing features you will need to think about as you begin setting up an online store. In addition, the providers deliver different levels of service depending on the size of the store you are planning to build. These include:

  • What size store will you have? How many products?
  • How many visitors do you anticipate? These first two will help with which level of service to buy.
  • What type of integration do you wish to have to other store outlets (Facebook, E-Bay, etc.)
  • What payment methods do you wish to use?
  • What level of tracking and management information do they provide?
  • Do you only want a flat monthly fee, or are you OK with a flat fee plus transaction fees?

If you are looking for some additional resources on setting up an online store, you may want to take a look at these:

The chart below is built based on what was discerned from the companies' websites. There are four level of services compared side by side for setting up an online store. This was on a best efforts basis. When there was nothing specifically called out in the marketing material, the box was marked N/A. Your due diligence is still required to ensure complete accuracy.

If you would like to visit the online store software and service providers, please click on the appropriate box.



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BASE PROGRAM

Category

3dCart

Big Commerce

Web.com

Service Level

Mini

Bronze

Starter

Price

$19.99/mo

$24.95/mo

$0/mo

Transaction Fee

None

None

2.5%; min $10

Set up Fee

None

None

None

# Products

100

100

20

Traffic Size

4,000/mo

N/A

Unlimited

HD Storage

1 GB

200 MB

1 GB

Bandwidth

N/A

2 GB

N/A

Phone Support

24/7/365

24/7/365

self-help

Auto Responder

X

X

X

Group Deals

X

X

N/A

Daily Deals

X

X

N/A

Make an Offer

X

X

N/A

Mobile Store

X

X

N/A

Facebook Store

X

X

N/A

Product export to 7 Shopping Sites

N/A

X

N/A

Twitter Integration

X

N/A

N/A

Blog

X

N/A

X

Email Marketing

N/A

X

X

Staff Logins

1

3

1

Live Chat Plugin

N/A

Available

N/A

Enhanced Statistics

N/A

X

X

Quickbook Plugins

N/A

N/A

N/A

ROI Tracking

N/A

N/A

N/A

Free Adword Credits

Up to $75

$50

N/A






LEVEL ONE

Category

3dCart

Big Commerce

Web.com

Service Level

Starter

Silver

Standard

Price

$35.99/mo

$39.95/mo

$34.00/mo

Transaction Fee

None

None

1.5%

Set up Fee

None

None

None

# Products

500

500

500

Traffic Size

8,000/mo

N/A

Unlimited

HD Storage

2 GB

300 MB

1 GB

Bandwidth

N/A

3 GB

N/A

Phone Support

24/7/365

24/7/365

self-help

Auto Responder

X

X

X

Group Deals

X

X

N/A

Daily Deals

X

X

N/A

Make an Offer

X

X

N/A

Mobile Store

X

X

N/A

Facebook Store

X

X

N/A

Product export to 7 Shopping Sites

N/A

X

N/A

Twitter Integration

X

N/A

N/A

Blog

X

N/A

X

Email Marketing

N/A

X

45,000

Staff Logins

unlimited

10

1

Live Chat Plugin

X

Available

N/A

Enhanced Statistics

N/A

X

X

Quickbook Plugins

N/A

N/A

N/A

ROI Tracking

N/A

N/A

N/A

Free Adword Credits

Up to $75

$50

N/A






LEVEL TWO

Category

3dCart

Big Commerce

Web.com

Service Level

Gold

Gold

N/A

Price

$49.99/mo

$79.95/mo

N/A

Transaction Fee

None

None

N/A

Set up Fee

None

None

N/A

# Products

1,000

1,000

N/A

Traffic Size

12,000/mo

N/A

N/A

HD Storage

unlimited

500 MB

N/A

Bandwidth

N/A

5 GB

N/A

Phone Support

24/7/365

24/7/365

N/A

Auto Responder

X

X

N/A

Group Deals

X

X

N/A

Daily Deals

X

X

N/A

Make an Offer

X

X

N/A

Mobile Store

X

X

N/A

Facebook Store

X

X

N/A

Product export to 7 Shopping Sites

N/A

X

N/A

Twitter Integration

X

N/A

N/A

Blog

X

N/A

N/A

Email Marketing

X

X

N/A

Staff Logins

unlimited

20

N/A

Live Chat Plugin

X

Available

N/A

Enhanced Statistics

N/A

X

N/A

Quickbook Plugins

N/A

N/A

N/A

ROI Tracking

N/A

N/A

N/A

Free Adword Credits

Up to $75

$75

N/A






LEVEL THREE

Category

3dCart

Big Commerce

Web.com

Service Level

Professional

Platinum

Premium

Price

$99.99/mo

$149.95/mo

$99.99/mo

Transaction Fee

None

None

1.0%

Set up Fee

None

None

None

# Products

unlimited

unlimited

unlimited

Traffic Size

16,000/mo

N/A

Unlimited

HD Storage

unlimited

1 GB

3 GB

Bandwidth

N/A

15 GB

N/A

Phone Support

24/7/365

24/7/365

self-help

Auto Responder

X

X

X

Group Deals

X

X

N/A

Daily Deals

X

X

N/A

Make an Offer

X

X

N/A

Mobile Store

X

X

N/A

Facebook Store

X

X

N/A

Product export to 7 Shopping Sites

N/A

X

N/A

Twitter Integration

X

N/A

N/A

Blog

X

N/A

X

Email Marketing

N/A

X

90,000

Staff Logins

unlimited

50

2

Live Chat Plugin

X

Available

N/A

Enhanced Statistics

N/A

X

X

Quickbook Plugins

N/A

N/A

N/A

ROI Tracking

N/A

N/A

N/A

Free Adword Credits

Up to $75

$100

N/A






LEVEL FOUR

Category

3dCart

Big Commerce

Web.com

Service Level

Power Plan

Diamond

Ultimate

Price

$129.99/mo

$299.95/mo

$249.99/mo

Transaction Fee

None

None

0.75%

Set up Fee

None

None

None

# Products

unlimited

unlimited

unlimited

Traffic Size

40,000/mo

N/A

Unlimited

HD Storage

unlimited

3 GB

5 GB

Bandwidth

N/A

45 GB

N/A

Phone Support

24/7/365

24/7/365

24/7/365

Auto Responder

X

X

X

Group Deals

X

X

N/A

Daily Deals

X

X

N/A

Make an Offer

X

X

N/A

Mobile Store

X

X

N/A

Facebook Store

X

X

N/A

Product export to 7 Shopping Sites

N/A

X

N/A

Twitter Integration

X

N/A

N/A

Blog

X

N/A

X

Email Marketing

N/A

X

125,000

Staff Logins

unlimited

100

4

Live Chat Plugin

X

Available

N/A

Enhanced Statistics

N/A

X

X

Quickbook Plugins

N/A

N/A

N/A

ROI Tracking

N/A

N/A

N/A

Free Adword Credits

Up to $75

$100

N/A






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