Ecommerce Explained Forming an E-business Your Website Accepting Payments Preventing Fraud Customer Service Online Marketing Your Website
Ecommerce Explained Forming an E-business Your Website Accepting Payments Preventing Fraud Customer Service Online Marketing

Online business website: getting started

You've set up your company and your bank accounts, taken advice about regulations and tax, IT equipment and trademarks. Now you're ready to create your website.

E-business start-ups no longer demand technical know-how and a large financial investment. Which is good news for small businesses!

But to create a full e-business website you need:

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  1. a website name (domain)
  2. a host to house your site
  3. web pages that display your goods or services.

Once your website has been built, you'll need to add the functionality to let your customers pay online (see the next section, Accepting Payments).

Small business web hosting offers you choices. You can buy, for example, a complete 'off-the-shelf' e-business store, including website hosting, domain name registration, shopping cart software and even website design. These packages are offered by a lot of shopping cart providers and specialist e-business solution providers.

This section aims to make sure you make the right choices for your business. The hyperlinks take you to step by step advice:

  1. Register a website name
  2. Small business web hosting
  3. Building an online shop
  4. Top tips