Ecommerce Websites

eLink focuses on complete e-commerce solutions that fit your business challenges. Our e-commerce packages improve sales performances, customer satisfaction, and marketing initiatives undertaken by a company.

Whatever your business, eLink can help you market and sell your products and services more cost effectively. With designs that stand out from the crowd, we offer small businesses and corporate enterprises innovative and unique ways to sell on the web.

eLink total ecommerce websites include a customized storefront and website, catalog and shopping cart, variety methods of shipping options, and more. This is the ideal solution if you have numerous products to sell and need a complete product and order taking management system.

The following information is to help you better understand what is involved with starting an ecommerce website. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or to learn how eLink can help you get started.

What is Ecommerce?
Simply put, Electronic Commerce (Ecommerce) is any business transacted electronically. Electronic commerce is the buying and selling of products and/or services over the Internet. To conduct business on the Internet, you need an ecommerce website. An ecommerce website can be as simple as a catalog with an order form, or it can be a complex multimedia-enabled website with real-time credit card processing capabilities. Ecommerce offers customers the opportunity to browse, select, and pay for goods in real-time from the comfort of their own home or office.

How to get started.

Website (Storefront, Catalog, and Shopping Cart)

Website Development: Website design and development costs will vary according to the amount of products that you want to include on your website. We will provide a firm price after reviewing how many products you want to add as well as how much information you want to include on your website.

Hosting: Web hosting is the term that refers to the service involving the placement of your website onto the Internet through a computer server. Once this is done, anyone, anywhere in the World is able to access those web pages and view the information that is provided there for them.

Online Shopping Cart: This is software that is hosted on a server along with your website. The shopping cart is the vehicle that enables you to get the ordering information from the customer. It offers a powerful array of features for any size store that is affordable and customizable.

Credit Card Processing
You must have a bank account, usually either a checking or savings account, where funds can ultimately be deposited from the sales generated from your ecommerce website. Fees involved will vary by banking institution.

Offline Credit Card Processing: This is a good option if you currently have a Merchant Account with a local bank. Your customer's credit card information is captured and stored on our server for later authorization and transaction processing through a traditional card swipe terminal or through a computer. However, if you are clearing more than 100 transactions a month, you may want to consider the real-time payment processing option.

Real-Time Payment Processing: If you want to accept credit cards, you will need to obtain a merchant account. A merchant account is what transfers funds from the shopper's credit card to your bank account. To process credit card transactions in real-time through your website, the following is required: Open a merchant account with a financial institution. eLink recommends e-onlinedata. You will also need to sign-up with a payment gateway. For example, Card Services or CyberCash Merchant Accounts give you the ability to take Credit Card information from your prospective customers over the Internet and securely transport the information to your Merchant Account.

Secure Server for safe online ordering.
One of the biggest concerns today's consumers have is "How safe is it to shop online?" It is our goal to ensure that as a business owner, we provide you with security options to make your customers feel comfortable about shopping online at your website. SSL (secure socket layer) is the standard encryption used on the web today. Users can see if a page is secure by looking at the bottom right side of their browser. If there is a closed lock or a solid key, then the page is secure. eLink will help you with the ordering and set-up if you choose to obtain a personal SSL certificate.

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