Building E-commerce sites is one of our favorite things to do. We have found that a lot of web designers despise building these sites, and in fact, tend to avoid them. However, we at Dogwood really enjoy them. We use the WooCommerce platform and WordPress for our E-Commerce sites. While the WooCommerce plugin is technically free, once you start loading in the necessary plugin extensions, it can add up to quite a bit of money, and many of these plugins may be subscriptions that you will have to pay monthly or annually. For this reason, we want to be up front with our clients that an E-commerce site is going to be more expensive than any other type of site that we build. There are more moving pieces in an E-commerce site that have to be in place for the thing to work, and it really has to be done correctly for it to be done legally. We don’t want the tax man to come knocking on your door! An E-commerce site is also going to require more consulting and training for our client.
E-commerce sites can become extremely complicated with products that have lots of variation to them. But we want to state it again, we like these sites! They are a challenge to us, and we look forward to building them. If you are considering starting up an online E-commerce business, or you have a brick and mortar store, but would also like to add E-commerce to your business plan, contact us. We would love to help make this happen.