A New Online Store Build2018-05-21T21:28:00+00:00

PLANNING A NEW ONLINE STORE BUILD

Many aspects of planning a new Online Store build are the same as a Website Build.
For this reason, we suggest that you take a look at our New Website Build Guide.

New Website Build Guide
The information required to be able to physically sell your products differs a little from a standard website. The following is a guide to the basic information that everyone will need to have ready for a basic store build. Your store may include additional features that require additional information.

STORE INFORMATION

CONTACT DETAILS

You will need to provide your name. This is separate to your business name. If you are a sole trader or partnership the name/s of people behind the business will be needed. If you are a company, the company name can be used. You will also need to include your phone number, a postal address, your ABN and business name.

EMAIL ADDRESS

Professionalism is key. You really should be using an email attached to your domain name to give customers confidence in your business. Addresses such as orders@yourdomain.com.au should be used.

GST STATUS

Are you registered for GST? This will inform the way we set up your tax information. You will need to decide whether you be entering store prices inclusive or exclusive of GST and if you want the tax displayed in the store.

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PRODUCT INFORMATION

PRODUCT DETAILS

The more information that you can provide to customers the more confidence they will have in the purchase of your product. Your product information can allow your product to stand out in the crowd and make it easier for you to process orders after they have been purchased. For more detailed information on the details associated with your product uploads, please take a look at our Arpastart eCommerce User Guide, the Product pages take you through the required and recommended data step-by-step.

PRODUCT IMAGES

Consistent, high quality images are vital to a successful store. Put thought into your images from the beginning and give them the weighting they deserve. You want to make sure that you can get hold of good quality, high resolution images that show your product to full advantage. If you can’t get them from the manufacturer, or you are the manufacturer, you will need to consider hiring a product photographer to make sure that you are showing your product in their best possible light.

PAYMENTS AND SHIPPING

PAYMENT DETAILS

You will need to know what payment methods and currencies you will accept. If you have been operating for a while you may have already set up a merchant account with an online payment gateway. Because of the often large setup and ongoing fees associated with these accounts, smaller organisations usually start out with a payment service like PayPal which allows you to just pay for the transactions made, with no initial setup fee. PayPal allows people to take PayPal and Visa and MasterCard payments easily and covers most people’s start up needs. You will need to provide the names of the services and your account name details for these to be set up in the store.

SHIPPING DETAILS

Your shipping will require a lot of thought. You will need to consider where you ship to, will it be only local or overseas? Think about whether you will offer free or flat rate shipping, pass on shipping costs directly to your customers, allow free shipping over a certain value or quantity of purchase, or give customers shipping options.

If you deal with particular couriers or postal services regularly, let us know. Many of them offer integrations which allow automatic postage calculations, label printing and associated services that make life a lot easier for you.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

INFORMATION PAGES

There is a little crossover here with Websites as you would expect websites to have About Us and Privacy Information pages. If you are running an online store it is also recommended that you have a Delivery Information, and Terms & Conditions pages.

EXISTING TESTIMONIALS

If you have an existing store, it would be beneficial to transfer across any examples you have of people singing the praises of your business or products. Arpastart eCommerce has a very handy product review system that allows people to easily see what people have said about your wares.