Ecommerce definition by Straight-On   Ecommerce Definition



  Definition of Ecommerce. Ecommerce is selling online with shopping cart software.  
Located in Portland, Oregon, USA 

Short Ecommerce Definition: Selling online

Ecommerce Templates

Ecommerce templates combine the look and feel of a Website template with the functionality of a complete ecommerce site with shopping cart software and much more.

Owners want their stores to have a unique, attractive appearance. Web site templates designed to work with Dreamweaver, FrontPage, Go Live, or generic CSS come with many different looks and navigation schemes and can be customized for your site.

Shopping Cart

The shopping cart lists items which have been selected for purchase during shopping along with their prices and the total amount.

Shopping Cart Software

Shopping cart software typically provides more than the shopping cart function and may include an online product catalogue, check out process, and an administrative "back-end" for the merchant to handle orders, customers, and inventory.

Check Out

Providing your address and payment information such as credit card information.


Active Server Pages hosted on Microsoft Windows servers.


PHP pages are likely hosted on Linux, Apache, and MySQL.


Adobe-Macromedia Dreamweaver - a Web page and application authoring environment.


Microsoft FrontPage - a Web page authoring environment.

Go Live

Adobe Go Live - a Web site authoring environment.



Ecommerce Definition

Ecommerce Definition:  ecommerce, e-commerce, or electronic commerce is the conduct of a financial transactions by electronic means.  With the huge success of commerce on the Internet, ecommerce usually refers to shopping at online stores on the World Wide Web, also known as ecommerce Web sites. Ecommerce can be business to business (B to B) or business to consumer (B to C).  

How to Get Started with Ecommerce

The recipe for a successful online store includes ecommerce software, your products, search engine marketing, administration and support.

Ways to start an online store :

  • Inexpensive -ecommerce software with shopping cart
    Purchase an online storefront ecommerce template with shopping cart software
    for $105 to $165 (once and for all) and pay $9.95 to $19.95 per month for hosting.
    Choose a look and feel that you like and make slight changes, or design it completely on your own. Your up-front investment is small, yet you get lots of control and next to nothing monthly operating cost. Installation services and help are available if you get a little over your head. You may only need to spend from around $50 to a couple of hundred dollars on installation and configuration consulting, or do it yourself! The fruits of your labor belong to you. It is your site!
  • Purchase an online storefront hosted by a major ecommerce hosting site like Yahoo Store, for $99.95 per month, plus a percentage of your sales. Select a store template, customize it using online Web-based tools, add products and sell. Your control of look and feel is limited, and integrating with your Website is not seamless, nor are monthly costs the lowest, but it may be the quickest and easiest way to start. You won't need to know HTML to build the store, but will still have to make design selections, and process and upload images, not to mention adding product information to the site.
  • Hire a custom developer. Leave the "driving" to us. If you want to focus on being a merchant, have an excellent online store, and don't want a steep learning curve, it may make very good sense to spend $3,500 to $15,000 for a beautiful, working, custom ecommerce site!
  • If you have a medium or large thriving business, you may invest tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands to get the look and feel, enterprise level robustness, and integration with your in house inventory control and accounting systems.

Free PHP Shopping Cart - Where to get them?

Then there is free. Save the purchase price of software. But do you get what you pay for?

What Is osCommerce?

"osCommerce is an online shop e-commerce solution under ongoing development by the open source community. Its feature packed out-of-the-box installation allows store owners to setup, run, and maintain their online stores with minimum effort and with absolutely no costs or license fees involved.

osCommerce combines open source solutions to provide a free and open e-commerce platform, which includes the powerful PHP web scripting language, the stable Apache web server, and the fast MySQL database server."

Source: osCommerce





Affiliate Marketing

A method of getting links to your online store by paying commissions when someone clicks one of those links and purchases something from your store.

Administrative Interface

Sometimes called the "back end," a mini Web site comes with your online store, enabling the merchant to easily manage orders, inventory, customers, and more.

Populating Database

Serious shopping cart software stores product information in a database. The process of entering your store inventory into that database is called populating the database.




Ecommerce Definitions | Site Map
© 2014 Straight-On Internet Consulting LLC. Portland, Oregon USA