If you have decided to open an online shop, your first question would probably be how to make an online store quickly. Since there are many eСommerce-developed solutions already, you do not need to create it all by yourself, which simplifies and speeds up your store creation. Basically, these are the steps you need to perform to start your own online store:
Pick up an engine.
There are many popular eCommerce engines and eCommerce solutions like PrestaShop, Magento, OpenCart, WooCommerce, VirtueMart and others. You can use our E-Commerce Comparison Table to help you with the selection or search for the information on the Internet.
Choose the theme.
Once selected the type of engine you want to open your store on, you will need to purchase a theme (template) that will have alluring layout for your customers and the needed components for you shop activity.
Sign up for the hosting account.
The hosting is needed to have the site online, visible for visitors on the Internet. Depending on the engine and theme requirements, you should select a more or less profound hosting plan for good site performance.
Install the engine and the theme on the server (hosting).
You should get all the documentation regarding the chosen engine based theme. You can install it yourself, order the installation service from a provider or hire a freelancer to do it for you. The difference is in the time and money spent on the correct installation.
Import store products.
If you have a small store with up to 200 products, you can add them manually.
If you have a large store with over 200 products, you you should use the software for it, so it does not take much time as adding them manually. There are many extensions and other software for this purpose.
All in all, the online store making will take 2-5 hours if it is a small shop or 1-3 days if this is a big store and a lot should be configured for it to work according to your needs.
So if you are familiar with the online shop creating procedure (that we described above), it will not take much time to start your business.
Feel free to check the detailed video tutorial below: