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Create Your Own Web Store
Here are some sources to help you get started creating your own web store.

If you already have an eBay or Amazon store -- check this out!
MarketPlacePulse - Check out your eBay or Amazon store's online profile. Click either eBay or Amazon at the top, and then do a search for your online store's name, when it comes up, click on your store name for details about your store. Very interesting.

BuildWith - Shows the most used website building platforms, with Magento being #1 and WooCommerce for WordPress being #2. Ecommerce Usage Statistics - Statistics for websites using Ecommerce technologies.

Image Event - Treasures From Yesterday - Interesting use of a photo hosting site for online selling; other photo hosting services, such as Flickr and Photobucket, might work for this idea.

WordCamp - Is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. Upcoming events around the world.

eCommerce Software & Hosting Services


22stores - Start your own online store in 22 seconds! We will export all your eBay items to your store and keep your inventory synced with your eBay inventory, so you don't need to worry about managing your store. Integrated with eBay, customizable store design, offering real-time shipping and equipped with all the tools you need to succeed!

Aabaco - (Yahoo!) We make small business easier. Start selling online. Quickly set up an ecommerce site for your business with Stores. * Easy-to-use tools and templates. * Customizable online shopping cart. * Credit card and PayPal processing.

Amazon Webstores - Sell on Amazon. "Easily Add Your Products to the Amazon Catalog."
Amazon Webstores
- "Build your own customized eCommerce site, on your own domain—backed by Amazon technology and expertise." Internet Retailer 12-17-12 Put the Power of Amazon Behind Your Site.
(Note: Amazon Webstores are not Amazon FBA stores.)

Amazon Market Place Module - Presta Shop Addons -The Amazon Market Place for Prestashop is the #1 solution to sell your products online to Amazon Marketplace. Discover the Power of 3,500+ Modules and Themes to enhance your PrestaShop Store!

Auctiva- Your Complete Solution for Selling on eBay.

BigCommerce - Get your own store up and running in no time.
SmallBizTrends - 04-22-2016 - eBay and BigCommerce Open Joint Sales Platform...
eCommerceBytes - 04-08-2016 - eBay Enters into Strategic Relationship with BigCommerce.
Website Magazine - 04-08-2016 - Sell on eBay with Bigcommerce.
eCommercebytes - 03-04-2014 - Bigcommerce Next Grabs Google Trusted Stores Integration.

BigCommerce: The easiest way to sell online!

Craft Launch - Automatically showcases your Etsy shop listings in a customized, fully branded, professional website for your business.

GoDaddy - Online Store - Under "Websites" at GoDaddy. Online Store includes everything you need for a complete eCommerce website. Choose a Design - Add Your Products - Start Selling.

Ecwid - Add an online store for FREE in 5 minutes. A leading choice for small business merchants to easily set up a store and start selling fast. No need to abandon your existing site — Ecwid can be added virtually anywhere you have an online presence. You have the freedom to operate multiple online stores including on your website, social media channels, and mobile devices.
eCommerceBytes - 03-25-2016 - ShipStation Announces Integration with Ecwid.


Facebook - Selling pages.
Example (random pick): Tina's handicraft. - Sew A Memory Memory Bears. - Got Vintage Shops.

Hugo - Hugo is quite possibly the easiest to install software you’ve ever used, simply download and run. A new idea around making website creation simple again. Hugo flexibly works with many formats and is ideal for blogs, docs, portfolios and much more. Static Website Engine.

LightCMS - Anyone can build an incredible website with amazing design, fantastic features, and even an online store.




Listrak - Transforming Retail. Listrak is the only digital marketing automation platform distinctly designed for online and omnichannel retailers.

Magento - Compliment Your eBay Listings with Your Own Online Store.
eCommerceBytes - 04-13-2016 - Magento Just Got Easier for Merchants in Post-eBay World.
eCommerceBytes - 12-13-2015 - Zoey Brings Power of Magento Platform to Online Sellers.
eCommerceBytes - 03-18-2014 - Could Layoffs Impact eBay's Hosted Ecommerce Platforms?

Miva - Caters to larger small businesses. The most flexible & secure ecommerce software on the market. Build your online store today with a shopping cart platform.
Auctiva.Edu - 12-10-2014 - Should You Be A Miva Merchant?

Mozu - Cloud commerce platform. Any Device, Any Channel, Anytime. Responsive design. No matter which device your customers use to shop your site, Mozu’s native adaptive design is the foundation for a quick and effortless experience.

Pattern - Turn your Etsy shop into your own website with Pattern. Manage your Etsy shop and your Pattern site from the same place. Your inventory syncs automatically and you can process and ship orders just like you do now.
WebsiteMagazine - 04-06-2016 - Etsy Starts a New Pattern.
eCommerceBytes - 04-06-16 - Etsy Gets into the Store Hosting Business.

OpenSky - Open a Store. A branded storefront on one of the fastest-growing online marketplaces. Policies.

ShipHawk - A complete logistics solution for Magento eCommerce websites. Instant shipping rates for ANY sized item; packing optimization; all carrier types - parcel, freight, 3PL, specialty; no item size restrictions; multi-item bin packing; diverse inventory support.

PrestaShop - #1 Open-source shopping cart. Over 200,000 stores. Winner of the 2011 Open-source Business Application award. To start your online store, download PrestaShop's award-winning e-commerce software and start benefiting from an online presence. That's right! PrestaShop is completely free: no monthly fee, no commission on your sales. The only thing you need to make your store visible to the world is web hosting. (Many hosting services have easy install programs see some hosting examples here.)
eCommerceBytes - 02-02-2015 - Online Sellers Can Open Free Stores in the Cloud. (PrestaShop)
Auctiva.Edu - 03-18-2015 - PrestaShop Debuts Cloud-Based Stores. Are they right for you?

RebelMouse - Rebel Explore enables you to publish original web and social content all in one place. Curate and moderate conversations around topics, hashtags or keywords. Designate auto-publish rules or moderate the content manually. Rebel Explore is used by thousands of individuals, bloggers, musicians, artists, nonprofits and small businesses to build their online personas, tell their stories and amplify their social presences. Rebel Explorer - Free for individuals and small businesses. Rebel Roar - For cost version for marketers, agencies, and media companies.

SBI Quick Tour - Build it your way.

SaleHoo - SaleHoo Stores helps customers create a beautiful-looking online store without any technical knowledge. In addition, Standard and Premium members get access to our SaleHoo directory.

Samcart - Sell any type of product (digital or physical).

Shopify - Use Shopify to create your online store. Everything you need to start selling online – today.
Internet Retailer - 08-28-2013 - E-commerce software provider Shopify introduces an iPad selling app.
Website Magazine - 03-14-2014 - Shopify Welcomes M-Commerce Apps.


Yahoo - For Business, create an online store.
Aabaco - (Yahoo!) We make small business easier.


Zmags - Creator and Publicator platform. The shoppable content company, empowers retail marketing and ecommerce professionals to easily create and rapidly publish the engaging shoppable digital experiences that increase user engagement and conversions. The Zmags Creator and Publicator platforms enable these experiences without the need to write a single line of code.

Zoey Commerce - Zoey helps serious merchants escape underpowered ecommerce platforms like Shopify or Bigcommerce so they can create scalable, future-proofed online stores. The world's first drag&drop editor for ecommerce sites, no coding knowledge needed.

Remember, there are website designers from services like Brian Wade - CyberSolutions for Magento, to individuals on sites like Fivver. On the Selling Tips page in this site is a nice list "Outsourcing To Grow Your Business".

Hosting Services

Hosting Services

There too many hosting services to even begin to list them all, these are a few of the more popular services.

For some of you wanting to try WordPress or Joomla FREE, check out CloudAccess Hosting Service. They offer a free, ready to go WordPress or Joomla site, which can be updated to a paid site. There is a limitation, "Free sites are limited to sub-domains. You can upgrade later if a custom domain name is required". Still, it could give you the chance to try out WordPress or Joomla without paying for hosting. If you are building your reputation, a blog could be a great help in gaining followers. FindAHostingSite - Blogging info.

My opinion, WordPress is best for non-techie people, to me Joomla is more complicated, but both have a lot of tutorials and YouTube videos available to help even the most basic beginner get started. Most hosting services have easy 1-Click install software for installing programs like WordPress. Note, WordPress is an outstanding blogging tool, but if you want more, it has it. WordPress has evolved well beyond blogging into a full service website program, ecommerce store or just about anything you can imagine with optional 3rd party plugins.

Web Hosting Services Homestead Websites MyHosting
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FatCow Hosting iPage Hosting Yahoo! Hosting
GoDaddy JustHost Yola Hosting

Tutorial #1: Launching & Accessing Your Free WordPress Site.
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Specialty Products

Other Products

AzonVIP Deals Coupon Feeder - Allows An Amazon Seller, To Upload Coupon Promos, And Deliver Them One By One With One Link. Buyer Will Need To Have His Own Domain & Hosting, As This Will Run On Their Server.

CommerceHub - DemandStream Marketplace. List more products and sell more on marketplaces.
Internet Retailer - 04-04-2016 - Fulfillment vendor CommerceHub’s revenue grows 33% in 2015.

Flippa - The Entrepreneur’s Marketplace - Buy and sell websites, domains and apps.

Kyozou - Multi-Channel Inventory and eCommerce Management. Inventory Management - Multi-Channel Management - Order and Shipping Management - Webstore eCommerce platform.

Salsify - Cloud-based product content management and syndication solution helps brands and retailers organize and share their content, driving discoverability, sales and satisfaction. Has 2-minute video.

Articles for Web Store Owners

Best Ecommerce Shopping Carts - There are hundreds of shopping cart programs. Here is one source article that covers some of them, including WordPress shopping cart plugins.

eCommerceBytes - Storefront Solutions and Shopping Carts.

Digital Maestro - Free Report, "Top 7 Mistakes Website Owners Are Making". The report option is near the bottom of the page. Just the outline of the report is good.

FindAHostingSite - Shopping Cart Info near the bottom of the page. General hosting information.

FindAHostingSite - Domain name and Blogging info.

GoDaddy Presents - Build A Site in A Few Easy Steps - Most hosting services have free web site builder programs with their hosting service, although some charge for site builders. Some services have ecommerce options, but those are often either for a cost or free/open source addons, not something that normally comes with a basic hosting service. Here is a quick example of a web site builder program.

Our Antique Shop - Tips: Create multiple steams of passive income from your collections.

SiteProNews - 04-11-2016 - AdWords or Bing Ads: Which is Best?

The Passive Dollar - How To Get FREE Stock Photos For Your Website.

Tyler Moore - Videos - How to create websites and web stores, step-by-step instructional videos.

WebMag - 04-08-2016 - 50 Website Features for Every Small Business.

WebsiteMagazine - 06-05-2015 - 8 Ways to Nail Native Ad Headlines.

News for Web Store Owners

New & More Articles

WebsiteMagazine - 06-19-2016 - Support for Amazon's Emerging Marketplace.

Internet Retailer - 04-05-2016 - Mobilegeddon: Not Over Yet. (Google ranking and mobile websites.)

Auctiva.Edu - Brad and Debra Schepp
eBay Was Just The Start, Part 1 - Seller spreads her wings, finds success. - April 16, 2015.
eBay Was Just The Start, Part 2 - Your own site is the ultimate goal. - April 24, 2015.

eCommerceBytes - 11-17-2015 - Yahoo Stores Transitions to Aabaco with Some Speed Bumps.

eCommerceBytes - 09-28-2015 - Shopify Offers Its Merchants Discounted Postage.

eCommerceBytes - 09-18-2015 - Amazon Endorses Shopify Ecommerce Platform.

Amazon - April 2015 - The Amazon Webstore service, an eCommerce solution to build your own standalone website, is no longer available to new sellers.
eCommerceBytes - 03-19-2015 - Amazon Shutting Webstore Ecommerce-Hosting Service?
Internet Retailer - 03-18-2015 - Amazon to shutter its Webstore e-commerce platform service.

eCommerceBytes - 03-25-2015 - eBay Launches New Stores Program for Small Merchants.

WPMUDEV - 03-16-2015 - 8 Must-Haves When Adding E-Commerce to Your WordPress Site.

Website Magazine - 12-04-2014 - Goodbye CAPTCHA (and Good Riddance).

Business2Community - 10-30-2014 - The Downfall of Etsy and the Benefits of Selling Direct.

Internet Retailer - 05-14-2014 - Adobe makes it easier for e-retailers to react to shopper on-site activity.

eCommerceBytes - 05-29-2014 - Google Gives Merchants New Tools to Measure Shopping Behavior.
Internet Retailer - 05-30-2014 - Google Analytics adds more e-commerce data and reporting tools.

eCommerceBytes - 12-15-2013 - WooCommerce Shopping Cart Brings Ecommerce to WordPress.

eCommerceBytes- 08-25-2013 - Sellers Choice Awards: Online Shopping Carts 2013 - Storefronts & Shopping Carts

eCommerceBytes - 01-05-2013 - Selling via WordPress: Design First, or Ecommerce?

Other Way To Build An Online Store

WordPress Info

WordPress was once primarily for blogging, but it has evolved into a full-fledged website design medium. It is not drag 'n drop simple, there is a small learning curve involved, but with plugins to help modify templates, it is now easier than ever to create webstores. In most cases it will still require an additional shopping cart plugin and possibly a payment plugin, maybe more depending on what you need.

25 Awesome Shortcodes & Page Builder Plugins For WordPress - Scroll down past Short codes to: Best Page Builder WordPress Plugins - starts with: Visual Composer For WordPress.

Best Ecommerce Shopping Carts - There are hundreds of shopping cart programs. Here is one source article that covers some of them, including WordPress shopping cart plugins.

ZippyCart - Reviews of the top eCommerce applications and tools.

eCommerceBytes - Storefront Solutions and Shopping Carts. List of over 20 services and ratings.

eCommerceBytes - 08-10-14 - Sellers Choice Awards: Online Shopping Carts 2014.

Easily Customize WordPress Themes with No Coding - Many people are using WordPress for creating their sites. Here's a plugin that might help.

WP eBay Ads - Allows you to easily insert eBay product listings into your WP posts, and earn commission from sales.

WP Lister Pro - Requires WordPress & WooCommerce - List products from WordPress on eBay. WP-Lister connects your WooCommerce site with your eBay Store. You can select multiple products right from your products page, select a profile to apply a set of predefined options and list them all on eBay with just a few clicks.


Search Engine Optimization

SEO - Search Engine Optimization is the idea of designing and promoting a website so that it ranks high in search engine results.

Business On Tap - Become an SEO Pro in 60 Seconds or Less.

Channel Advisor - Introducing ChannelAdvisor Digital Marketing.

eCommerceBytes - 03-16-2014 - Online Sellers See Positive Return with Paid Ads.

Google AdWords - So how does a Google ad work? Simply write your ad, choose some search terms that describe your products or services, then set a budget. You only pay when someone actually clicks on your ad to get more information.

Google Merchant Center - Google Merchant Center is the place to upload your store and product data to Google and make it available to Google Shopping and other Google services. Please configure your account with the following information, which may be displayed publicly. You can change this information later by visiting the Settings page of your account.

SiteProNews - 02-06-2015 - The Golden Rules of Onsite SEO.

StartupLister - A marketing platform with a suite of products to help you submit your startup and tell your story.

Website Magazine - 10-14-2014 - SEO in 30 Minutes a Day – Optimizing Your Website.

Helpful Tools & Tips For Designing Websites

Web Design Tools

(Much more about the use of colors in relation to marketing on the Selling Tips Page.)

CreativeBloq - 03-26-2015 - 21 outstanding uses of colour in branding.

ProBlogger - 02-24-2014 - The Psychology of Color: Is Your Color Choice Making or Breaking Your Website?

Random Color Palettes - Just click the space bar and the site will display random swaths of colors with number.

Website Magazine - 02-20-2015 - The Power of Color.

WindsorCircle - Some examples of webstores for ideas.

Pictures & Graphics

1001 Freedownloads - Free Images for personal and business.

AddThis - Free Online Photography Resources. - 4 free photography resources.

FotoFuze - Enhance your photos. For Free. FotoFuze is the solution to product photography. Give your photos a professional background in seconds!

GraphicRiver - 30 Assorted Blur Backgrounds.

Graphic Stock - Collection of photographs and graphics to add interest to your website.

Kozzi Images - Royalty free stock images and vectors for just $1.

PeekSpace - Free to use Space Photography.

Pixlr - Online photo editor. Our most popular free web-based photo editor makes editing photos easy. Apply quick fixes, overlays, filters, and stickers to make any photo beautiful.

Pixelz - How to guides for photographing products.
Pixelz - Image processing. Upload images by web, FTP, API, or URL to place an order, and download them the same way. Review your order’s status, specs, and cost at any time. Share completed orders with a single link that doesn’t require login details to view or download images.

Snappa - Create amazing designs without the help of a graphic designer. Snappa makes it easy to create any type of online graphic. Hundreds of ready made templates. And there is a FREE version.

UnStock - Authentic photography. All handpicked, all for one price. Yep, $5 will get you any photo you find. High resolution. (Plus a $1 handling fee if you're paying with PayPal)

VideoBlocks - Choose from more than 800K HD videos, motion backgrounds & AE templates!


Cymbolism - Cymbolism is a tool that attempts to quantify the association between colors and words, making it simple for designers to choose the best colors for the desired emotional effect.

eCommerceBytes - 10-21-2013 - Four Ways Your Shopping Cart Button Could Be Wrong.

Huffington Post -07-17 2012 - Red Background Encourages eBay Shoppers To Bid Higher: Study.

The Designer’s Guide to Web Graphics - Very extensive overview of website design. PDF

WebsiteMagazine - 10-26-2015 - Top 9 Tips To Consider When Selecting An E-Commerce Platform.

WPMUDEV - 02-19-2016 - Building Your Own Etsy Store With WordPress.

The Jones Market - GoDaddy Customer Story.

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