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Get Your Own Webshop

The chances are, if you can sell something on eBay, you can also sell it on a website. There are three basic choices if you want to set up your own eshop.

1. Design your own from scratch. If you have some html and graphics skills then this will be the cheapest option for setting up your own website. There are a number of free shopping carts you can download and adapt to your needs, with osCommerce being a popular choice with many. You can also find free open source website templates if you need a ready made site. Get yourself some cheap hosting and you can have a site up and running quickly and easily, for little cost. If you want professional website templates dedicated for eCommerce, with a shopping cart already integrated, you can buy them from eCommerce Templates

2. Buy an 'off the shelf' webshop. You generally pay a one off set up fee, then a monthly charge for a ready made eCommerce website. Most come with a variety of templates, built in shopping carts and payment gateways, stock control features and are very easy to set up and use. They will submit your site to shopping directories and search engines so that you don't have to worry about finding out how to do these necessary tasks yourself. ekmPowershop is the UK's number one hosted eCommerce solution, and we're happy to recommend their services to anyone who wants a fast, easy and cost effective online shop.

If you don't want to pay a set up fee, then Shopmaker is also worth a look.

3. Pay a professional design company to design your site to your specifications. This is generally the most expensive option, but also gives you a unique site. Most visitors make up their mind about a website within the first few seconds, so it's important to get it looking good and working correctly. A bespoke web design company is the best option if you want a slick, totally unique site made exactly how you want it.

Whichever option you choose, be sure to check back here for more help on promoting your eshop.

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