E-commerce Web Design

Development of an E-commerce Website

An E-commerce website refers to online transactions of goods and services via electronic media. When commerce activities like buying and selling, transferring of funds happen on electronic media through a portal or website it is termed an E-Commerce website. Traditionally, the e-commerce was done through the mail but as the technology developed, it began to happen through sites. Thus, a site that renders commerce activities is generally known as E-Commerce Website.

Considering the conventional brick and mortar shop, an e-commerce website stays active 24 X 7 catering to the wider customer base. The cost of running and maintaining the site is negligible compared to the physical shop or office. This is also the reason why it is important for the business houses to have the e-commerce site. The wider reach, readily accessibility, 24 hours service, the door-step facility makes it not only pro-customer but also pro-trader. Therefore, the e-commerce website is a need of an hour for the business house. But, to have a site is not easy, as a development of e-commerce site is very complex. There are many procedures followed during development, from designing to fully securing the site. All these have to integrate and synchronized well.

To begin with site development, the primary task is choosing the right technological language for the website. For the e-commerce site, the best language is PHP and python, Once, the language is defined the second in line is the selection of the framework. There are many open source e-commerce frameworks available in the market. The top five among them are - Magento, PrestaShop, OpenCart, osCommerce and Zen Cart. One can choose that suits the requirements best. The best part of these frameworks is that they provide base or foundation for the development of the site, along with general program flow, organized functional domain and overall structure for the site. This makes the site development quick and easy. The advanced features of Magento, intuitive interface of PrestaShop, the easy features of OpenCart, huge developer forum of osCommerce and good installation of the store through Zen Cart, are booming the website industries.

Once, the site gets fully developed, it is important to secure the site. The general measures taken to secure the project are incorporating SSL or Secure Electronic Transaction (SET) protocol. The two allows the data encryption, message integrity confirmation, merchant authentication. Along with this SET includes consumer authentication and bank inclusion.

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