Building Ecommerce Web Sites: Where Do I Start?


 Building Ecommerce Web Sites: Where Do I Start?

Ecommerce is a rapidly growing industry. Businesses like Amazon, eBay and Etsy are huge in the online world, with many more players fighting for a share of the pie. One way to break into this arena is through building an ecommerce website - but how? Let’s look at some resources that can help you get started on your journey!

Whether you’re just getting started in web development or have years of experience under your belt, there are resources out there that can help guide your way and help you get sites up quickly and easily on Shopify or Drupal.

"Automattic" - One of the sites that I use to get started is "Automattic". This site provides helpful documentation for all of the products offered on, and is a must-read for anyone interested in getting started. This article will be the first step in learning how to make your own ecommerce website on Shopify!

"WordPress Tricks" - Another great resource to check into if you’re looking for more advanced tricks and hacks related to WordPress! There’s a lot of great information in this post.

"WordPress Codex" - For those that want to build a site using WordPress, there’s a lot of great information on this page.

"Shopify University: Best Practices for Your Shopify Store" - For those that want to build a more advanced and complex ecommerce site, check out this video which goes through building your first product and then discusses the different levels of complexity in ecommerce sites.

Once you’ve gotten your site set up, "WPBeginner: The Ultimate Beginners Guide to WordPress eCommerce" is the perfect resource to help you sell products on your store! According to this guide, you need to set up some basic functionality before you can start selling anything.

"WPBeginner: The Ultimate Beginners Guide to WordPress eCommerce" - If you want to get the basics of ecommerce built into your site, WPBeginner is a great resource for getting started.

" SEO for Beginners" - One of the first steps in getting your site up and running is building some basic SEO functionality. This article will guide you through choosing a preferred search engine for your site, as well as identify some common mistakes that people make when setting up SEO on their sites.


There are many, many resources out there that can help you get started. This article has covered some of the most basic tools and resources available to help you get your site up and running. Hopefully this will be a helpful guide to getting started!

Readers - who do you use as resources for building ecommerce sites? Do you have any favorite tools or tutorials? Let me know in the comments section below!

WILL MATTIA is an independent consultant and the creator of WP Tutor, a WordPress training course featuring expert commentary on a wide range of topics related to WordPress development and website design. Will is also the author of at least five books, including Wordpress 3.

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