We all want to spent our time and money where it counts, selling our products and offer our services, but often times, we end up being burdened with building our website and over investing on the back-end instead. There are more technology issues to deal with today than ever before. Some of these warrant us to understand new trends like social commerce and mobile e-commerce; however, that means we need to take the burden off other technical overhead.
Having to constantly update your sites so that they are up to date, staying compliant with laws and regulations, and having to keep up with the latest security patches could end being a full time job in and of itself. We want to show you that now-a-days, you no longer need to figure out how to install your own shopping cart or host your own website before you can launch your online business.
Here’s why you can now focus on your products and services first: In the past, you needed to learn how to find a good web host, configure FTP setup, install a shopping cart and many more before you ever get to selling. We’ve put together a list of technologies that won’t matter much in the near future with the way Zuhah sees e-commerce going today.
What no longer matters in online stores
Find a web host: The days of going out, learning all about hosting and server configurations is coming to an end for e-commerce. You could go to a marketplace like Ebay, Amazon, or Esty, but you may run in to these issues mentioned about large e-commerce sites. Instead what you need is a new breed of “cloud commerce” that’s custom taylored for your business where you don’t need to worry about the hosting part. For instance, if all your products live in a Zuhah cloud-based store, then you no longer need to go out and find your own hosting. Zuhah utilizes enterprise-level infrastructure and has distribution centers all over the world to give your customers near constant speed and reliability.
SSH access: This has been a pain for a lot of e-commerce businesses, having to contact your webhost and sometimes requiring you to fax in your drivers license too. Setting up public and private keys can get messy and often they lost over time. Get a solution like Zuhah’s, where you have single-sign-on to your site using authentication, and a secure management interface accessible from any place in Zuhah or a Zuhah store without SSH getting in the way.
FTP client: In the past you had to figure out how to transfer files to your site, and then figure out where they are and how to link them to your site. FTP also requires you to know who you’re giving access rights to and what file permissions are set. These often become easy targets for hackers. Uploading your media should instead be accessed through the same interface used to manage your store. At Zuhah, you can drop images directly into your products and posts from your computer or your media library and select them for use without worrying about user accounts and permissions.
PUTTY command-line: Not the stuff you used to mold objects as kids, but an interface you needed in the past to gain access to your store from the backend. PUTTY can actually be dangerous for novice user. One wrong command could wipe out your entire site..and sometimes its the backup command. Instead of having to deal with Linux commands, look for solutions that lets you customize products, pages, posts without command line codes. For instance, in Zuhah, you can draft products so that customers can’t seem them until you’re ready to publish, and move products to a trash bin in case you need to recover them back. You can also make changes to the look and feel of your site entirely through the management screens without have to worry about messing up your store permanently.
Web browser ready: In the past, building your own web page means having to test your site on Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and least 3 versions of each browser to make sure your store is displayed correctly to customers. Find a site like Zuhah’s where its designed with cross-browser compatibility in mind for all major browsers, and even ones for iPhone and Android.
Find a shopping cart: This alone has turned a lot of people from owning their own online store. Even with the right tools, integrating a shopping cart could be a daunting task in and of itself. Is some technical knowledge necessary? Did you pick a good quality package? Is the software stable? These issues are manageable if you happened to be in the software businesses. But since this is about e-commerce, we’re sure you’d want to put the time and effort into building your business instead. A store at Zuhah uses enterprise-quality shopping carts that’s built for heavy lifting and we’re continuously improving on them everyday!