I have been searching for the easiest possible way to build an online store. After trying many things I have settled down for Zencart which is a free and feature rich tool to build your online business. It can be installed on cheap hosting packages available from Internet.
Zencart is good and not-so-difficult e-commerce tool for computer literate people. But it still requires some computer expertise for initial setup and running. This causes difficulty for people who have very basic e-commerce requirements and don’t have the required computer knowledge or can’t spare time to learn.
I have accepted this self-imposed challenge of building the simplest possible e-commerce tool. I shall create this software and provide it as a hosted service. This is how it will function:
- Store owner will fill few forms with business information. (Business name, contact detail, history, terms etc.)
- Store owner will specify how he is going to accept payment. (Bank transfer, easy paisa, cheques, cash on delivery etc.)
- Store owner will upload product images with some description.
- Select a theme from the available ones.
The above will be all required to make your online store functional on a subdomain or domain. Being a minimalistic one this new software will lack a number of features and this will be its strength.
With this new minimalistic e-commerce tool/platform I am hopping to help people start taking online orders within few hours.