E-commerce means simply trading on line. That might be just placing orders but can also mean taking payments online too. Our online shops / stores are usually pre written / ‘off the shelf’ packages that are customised graphically with your business branding and developed into sophisticated packages that cover pretty much every application. Using these packages enables us to create e-commerce stores for our clients, at very cost effective prices.
In its simplest form, a BUY NOW button can be added to a page that takes you to a third party payment gateway (like PayPal) where you buy the item over a secure connection on an external site.
Online shops have a basket system that allows the user to pick multiple items and multiple volumes, add them to a basket and then check-out though a secure gateway. There are a lot more features that come with a shopping cart – but that is the essence.
Shopping carts can also be combined with a brochure website or with a CMS (content management system) to create a hybrid that allows the owner to control virtually every aspect.