Ecommerce Tutorial

Setting up an ecommerce site is easy! Follow the tutorial we have prepared and you can have a fully functional e-store in no time.

Step 1:Set up Your e-Shop with a shopping cart

You probably think you need to pay tons of money to set up an e-store. Nowadays, this is not true thanks to a number of free open source shopping cart scripts that allow you to get a fully-featured online shop at no cost at all!

If you wonder which are these scripts and which one to choose, you may visit our shopping carts reviews page where we listed the most popular shopping carts. Installation of those scripts is a piece of cake if you are hosted on a SiteGround server as we will do it for you for free! If not, you may visit our detailed tutorial on installation.

  • Which shopping cart software to choose?

    Currently, the most powerful free shopping carts are Magento and Prestashop. Yet, if you intend to build a website with lots of functionality in addition to the shopping cart functions (add a forum, chat, etc), you may want to consider having Joomla with Virtuemart shop extension as the primary software for your store, or WordPress with the WP e-commerce plugin. Check our shopping carts reviews!

  • Installation of a shopping cart

    SiteGround offers free installation of the most popular shopping carts. In case you wish to do it yourself, you may visit our detailed tutorials on how to install your preferred cart.

Step 2: Start Collecting Payments Online with a Merchant Account

To collect your customers’ payments online, you need a merchant account and a payment gateway! This is not complicated as multiple companies provide merchants accounts.

If you are just starting up and your volumes are still small, it is best to consider PayPal or 2Checkout as your merchant provider. They offer easy setup and have low entry barriers for merchants, unlike companies that might offer better transaction fees yet they will be looking for higher turnover and extended and complicated setup procedure. Check out the merchant solutions we recommend!

Step 3: Secure Your Online Transactions with an SSL

If you are going to process client information such as personal and credit card data through your website, it is mandatory to have an SSL installed. SiteGround customers have a choice of 3 powerful private SSL certificates to help you protect sensitive information from online hackers. See our SSL offers.