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Give Your Online Business The Edge With The Best ASP Shopping Cart Software
These days, competition for those online dollars that consumers are increasingly reluctant to part with has gotten more ferocious than ever. That's why it's so important to give your online enterprise every advantage you can. There's only so much that any vendor can do to lower prices without cutting into their profits. Business owners, however, can increase their online business and make their site more effective in comparison to competitors by offering the best service that the Internet has to offer. Getting the right ASP shopping cart software, that is specifically customized for your site will prove to be a great investment.
One of the most obvious things that you can do to improve your business immediately is by streamlining the ordering process on your website. Face it; one of the biggest drawing cards that any Internet business has to offer is convenience.
However, if you have a clunky, ugly to look at, hard to use website that makes searching your inventory and ordering products a cumbersome chore, then there's no telling just how many potential customers you'll drive off.
Personally, I can't tell you how many times I've gotten frustrated and refused to use some online vendor because of how time-consuming and badly organized that company's ordering process was. What you need if you have an online business is the best software you can get. This will make ordering from your website a breeze. The easier your site is to use, the more word will get around.
I'm a firm believer in the old adage that word of mouth is the best advertising, even in the Age of the Internet and other electronic media. With money as tight as it is, and the futures of so many different businesses held in doubt, it may seem counter-intuitive to be spending money on something like new shopping cart software, but trust me, right now, it will be money that's well-spent and will continue to benefit your company and your bottom line for decades to come.
When you finally come to the realization that you really need that new software, here are some things to bear in mind:
- Expense: The most expensive software isn't necessarily going to be the best. Even if it advertises that it's got all the latest bells and whistles, cost in the software industry isn't necessarily related to the best of the best. Sure, you want software that's flexible to use and rich in features, but it's also got to be easy for your IT staff to install and maintain. Plus, you don't want installation that's going to be a system hog, either. Even though servers and peripherals have gotten less expensive, it's still important to get the biggest bang for the buck when you're buying software products for your enterprise.
- Adaptability: Aside from being economical to purchase and run, I think the next most important thing about shopping cart software is that it's got to be adaptable to many uses, both for your enterprise, and for your customers. For instance, does the software you're currently considering buying enable you to control your shopping carts, your content management, and your customer accounts? It's not enough that you can help your customers place their orders, it's essential that you can track their orders, your own inventories, and every step of the transaction until your product arrives at your customer's front door.
There's no point in buying ASP shopping cart software that doesn't do everything you need it to. Don't wind up piecing together a system from different vendors that may have compatibility and licensing issues. That will prevent your cobbled-together system from functioning at peak efficiency. It makes much more sense to buy one product that satisfies all of your needs and is expandable for the future growth of your company.
About the Author
Andy West is a writer for ASP Dot Net Storefront, an online resource for all your ecommerce software needs.
This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.
And yes, ASPDNSF answers all those needs for you. Of course, your results will be best if you partner with a developer and hosting company that has a great deal of implementation experience with developing for AspDotNetStoreFront as well as hosting ASPDNSF.
At Over The Top and Exhibit A Communications, I've programmed solutions for Google as well as at least one other company that was later acquired by Google.
I've been CTO of an Internet SaaS company and spent my time pretty evenly between guiding the future technical strategy of the company, architecting software solutions for my dev teams, designing and running a data center to service our clients world-wide as well as being a technical evangalist/sales engineer to our media clients large and small.
I've also been Chief Photographer of the Daily Sun/Post newspaper back when it was a 5-day a week daily newspaper.
I also spent a great many years as a beach lifeguardfor the City of San Clemente as well as Jr. Lifeguard instructor and then as it's program coordinator.
Private Pilot with Instrument rating and proud husband of soon to be 25 years (and counting).