Online (E-Commerce) Store

A Beginner's Guide To Setting Up An Online (ECommerce) Store

The world has gone digital. Almost every individual has a digital footprint. The reality of the power of the internet comes with opportunities.

ECommerce stores are part of the digital opportunities currently available to many people. Did you know that the first online store is as old as 1982? It was called the Boston Computer Exchange.

Many people want to open ECommerce stores but do not have coding skills. Some are looking for an easy way to set up such enterprises. Read on for general guidelines on how to set up an online store without coding.


  • Get A Domain

A domain is like an address. It is unique and cannot be shared globally with others. For example, this site's domain is

The unique nature of domains requires anyone who wants a similar name to make changes for it to work. For example, you could decide to see if the domain is available. You may also choose to take up the name

The global nature of this rule means that two separate entities can't own the same domain address. Examples of domain providers include Go Daddy. The providers charge differently and have various additional benefits, for example, the number of official emails you can attach to your domain address, etc.

  • Host The Domain

The public will see your domain only when you host it. Think of it like putting it up on a billboard. Many domain providers have hosting packages.

The hosting and domain packages usually run annually, though some providers offer monthly packages. You can also pay for multiple years. The providers send notices when renewal is almost due.

Remember that if you do not renew your rights to own a domain (website address), someone anywhere in the world can buy it. Some companies buy all related domain names to avoid people creating similar brand websites. The idea is to limit fraudulent activities.


  • Point Your Domain

Many companies, including Shopify, provide a template for creating ECommerce stores. The Debt Free Living 254 online store uses Shopify as the underlying framework for its store and blog. You can choose to buy a domain from Shopify or an independent provider.

When your domain provider differs from your online store template provider, point your domain to your e-commerce store. People will then see your store when they search for your website address. Otherwise, they will either see an error or the site you can build as part of the structures of your primary domain.

You can also point a subdomain towards your online store. An example of a subdomain is, a subdomain of The number of domains and subdomains depends on the package you pick from the providers.


Setting Up

Once you buy a domain address and hosting rights and point it to your e-commerce store, it's time to set up your online store. Providers of the templates usually have instructions to follow. Some share videos, while others prefer demos.

Remember that e-commerce template providers have additional charges depending on the features you want your online store to have. Some providers charge in local currency, while others prefer foreign currency like US Dollars, Euros, etc. Foreign currency exchange rates can lead to price changes.

Many online store template providers have additional plug-ins, which are features you can add for a fee or free. These include, for example, payment systems that allow you to receive payment. The providers are not necessarily the developers of such features.

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