October 2, 2009, Newsletter Issue #217: E-commerce Hosting for Artists and Crafters

Tip of the Week

You've created some lovely pieces to sell, but the thought of fiddling with HTML and scripts makes you cringe. Is it possible to sell your arts and crafts online without being a technology major? If you use e-commerce hosting, setting up an online shop is quick and easy. To choose a technophobe friendly e-commerce provider, you should:

•Look for e-commerce hosting that offers several ways for you to accept payment from your buyers. Network Solutions allows you to accept payment by credit card, Paypal or Google Checkout.
•Be sure the hosting provider allows you to choose a template for your shop. You can even select a provider that has experienced e-commerce designers on staff that can design it all for you or choose a pre-designed template.
•Take a look at the price tag. There are set hosting fees, and there are also percentage-based ecommerce software fees (like Yahoo!) that will charge a percentage of your revenue each month. These can (obviously) get expensive with lots of sales. With NS Ecommerce, you are charged only a single $99.95 set fee each month. You may want to word this point differently.

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