In article "What is an independent radio station" we realized that:
Independent website is a new type of official website with independent domain name, content, data and private rights, established by vendors with domain names, website servers and programs, or based on SaaS technology platforms.
It can be seen that if we want to build an independent station, we must either have our own domain name, server and website program (like WordPress) to create it, or build it on top of a SaaS technology platform (like Shopify).
We'll be using WordPress and Shopify for this explanation!
New sellers who want to create an independent website will always consider which program is best to use to create a website. As for current procedures for building independent websites, main ones include Magento, WordPress, Shopify SaaS platforms.
Independent Shopify Station
The advantage is that it is a third-party platform with high popularity and trust. In terms of building station ourselves, we don't need to program it ourselves. Programs, templates and features are all ready and website is stable and quickly accessible.
The cost of setting up an independent Shopify station is mainly based on monthly rent of platform. There are three paid options: $29/month, $79/month, and $299/month.
Currently, there is no need to download a business license to create an independent Shopify station, so individuals can sign up as well. At a later stage in operation of an independent station, there is no link requiring us to provide information about company.
However, an independent Shopify station must use Paypal as a payment method. If you have other payment channels, such as credit cards, you can use them directly. A business license is required when using Paypal.
Today, when we talk about major independent website platforms, most cross-border ecommerce merchants think of Shopify first, but rarely mention another independent website system, namely Woocommerce or WordPress.
WordPress is open source PHP software. It has extensive plugin template resources that can help companies or individuals create websites quickly. Woocommerce is one of store plugins. Due to large number of WordPress users there will be a lot of development. The author makes theme template and plugin system functions, and maintains it.
Woocommerce is an open source e-commerce plugin based on WordPress. This is a plugin with a shop function designed for merchants in WordPress system. The plug-in has a catalog, product list, shopping cart, payment function, membership functions, coupon functions, inventory functions, sales records, etc.
If we want to use Woocommerce to create an independent station, we must first install WordPress website system and then add Woocommerce store plugin from website background.
Next, we'll compare Shopify and Wooccommerce.
These two platforms have been used in industry for many years. Their systems are relatively complete and they have many users. During work, we can quickly resolve problems.
In terms of creating an independent station, Shopify is ready, we only need to purchase a domain name and link purchased domain name to Shopify when registering, system will guide us to complete store creation, and then apply official free or paid store template will do.
Woocommerce is just a plug-in and it's a bit difficult for us to create an independent website, especially friends who are not familiar with building websites online may not know how to do it, so using WordPress to create a website site independent website is suitable for people who have some foundation in building websites.
It is not difficult to build an independent station, but after it is built, many operational details will need to be improved