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  • Professional and secure online store hosting included
  • Free lifetime domain and mailboxes included
  • User-friendly design options and all the store features you need
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The advantage of IONOS versus free eCommerce websites

Online commerce is big business, and these days there are several services that let you create a free online store. However, you will need to pay for the hosting, domain and mailboxes matching your domain for the mailings you will be sending to your customers. Therefore, while free online stores are in general preferred by developers accustomed to the respective technology, and who already know which apps to install and how to optimize the “free” shops on the cost side, if you’re not among the geeks, you will end up paying much more for a free store builder.

For a modest monthly fee, the eCommerce Website Builder from IONOS offers you a professional store with all the features you need to go live fast and curated apps. In addition to secure online store hosting and your own lifetime domain, you receive extensive design and functionality customization options. You also get a bunch of additional features such as multiple payment methods, a shipping wizard, and much more. The result? A professional quality online store that’s sure to satisfy your customers. Best of all, you can try it out for 3 months at no cost.

Integration with various marketplaces

IONOS online store packages equip you for the latest online shopping trends and habits, helping you reach your target audience. At the same time, one thing hasn’t changed: a presence on the most popular online marketplaces is vital.

We can help with that. Our platform syncs and integrates your online store with Amazon and eBay, as well as price comparison portals such as Google Shopping. Furthermore, your online store will meet the growing demand for social commerce thanks to smooth integration with a Facebook Store and Instagram Shopping. You can also start chatting directly with your customers on your website thanks to Facebook Messenger integration.

What you don’t get with free online store builders

Web hosting for your online store

Basic packages for creating a free online store don’t tend to include web hosting for your online store. This means you have to take care of hosting separately. Plus, they often don’t include SSL certificates to ensure the security of your store. IONOS includes both of these as standard.

High quality design templates

Free online store creators often lack free high quality design templates. They usually offer high quality templates for a significant amount. With IONOS, you get expertly designed templates with extensive customization options, tailored to your business. For example, drag and drop sections, video and image widgets, and much more.

Free personal consultant

Free online store creators hardly offer free service if any. With IONOS you have free support 24/7 per telephone or chat and on top you can get your personal consultant completely free for more detailed information.

Free lifetime domain and mailboxes matching your domain

Free eCommerce websites usually mean not having your own domain. Not so with IONOS. Your domain is free for the lifetime of your MyWebsite Online Store contract. There's no price increase on renewal. Included free domain extensions: .us, .ca, .com, .net, .org, .info, .me, .biz, .online. When you build an online store, customer communication is critical, so having mailboxes matching your domain is just another perk that comes for free with IONOS and you have to pay in the case of the “free” stores.
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Online Shop for up to 5,000 products
Including hosting, all payment methods, a shipping wizard, and much more

1 free domain with Wildcard SSL Certificate and 10 email accounts Included free domain extensions: .us, .ca, .com, .net, .org, .info, .me, .biz, .online.Close

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FAQ – Frequently asked questions.

Yes, you can upgrade it at any time, either in the area where you manage your contact, or directly inside the product.

No, creating a professional online store with extensive features with IONOS involves a modest monthly fee. Services offering free eCommerce websites often don’t meet the high expectations of customers. IONOS, on the other hand, gives you powerful tools to create a superior online store that will satisfy your target audience’s requirements.

You benefit from attractive and customizable design templates, comprehensive functionality and many extra features. This is in addition to secure web hosting and a 1st year free domain, which will strengthen your store’s credibility. With IONOS MyWebsite, you can completely customize the design and features of your online store without any programming knowledge. The numerous additional features are included in the monthly price.

Free online store builders are suited mainly to developers used to the specific technology of the free online store. Since it doesn’t require any budget to get started, these free services are suitable for developers starting a personal project or a smaller professional project, such as:

• Private or self-employed individuals

• Startups

• Small businesses

On the other hand, the IONOS MyWebsite Online Store is suitable for small to medium projects that require the highest standard of quality and curated functionality. IONOS MyWebsite Online Store can be used by people without any developing skills, as it is easy and intuitive, but also by developers who want to create projects that are later managed by non-techy customers. You don’t need any programming or design skills to set up your online store, just like with a free online store service. Thanks to the modular functionality, it’s really straightforward to set up and design your eCommerce site; simply select the elements you need and customize them.

Since MyWebsite Online Store comes available in a range of tariffs, which differ in capacity and functions, it’s accessible to a wide range of users:

• Private or self-employed individuals

• Startups

• Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

The cheapest tariff allows for a store with up to 5,000 products. But you never know when you’ll need to expand once your business starts to grow, so IONOS allows you to upgrade at any time. If you need to start small because you only have a few products, we have great solutions for you, such as the Social Buy Button.

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