Why choose IONOS over a free eCommerce website?
Online commerce is big business, and there are plenty of services that let you create a free online store. But there's something you should know about these "free" products — they don't include hosting, a domain and professional email.
Free online shops might be great for developers who know which apps to install and how to minimize the additional costs that can arise. However, if you've got limited tech know-how, you could end up paying much more than you thought.
For a small monthly fee, the eCommerce Website Builder from IONOS offers you a professional store with all the tools you need to get online fast. In addition to secure hosting and your own free domain, you'll receive lots of options for customizing the design and functionality of your shop.
You'll also get additional features like multiple payment methods and a shipping wizard, leaving you with a high-quality online store that’s sure to keep your customers coming back. And best of all, you can try it out for free for three months.
Integration with the most popular marketplaces
The IONOS eCommerce packages equip you for the latest online shopping trends and habits, helping you reach your target audience. One thing hasn’t changed though — how vital it is to have a presence on the most popular online marketplaces.
Our platform syncs and integrates your online shop with Amazon and eBay, as well as price comparison portals such as Google Shopping.
Your online store will also meet the growing demand for social commerce thanks to smooth integration with Facebook Store and Instagram Shopping. Facebook Messenger integration means you can also start chatting directly with your customers on your website.
What you don’t get with free online store builders
Web hosting for your online store
High quality design templates
Free personal consultant
Free lifetime domain and email matching your URL
Everything you need to sell online
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
Free eCommerce website
Yes, you can upgrade it at any time, either in the area where you manage your contract, or directly within the product.
No, creating a professional online store with extensive features with IONOS involves a small monthly fee. Services offering free eCommerce websites often don’t meet customer expectations. 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 first-year free domain, features 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 who know how to the specific technology provided. Since it doesn’t require a 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
• Small businesses
On the other hand, the IONOS MyWebsite eCommerce packages are suitable for small to medium projects that require the highest standard of quality and curated functionality. They can be used by people with no developing experience, 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 shop 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 packages, which differ in capacity and functions, it’s accessible to a wide range of users:
• Private or self-employed individuals
• Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
The cheapest packages allow 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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