This guide will walk you through the basics of setting up and managing your store. If you’re using a 14-day trial, this guide will help you get the most out of your trial experience and hit the ground running.
There are a few basic things you need to take care of before you can start selling online. Be sure to have everything in place so that you’re ready for a successful grand opening.
Get a Domain Name
If you don’t already own a domain, you’ll need to purchase one. You can buy one from any domain name registrar. For more information, see All About Domain Names.
Start Accepting Credit Cards
In order to take credit cards through your online store, you’ll need to sign up with a payment gateway. The Volusion Verified Merchant program is a great option for a low-cost, all-in-one merchant account and payment gateway solution.
Note that it can take some time for a merchant services solution to process your application and get your credit card processing up and running. Make sure you get the ball rolling early so that you can stay on schedule.
Get an SSL Certificate
Your site should have an SSL certificate to let customers know that their personal identifying information and credit card data is protected. An SSL certificate encodes sensitive data as it passes from your store to the payment gateway, ensuring that the information transmits securely.
The quickest and easiest way to get an SSL certificate is to purchase one directly from Volusion. Installing an SSL certificate typically takes 3-5 business days, so you’ll want to get the process started a couple of weeks before you’re ready to go live with your store.
You’re off to a great start
Your domain name, payment gateway, and SSL are essential components of building a profitable online store. Once these elements are in place, you’re well on your way to ecommerce success.