How To Add an Online Store to Your Existing Website

Jun 25, 2015 by Jesse Ness, Ecwid Team
Posted Jun 25, 2015 by Jesse Ness, Ecwid Team

More often than not, people create a website before setting up their online store. This is understandable, considering the website is the card of any business, and adding an online store can be an afterthought. However, it doesn’t have to be an afterthought any longer — Ecwid’s revolutionary technology enables anyone to add a full featured online store to their existing website in minutes.

Ecwid has built special plug-ins and extensions for WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and other content management systems (CMS) as well as popular site builders like WIX, Yola, Duda and Weebly.

What is the difference between a Web Content Management System (CMS) and a site builder?

Web Content Management Systems (CMS) provide site authoring, collaboration and administration tools to help non-technical users create and manage website content. The cost of managing a CMS, as well as other incremental needs such as domain registration and hosting makes it challenging for beginners. WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal are examples of popular Content Management Systems.

“All in one” sitebuilders, on the other hand, make it easy to create a website with a domain name, while bypassing the administrative and technical challenges of a CMS. Most web designers do not need the customization capabilities provided by CMS, and would rather focus on what they do best — building beautiful websites with powerful e-commerce.

Regardless of whether you choose a CMS or an “All-in-one” sitebuilder, the process of adding an online store is a three step process:

  1. Install the CMS plugin or Sitebuilder App
  2. Link  it to your Ecwid account
  3. Launch your online store on your website.

Read on if you do not have a website — the remainder of this blog post will help you choose a CMS or sitebuilder that suits your needs. Creating an online store is fun. So go for it!

CMS

WordPress

WordPress was created to create and manage blogs, but soon gained  popularity among small business websites.

WordPress is available in two versions: WordPress.org — downloadable software that you can install on your own web server — and WordPress.com — a cloud based version hosted by WordPress.

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Lea Black online store

If you have a WordPress.org site, you can install the Ecwid plugin from within the WordPress Control Panel:

  1. Log into your WordPress account and Go to “Plugins” → “Add”
  2. Type “Ecwid” in the search bar
  3. Choose “Ecwid Shopping Cart” from the list of plugins and click “Install”
  4. When the installation is complete, launch the plugin by clicking on “Activate plugin”
  5. Navigate to “Shop Ecwid” → “Console” and follow the instructions.

Here’s an example of a WordPress site with an Ecwid online store:

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Suzie’s Farm online store

Joomla

Joomla is another popular CMS that lets you create and manage your web site without any programming expertise. Log in to your Joomla account to discover Ecwid’s online store  extension for Joomla:

  1. Navigate to “Extensions” → “Extensions Manager” within the Joomla Control Panel Go to the “Upload Package File” tab to select Ecwid and click “Download and install”. Go to “Components” → “Ecwid” →  “General Settings” and enter your Ecwid Store ID.
  2. Go to “Menu” → “Menu Manager” and choose the page for your online store and click on “Start menu”
  3. Click “Select” next to the “Type menu item”  and select Ecwid → Product Browser
  4. Enter a title for your online store page and save changes.

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Poochini online store

That’s all! You can start selling on your Joomla site.

Drupal

If your site is built using Drupal version 6.x and 7.x, please use our official module to install your Ecwid online store. The instructions for installing the module can be found in our Knowledge Base.

Website Builders

Wix

Wix is one of the most sitebuilders in the market and, caters to a wide range of users. You do not need programming skills to create a site on Wix provides a wide variety of templates to customize your website.

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Fortunate Brand online store

It’s easy to add Ecwid to your Wix site. Install our “Online Store” App from the Wix App Market and start selling online:

  1. Follow the link to the Wix App Store and click “Add” to install the application
  2. Log in to the Wix site editor. Switch to edit mode, click on  “Add to the site”, followed by “OK, add”. Your Wix site now has website page with a an Ecwid demo store.
  3. Navigate to settings, “Online Store” and complete the “Create a new account Ecwid” form to link  your Ecwid online store to your to Wix account.

Ecwid has created a simple plug-ins and extensions for the most popular CMSs and sitebuilders in the market to help you start selling quickly and successfully. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Do you already have an Ecwid store? Share your success story below!

About The Author
Jesse is the Marketing Manager at Ecwid and has been in e-commerce and internet marketing since 2006. He has experience with PPC, SEO, conversion optimization and loves to work with entrepreneurs to make their dreams a reality.

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