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E-commerce - Let's talk about your online store

 Ecwid is an e-commerce platform which can be seamlessly integrated with your existing website, business page on a social network, your blog, marketplaces or mobile app. All the storefronts are synced and managed from one control panel. Ecwid lets you organize your products, customize your storefront, accept credit card payments, track and respond to orders — all with a few clicks of the mouse. All credit card and transaction information are protected by the same level of security used by banks. Ecwid is certified Level 1 PCI compliant. They integrate with multiple payment gateways too, check out the payment gateway info here: https://support.ecwid.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000613249-Online-payment-gateways-in-Ecwid

Before you start selling any products, you must decide how you want to send your products to customers and how much to charge them for the shipping. You can combine different shipping strategies in your Ecwid store in order to cover costs for all products and all delivery locations. 

Different factors can affect the cost of sending your products to the customer. Such as:
- Package weight and dimensions. Shipping carriers like USPS, FedEx, and UPS calculate shipping charges based on the actual weight of the package or its dimensional weight.
- Shipping destination. Your shipping costs will be higher if you offer international shipping in your store.
- Value of shipped products. If you sell high-value products you may want to insure their shipment which will increase shipping costs.
- Delivery times. Some buyers prefer to pay for expedited shipping; this cost is based on where the buyer is located.

You can use online calculators to check how much shipping carriers charge to ship products of different weights and dimensions to different destinations from your location:
UPS rates calculator,
USPS rates calculator,
FedEx rates calculator, etc.

You can offer curb-side / instore pickup to those customers who prefer to purchase online and then pick up the orders themselves. 

Adding, updating and deleting products

Products are the physical goods, digital files, and services that you sell. With Ecwid, you can sell products that you manufacture yourself or resell products of other suppliers. You can also use dropshipping services if you want to run an online store but don't have your own products to sell.

You add a product by entering product details and uploading product images. If your product has options, like size or color, then you can add a variation for each combination of options. You can also group your products into categories to make it easier for customers to find them in your store and feature a selection of products.