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How to create e-commerce website

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What is Ecommerce?

E-commerce (electronic commerce or EC) is the buying and selling of goods and services, or the transmitting of funds or data, over an electronic network, primarily the internet. These business transactions occur either as business-to-business, business-to-consumer, consumer-to-consumer or consumer-to-business. The terms e-commerce and e-business are often used interchangeably. The term e-tail is also sometimes used in reference to transactional processes for online shopping.

Basic types of e-commerce:

  1. Business-to-Business (B2B)
  2. Business-to-Consumer (B2C)
  3. Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C)
  4. Consumer-to-Business (C2B).
  5. Business-to-Administration (B2A)
  6. Consumer-to-Administration (C2A)

Advantages of e-commerce:

The main advantage of e-commerce is its ability to reach a global market, without necessarily implying a large financial investment. The limits of this type of commerce are not defined geographically, which allows consumers to make a global choice, obtain the necessary information and compare offers from all potential suppliers, regardless of their locations.

Disadvantages of e-commerce:

  •  Strong dependence on information and communication technologies (ICT);
  • Lack of legislation that adequately regulates the new e-commerce activities, both nationally and internationally;
  • Market culture is averse to electronic commerce (customers cannot touch or try the products);
  • The users’ loss of privacy, the loss of regions’ and countries’ cultural and economic identity;
  • Insecurity in the conduct of online business transactions.


In e-commerce, exchanges occur between two parties over some electronic medium, typically the Internet. These exchanges are most commonly transactions between companies and consumers, wherein consumers purchase products and services by credit card payment over a secured website. These exchanges, however, can also include transactions between companies as well as between individuals. An example of business-to-consumer e-commerce would be an online store such as Amazon.com. Anyone with Internet access and a credit card can access the website, browse products and services, make a selection, and purchase a product by credit card payment with the assurance of delivery in the mail. An example of e-commerce between individuals, or between two consumers, would be an online marketplace such as eBay.com. Similar to the example above, anyone with Internet access and a credit or debit card can browse and purchase available products. The difference here is that products are being sold by individual sellers (other consumers) rather than one large online store.


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