Introduction: E-Commerce Training: Learn How to Build an E-commerce Website Easily Using Free Software

I originally called this course the 4-hour e-commerce training course. I gave paid-for training on a webinar basis. Although less than a year old, the materials are already slightly out of date, so I cannot really charge for access to them as was my original intention. However, I still believe the information is very much of value, so I have decided to offer it here as my first Instructable. There are four videos, each approx. 2 hours long, and this is the first.

The reason for the name of the course was that it should be possible for someone reasonably conversant with computers to look at the first video recording only, and then set up their own e-commerce site that offers a download, within a 4-hour space of time. That site will have its own domain name and will use professional hosting; in most cases, the domain name will cost about $10 per annum and the hosting about $10 per month or less. All of the software required to run the website is freely available and open source, and it is not necessary to know how to edit website code (HTML) or need to program in any language to do this.

I will try and answer questions on this site, but if you have questions, you might find a better response commenting to my blog post here, entitled The 4-Hour E-Commerce Site Training Webinars.

As I said above, this is the first of the four videos and is in itself a complete work. It provides you with enough information to get from nothing to a site that accepts payments, tracks orders and offers downloadable products if that is what you want to do. The other three, discussing more advanced topics, are available for free from my blog post above.



sankar789 (author)2017-08-23

For lightweight / small online shops we can go with wordpress by using WooCommerce. Planing for big? Go with shopify or magento.

AtifaE (author)2016-12-19

Wow, thanks for sharing this information. I wanted to make an online shop in BD.

AreebaM made it! (author)2016-04-16

I need to counsel a legitimate organization that can make lucrative site for my online business. It would be ideal if you share a few connections of Ecommerce Website Design Companies.


davtom (author)AreebaM2016-04-16

I'm sorry. I no longer deal with e-commerce since the VAT laws changed in 2015. I now recommend letting an organization like ClickBank handle sales for you, and you take your cut from the proceeds. There also exist other options, of course, and this should not be taken as an endorsement.

AreebaM made it! (author)2016-04-16

I need to counsel a legitimate organization that can make lucrative site for my online business. It would be ideal if you share a few connections of Ecommerce Website Design Companies.


Livepro_softech (author)2016-03-14

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sandysoil (author)2014-12-09

There are many free scripts available in the market. When we go for paid we can get multiple features and option. Have to choose the best online shopping cart software suitable for the business.

smithwills654 (author)2014-07-10

Good one for those who expect less result.

It would be better if you try getting some good script and run your store. Today we can find many features in it. Check out this link you can find new concept of all in one merchant platform combining deals, auction & products. Free software cant make your business successful.

davtom (author)smithwills6542014-07-10

Well, of course, there are many commercial scripts as well as free ones, and you can expect varying degrees of features and support from them.

You can't just say free software can't make your business successful, though. There's every reason you could be successful with the above approach. Google and Facebook are famous for using free software (albeit not eShop).

rajeshprabhu (author)davtom2014-09-23

Hi Davtom,

I agree with you. there are many features found in free software too, also there are people running with that successfully. One such ready made product with good feature list, i found is

which is for FREE


kelseymh (author)2010-09-12

Great introduction and explanation! When I saw the thumbnail on the Recent Instructables page, my first response was "oh, crap, more spam." (which I why I'm writing this comment).

I think your decision to make your trainings available free to the wider community is awesome. Thank you very much! I hope that, as a result, you get some measure of additional paid work to support more complex situations. Good luck!

davtom (author)kelseymh2010-09-13

Thanks for the feedback! I hope the training does help people. Maybe I need to look at that thumbnail - perhaps it makes the materials look like those from a typical internet marketer a bit too much.

- David