Pesky plugin charges and extra fees. Cynical individuals see them well before they appear and resign themselves to their fate. The more trusting ones see them as an inconvenient surprise when they rear their ugly heads – much like a European visiting America and realising that display prices don’t include tax.
But what if we told you that they are a choice – not an inevitability?
Extra charges and fees
Okay, strictly speaking, paying for extra plugins is always a choice, you do choose whether to sign up for these extra tools. But if they are necessary for your business to survive – then it is really no choice at all.
That’s why many proprietary eCommerce providers catch out many businesses. They rely on the fact that your business has put time and effort into designing the perfect website. The one with a top conversion rate, mind-blowing visual aesthetics, and the most exquisite products on offer.
And THEN they catch you.
At this point it just seems a waste to start over. So you agree to pay a little extra for this plugin. A little more for that one. An added charge for a tool that’s going to make your business run a little smoother.
Soon after, that monthly subscription you have is ten feet long and is nothing like what you signed up for in the first place. Soon you’re paying for:
The list continues on and on, and it strips away your hard-earned money.
How to avoid those extra charges?
At the end of the day, with certain proprietary eCommerce platforms, you can’t avoid them. They offer no wriggle room, no back doors, and no cheats.
What you can do is MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES.
And that doesn’t necessarily have to start from the beginning. Whether you’re still researching how to build an online business, or you’re half-way through building your site, or you’re already up and running, there is a better way.
We’ve even made a comprehensive, in-depth guide for you here, to help you do the research yourself.
With all the providers on the market, be sure to look for ones that can keep your essential business tools covered under your subscription at a fraction of the price. They should also be able to fully integrate with other site builders, so if you’ve already started building your website – there’s no hassle involved!
Don’t charge extra for plugins
eCommerce providers shouldn’t be charging through the nose for professional services. With online business trends as they are, there are certain plugins that are not a choice, but a necessity for businesses.
That’s why we believe they should be provided free of charge.
#1 Social Media
Businesses are rarely going online without looking to sell on social media, so that should be covered by the eCommerce platform itself. That includes selling on Amazon. There’s a simpler way – no extra charges, just professional services for professional businesses.
#2 International Payments
Locking you into a specific payment system? Absolutely not. The future of business is flexible, and with businesses able to sell across the markets of the world, it just makes sense to allow international payments. Don’t get charged extra for using different payment pathways!
#3 Online Store Backup
There are providers that insist on you backing up your store via 3rd party providers. eCommerce providers using cloud solutions back up your data 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Make sure that back up storefronts are available in case of emergency!
#4 Secure data
Some eCommerce providers insist on upgrades and added services to maintain security. Make sure you find a provider that uses PCI DSS Level 1 Certified Services. It’s a lot of jargon, but it does mean that payment and transactional data remains secure, and without paying extra for it!
#5 Hosting Speed
If you want decent hosting speed you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll have to pay for it. Unless of course you’ve made the right choice. Certain proprietary eCommerce platforms volunteer to handle the entire server load themselves, so your store loads quickly – no matter how full it is!
Who can provide these services?
We’ll even set it up for you immediately!
Okay we can’t actually do that. That’s pretty much the only thing that we CAN’T do for you, you’ll have to do it yourself.
But what we have done, is make our eSuperStore as user-friendly as possible. Zero developer skills required. All you need to do is click a few buttons, complete our 6-step eSuperStore setup wizard (it takes a matter of minutes to complete) and you’re good to go.
Of course once you’ve arranged the basics you can play around with your store as much you’d like. With themes, colours, and hundreds of personalisations available you can cultivate an entire brand for yourself.
And until you set your store live, it is 100% free, so start building your store today!
We know we’re not exactly Santa Claus. But with all the benefits we offer, we’re pretty close.