What Every ECommerce Website Needs To Have – Part 2
E-Commerce Website Development is not an easy task. There are a lot of factors that need to be taken into consideration while building a ecommerce website. In our previous blog we talked about the structural factors that you need to consider while developing an ecommerce website. In this blog post we will be looking into the technical aspects of an ecommerce website development process that you need to pay attention to. CodePlateau the best ecommerce website development team from Pune has built several E-Commerce website for its clients and this checklist is a culmination of all those years of expertise.
Checklist for new E-Commerce Websites
Check Webmaster Analytics:
If you haven’t done so already, sign up for a Webmaster Account and verify your website on it. The Google Search Console is a new method of tracking the details of your website. It provides several suggestions, warnings and information about other issues that your site might be facing. Pay close attention to the errors mentioned on the Webmaster Tools because it could impact how your site is placed in SERPs. Although Google claims that it does not penalize websites with 404 errors it does mention that it could lead to bad user experience which could lower your search engine rankings. Also, we will never know when Google might publish an update that penalizes sites for having broken links, and 404 errors. Work on this problem daily so as to not accumulate a lot of problems in the future that might become too much to handle.
Have A Sitemap during ECommerce Website Development:
You will need a good sitemap for your e-commerce website. Sitemaps come in two forms, XML and HTML. A xml sitemap is designed specifically for Google crawlers to ensure that they are able to see all the pages present on your website. A HTML sitemap helps the user browse the content on the site from a single page. If you intend on building a very large website it makes sense to split your xml sitemaps into several categories. Keep the static pages in one set and the constantly changing pages in another. That way the bots know where to look when a page has been altered and indexes it faster.
Just Kidding. But make sure to upload a robots.txt file to your ecommerce website. A robots.txt file acts like a gateway to your website. Think of it like a bouncer outside of a busy nightclub. The Robots.txt file decides who gets to enter the club. Not only does it control who can visit the website and who cannot, but it can also restrict bots from visiting certain sections of the website that you don’t want the bots to go to. Add “disallow” directives to the Robots.txt file to indicate that these pages should not be crawled, and then upload that file to your server.
Not you, your website. It needs to be responsive. With the variety of different phone sizes, screen sizes, not to mention the number of tablets, phablets available in the market it becomes imperative to have develop a ecommerce website with a responsive design. A responsive design enables the elements on your website to change size and shape based on the size of the screen that the web page is being viewed from. Not having to scroll left or right to see the entire product is a godsend to the customers and it adds a lot of clout to the user experience.
Even if you have an app for your website you should still enable website responsiveness on your website. There will be several customers who have not downloaded the app and would prefer to use the mobile version of your e-commerce website development.
Stellar Checkout and Payment:
You have to make sure to get the checkout system from your e-commerce website to be as simple as possible. It has to be designed so that the user can use it intuitively. Don’t make the payment system too complex either. The faster they clear the checkout the more they will appreciate the site and use it to shop more.