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What is the difference between eCommerce and eBusiness?

Because people like to define these terms to suit their purposes, there are many different definitions of eBusiness and eCommerce. We define eBusiness as completing primary business functions online.

Some examples might be eMedicine, an online brokerage, or perhaps a SaaS application.

eCommerce is eBusiness but more specifically the online purchase of physical products. Amazon is both an eBusiness and an eCommerce business. Their services like Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Web Services are eBusiness where their core shopping business (and where they originated) is eCommerce.

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How much does custom eCommerce cost?
A custom eCommerce store could cost anywhere from $12,000/year to millions. Variable factors include the amount of custom features, the complexity of design, setup investments, training, and maintenance. Check out how to determine the cost of a custom eCommerce store.
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How do I build a WordPress eCommerce website?
There are two strategies to build eCommerce into your existing Wordpress site. First, you need to figure out if you need a complete eCommerce platform (ie. you need to sell many products, complex products, integration into other systems, etc.). The reason this matters is there are many eCommerce plugins for Wordpress with limited functionalities.
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What is Magento eCommerce?
Magento is an increasingly popular eCommerce platform. It is written in PHP on the ZEND framework and is distributed under the Open Source Initiative.
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How do I find out what eCommerce platform a site is using?
There are a couple different ways to determine this-- if you are technically savvy you can right click on an e-commerce page (either catalog, checkout page, etc) and look at the source code.
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How do I start an eCommerce business?
The most important thing to consider is your competitive advantage over others that may compete for the same type of eCommerce store. Low barriers to entry is both a pro and con to eCommerce.
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What is an eCommerce platform?
An eCommerce platform is software that online businesses use to build functions needed to conduct business. The platform may be as simple as a catalog and shopping cart, but traditionally "platform" refers to a more robust set of tools and services.
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