We’re living in uncertain, life-altering times. As social distancing measures become more restrictive in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), brick-and-mortar retailers are suffering from reduced demand or forced to close entirely. Simultaneously, consumers are relying more and more on ecommerce to purchase the goods they need to survive.

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You may be a small business owner that relied on foot traffic and store sales only, and now you’ve got to figure out how to get your products into customers’ hands when they can’t come into your physical storefront. That means you need a functional ecommerce site, and fast!

Given the circumstances, now is a great time to talk about the process of building an ecommerce website. First, we’ll talk about building an ecommerce website from scratch. Then, for those of you who already have a website, we’ll share some tips for adding basic ecommerce functionality to your existing site.

Let’s begin, so you can start selling again!

Building an ecommerce website from scratch

Right off the bat, I’m going to make two assumptions: (1) You know what you want to sell and (2) You know what you want your ecommerce business to be called. If that’s not the case, check out our guide to defining and targeting a niche and Shopify’s guide to naming your online store.

Step #1: Make sure your domain is available

Now, what you need to do is verify that your desired domain name is available. With a…

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