CTS0016 Web E-commerce

59.0 Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to setup a secure E-commerce site. 60.0 Identify security issues associated with e-commerce and discuss methods to mitigate risks.

One of the main reasons people choose to have a website is to sell a product. There are many issues surrounding e-commerce that need to be dealt with.

E-commerce (electronic commerce or EC) is the buying and selling of goods and services, or the transmitting of funds or data, over an electronic network, primarily the Internet. These business transactions occur either business-to-business, business-to-consumer, consumer-to-consumer or consumer-to-business.

The terms e-commerce and e-business are often used interchangeably. The term e-tail is also sometimes used in reference to transactional processes around online retail.




(Follow the order).

Visit a least 3 different E-Commerce Platforms.

1. Compare and contrast each of the sites.

2. Compare and contrast hosting options available for use with shopping cart software.

3. Write a blog in your WordPress about Online payment methods and how it works. This will help you understand key E-commerce concepts.  Your WordPress blog must be at least 5 paragraphs in length.

5. Set a Paypal Account if you don’t have it.

6. Add a PayPal Button to Your Professional Portfolio Website and is up to you, but highly recommended if you take the challenge of installing a e-commerce cart.
(Paypal installation is mandatory).

Here is some help to facilitate your homework but please research about it.

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    OpenCart (Free)
      – OpenCart is a very powerful and easy to use platform with a long list of features. Unlike Shopify, OpenCart is open source meaning webmasters have the ability to make any changes to the design or functionality of the website. However, this also means that hosting and website security will need to be setup manually. OpenCart also has thousands of pre-programmed “extensions” that allow users to easily customize the website without hiring a developer. Many extensions are free of charge while others have a one-time fee between $10 and $50.

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    Shopify (Starting at $14/mo) – Shopify has done everything they can to make setting up and running an eCommerce website as easy as possible. They handle all the hosting, security, and credit card processing to give store owners more time to focus on promoting their website. However this also means that webmasters are somewhat limited when it comes to changing how the website functions and looks. To combat this, Shopify has a wide range of website templates and apps. While there are free apps available, many have an associated monthly fee which can add up quickly.

  • https://www.volusion.com/
    Volusion offers a 14 Day Free Trial (no credit card required) so you can test out the platform with zero risk. If and when you decide to use Volusion to host your online store, you can choose from four pricing tiers. All are billed on a monthly basis, without any setup or cancellation fees (though if you cancel you must remember to cancel all your third party services individually to avoid additional fees). Although you don’t have to sign any contracts to use Volusion, if you do decide to make a year long commitment to the platform, you can benefit from a 10% discount.

  • http://www.wix.com/ecommerce/website 

    WIX has just recently ventured into the ecommerce world with WIX ecommerce, a platform for selling anything from clothing to speciality cakes. The company has taken the website building world by storm, allowing small business owners to leapfrog over expensive website design companies and put their own time into generating a stylish website without having to pay the hefty costs.

  • blackwixlogoassets  wix-ecommerce-review

  • https://v2.bigcommerce.com/
    BigCommerce offers a Free 15 Day Trial, no credit card required, so you can test out the platform without making any commitment at all. Payments are collected on a monthly basis, and there are no setup or cancellation fees. While you don’t have to sign a contract on the monthly plans, you can take advantage of a 10% discount if you choose to purchase a one year subscription. (This type of offer is fairly typical with eCommerce platforms. I don’t recommend purchasing a full year until you’ve had some experience with a platform.)Pricing levels are based on your store’s online sales per year (This is a recent change to BigCommerce’s pricing model.

Identify security issues associated with E-commerce and discuss methods to mitigate risks.

1. Describe the differences between Transaction Layer Security (TLS) and its predecessor, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).  TIP HERE.

2.Explain:   Secure Electronic Transaction (SET)   TIP HERE.

3. Explain how to Make the Payment Process Easy for Online Customers.  TIP HERE

4. What is https and htaccess?  TIP HERE.

5. How do obtain an SSL certificate and secure transactions.  TIP HERE.

6. Compare and contrast the appropriateness of employing a merchant account or a payment gateway to handle online transactions. TIP HERE.

7. Discuss the process, advantages, disadvantages, and costs associated with opening a merchant account in a presentation.

8. Describe the process, advantages, disadvantages, and costs associated with using a payment gateway in your wordpress.

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