Chances are if you’re an Etsy seller at some point you’ve thought about starting up an online shop of your own. Maybe you’ve looked into e-commerce platforms, maybe you haven’t. Many of my clients are people who are trying to make the transition from Etsy or eBay to their own dotcom. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard sentences similar to this when referencing e-commerce hosts…
“Is it as easy to use as Etsy? I can list products there, but I’m not sure I can handle anything more complicated.”
Sound familiar? I’ve also heard from people that have looked into and tried different e-commerce options and are completely overwhelmed. It really CAN be overwhelming, especially for people that don’t have a lot of technical knowledge. There are so many options, and it’s difficult to know what’s going to work best for you, what you need, and how to implement it.
I found a solution. And it’s super awesome easy. All you need to do is get a site with WordPress installed, and then install the Etsy Pro plugin. All your product listings from your Etsy store will show up right on your website. The best parts are that you can continue to list your products in your Etsy store, so you don’t have to learn a new system, and Etsy takes care of all of the payment processing, so you don’t have to worry about any security measures in that regard. Check out their website to find out more details and to view a live demo.
There are a few things that you will need to get this to work for you:
- A domain name. I recommend purchasing this from Godaddy
- Web hosting.
- A WordPress theme. All my website designs can be converted to WordPress themes, and there are numerous places around the web where you can find others as well.
- Etsy Pro. There is a one time fee of $39 for this plugin.
That’s it! The transition from Etsy to a standalone website can be overwhelming, but WordPress and the Etsy Pro plugin take away all the frustration. If you need assistance getting this set up, I do offer that so you can contact me with any questions you may have.