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Fortune 3 is a fully hosted ecommerce solution that will take care of everything you need to set up an online store. From getting started with the incredibly easy to use store builder interface to processing orders and arranging shipping Fortune 3 provides all the important tools. While this is a very high quality ecommerce package it can get a bit expensive as Fortune 3 charges a transaction fee on each sale for most plans. It's definitely worth doing the sums to make sure an all-in-one package wouldn't be better value for your business.
Getting started with the Fortune 3 storefront designer couldn't be easier. It's pitched at a level that allows beginners to customize any of the included templates to fit their store, but can also be modified by more technical people who know their way around HTML. Everything can be exported into Photoshop or Fireworks to tweak the graphics and it's very easy to fit in videos from Youtube or elsewhere. One particularly neat feature is that your storefront will automatically scale down to a mobile friendly version if someone accesses it from a mobile device.
When it comes to processing orders Fortune 3 has it covered too. Integration with a range of payment gateways and shipping providers mean your customers can easily choose how to pay and get a real time quote on how much their shipping will be. Once the orders come rolling in you can manage everything from a central admin console from which you can print invoices and do the other tasks necessary to keep your store running smoothly. The user interface felt very intuitive to us, but it's good to know that all plans come with 24/7 unlimited support if things go wrong or you need help with a particular task.
To help your store boost its search rankings Fortune 3 generates all the code in a static way that search engines will rate highly. This, combined with a range of other SEO tools should ensure your store has a good chance of getting in the all important first page of search results. Fortune 3 also provides a range of consultancy services though if you think you need a little help getting things moving. Another great way to get your store noticed is to sell your products on Facebook, which Fortune 3 can set up in just a few clicks. There's also integration with other social media so your customers can easily let their friends know if they like something in your store.
Fortune 3 is a well designed ecommerce solution and it provides a great range of features to get your online business started. Our only worry would be that the 1% transaction fee could start adding up to quite a lot depending on how popular your store becomes. However, the unlimited bandwidth on offer does go some way to justifying the charge. Make sure your business plan takes it into account and we are sure you won't be disappointed with Fortune 3.
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