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Network Solutions Ecommerce is a decent all round hosted ecommerce solution. It provides solid and reliable functionality to help you get set up with an online store quickly and easily. It may not be the cheapest around and even on the premium package you don't get a huge bandwidth allowance, but the functionality on offer is good and mostly makes up for it. One word of advice would be to make sure the features you want are available on the package you opt for though – there are some features, we would consider quite basic that are only available on the premium plan.
Network Solutions Ecommerce provides some basic web store designs you can use right out of the box. Despite begin fairly basic it doesn't take much to tweak a few aspects of them to get the right look for your store. Doing so is very easy using the online editor that lets you see what the changes will look like as you make them. No technical expertise is required so if you can create a Word document we would say you will be able to handle this with no problem. The look and feel of the designs Network Solutions Ecommerce creates is high quality and we found the stores very easy to use.
The simplicity and ease of use extends to the main console you will use for managing all the different aspects of your store. It's easy to find all the tools you need to process orders, update inventory or set up new products. The help provided is excellent and means you won't be stuck trying to figure out what a particular button does. Network Solutions Ecommerce integrates with a range of payment gateways, but we couldn't see any option to integrate with shipping companies to provide real time shipping quotes. This is something that many other solutions offer so it is a noticeable oversight by Network Solutions Ecommerce.
When it comes to driving traffic to your site Network Solutions Ecommerce has it covered. The whole store front is generated in a SEO optimized manner which means all the big search engines should rank your store pretty highly. The features on offer to keep track of your customers and set up promotions are excellent too. You can group customers into different categories based on, for example, how much they have spent, and send out newsletters to each group. If you want to encourage a return purchase you might also generate a coupon code or gift certificate to include with the letter.
Network Solutions Ecommerce is a reliable ecommerce provider. There are plenty of features on offer and even though there may be one or two missing, compared to some competitors the high quality of what is there makes up for it. Our feeling is that the pricing might be slightly high, but why not compare against some of the products in our top ten and make up your own mind.
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