You may be thinking of creating a marketplace. It might be something similar to Etsy, or if you are in the WordPress space, it could be more tied into those particular vendors and products.
If you are wondering what a marketplace is, it’s simply a site where customers can browse goods from several vendors.
You are probably not thinking of competing with Etsy, eBay or Amazon. But you might have the perfect idea for a niche site.
The truth is, there are lot of working pieces to a marketplace. You need to come up with a solid idea and plan. Then you need to gather your vendors. And then there is the all-important marketing. And woven into all of that is the tech component: building the site and securing solid hosting.
The latter is what this post is about.
WooCommerce Managed Hosting Built Specifically for the Marketplace
There is a lot to think about when building a marketplace on WordPress and WooCommerce. To help marketplace owners, Liquid Web put together a package with the needs of a multi-vendor site in mind. Here are just a few of the features that you will find in this hosting package:
Dokan Multi-Vendor Plugin
One of the challenges to creating a marketplace is finding a decent solution for bringing multiple sellers together online. The Dokan Multi-Vendor plugin does that without hassles. It makes it easy to set up accounts for all vendors and takes the pain out for sellers who want to join. And vendors can run their store independently or as part of your marketplace. They can manage their own stores, sell various types of products, control discounts and coupons and keep track of important data.
You can see our full post on this plugin here to learn more about it.
Beaver Builder Plugin
Even though you will have options for several themes, including Astro Pro, you will also get the Beaver Builder plugin that lets you customize the look and layout of your marketplace store without knowing code. One of the most popular and flexible page builders for WordPress, it easily integrates with WooCommerce. You can see our post here to learn more about this plugin here.
Jilt Abandoned Cart
Abandoned carts can be a huge obstacle for any eCommerce site owner, and that includes marketplaces. Jilt is included and is considered one of the top solutions for abandoned carts. I have spoken with store owners personally who have increased sales substantially by using Jilt. You can see a bit more of what they offer here on our post.
iThemes Sales Accelerator Reporting
You may be familiar with the options for built-in reporting with WooCommerce. They are okay, but not enough to manage your store effectively. Fortunately, with this hosting packing you also get the Reporting Add-on for iThemes Sales Accelerator. It will give you a more detailed look at what your marketplace is doing and we also have a post on it as well here.
Of course, these are just some of the features that comes with your marketplace hosting plan. With the power of Liquid Web managed hosting plus plugins and services to run an effective marketplace, here are all of the features you can expect.
Besides the features I have mentioned you will also get mobile optimization, responsive design, custom product tabs, custom fields, product catalogs, product variations, staff accounts, image support and excellent search engine optimization.
So if you have a great idea of a marketplace, but have been on the fence technically, check out the Liquid Web WooCommerce Managed Hosting for Marketplaces.