Swiss consumers increasingly shop on the Internet. In 2011, online and mail order retailers raised their revenues to 5.3 billion francs. The largest retailers benefited the most – especially the ones selling textiles or electronics. But smaller web shops did well too, especially the ones concentrating on their niche, selling distinctive products. For example, the hobby chef selling a spice mix online, or the expatriate Greek who offers cold pressed olive oil and other products from her homeland on the Internet.

Easy eShop
Maybe you have a hobby too, that you might be able to wholly or partly finance through your own web shop. You could, for example, sell beer coasters to collectors or build airplane models for people who are not as skillful as you in putting them together. Up to now, it was quite difficult and complex to build a web shop. Not anymore – thanks to ePages from Hostpoint. The Limited Version of this eShop won’t cost you a cent if you have a Smart Server or Business Server. With it, you will be able to present up to ten products in your eShop.

Ready, set, eShop

You can test the premium version at no cost. Under “Our three shop products” click on “Test Webshop”, add your e–mail address and click on “Activate”. After login you can start to set up your shop. First, select a theme and a template; then change the image in the header and the colors. Next, upload your logo and enter all contact information for your customers. Now, specify whether you are subject to value added tax and enter your VAT number – if applicable – and activate your statistics.

Step by step
This is the moment when the process becomes a bit more complicated – but ePages will lead you through it step by step. Adding products and shipping methods, defining payment options, composing the impressum, the General Terms and Conditions, as well as the Privacy Statement, and reviewing the settings for customer registration is very simple. ePages is programmed to ensure that no step is overlooked. So you can concentrate on your ideas and products – ePages will look after the rest. Selling products online has never been easier. The best thing to do is to try it out for yourself right now.

Ready, set, eShop!

Sandro Bertschinger

He didn't find computers very interesting for quite some time. An Amiga 500 as a games machine was the high point at that time. Computers began to move into his focus with the advent of the internet and the possibility of building cool websites. In 2001, he crossed paths with an internet company by coincidence.