What is E-Commerce? 

Simply put, Electronic Commerce (E-Commerce) is any  business transacted electronically.  Electronic e-commerce is the buying/selling of products and/or services over the Internet.

To conduct business on the Internet you need an E-Commerce Web Site. An e-commerce web site can be as simple as a catalog with an order form, or it can be a complex multimedia enabled web site with real-time credit card processing capabilities. The Internet has enabled merchants to offer their goods and services to potential customers around the world 24 hrs. a day, 365 days a year. E-commerce offers customers the opportunity to browse, select and pay for goods in real time from the comfort of their own home or office.

E-commerce supplements the traditional selling channels and attracts customers that you never knew existed. The Internet revolution is affecting every company, no matter it’s size. Business of all sizes can equally share in the benefits of e-commerce, but they are all equally vulnerable to being left behind if they do not adopt the new business models.


What is the difference between a 
Web Site and an E-Commerce Web Site?

A web site presents prospective customers with information  and the purchasing options are available off-line. On the other hand an E-Commerce Web site not only presents all the required information but also provides secure options to complete the sale right there.

A web site is like a copy of your printed catalog, presenting information, whereas an e-commerce web site is a new business unit that complements your existing traditional selling channels and accentuates an entirely new sales/distribution channel.

A web site offers limited security options. On the other hand e-commerce web sites provide options for high levels of security by encrypting data and transferring it over secure servers.

A web site operates entirely outside your existing business system.  All orders have to be manually entered into the system and processed off-line.  Whereas an e-commerce web site integrates into your existing system for inventory control, order processing and order fulfillment. A fully integrated e-commerce web site automatically ties into your existing business process and acts like an extension to your existing sales force. 


Which E-Commerce Plan is right for me?

It depends on numerous factors like:

CVC Internet E-CommerceAre you a beginner? Or do you have a certain amount of experience with e-commerce?

CVC Internet E-CommerceWhat are your requirements? - Single category with limited products to sell or multiple product categories with multi-user and multi-store capabilities?

Once you have decided what your marketing strategy is, go ahead and chose any plan from our wide array of options.


What do I need for E-Commerce?

Choose Payment Options:

Off-Line Credit Card Processing - This is a good option if you currently have a Merchant Account with a local bank and process in-store charges using a swipe terminal. Your customers’ credit card information is captured and stored on our server for later authorization and transaction processing through a traditional card swipe terminal or through a computer. If you are clearing more than 100 transactions a month, you may want to consider the real-time payment processing option.

Real-Time Payment Processing enabled by Merchant Accounts - To process credit cards transactions in real time through your web site you need to:

CVC Internet E-CommerceOpen a TEST Merchant Account with a financial institution.


CVC Internet E-Commerce Open a Merchant Account with a financial institution after 
the Test Account has proven successful.


CVC Internet E-Commerce Sign up with a payment gateway, for example Card Services or CyberCash Merchant Accounts give you the ability to take Credit Card information from prospective customers over the Internet. E-commerce software offer seamless integration with our online payment gateways providing you with a completely integrated e-commerce solution.


CVC Internet E-Commerce MERCHANT ACCOUNTS are issued through an Authorizing Bank. A Merchant Account is like a Drivers License. Though you have a driver’s license you can’t move around without a vehicle. Similarly for you to use your Merchant Account you need a vehicle to move the information around. For example you could ask your 
web site prospects to call you on the phone to place their orders. Now the phone is your vehicle to move their Credit Card information.

CVC Internet E-CommerceONLINE SHOPPING CART SOFTWARE is another example of a vehicle to move Credit Card and ordering information. Your customers can efficiently order 24 hours a day. Also a Shopping Cart eliminates some potential for error as there is only one human involved in the process rather than two. The Shopping Cart is a vehicle that enables you to: Get the ordering information from the customer, verify via email to the customer that his order has been placed, and deliver the notification and ordering information to the seller.


What are the advantages of Online/Electronic Transactions?

CVC Internet E-Commerce Reduces Errors: No need to enter transaction amounts at both the cash register and processing terminals.

CVC Internet E-Commerce Creates Transaction Database: Stores transaction information in your database for as long as you want. You’ll never have to search for lost transaction information.

CVC Internet E-Commerce Increases Accountability: It is easy to confirm whether you have received the proper amount of credit for each transaction.

CVC Internet E-Commerce Minimizes Fraud: Performs address verification (AVS), and eliminates the chance of shipping to someone using a stolen credit card, saving you from a charge back.

CVC Internet E-Commerce Quicker Transactions: Allows you to send multiple transactions as a batch, thus reducing authorization time to as low as three seconds per transaction.

CVC Internet E-Commerce Lowers Transaction Costs: Electronic processing is faster and less expensive than paper processing.

CVC Internet E-Commerce Faster Billing: Makes it easy to build and process a batch of transactions as often as needed; great for recurring billing.

CVC Internet E-Commerce Recurring Billing: Schedule transactions to be processed according to your specific billing requirements.


How do I get started?

Everyone is talking about the great potential of doing 
business over the Internet, but the biggest question for
numerous individuals/businesses is "how to get started?"


The best suggestion is start with one of our simple entry-level plans and then grow exponentially. The advantage here is that you have time to get comfortable with this new selling channel and also test drive the chosen application model for your business. We offer highly scalable integrated solutions for starters as well as 
small to medium size businesses.

To help you get your business off the ground we provide you complete solutions: from domain name registration, web hosting, e-commerce capabilities, web site development and marketing services, and lots more.

First things first, you will need to register a domain name, for that we offer discounted domain name services starting at $10 for a one year registration. 

Next, you will need to determine which type of e-commerce hosting account will work well for your business (determine the number of products to sell online, process unsecured or secured transactions, accept wire transfers, off-line credit card processing, or real time credit card processing). Once the domain registration is 
active and hosting account created, you can upload individual web pages (product profiles, etc.) to our servers using FTP so that prospective customers can view your products/services when they access your web site. Then you need to decide how you want to accept payment for your products.  Depending on your decision; 
for real time credit card processing you will need to sign-up for a Merchant Account (a list of osCommerce compatible payment modules is available by request). Once your store is complete, CVC will submit the site to 870,000 worldwide search engines and directories, plus link list your site to our business page and Klamath County Directory.  


For more information on CVC Internet’s E-Commerce Solutions, please call (541) 884-5488 or e-mail office@cvc.net.