Major platforms like WordPress offer many partner integrations and most likely work with your existing software applications. Most agencies will be competitively priced and offer a surprisingly high level of features and customization compared to a typical website builder. The New York Time uses WordPress!
There are many ecommerce software platforms (some aviation specific) that will integrate with your website and charge a monthly fee, there are pros and cons to this method and I’m not reviewing e-commerce solutions or integration providers in this article (but I will later). There are also open-source options, and one-time licensed software providers that your software developer or ecommerce agency can help you with.
For a small website you do not need to worry about hosting as its often provided by the website builder. If you have a more elaborate website then speak to your software developer, or a systems administrator. The key thing to remember when choosing a server provider is Speed, Security and Support. Make sure that you have access to the files (make daily back-ups), keys (encrypted passwords) and the ability to manage and upgrade the website files. If the hosting provider/ systems admin won’t give you access, understand the process for upgrading website files to ensure there is no delay.
Technology is always changing and so please do not make any changes to your website without consulting an expert first! Also, remember that the website is going to get you to the starting line, to win the race you need to invest in SEO, Content Marketing, Social Media Engagement, Paid Ads (Search, Social or Trade related), Email Marketing and Landing Pages to name a few! If you have any question or need any help with these services, then please email us at email@example.com