If you do not currently have a website for your business, you
have to keep track of your customer’s information manually,
through the help of the telephone, a customer service staff, (who
collects the information) and a filing system. Additionally,
without the Internet, your customers must call your business or
look through a catalog to find out what current products your
company is selling. Why continue doing things the
old-fashioned way, both for yourself and your customer? With
a website it’s possible to automate customer data collection
through website forms. And, in terms of your customer, with
website databases, they can not only access all of your
company’s merchandise with ease, but with just a few clicks
they can make an order instantly. Of course, if you have no
idea what website forms or website databases are, read on as the
next few paragraphs will not only explain what they do, but also
how you can incorporate them into a company website.
First, there are website forms. Website forms consist of a
series of text boxes, which are white rectangular
‘boxes’ in which a visitor enters in information. To
determine what needs to be entered in, visitors have to look at the
label that is at the top or towards the sides of the text
box. When the visitor finishes filling out the website form,
they usually press a button labeled ‘Submit’.
When the ‘Submit’ button is pressed, all of the data
found on the website form is sent to your email address and/or a
website database. Of course, be wise and never have just a
‘soft’ copy of your data; always make sure to back it
up on a CD or a flash drive.
Now, you are ready to read more about website databases, which,
if incorporated with your website could be used to store
data. Website databases can contain both customer and
merchandise information. Customer information would be
obtained from website forms filled out by the consumer, while you
would have to supply the data regarding your merchandise. If
you have a very large selection of products, you may want to hire a
data entry person to enter the information in the website database,
but other than the possible voluminous element, website databases
are very easy to use. You just follow the prompts and enter
in what you need. This is especially the case for website
databases specially designed for e-commerce sites.
So, what’s the best way to include website forms and
website databases for your site? The answer is MaxiPRO.
With their simple Do-It-Yourself website editor, you can create a
professional website complete with website forms and website
databases in a matter of minutes.