This post is part of e-commerce week, which features e-commerce related content on and the Vandelay Design blog, as well as e-commerce design inspiration at CartFrenzy.

E-commerce web design and development presents some unique challenges that you won’t always face with other types of web design. For sites that exist primarily to sell products, it’s very easy to look at sales and have a measuring stick to use when evaluating the success of the website. However, there are any number of factors that can influence the success of an e-commerce site, and identifying areas of strength and weakness is not always so simple.

In this article we’ll look at nine specific factors that are generally present on well-designed e-commerce websites.

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