Now that you have set up a functional website (How to create a website in 5 easy steps using Weebly (Part 1)) , it is important to enable web orders. In the normal course of doing business, this is recommended; however, with the Covid-19 epidemic this is a must have for restaurants. It will enable you to enable contactless order taking, fulfillment and payment, helping you run a leaner operation and saving customers time. Fortunately this is relatively easy to set up as our video will show and requires basic computer skills. Plus this is no more expensive than running a credit card in store (in most cases).
Starting with the website that you created on Weebly in Part 1 of the series (Watch Here: How to build a restaurant website), you will see a step by step tutorial on how to add your menu for take out orders, enable customization, take payment, and schedule the order.
Weebly has a template set up for restaurants and online order taking that makes it very useful to set up a website easily. Follow these steps and you should have a functional order taking website in a few easy steps.
Following are the steps that you will have to follow:
A few things to keep in mind
Setting up a website for your restaurant is absolutely essential. It is estimated that only 5% of independent restaurants have a website. Admittedly it is one more thing on your plate while running a business on your own, and you don’t want to go through the hassle or expense of setting it up. However there is an easy free or low cost solution that you should consider with Weebly.
A very basic website with Weebly is not difficult to set up and you don’t need to know programming. There are several templates and modules that are available that can help you set up a functional website. We will walk you through the steps to set up a website in the following video. Follow the instructions and you should be up and running in less time than you think.
A few things to note before you start, choose what items you want to put on your website eg. photographs, menu, hours and location. It is a good idea to photograph a few of your dishes in advance and have them ready on your computer. You don’t need a professional photographer for this. Use your smart phone and search for images on google to get ideas. You do want to make sure you are not using images off google as they may be copyright. There are a few websites that allow you to use images for free, but always better to use your own images.
Follow these instructions along with the video: https://youtu.be/NNRNOpu8sVk
The free service should be enough to let you get a functional website. However do remember that the free service comes with a few limitations, however you can always upgrade to a paid plan, once you have it built and pay month-to-month and see how it works for you.
Following are the Pros and Cons below:
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