Design Inspiration: 7 Galleries of Excellent Ecommerce Sites

This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.

Have you ever contemplated the expansion of your small business through the launch of an online store?

The first phases of any new venture, big or small, is to generate initial ideas and scope out what’s already out there.

Having a good vision of your soon-to-be e-store at hand will help you communicate better with your designer. Knowing what’s possible will also allow you to determine your desired outcomes.

When it comes to website design, one of the best and easiest ways to get ideas and inspiration is simply to browse through web design galleries, which are sites that aggregate and present beautiful websites.

Below, you will find seven web design galleries that feature excellent, high-quality e-commerce website designs. At the end, you will also discover a brief list of articles and papers about e-commerce design that you should read to equip yourself with some fundamental knowledge, should you choose to pursue the creation of your very own online store.

Here are five articles and papers related to ecommerce design that could help you design and build an excellent ecommerce site:

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