How to Make a Online Inventory System


Online inventory systems allow you to track and maintain your inventory no matter where you are located. Often times if you have an online business you can link your product to the inventory system to automatically track and manage your inventory. Some inventory systems may even inform you when supplies are running low. Creating an online inventory system will require you to have a website and either custom or generic inventory software.

  • Make sure you have a domain name set up for your business. Your domain name is the address that people will type into their browser to reach your inventory system. ( domain registrars can charge between $1 and $14 per year.

  • Obtain web hosting for your online inventory system. Online web hosts are responsible for providing the memory and web-space for the content and traffic for your website. Web host can charge anywhere from three dollars and up per month. If you already have a website for your business, then you already have web hosting.

  • Determine if you like to use inventory software that has already been created or if you need to hire a programmer to integrate your inventory system into your website. Use sites like and to locate freelance computer programmers to make a custom inventory system for your site. Based on your budget, programmers from around the world will be on your project.

  • Purchase online inventory software to integrate with your website. For example visual inventory is a software that does not require you to create a website as it will automatically integrate to your web or network server. You will be able to input the type of products you have and customize the software to maintain inventory for either multiple owners, departments, locations, etc. Pricing for various inventory software can be free or you can pay over $5000. Purchasing inventory software is an alternative to hiring a computer programmer.

  • Make sure you and other colleagues test out the inventory system before going live. Test out the software for glitches and other issues that may need to troubleshoot. You may need to conduct a training session who will be accessing your inventory system to ensure they know what they are doing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some inventory system software may charge you web hosting fees on your behalf. Be careful as these prices can be up to $75 and sometimes more. Sometimes its best to choose your own web hosting that is significantly cheaper.
  • When choosing inventory software make sure you choose the software that can handle the type of pricing, inventory, and reports that will give you data on your inventory, sales, etc.

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