We specialise in creating feature rich eCommerce websites meeting the specific needs of our clients.
Although the roots of e-commerce can be traced back to the 1960s, when businesses started using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to share documents with other companies, it wasn’t until the 1990s when the rise of Amazon and Ebay revolutionised the e-commerce industry into what it is today.
Online shopping allows consumers to directly buy goods or services from a seller over the Internet using a web browser. Potential customers can now shop online using a range of different devices including desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
The simplest method of selling online is to use an established sales platform like Amazon or Ebay which requires minimal setup and knowledge. Several of our clients started that way but they soon discovered that there are limitations on what can be done because these are not bespoke solutions. Selling via your own ecommerce store on your own domain name offers the potential for an ecommerce store tailored specifically to your business.
What we offer is a custom web solution based on your unique requirements, because we are primarily programmers rather than designers which means that we can code any functionality specific to an individual client’s requirements that would not be available in a typical “off the shelf solution”.
Whether you wish to use our services or not, the procedure is broadly the same and we have listed below the steps involved in setting up an online store. We hope you find it useful
To sell via your own online store, you will first need a domain name. A domain name is what your customers will type into a browser to find your online store.
You should spend time choosing a domain name for your business as it is an important step that could cause problems (and additional costs) at a later date if you later decide you made the wrong choice. Choosing the right name is crucial for your online success.Choosing a domain name - More info
In order for your domain name to be accessible to your customers it will require a hosting package. This essentially connects your domain to the internet so that it is accessible to anyone with internet access 24 hours a day. Click the link below to see our guide on how to choose suitable web hosting for your domain.Choosing web hosting - More info
Once you have your domain name and web hosting, the final stage is to set up your actual website.
This could be a very simple one page site that just has information about your business, or a full
ecommerce website selling your products. The two are worlds apart and we explain in more detail on the link below.
Web design - More info
Once you have your website up and running there are many things that need to be done to keep everything running smoothly.
See below our guide to running a successful ecommerce store.
Our Guide to selling Online