E-commerce web design – shopping carts, online payment and content management.
The basic premise of an e-commerce website is for shoppers to browse your online catalogue and purchase items by adding them to the shopping basket. At the checkout the user enters their details (securely) including name address and shipping details, makes payment and you ship the goods to them. It has the advantage of being open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week whilst reaching a potentially worldwide audience.
An e-commerce website allows your customers to buy from you online and we can set up an online shop for your business, either by using an off-the-shelf shopping solution, or custom designing from scratch.
Online Shops are becoming one of the main uses of the internet, so it's important for businesses to invest in this sector. If you run a retail business and don't offer online purchasing, you are missing out on a huge market for your goods. E-commerce is the fastest growing retail market in Europe, with sales in the UK expected to total £44.97 billion in 2014 (up 15.8%)!
In 2014 online retail sales made via mobiles are expected to grow in the UK by 62% to a total of £7.92 billion. This is equivalent to 17.6% of UK online retail sales. Sales from tablets will grow by 100% (to £3.1 billion) and smartphone retailing is expected to grow by 44.3% to £4.82 billion. Smartphones will still provide 60.8% of UK mobile shopping.
We can create an online store for you, using a number of different e-commerce systems, or we can create a completely bespoke site. Grow your online business with our ecommerce optimised hosting. Scaling to suit your needs, our web hosting packages include easy access to the most popular and powerful ecommerce software.
Feature rich ecommerce hosting for websites of all sizes
We offer the following eCommerce software as part of our shared hosting packages:
- Zen Cart
We can set up and configure any of the free, open source shopping carts we provide with our hosting, or set up your own preferred alternative such as Avactis.
We also offer Magento on our VPS platform!
If you don't want to set up a web store on our hosting you can choose a Hosted service such as BigCommerce.
BigCommerce is the world's leading e-commerce platform, powering more than 30,000 online stores to over $1.3 billion in sales. We'll help you create a gorgeous, professional store that's easy to manage thanks to their powerful, easy-to-use features.
You'll get everything you need to easily manage your online store, including a securely hosted site, shopping cart and product catalogue. And it's all simple to use with no previous experience.
You can create your own store using one of their standard templates, or we can set it up, configure and populate it for you at a very reasonable cost.