eCommerce

Are you looking to build your online shop or setup your website to generate revenue online? We can help you to achieve your goals to monetize your website.

Setting up an eCommerce website will allow you to sell your products or services online via a virtual shopping cart system and to accept secure credit card payments or PayPal transactions. We can integrate with many of the major 'off the shelf' eCommerce platforms, as well as specialising in building custom designed and developed eCommerce applications. 

In order to accept payment from online transactions through your website you must have a Merchant Account setup through your bank.

What do I need to be aware of for my eCommerce Website?
 

1. Merchant Account
A Merchant Account is simply a commercial account that allows you to accept credit card transactions online, via your POS, or any other payment integration system. With the exception of Monster Pay and VCS you will need one setup. 

2. Shopping Basket
All eCommerce websites require a shopping cart. If you decide to integrate with an 'off the shelf' system like Magento, BigCommerce, uCommerce, osCommerce, X-cart, ShopDirect, then all the bells and whistles will be pre-built into your shopping cart, however there is normally subscription fee and certain layout and design restrictions associated with this route. The other option is to develop a custom shopping cart platform. The benefits of this route, mean that you determine exactly how the checkout process should look and function and it's completely flexible to your business needs.

3. Secure Server Connection (SSL Certificate)
You want your clients to feel secure while they transact online with you. This is what your SSL Certificate will do. Client data (including credit card details) sent during the checkout process will be securely protected and encrypted, eliminating the risk of online fraud. Go the bespoke route where the payment transaction happens on your site (domain) and you will need to purchase a SSL Certificate. Some 3rd party payment gateway solutions like VCS, navigate the user away to a secure connection on their domain, and handle the SSL Certificate themselves. Prefer image explanations? 

SSL Certification - How it works

4. Payment Gateway Integration
In order to actually process the website credit card transactions, you will need to integrate your shopping basket with a payment gateway provider. In South Africa the major ones we work with are MyGate, Virtual Card Services (VCS), PayGate, Netcash, Setcom. In the UK, we've integrated with SagePay, WorldPay, SecurePay, HSBC, Ogone.

Payment Gateway / Shopping Cart Solutions
 

We have worked with many popular payment gateway and shopping cart solutions. Below is a list of these. Talk to us about your eCommerce requirements, by completing our online Request For Proposal form and we will provide you with a project quotation within 48hours.

SagePay eCommerce Payment Gateway

SagePay is one of the UK's most popular payment gateway solutions and is simple to manage and integrate with your website or e-commerce platform. For more information and costs visit their website.

Magento eCommerce Platform

Magento is an eCommerce software platform that promises to revolutionize the industry. Its modular architecture and unprecedented flexibility means your business is no longer constrained by your eCommerce platform. However we do find it a very complex platform for clients to get to know.

Worldpay eCommerce Payment Gateway
WorldPay processes millions of payments every day, for every type of business: securely and quickly. We have implemented inetgrations for many clients, and it's a good solution for UK clients.

BigCommerce eCommerce Platform

BigCommerce is the fastest growing ecommerce platform in the world because it provides an affordable, enterprise-grade ecommerce platform that's easy to manage.

uCommerce eCommerce Platform 

The premier eCommerce platform for Umbraco and .NET websites. uCommerce is an easy to use and CMS all in one. The shop grows with your business - B2B or B2C.

Shop Direct eCommerce Platform

ShopDirect is South Africa's largest eCommerce storefront provider. It's a solid hosted solution, with quite a lot of flexibility and many different payment options. As a hosted solution, access to source code for modifying your shopping basket to suit your business is not possible.

osCommerce eCommerce Platform

osCommerce Online Merchant is an Open Source online shop e-commerce solution that is available for free with a feature rich set of out-of-the-box online shopping cart functionality that allows store owners to setup, run, and maintain online stores with minimum effort and with no costs, fees, or limitations involved

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