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E-Commerce Web Development

An Ecommerce website is simply, any website which accepts payment online. This can be in the form of a retail (online) store where users may purchase products via a shopping cart, or a simpler store where people pay for single services.

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own online store? Or are you wanting to expand your horizon and branch out into the World Wide Web? Vertex Web Design specialises in e-commerce websites and can provide a tailor-made solution to suit your needs.

E-commerce is the future, that's why! Just take a look at the history of e-commerce to understand why your business needs it.

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Online shopping is the process consumers go through to purchase products, goods or services over the internet. An online shop, e-shop, e-store, internet shop, web shop, web store, online store or virtual store evokes the physical analogy of buying products or services at a bricks-and-mortar retailer or in a shopping mall.

Electronic commerce is a reality, and is not just for big, multi-billion rand corporations. Solutions exist today that enable companies of all sizes to do business over the web securely, affordably, and efficiently. The internet offers a great complement or addition to your existing sales platforms.

One third of people that shop online use a search engine to find what they are looking for and about one fourth find websites by word of mouth. Word of mouth has become a leading way by which people find shopping websites. When an online shopper has a good first experience with a certain website, 60% of the time they will return to that website to buy more.

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Books are one of the items bought most online. However, clothes, shoes, and accessories are all very popular online purchases, as are cosmetics, nutrition products and groceries. About one fourth of travellers buy their plane tickets online because it is a quick and easy way to compare airline travel options and make a purchase. Online shopping provides more freedom and control than shopping in a store.

Online shopping is arguably the most predictable way to shop. Shoppers know exactly what website to go to, how much the product will cost, and how long it will take for the product to reach them. Online shopping has become extremely routine and predictable, which is one of its great appeals to the consumer.

online-shoppingWe specialises in e-commerce, using Joomla, Virtuemart, Prestashop, Drupal, Ubercart, Moneyscripts and more to achieve exceptional e-commerce solutions. Each e-commerce website is uniquely created and tailor-made to each client’s needs and budget. To find out more about our e-commerce pricing structures, please request more information by clicking the button

 What is a Merchant Account?

A merchant account is a special "commercial" account which will enable your business to accept major credit card transactions.

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There are four major elements typically found on an eCommerce website:

A Shopping Cart
Basically exactly the same as your shopping cart used in retail stores such as Pick 'n Pay. It lists all products and quantities of each that are in your shopping cart. More advanced shopping carts will include product colours or sizes.
A Secure Server Connection (optional)
A secure server connection or SSL certificate encrypts data sent between your browser and the server. Thus, eliminating the risk of theft. Should your website however make use of a 3rd party payment gateway such as VCS, there is no need for a SSL certificate. This is because any "secure" data such as your credit cards details etc are processed directly on the 3rd party vendors website. Therefore eliminiting the need to secure your own website with a SSL certificate.
A Merchant Bank Account (optional)
You will need an internet merchant account before you can accept payment via credit cards on your website, with the exception of PayPal (with FNB), Monster Pay and VCS.
Payment Transaction Software
In order for your website to actually "process" a deduction from a credit card, you will need transaction software.

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