What is the price of an eCommerce shop?

The eCommerce store price comes down to functionality and size of the store:

Store Product amount: The amount of products on the store determines the server requirements. For a large store base, you will require a hosting company with a dedicated server that can handle a lot of space and traffic. A large store normally consist of more than 2000 products and each image takes up space, a dedicated server will handle a large store.

Functionality and software automation: The well know eCommerce platforms have add on that facilitate customized options For example, perhaps they want a feature that allows customers to customize their clothing or products and see the results in real-time. Shipping calculator that facilitate pricing and tracing from a courier company. Maybe they want to offer a membership subscription or multi-vendor option where vendors can have their own shop page in your store. Other add on could be a booking event component. These types of features require extensive programming and would allow for a larger budgets for the design and development of these features. A smaller company, has to rely on built-in features or plug-ins to enhance their user experience that would not require customized programming.

Website Content: The most important content is product images, product descriptions and pricing. A store with a huge amount of products will require more effort than a small business website with only 30 products. eCommerce shopping cart software comes with a dashboard that help non-technical people to add and editing products, and editing post content. Other content to consider is Terms and Conditions, your return and shipping policy.

Payment Gateway integration: Most website owners do not have the technology or budget to handle the processing of customer payments via a Merchant bank account. The solution is to pay a small fee to a secure payment gateway to process all your transactions. Most web design companies will integrate a payment gateway as part of the service offering.

What’s the cheapest, easiest way to create an e-commerce store?

A company that offer a Hosted e-commerce solutions and self managed solution the easiest way to create an e-commerce store. A small businesses with up to 30 products with the ability to upgrade as the business grows would be the cheapest solution. We generally charge R 4900.00 for hosted e-commerce solution. This pays for complete one year hosting, setup, design, domain registration and we include some SEO and training. The most important factor to consider is support, look for an webdesigner that will supply you the training how to manage your shopping cart, update prices and to process your orders.

What are the next steps in deciding which web design company to hire?
Request recommendations and estimates. Ask for a formal proposal.
Compare estimates and check their references.
Consider which features and functionality you need.
Decide your target customer and geographical area.
Establish if the company supply training and support as part of their eCommerce solution.
Search competitors on Google that are doing it right, as well as those that aren’t, so you can provide examples.
Establish a budget that includes creating the website as well as handling monthly maintenance.
Research eCommerce web development companies like online-e-commerce.co.za

5 eCommerce retail trends to be adopted in the South African market

With so many shoppers and so much to offer, what are some of the emerging trends that e-commerce specialists noticed in international markets and how can they be adopted in the South African market?

Smartphones provide the ultimate gateway for internet users across the world. They provide consumers with market transparency and the possibility of anywhere, anytime interaction. In China, it’s estimated that 88.9% of internet users chose to connect through their mobile phones. A recent study, conducted by the German Scientific Institute
of Market Research (GfK), found that 26% of German shoppers compare prices using their mobile devices when visiting a store.

When it comes to South Africa, mobile has also had a significant impact within the market. Mobile penetration within South Africa is huge and smartphones are quickly gaining market share over feature phones. Mobile purchasing isn’t big just yet, but consumers are increasingly making use of it. Just take a look at one of our partners, HP Shop, with their total mobile visitor growth of 65%.

Digital currency
Digital currency, particularly Bitcoin, is emerging at quite a rapid pace within the online retail space. However, due to some scandals and security risks, many businesses are still wary of digital currencies. Despite this, there are many different forms of online monetary transactions coming to the fore, such as desktop wallets, mobile wallets and web wallets. South Africans, have in fact, become far more familiar with the concept of mobile wallets in recent years.

Interestingly, Africa and South Africa are more advanced in mobile payment systems than the US. This is thanks to payment methods such as QR codes or tap to pay, with 55% of South Africans saying they would be willing to use digital currency, according to the 2015 consumer study conducted by PwC. Credit card penetration within South Africa is relatively low. Digital currency could therefore bridge the gap between those who have a credit card and access to the internet versus those who have internet, but no credit card.

Same-day delivery
Let’s be honest, not everyone has the time to sit around and wait for their parcel to be delivered. Standard delivery will suit most consumers, with some willing to wait for a longer period of time, in order to get free delivery. That being said, there are many consumers who wish to have their parcel delivered on the same day. When it comes to delivery, a fixed date is the most popular choice, closely followed by next day delivery. PwC’s consumer study also found that 79% of South Africans are willing to pay for same-day delivery, which is why it’s important for retailers to have the logistical infrastructure in place to satisfy customers’ needs.

Click and collect
The concept of click and collect is very simple. The consumer will buy something online and collect it in their own time, often just a few hours later, rather than wait for it to be delivered three or four days later. It’s ideal for those consumers who are headed to a particular store but want to save time. One of the biggest attractions about click and collect is the certainty that your item will actually be there, waiting for you. This particular trend is very popular within the UK marketplace and it’s something which has the potential to become just as popular in South Africa.

The year ahead
Online shopping in South Africa as a standalone, is still relatively small. When it comes to the world of online retail, South Africa is still seen as being in e-commerce infancy but is growing at quite a rapid pace. Watson says that the ability for rapid growth is what makes South Africa’s market so exciting.

Because South Africa is lagging behind the rest of the world in online retail, we have the advantage of having other markets far ahead of our own going through trends before we do. It’s like the world is our testing ground. So the methods that have been successful across the globe are the ones that South Africa’s retailers should try first. It means a much higher chance of success

By Neil Watson on 18 March, 2016  Source: memeburn.com

Price of a Ecommerce Store

Our eCommerce Store include:

We are a one stop shop we setup your complete e-shop:

Domain registration
Dedicated free hosting for the first year
24×7 support
We teach you via Skype how to update your own store and all the administration of changing prices, uploading new products.
Integrate your website to a payment gateway for automatic payment processing

Our web store integrate with online payment gateways. Subscribing to these third party online credit card payment gateways save you the trouble of applying for an Internet merchant account from your respective bank which can consist of a lot of red tape and a pile documentation, subject to strict terms and conditions and hard to get approval. To save your time and resources on choosing the right third party online credit card or EFT payment gateways for your company, we have compile a comparison chart of selected major credit card payment gateways and some gateways that hold a PayPal business merchant account. This is good news for individuals that would like to accept credit cards and PayPal from their websites.

We make it easy for you to sell your products or services online with Joomla CMS and Virtuemart shopping cart software.

Payment Gateway’s

  • Capable of live Credit Card and EFT Processing via Payment Gateway
  • Payment Gateways PayPal or PayFast.co.za
  • Extend your Shop with other Payment Gateways

E-commerce Shipping:

* Extend your E-commerce store with a custom shipping/delivery calculator


eCommerce store price

E Commerce Services

Our Online E-commerce Services include:

  • Keyword research to find the best keyword match domain for your e-shop.
  • Domain registration, we also suggest the best keywords to use in your domains.
  • Free e commerce hosting for one year.
  • One full year 24×7 support via Skype.
  • Support include teaching you to update and manage your e-store.
  • We upload all your categories.
  • We upload the first 30 products.
  • Many E-commerce themes to choose from.
  • Payment gateway integration for PayPal, PayFast, 2 Checkout, Monster Pay.
  • Security and shopping cart upgrades.
  • How to market your new e-commerce store.
  • How to upload new products and process orders for your e-commerce shopping cart.
  • Local shipping calculator for your e commerce shopping cart.

Custom E commerce Design

  • Groupon Coupon Site.
  • Dateing Site with a membership subscription payment.
  • SMS Payment integration.
  • Corporate CMS website design.
  • Amazon Affiliate Store design, sell Amazon products and get a commission.
  • Niche Video Membership Sites.
  • Directory Listing Sites with membership subscription payment.

More info on our price for an e commerce store click here