The number of e-commerce platforms has been rising exponentially for the past 5 years, as more and more entrepreneurs see the potential that selling products online offers, and if you box clever, you can source a single provider for all your IT needs.
All-In Web Management
The IT support industry has evolved alongside the Internet, and a single provider can:
- Register your web domain name.
- Design and build your e-commerce website.
- Provide web hosting services.
- Provide Cyber-security.
- Manage & administrate the platform.
When looking at web development, there are many aspects to take into account, the design of your site is an important aspect that will define your branding, plus you want fast page loading, as the online consumer won’t wait long for their page to load. The only thing a slow loading website will get is put onto the ignore list, never to be visited again, and a good web designer can ensure that, even with hi-res graphics, your pages load at lightning speed.
Obviously, you need to have a broad selection of payment gateways, such as:
- Credit Card
- Direct Bank Transfer
Your web developer would handle setting up payment gateways, which are configured to your chosen settings, plus you will need cyber-security in place, which would mean obtaining an SSL Certificate, making the website secure for financial transactions.
Ideally, you want high bandwidth, especially if you have an extensive store, with many hi-res images, and the web host would have a range of packages, which would include a dedicated server, used exclusively by you. The web host offers 24/7 support, ensuring that your site is always online, plus they install patches and updates and generally monitor the website, ensuring that all is well.
Of course, you will need SEO services to optimise your platform with Google and other search engines, and these services are available from the web developer who built and manages your website. Such is the importance of SEO, you need to factor the costs into your monthly running costs, as all of your competitors will be using such services. Search engine optimisation makes your site more attractive to Google and when potential customers search using Google for products, your platform will be well-ranked, and due to the ever-changing nature of the Internet, SEO services must be ongoing.
Of course, you might be competent enough to administrate your website, in which case, you can save money by uploading new product data and generally administrating the site, but if you lack the skills, or the time, your web developer would be happy to act as site admin on your behalf. They would back-up the site on a daily basis, install updates and security patches when they are released, which leaves you free to focus on other aspects of your business, and should you ever go offline for any reason, the admin would have you back online in minutes.
If you choose your web developer wisely, you can enjoy all of the above services, which makes your life a lot easier.