Types of websites
More and more small businesses are opting to include online sales (aka e-commerce) as part of their business and/or growth strategies.
The following statistics and projections as published by eShop World speak for itself:
According to Fin24:
“E-commerce in South Africa is exploding. It is driven by high mobile penetration, rising consumer confidence in online transactions, and the expansion of brick and mortar retailers into the online sphere by adopting a multi-channel approach.’’
It makes sense for many businesses to (rightfully) want a piece of this lucrative pie.
Examples of big e-commerce companies include Takealot, Bid or Buy, LekkeSlaap and Yuppie Chef, selling everything and anything you can think of online – from accommodation and kitchen tools, to second-hand clothing and electronics.
But many entrepreneurs and SME’s are also using e-commerce as an opportunity to sell locally manufactured goods, whilst also uplifting and empowering the communities around them.
Two of the most prominent platforms for building e-commerce sites are WooCommerce and Shopify.
We are often asked which of the two is best. The answer is not straightforward, because both are very powerful. Choosing which will come down to your own preferences, available resources, and goals.
With Shopify, you can build and publish your entire online store making use of its useful features and apps.
WooCommerce (a WordPress plug-in that helps to turn your website into an online store) would be more suitable if you already have a website, or you plan to add more varied content to your website.
Let’s weigh up the pros and cons of both these platforms:
Have a look at some of our valued e-commerce clients:
Our core promise is to deliver excellently working websites that represent our clients’ brands well. This means you can expect uncompromised personal service, that will come to you at a fair rate, faster than you think and with less hassle than you care to handle.
When it comes to e-commerce, our first port of call will be to make sure you have a working website as the foundation of your online shop. We can also take care of all the technical aspects and ongoing support for running your store.
Contact us to chat about your unique vision.