E-commerce Website Design
Are You Looking For An E-commerce Website?
E-commerce website design, we do advise you talking to a few difference web designers and getting some quotes. Just fill in the form opposite to get free advice and quotes for e-commerce web design.
E-commerce websites are very popular now mainly due to more and more companies moving their business on-line.
Globally over £150 billion is spent on-line; which has gone up from what it was 5 years ago; and in the next 5 years it will more than likely continue to go up.
Setting Up An E-commerce Website
E-commerce website design is not difficult; however a few things need to be done before you can get going:
- Website Design
There are lots of website designers around the UK, however not all can produce good e-commerce websites. Many designers only work with smaller websites (brochure style sites) and some can ‘knock up’ a basic e-commerce site. However as it has been said, if you are going to do a job, do it right. Sometimes it is worth investing in a good web designer in order to prevent problems later down the road
- Payment Gateway
The payment gateway is supplied by a intermediary between you and your bank. Companies such as Sage Pay, Paypoint, Paypal are all licensed to take secure on-line payments which are then sent to your bank 3 days – 7 days later. Payment gateways will ‘sit’ on your payments to make interest on the money being in their accounts (the same way as banks delay payments).
All websites have a hosting company that ‘holds’ their website. The hosting needs to be set up with a company that can give you the flexibility of traffic to your website and allow the site to run smoothly whether it has 5 people using it or 50,000 people using it.
- Web Development
Once the site is designed (see above) it will need to be developed. As time ticks on, changes will need to be made, new pages added, updates to images etc. so finding the right company to do all of this is important. A bit like buying a car, the first cost is the initial purchase, then there is the servicing and maintenance; web development is the servicing and maintenance bit.
- SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)
SEO is about getting your website up and recognised on the search engines. In order to get visitors to your website (to buy things) you will need to get your website up and visible on the search engines. This is another discipline completely and cannot be overlooked if you want your site to be successful.
How Much Do E-commerce Websites Cost
E-commerce website design can range in cost from around £5,000 upwards to hundreds of thousands. It is advised to pay a little more from a good website designer that has a proven track record in building e-commerce websites. There are a lot of web designers that can ‘knock up’ a website for you, but you do pay for what you get. A cheaper site will show, both in the design of the site, but also in the way it works. Website design prices do vary (considerably) so it is worth comparing website design agencies to get a feel for varying costs.
Visitors to your website need to have 3 things:
- They have to be compelled to buy
- Then need to have faith that their trust in your site is warranted
- They need to have the experience to keep coming back and recommend you
Sometimes the design of a site can really let it down. Sometimes errors popping up can turn a customer off. Sometimes the load speed of a page may cause a customer to leave. These are all traits of a cheaper site and can have a big impact on your website if it is not designed by a good designer.
Compare Quotes for E-Commerce Website Design
There are a lot of web designers in the UK that can produce great looking and great working e-commerce websites; you just need to compare a few suitable agencies to get the best one. E-commerce website design should be considered with the following in mind:
- Find a local website designer
- Find a web designer that has built e-commerce websites before
- Find a website designer that is local (so you can visit them)
- Give a budget for your website and see if they can quote
If you can get quotes from 3-4 website design agencies that can tick the boxes above, then it is then a case of comparing these costs and picking the most suitable agency.
By using the quote form opposite you can get a few different e-commerce website design agencies to put together some ideas and quotes for you to compare.