eCommerce Websites are divided into three main categories, (a) Pre-formatted shopping carts, like Actinic below and (b) Custom Solutions, where a shopping solution is designed to exactly match your business processes (to include Trade or commission scenarios) and (c) a mixture of the (a) & (b), where we start with a base level solution and extend it to match a clients requirement.
As an Actinic Gold Reseller we can offer you an Internet Shopping Solution software package Actinic Catalog for a B2C implememntation or for your company to sell to other Businesses (B2B) we can offer the Actinic Business.
There is a price for software only. You can either build the shop yourself or ask us for some assistance. Then, you will need some fast Internet webspace, to host the Actinic Catalog (Catalogue) for you (which supports PHP). We can help you here with one of our Business Start-Up Packages. Lastly, marketing or promotion of the site, we are an Internet sales and marketing organisation serving the UK. We would love to help you get to market in a professional and unique way, please email us with your initial ideas.
In 2003 the total online market in the UK, excluding financial services, was worth £3bn. Spending on UK Web sites rocketed to a phenomenal £1200 million in recent years over 56 per cent of USA businesses sell their products online. 3.3 million people bought music online back in July 1998. Online stores are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Less than four years after opening on the Internet, Amazon.com was the first e-commerce store to serve its 10 millionth customer.
The ability to accept credit/debit cards or charge cards as a means of payment for your goods or services requires you to have a merchant account with one of the card acquirers. Businesses accepting card payments will already have a merchant account, but in all probability it will not suffice for online trading - it is advised to have an addtional accout to track onlne payments versus shop payments. If you do not have a merchant account (and you usually ned to be trading a year to get one) then we can arrange for a business PayPal account for you.
TimeMaker Systems has their own secure servers to enable you to take online credit card payments, or any other sensitive information. You can also choose full online clearing. All moneys collected from your customers go direct to your bank account.
We can arrange all the following technical requirments (below), so if you get bored reading this section, just ask for an SSL certificate.
When you connect to a secure web server, you ask that server to authenticate itself. This authentication is quite a complex process involving public keys, private keys and a digital certificate. The certificate tells you that an independent third party has agreed that the server belongs to the company it claims to belong to. A valid certificate means that you can have confidence that you are sending information to the right place.
Using state-of-the-art encryption algorithms, all data sent and received is virtually indecipherable without a PGP 'secret key' which is held on our secure web server. When your web site visitors arrive at a page which has been secured, their browser will recognise this and alert them that they can confidently send or receive private information. Whilst any encryption can eventually be cracked by a confident computer hacker, the techniques used in commercial web would take years, even centuries to decipher using current computer technology.
Prices vary based on number of products, number of variation to each product, number of images, whether a larger image is required, whether a technical page is required for each product etc.. We can give an estimate, based on the answers to some of these questions.
For an informal chat, please ring 01634 260700