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Website Ecommerce Growth
While ecommerce use has been growing steadily for many years, the pandemic has supercharged the growth of online sales in many markets. While around 14% of retail sales are online in Australia, and the US it’s over 30% in the UK and over 50% in China. There’s huge potential for online sales growth in Australia and this trend isn’t stopping anytime soon!
So where do you begin? Firstly there are two main types of ecommerce software platform to consider, those that run on in-house or proprietary software such as the SiteSuite CMS or those that run in an open source environment such as Wordpress (WooCommerce).
The proprietary offerings as a general rule tend to be
- inherently more secure (their core software is in a “black box”)
- they tend to run faster as they operate from a single code base
- less maintenance with add-ons or plugins.
In our case we also believe the back end useability of the SiteSuite CMS software is a major plus, it’s designed from the ground up to be a cohesive suite of tools that are intuitive and easy to use.
Open source platforms tend to
- offer greater out of the box functionality via plugins, (40 plus plugins is not uncommon) but this also slows sites down as they load in sequence and often you need to boost their speed with front end caching software (CDN) such as Cloudflare.
- have faster build times, unless you are using a proprietary website template design solution
- you also require regular ongoing security updates to keep hackers at bay.
- portability tends to be better with open source platforms, but in our experience clients normally redesign and upgrade their sites when they change providers anyway and this benefit is often a little overstated.
At SiteSuite we offer the choice and benefits of both platform styles for your ecommerce website. We develop scalable websites with custom ecommerce design and configuration in the SiteSuite CMS, and we also offer project builds in WooCommerce to take advantage of the open source benefits.
With over 20 plus years experience in this space, our team can help you determine which approach is going to be the best cost/value fit for you.
Ecommerce website - Why choose SiteSuite?
You need your online store to provide a great user experience (UX) to convert your browsers to buyers. You need an easy to manage system that doesn't require you to be a technical expert, and most importantly you need a reliable and fast website that guides your customers to where they want to go quickly.
A professional, easy to use and well maintained e-commerce website is the main key to creating a successful online business.
Whether you're a passionate start up business or are well established, we can provide you with the best cost/value solution, and then build on this base with with some targeted online marketing to help grow your business. We currently build ecommerce websites using Woocommerce (Wordpress) or our own SiteSuite CMS.
SiteSuite is one of the pioneers of ecommerce in Australia, and with over 20 years of experience we know how to design and build a stunning online ecommerce website for your business.
Whether your sales are $1k per month or $1m per month, our robust and reliable ecommerce solutions will help you sell your products online and grow your business successfully.
Some of our recent work includes:
Fresh Soul - a Woocommerce build with a fully featured online store to compliment their bricks and mortar stores.
Woman Want Adventure - a very successful start up that incorporates a customised event booking module using the SiteSuite CMS.
Lotus Doors - a custom web design, and a highly customised ecommerce site built in the SiteSuite CMS.
Some of the highlights of the SiteSuite CMS
SELF-MANAGE YOUR ONLINE STORE & WEBSITE
Our Content Management System (CMS) provides an intuitive interface to upload products, create categories and more. Intuitive software ensures that your online store works to its highest potential.
KEEP YOUR CUSTOMERS COMING BACK
Your customers will have access to multiple payment options such as secure credit card gateways that include PayPal, Stripe, Eway, as well as major Australian banks such as ANZ, NAB, Westpac and many more.
OUR CMS IS SEARCH ENGINE FRIENDLY
"Build it and they shall come” does not apply online. To be visible on Google you need a CMS that generates Google-friendly URLs. Control your store and the way it's made visible to search engines.
Easily upload great images and deliver superb end-user shopping cart functionality to your customers
Maintain blogs and news articles for your customers to follow
MAKE A WISH!
Your customers can create Gift Registries & Wish Lists
Further showcase products with professional photo galleries
Keep customers coming back with promotional discount codes
Connect with customers using professional email newsletters and build a customer database
Provide VIP pricing to resellers or club members
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We don't just build websites. We provide ongoing support and marketing advice, things that are crucial to your online success.
When you approach us to build an online store we take the time to discuss the direction of your business and what it needs to achieve to become successful online. From the careful considerations of design to the ongoing marketing of your store, we're always available to offer advice on website design and to explore different ways to improve your presence online.
As a brief introduction to what we provide, here's a small selection of recently completed Ecommerce websites.