Web Design

12 posts
24 Feb 2015
Catuaba
Photographer
Catuaba
Does anyone know of any decent web design companies that build ecommerce stores. I did find an excellent one, loads of great examples, reasonable pricing for what you get etc. But when the actual time came to go over everything the price advertised jumped by at least 2k and then there was an ongoing service charge too. A professional company, no templates or build it yourself jobs, it needs to be bug free and operational to a large number of shoppers.

Posted 24 Feb 2015
CSD_Images
Photographer
CSD_Images
If you want custom work then 2K is pretty reasonable, the service charge is required unless you want to starting fixing issues with your shopping cart when Paypal updates their APIs or some other feature your site is built on let alone the underlying Apache/Nginx framework.

Plus bug free is all but impossible and to be honest you're best to building a site around Magento or WordPress/WooCommerce these days as your CMS engines.

Building a E-Commerce site isn't easy, as it can be a lot of work to tie all the elements together into a cohesive whole.

Posted 25 Feb 2015
redbaron
Photographer
redbaron
CSD_Images

If you want custom work then 2K is pretty reasonable, the service charge is required unless you want to starting fixing issues with your shopping cart when Paypal updates their APIs or some other feature your site is built on let alone the underlying Apache/Nginx framework. Plus bug free is all but impossible and to be honest you're best to building a site around Magento or WordPress/WooCommerce these days as your CMS engines. Building a E-Commerce site isn't easy, as it can be a lot of work to tie all the elements together into a cohesive whole.


He said the price increased by £2k not that it cost that. As you say a service charge can take a weight off your mind. . I would never build a serious store around Wordpress. Thats inviting calamity. Its great for the sort of low to medium volume portfolio sites photgraphers need but neither secure or robust enough for a dedicated high volume store. Anyhow that is not what was asked for.

An online clothes shop we do ocasional product shoots for uses https://www.firepages.co.uk/  I know they are very busy and I have never seen the site down. Looks a bit like what you are after. Fixed price dedicated shop and been operating for a while now.

The site I know is
http://www.the-gothic-shop.co.uk/
Also using it is another site we have shot for
http://www.rockabillypinup.co.uk/
Posted 25 Feb 2015
Catuaba
Photographer
Catuaba
Thanks I will take a look. Yes that is correct the price jumped up by 2k. And was already a stretch to afford in the first place. And the ongoing charges meant it just seemed a minefield of money lost. With lots of potential bug issues.
The items I have are fragile, I wouldn't want them in a store for fear of mishandle and damage, online is the future of now. Where the sales are made. You don't need the footfall of people passing your shop. There already out there.

I spent a long time doing my homework on the original designers so I was disappointed to find out the price wasn't right. I appreciate that it is a skill. Playing with Dreamweaver in the past has shown me how much of a skill it is. But It would be easier if prices were set in stone at the beginning so new businesses with a low budget could get on the ladder without fear of further charges.

I've no interest in paypal or amazon, ebay etc. They take far too much off the sales price. It would be sagepay and I believe the cost for this is around £20 a month ish. Plus your business banking charges.

Posted 25 Feb 2015
redbaron
Photographer
redbaron
I would sort your shop before commiting to payment method as you will need to make sure what you have can be integrated into the one being offered. This should not be a problem as most decent shopping solutions either integrate the common providers or can build a suitable API

Posted 25 Feb 2015
Catuaba
Photographer
Catuaba
Thanks for that Redbaron, there's a good chance I will be going with that company now. Much better solution than the one I had! Which was clearly not what it was advertised to be.
Posted 25 Feb 2015
Keltica
Photographer
Keltica
Posted 25 Feb 2015
redbaron
Photographer
redbaron
Keltica

Oh dear, look at the botom http://www.firepages.co.uk/integration-with-mailchimp-api/



And????
Posted 25 Feb 2015
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
redbaron

And????


Sadly he'll never come back to explain himself, never does.
Posted 25 Feb 2015
Catuaba
Photographer
Catuaba
I don't follow? I would be using sagepay which they have confirmed works with. And email which I have hosted elsewhere by just displaying my email address. I presume orders coming through would be on the back end admin system or emailed to my account hosted elsewhere. All looks good to me so far.

Posted 25 Feb 2015
neilrsmith
Photographer
neilrsmith
I built this myself using SquareSpace. It's my website selling my own files. SquareSpace partner with Stripe to process transactions.
http://neilrsmith.co.uk/digital/

If you want me to build one for you, let me know the extend of the work involved.


Posted 27 Feb 2015
Ian_Wilson
Photographer
Ian_Wilson
RedChecker
Sadly he'll never come back to explain himself, never does.
I can only imagine that he is having a dig at Mail Chimp as ESP. However, unless your email and database needs to be sophisticated and you have the skills (or ability to pay) to integrate your site with a more expensive ESP then having this this built in would be a positive starting point.
Posted 6 April 2015
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