An Ecommerce website is simply, any website which accepts payment online. This can be in the form of a retail (online) store where users may purchase products via a shopping cart, or a simpler store where people pay for single services.
All our dedicated servers with Hetzner, support a number of eCommerce applications. osCommerce, an Open Source based online shop e-commerce solution, is available as an install from the konsoleH control panel of all Basic hosting packages and higher.
Imbali Studio, however specialises in Custom Designed and Developed Ecommerce websites. Although we endorse the use of Open Source software, we do recommend that if you are going to invest in a Ecommerce website, it's by far better to invest in a custom developed website tailored specifically for your business.
What is a Merchant Account?
A merchant account is a special "commercial" account which will enable your business to accept major credit card transactions.
There are four major elements typically found on an eCommerce website:
- A Shopping Cart
Basically exactly the same as your shopping cart used in retail stores such as Pick 'n Pay. It lists all products and quantities of each that are in your shopping cart. More advanced shopping carts will include product colours or sizes.
- A Secure Server Connection (optional)
A secure server connection or SSL certificate encrypts data sent between your browser and the server. Thus, eliminating the risk of theft. Should your website however make use of a 3rd party payment gateway such as VCS, there is no need for a SSL certificate. This is because any "secure" data such as your credit cards details etc are processed directly on the 3rd party vendors website. Therefore eliminiting the need to secure your own website with a SSL certificate.
- A Merchant Bank Account (optional)
You will need an internet merchant account before you can accept payment via credit cards on your website, with the exception of PayPal (with FNB), Monster Pay and VCS.
- Payment Transaction Software
In order for your website to actually "process" a deduction from a credit card, you will need transaction software.
Examples of Ecommerce Websites we have Developed
Imbali Studio's Ecommerce Platform Product - New
If you don't have the start-up capital to invest in a fully custom ecommerce website. Why not try our ecommerce platform? For a small deposit we'll give you 100% custom design work, on top of our own ecommerce platform. It's a fully featured ecommerce website, branded in your company branding, for a small monthly fee.
Static jQuery Animated website with audio streaming and playback.
Full custom CMS based website with FLASH
Clean and Professional! Just like our client.
A fresh idea to Ecommerce! We very happy with the outcome of this ecommerce website, supporting charity organisations.
Simple, creative design makes this database driven website easy to navigate and keep up to date.
100% content managed, interactive directory style website, loaded with features, AJAX and much more...