WEB APPS & ECOMMERCE PLATFORMS
According to internetlivestats.com we’ll be hitting the mark of 2 billion websites sometime in 2019. That’s a lot of websites on internet! But when we crossed the 1.5 billion mark, it was reported that only 200 million of them were active websites with some visitors visiting them. It’s staggering that only 13% websites on internet are functioning. This has been a major problem that no one is addressing. With the way things are going, those numbers don’t seem to change drastically. It is like the ‘Tulip Mania’ where everyone is making a web apps, or e-commerce websites, and what not for their business hoping that having presence on the internet is going to do wonders for them. It is sad that most of them get the fundamentals wrong due to which their website is ends up in those 87% that don’t get any eyeballs.
We want to focus our skills and talents onto building websites and web apps that help businesses get into that 13% segment. With internet traffic growing every year, e-commerce sales reaching record heights, it is downright stupid if your website doesn’t reach its intended audience and doesn’t serve the intended purpose. Most software building agencies don’t understand what are the objectives that the client is hoping to achieve when they want to build an e-commerce website, or a web-based system. Hence they just end up building worthless junk. We learn about each individual business carefully, and we understand the web platform really well. Even a 9th grader would be able to get you a website. We build websites that actually work. The web apps built by us yield the true power of the internet.
Build E-commerce websites quickly
There is no denying that online buying and selling of goods and services is going every year. It is transcending countries, cultures and business cases. If you’re a small boutique business, or if you’re someone who is looking for a side hustle, if you’re a one-man show or a minimally staffed outfit, an online website can be that sales team that you never had. It can help you bring in a decent amount of sales leads that you can work on and convert. But how do you build such an ecommerce website? Being small and tenuous, you cannot wait for 6 months and invest thousands of dollars behind building your website.
Voila! Say hello to the world of content management systems (or CMS, as we call them). Content management systems are tools that allow us to build various business websites with e-commerce features in no time. Our team works on various popular CMS that are based on the PHP platform. They are trained heavily to bend and mould these systems to work perfectly in a way that suits your business. At a glance they might seem simple and easy, and you’d hear that anyone can build themselves a website using them. But that’s like saying anyone can give themselves a tetanus shot! It seems like an easy thing to do, but it is better to get some help.
We have a team working dedicatedly on the WordPress platform. They’ve built several powerful e-commerce websites that sell variety of different merchandise. The WooCommerce plug-in is like a gift from god! With the help of WooCommerce, Shopify and OpenCart, our team has helped several SMEs by building systems for them in a span of weeks! These are perfectly good systems to get your e-commerce journey started with. Later on, when things turn serious, you can always beef up your infrastructure and customise every feature as per your business operations by building a more powerful system from scratch using heavyweight technologies.
Create a custom web-based system
CMS while a blessing for micro and small enterprises, doesn’t blend in well with businesses with a considerable staff operating in various departments. There are businesses selling goods, but they’ve multiple warehouses where inventory is managed in dated batches. There are different logistical channels used for shipping and delivering that inventory. There is a considerable amount of returns and repairs that need to be handled. After all that, there is accounting that needs to be done for all the sales. The system needs to provide several statistical reports helping the business improve on several standpoints like procurements, storage, logistics, sales, etc. And all these different departments and operations need to be connected to the website because that’s the point of sale that the entire company is working behind.
An e-commerce platform like that is beyond the caliber of any CMS. Even if they’d handle the sales front-end, they’d not do proper justice to the back-end operations, which are equally important, if not more. That’s where the frameworks of the PHP platform come to the rescue. The PHP community has got some impressive frameworks out there that allow us to built tailor made e-commerce platforms for such elaborate businesses. There is a plethora of frameworks out there, but Laravel, Lumen, CakePHP & CodeIgniter are the chosen ones for us. The majority of the PHP development community agrees with us and we have dug deep in these four frameworks to ensure that we know every nook and corner of these frameworks. Laravel is our favorite son, but we don’t discriminate much and we love each of them equally.
- React JS
- Angular JS
- Node JS
- Vue JS
- Backbone JS
- Meteor JS
Future of e-commerce is strong! Be a part of it!
The total online e-commerce sales globally have already crossed over US $3 trillion, and there is no stopping to it. It is bound to keep rising for next few years to come for sure. Numbers don’t lie. We’re pretty sure that the direction of that graph is going to remain the same even post 2021. Hence if you’ve got a business that’s B2C, it’d be almost criminal not to sell your products or services online. Even if you’re a B2B or even complex models like B2G or C2C, there are great opportunities coming up online, where you can get a truck load of leads which you’d take months to aggregate in the offline world.
You need the right tech team at the helm of your business’ online e-commerce mission. A team that understands your business, how it operates, its priorities and its customer base. Only then, you’d be able to gain a healthy traction riding this e-commerce wave. Otherwise it is almost like opening up a shop in a forest where no one comes. If you’re not sure about how can an online e-commerce website impact your business, or how can you beat your competitors who’ve already established themselves online before you, talk to our team members. We’d be happy to discuss what opportunities lie ahead for your business.
Questions in your head right now:
You probably won’t be happy with the way the world of CMS works. Your marketplace platform is going to require a lot of specific, custom-made features. It is going to be very different from normal, 1-merchant e-commerce websites. For you, a custom-based approach would be much better. We’ll need to study the business model of your marketplace and how your merchants would be interacting with the buyers and how the business would be conducted on the platform. The entire platform would be built around that.
But before you begin those discussions with us about your how would we be building your marketplace platform in form of an online e-commerce website, you need to do your groundwork and toil hard to find the first batch of merchants that’d stick with you when your website gets launched. In such ventures, getting all that preparations done perfectly is more important than building your website. Several marketplaces fail because the founding team didn’t work well on the merchant relationships and didn’t do a good job scouting them and managing them. Building even the most complicated of online marketplaces isn’t going to be a tough job. But getting all that field work right is going to be harder than rocket science!