This is an example of our 'responsive' web design for desktop, iPads and smartphones.

Oxfordshire-based eCommerce website design and development

Bespoke ecommerce website development

 

With a really good eCommerce website design, your business can appear to be equal to any high-street shop, whatever your actual business size.

 

Bespoke or commercial shopping cart?

iCatching can either design you a web-site from scratch that will exactly fit your requirements, or we can create a 'theme' and modify an off-the-shelf shopping cart such as Prestashop, Magento, Zen and Actinic.

While the majority of ecommerce websites based on such software are fairly poor, the quality of the shopping carts has risen quite dramatically since 2011 and are now a worthwhile consideration. If you think of them as the equivalent of a flat-pack kitchen compared to one crafted especially for you, then you can see some of the differences. With the former, you have to put up with the quality and options available off-the shelf; if it doesn't quite fit your requirements then that's too bad.

Despite the advances made in commercial ecommerce shopping carts, they still have several major disadvantages:

Slow speed
The sites are so complex to allow a wide variety of websites to use them that they become very slow
Hard to use
For the same reason as above, it can be difficult to administrate such sites as you have to wade through so many layers of unwanted options. It also becomes too easy to make mistakes that can damage the code in a web-page, making it unreadable.
Security
So many thousands of people use the same software package that it becomes worthwhile for hackers to break into the software. Once that happens every site is vulnerable until a software patch can be produced.

 

Bespoke ecommerce website

Back end administration for ecommerce website

 

A bespoke ecommerce site is crafted exactly to your need, to perform just the functions that your business requires. It will be fast because there's no unnecessary code, easy to use because the back-end administration pages are streamlined for the way you do business. Secure because it's unique and coded using best practises and secure code.

Prestashop eCommerce websites

Prestashop ecommerce developer

 

If you want a full-featured ecommerce site but don't have the budget for a bespoke site and can tolerate some of the issues with commercial shopping carts, then we will happily develop a site for you based on your preferred package. We can also host and install many of the popular packages for you, although some, such as Magento, require a more powerful web-hosting server than normal due to the complexity of the code.

Our current preferred commercial package is Prestashop, which was redesigned in 2012 to produce the latest version 1.5. Prestashop is easy to install and quick to get started. It's complex to use the back-end admin but it does cope well with all sorts of product hierarchy and we provide all the help and training you need to use it.

We also offer Prestashop hosting and will set up the software for you or there is a 'one-click' installer in our everyday hosting package.

 

Tell us what your online requirements are and we'll help you

We can give you all the information you need to make the decision between bespoke and commercial software.

We have years of experience with creating ecommerce sites and online shops so can advise on all the issues you need to consider.

If you email iCatching or call us on 01844 260843 as soon as you consider an online store, then we can point you in the right direction and tell you what you need to consider. We're based in Thame, Oxfordshire, handily close to the M40 if you'd like us to visit.