E-Commerce with webonline
What can webonline offer?You are welcome to setup an e-commerce website on one of our hosting plans, but there are a few things you will need to do. First of all you will need an e-commerce provider who will provide you with an Internet Payment Gateway (IPN). There are a number of these in South Africa, including Iveri ( http://www.iveri.com/ ), PayFast ( http://www.payfast.co.za/ ) & MyGate ( http://www.mygate.co.za/ ). Depending on what e-commerce provider you select and which payments you want to be able to receive, you may need to get a merchant account with the bank linked to that e-commerce provider. Dont worry, you do not need a bank account with that bank though.
What do I have to do and how long does it take to set-up?Each payment gateway has it own process to follow so it will be best to contact them directly for more information. You do not need to be a "mega-business" with a million Rand's plus worth of turnover to qualify for the service! The only restriction is that many banks will not issue a merchant number to a company or sole trader that has a judgment against their name. You are even able to apply for a merchant number on your own name without having a registered business.
So, what are the cost implications?Your e-commerce provider will generally charge you a monthly service fee, and the bank linked to your merchant account will usually charge you a percentage of the transaction fee (this is usually a standard speed point fee). You will be able to negotiate a better fee if you are already a merchant with a large turnover. The typical costs are therefore made up of the following: Your hosting contract with webonline, your service fee from your e-commerce provider, and a levy on all transactions (this is usually a standard speed point fee). Some e-commerce providers do levy a set-up fee which varies from provider to provider.
I want a SSL certificate on my site, what costs apply?If you need a SSL certificate on your website, we will be able to provide you with one at a price of $ 125.00 per year. This certificate will be issued by Comodo. You will also need a dedicated IP address. The dedicated IP address will cost you R100.00/month. To host the SSL certificate will cost you R175.00 per month.
What do I get from webonline?We provide a starting point and information, and the rest will be up to you and your web designer. Once you are set-up with an e-commerce provider, you'll then select your own shopping basket if you require one. webonline is unfortunately not responsible for the integration of your shopping basket.
I want to E-Commerce enable my site, so how do I get started?
Decide which e-commerce provider you would like to use, and contact them to register an account. They will also provide you with the rest of the information you require to implement the e-commerce payment solution on your website.
I would rather use another E-Commerce provider!
You are more than welcome to make use of any provider you prefer. There are so many options available that webonline had to offer one "Turn-Key" solution and we happen to have listed a few of the more prominent ones above.
Who else provides payment gateways in South Africa?
We are currently aware of the following providers:
- iVeri - http://www.iveri.co.za/
- MyGate - http://www.mygate.co.za/
- PayFast - http://www.payfast.co.za/
- PayGate - http://www.paygate.co.za/
- SetCom - http://www.setcom.co.za/
- Virtual Card Services (VCS) - http://www.vcs.co.za/