There are over 1 billion websites on the World Wide Web today. This milestone was first reached in September of 2014, and first estimated and announced by Internet Live Stats from the inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee. By June 2017 that number has increased by over 200 million, that’s an increase of 182648 websites per day. China boasts the most internet users at over 721 million, with India in second place with more than 462 million, the US comes in third at over 287 million.
On the African continent South Africa comes in second and 25th overall at over 28 million.
South African online spend continues to grow and is forecast to reach more than R53bn by 2018.
The second is to build your brand so you can make more money. Considering that and with the mind-blowing statistics above to consider, it goes without saying that should you want to put your current business online to sell your product or service or build a new online store from scratch, you want to build it on the best ecommerce platform available.
As an internet company that specialises in Web site and Software development we had to consider a platform that would first of all provide the users that visit our clients’ online stores the fastest most stress-free buying experience possible. This includes searching for the product (Site Navigation), viewing the product (Product Galleries), product information, purchase of the product (Shopping Cart, payment gateway & shipping) and lastly a product that could offer a visual look and feel that could be easily be manipulated to reflect the clients’ brand in line with their branding strategy and reflect the latest internet design trends.
Secondly we had to find a platform that could be used for small, medium and large businesses with either 10 or 10,000 products and 2 or 2000 categories, at the same time taking into account that small businesses want to grow into large ones and large ones want to grow even larger, so the platform needed to support growth. Thirdly we needed to find a platform that has a world-wide foundation, continuous new development by 1000’s of developers, has plug-ins providing unlimited functionality options with continuous improvements and version updates. It then had to be flexible and have sufficient support so that our developers and designers could deliver the finest online store available anywhere.
After intensive research, comparisons and development we chose Magento as Syncrony’s preferred ecommerce platform and we use it to bring you and your customers the most visually stunning, easy to navigate, simple to transact with stores on the internet that can grow as your sales grow and provide usable business statistics to aid that growth.
A rich, out-of-the-box feature set, combined with thousands of off-the-shelf extensions and a global ecosystem of developers, gives merchants a complete solution that can adapt and grow with their needs. It’s no wonder that more than 240,000 sites worldwide trust Magento to power their online stores.
The Community edition is available as licenseless free-to-use open platform which empowers merchants to create innovative shopping experiences that stand out from the competition, attract new customers, and inspire them to return again and again.