(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – 1&1 Internet, Ltd. (www.1and1.co.uk), a global leader among Web hosting providers, today launched a new range of turn-key eCommerce solutions, powered by ePages, that include everything a retailer needs for successful online selling. The new 1&1 eShop, priced from only £0.99/month+VAT, combines advanced features for store-building with full mobile and social media compatibility and optimal usability for shoppers. 1&1 eShops are designed to address powerful eCommerce trends and satisfy even the most demanding online retailers.
1&1 offers the best chance of online sales by including a number of functions designed to maximise visibility, engagement and purchases. Today, growth in online shopping shows no sign of slowing, and more consumers worldwide are making purchases via mobile devices. According to ComScore, growth in mobile commerce is outpacing desktop eCommerce by 200 per cent. Thus, it is essential that merchants can leverage a platform that allows them to benefit. 1&1’s new e-shop solution automatically configures the eShop website into a version optimised for mobile viewing and ordering via smartphone and tablet devices.
Social media engagement is nowadays an important factor in winning sales. According to eMarketer, active social media users have grown 18 per cent globally in 2013 and will reach 2.55 billion users by 2017. To satisfy a social audience, 1&1 eShop includes interfaces to the most popular platforms. Customers can set up a Facebook shop and promote their store through Twitter, Google+ and Facebook buttons. Within a few clicks, they can develop their sales through marketplaces including eBay and Amazon as well as product portals like Google.
For retailers looking to trade overseas, 1&1 eShops offer rapid conversion in up to 15 languages, multiple secure online payment methods including PayPal, BillSafe and credit card payment via a number of providers, support for multiple currencies and international shipping settings. 1&1 also offers impactful online marketing tools including a professional newsletter tool, daily deals, customer reviews and website analytics. As a 1&1 eShop customer, businesses can apply for a ‘Trusted Shops’ seal to illustrate a highly respected award for reliability and security. The customers of these retailers will thus receive a money-back-guarantee and buyer protection. 1&1 works to continually update eShop compliance, performance and functionality.
Robert Hoffmann, CEO Hosting, 1&1 Internet, said, “1&1 is always focused on delivering a complete solution for online success. Our customers can rest assured that their stores meet and exceed ever-increasing consumer expectations. 1&1’s latest generation eShops provide not only a dynamic and reliable selling platform, but tools for capitalising on current retail trends, maximizing usability and engagement as well as driving traffic and guiding shoppers towards a sale”.
With 1&1 eShop, the process of building a store is easy and achievable by any level of user in minutes. Users can select from numerous industry specific layouts which can be adjusted at any time, and from any computer. Reliability and security is guaranteed via 1&1’s geo-redundancy, with data saved across two highly secure data centre locations, and transferred on 1&1’s own high-speed network. 1&1 eCommerce experts are available 24/7 for providing technical assistance or advice on how to promote an online store.
The entry-level 1&1 eShop Starter, from £6.99/month+VAT, offers retailing for up to 100 products, full mobile compatibility, and shipping methods. The 1&1 eShop Basic, currently on a promotional offer of £0.99/month+VAT, also provides support for up to 1,000 products, PayPal payments, 2 languages, enhanced online marketing options with Google, eBay and Amazon, as well as further payment methods. 1&1 eShop Plus, from £19.99/month+VAT, also includes Facebook shop, downloadable products, 7 languages, various currency options, and up to 10,000 products. The flagship 1&1 eShop Unlimited package, from £39.99/month+VAT, offers 15 languages, unlimited products and categories, all currencies and shipping methods.
All packages include 1 free domain name as well as a £20 PayPal transaction credit for those who sign up for a PayPal account by May 31, 2014. More information at: http://www.1and1.co.uk/eshops
About 1&1 Internet Ltd
1&1 Internet Ltd based in Slough, west of London, is Europe’s No.1 web hosting and domain name registration company. 1&1 Internet Ltd is the UK arm of 1&1 Internet AG based in Germany (a subsidiary of United Internet Group, a public company with a market cap of more than 4.5 Billion GBP). 1&1 was established in 1988 and holds more than 12.5 million British, German, US, French, Spanish, Austrian, Polish, Italian and Mexican customer contracts. 1&1 Group manages more than 19 million domain names worldwide. More than 70,000 servers run in 1&1’s five state-of-the-art, green data centers. 1&1 prides itself on being the one-stop-shop for web solutions.
1&1 Internet Ltd entered the UK domain registration and web hosting market in June 2000. As a well funded profitable company, it is in a strong position to deliver a high quality service at low cost. 1&1 is an ICANN accredited registrar with VeriSign (.com/,net), Nominet (.co.uk), Afilias (.info), NeuLevel (.biz) and PIR (.org).