The spend on internet advertising in the UK has now overtaken television advertising, and with the average internet shopper in the UK spending over £1800 online each year, it’s not difficult to see why. With widespread broadband availability (3G and 4G) and a positive consumer attitude to online purchasing, e-commerce can a bring huge competitive advantage to your business, allowing you to position your business alongside the likes of national retailers, creating a far more level playing field.
As a WordPress house our preferred platform is WooCommerce. WooCommerce was acquired by Automattic in 2015 (the company that owns WordPress) which means WooCommerce is now part of the WordPress family. This has resulted in massive growth over the past year with WordPress and WooCommerce now powering over 37% of all online shops.
WooCommerce is a feature rich ecommerce platform based on WordPress. It can handle most of the requirements needed from an eCommerce platform. The advantage of it being built on WordPress is that, If the specific functionality a client needs isn’t there, it’s normally available through the WordPress community, where there are plugins for everything from accounting to marketing. Integration is also super simple, with plugins already available for all the major payment gateways and banks in UK and all major shipping and logistics companies.
WooCommerce is used by many major brands, including Subaru (cars), Airstream (trailers), Weber (BBQs), Singer (sowing machines), and can scale easily, meaning that as your E-commerce store grows, you don’t need to change platform. With over 1 Million WooCommerce stores in existence and the backup of the WordPress support community, Woo is the best option for SME’s who run WordPress as their website CMS.
Kacper of Parrot Creative was recommended to us as the person to help us revitalise our website. After listening to our needs, concerns and limited computer skills he did further independent research into the character and location of the buildings. He then made good suggestions as to how we could move forward. Kacper suggested ideas new to us and his patient approach has given us the confidence to further our use of "digital tourism". After updating the site for us, he continues to provide technical support. He works in a business like manor, promptly responding to questions and requests for help.
The committee have been impressed with his excellent approach and his commitment to tasks and would have no hesitation in recommending him and his work.
Kacper has created 2 websites for me that are just great for my needs. He is professional and has been extremely helpful and patient with me. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone. Thank you very much for all your help.
My favorite thing about them is that they actually care about their customers. Most hosting companies get their clients, then sit back and don't worry about them unless there is a problem. The thing I love about Parrot Creative is that they care about their clients and will actually send out direct messages to their clients to see how they are doing and how they can help and improve things. I haven't seen any other hosting companies that do this, at least on such a personal level.
When working with Kacper at Parrot Creative, this is what we got: Speed-of-light service. Seemingly limitless knowledge. A polished and streamlined web page that is easy to use and looks great. Fun, helpful and practical training. Enthusiastic (!!!) personnel. Reasonable price - as with most, we are budget-conscious and controlled. Patience with our many questions, and quick answers, too. People who listen carefully to what we say.
The end result far exceeded my expectations, Kacper was easy to communicate with every step of the way. All of our requests were handled professionally and in a timely manner. His creative input was also pleasantly surprising - coming up with new and fresh ideas that stood out! I would definitely recommend Parrot Creative, especially if you are looking for a reasonably priced and efficient web design agency that get the job done.
Some clients come to us with a brief, some without, either way the first step is meeting to scope out the project and working out what you need and what you want your project to achieve.
We start by researching the market, understanding your audience and looking at the best approach for positioning your business. We follow this up with visual sitemaps and wireframes.
Once we've agreed the wireframes the designers get stuck in creating concepts and mockups of your site. We often get a photographer and brand designer involved at this stage too.
Once the design stage is signed off we go to build, we pull together copy, images and code into a fully working website that then goes through a strict and technical internal snagging process.
Once the site is built we ask you for your feedback and we prepare the site for going live. We go through a detailed procedure to ensure a smooth transition, especially if you already have a website.
We'll train your team, so they'll be able to access and update your site, with the correct permissions and publishing rights and we'll back you up all the way until you're 100% happy.
WordPress is an open source (free to use and modify) content management system.
Boasting a simple to use interface, extensive documentation and a vast library of plugins there is no wonder why WordPress powers more than 30% of all websites on the web.
WordPress allows you (the website owner) to add, edit and delete content with little effort. While also granting our WordPress web design agency complete freedom to build completely bespoke designs and features.
WooCommerce is an ecommerce platform built to work with WordPress.
It comes complete with everything you would need to start up an online store, which can scales as you grow.
Being built on WordPress means that it is easy to manage and with the addition of plugins almost anything is possible. Just like WordPress, WooCommerce boasts an outstanding 26% market share.
We're marketing and creative experts, not sales people. Get the advice you need without the sales patter or pressure. Period!
There's no cloak and dagger, just good honest work and transparent processes so you can see the value we add to your project.
Our people are everything. We're a jolly bunch of experienced digital experts who you can talk to, sit with & work with.
Want to just chat things through? Pop in and we'll happily serve you coffee, tea or any beverage (just let us know in advance)!
Most of our ecommerce websites are built using WordPress and WooCommerce, the world's most popular Content Management System (CMS). WordPress allows you to create, edit and delete pages, posts, products and any other content from a single dashboard.
When the website is built, you and your admins will be fully trained to manage your WordPress & WooCommerce website. Additionally, because WordPress is so popular - you're not just limited to us for your development and support needs.
No useless jargon or ongoing fees for content changes. You remain in control of your website, and your costs.
The length of time it takes to finish a WooCommerce project is dependent on the complexity of each project. A basic WooCommerce website can take between 6 to 8 weeks, while a more complicated ecommerce website may take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months from start to finish.
Unfortunately, we can't give you an answer to that question on our site simply because every project is different. We've worked on bespoke websites that ranged from £500 to £15,000. The quickest way to get a ballpark figure is to contact us or arrange a meeting, and discuss your ecommerce website needs.
We don't charge for small changes to any websites which we have built. However, if you have an existing website and would like for us to make changes to your that website then we would charge an agreed hourly rate. Contact us to receive an estimate of how much your project will cost.
We usually split the total cost of the project into 4 equal payments, which include a 25% deposit required for work to start, and 3 additional 25% payments at agreed milestones. We won't charge you for minor changes and will do everything we can to make sure that you're satisfied with your new website.