Online store software provider ePages has become 1&1’s exclusive partner for online shop software in Europe and North America, boosting the number of ePages shops to more than 120,000. Also, 1&1’s parent company United Internet has acquired a 25 percent equity stake in ePages.
According to the deal this week, 1&1 and ePages will migrate the existing e-commerce clients using “1&1 eShops” to the ePages platform, keeping all customer data and website layouts unchanged. ePages shops are immediately available through 1&1 in the UK, Germany, France, and Spain, as well as in the US and Canada, where 1&1 is the first major ePages shop provider.
In order to provide 1&1 this service, ePages had to meet a number of security standards specifically for 1&1 including an audit to ensure it meets the OWASP security standards for web applications. ePages also provides geographic redundancy between its two data centers in Europe and two in the US, ensuring that online shops are backed up twice and synchronized so that 1&1 shops can provide failover capability within seconds.
Additionally, 1&1 is the first service provider to use the new ePages REST API which is designed to make it easy to integrate third-party systems such as payment methods, portals, ERP systems, and marketing tools. 1&1 has, for instance, integrated its payment solution “iPayment” with ePages.
This license agreement is the largest in the history of Germany-based ePages, and one that ePages CEO Wilfried Beeck said is “an important strategic partner for our market entry in North America.”
The companies have said ePage and 1&1 are cooperating on creating an e-commerce platform that provides features all the features merchants need for a successful online business.