Fasthosts Internet Launches Online Store Builder with ePages

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Fasthosts Internet has launched its eShop Builder, the product of a partnership with ePages, to provide online shop software to Fasthosts’ thousands of U.K. resellers. According to the announcement, the ePages-powered e-commerce tool is offered with generous reseller commissions and support.

The support, maintenance, legal and software updates provided by ePages SaaS platform save agencies and IT professionals time and cost, the companies say. eShop Builder is targeted to online retailers that do not need the customization and complexity of open source e-commerce tools.

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“Cloud-driven platforms and powerful apps now make ecommerce activity highly accessible,” ePages CEO Wilfried Beeck said in a statement. “As many SMBs and individuals are planning to jump into online retail, there’s an excellent opportunity for resellers to support them. For agencies in particular, Fasthosts eShop Builder comprises a swift and reliable way to profit from a booming sector.”

Forrester estimates the size of the market for associated design, implementation, and support services at $6 billion now, rising to $10 billion by the end of 2019. A survey of U.K. adults commissioned by ePages recently found that 44 percent have earned “additional” money online, and 30 percent plan to do so regularly.

The partnership, originally reported earlier this year, allows Fasthosts and ePages to deliver the quick route to e-commerce they say is sought by many SMBs.

“Fasthosts see a significant growth in new ecommerce resellers. From talking to our web design partners, we are very aware that they are looking for new revenue streams with minimal investment,” Fasthosts Internet Ltd Product Manager Chris Sopp said. “eShop Builder gives them exactly what they need without the overheads of employing a developer. Instead, they can look at a good designer to drive the ‘drag and drop’ theme-based application and still build a very professional looking shop for minimal outlay. An experienced designer could produce up to ten sites a week depending upon complexity and, of course, Fasthosts is on hand to support them throughout the process.”

ePages announced a partnership with CM4all in October to integrate plug-and-play ecommerce capability into the website builder.

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