eCommerce & Retail
By far the biggest product we
have is our online shopping system. Without looking at the actual
numbers I would say that almost half of our customers use the
shopping cart for ecommerce online.
The cart just like other
programs has evolved over the last decade and has become quite
powerful as a result of working with thousands of customers one
on one to give them the tools they need.
Unlike some of the more simple
programs the eCommerce platform at pageBuzz.com is in a class of
its own. With hundreds of supporting programs it is involved,
extensive and powerful.
For more details on all the
features see the Shopping Cart Features
page while we add a brief list below to show some of the more
common features of the pageBuzz ecommerce system.
The pageBuzz Shopping
2500 product capacity
4 images per item
4 options with 100
2 custom options
10 Custom Content
4 Custom Descriptor
Taxable / Nontaxable
Paypal payment or
Merchant Card Processing
SSL Access to sales
Bulk Discounts &
Individual SEO tools
sizing and Cropping
Image management tools
Inventory control for
Inventory control by
and on and on..........
Now the cart is so
developed we could talk about it all day long, but what you want
to know is if it will work for your business and in 90% of
the cases it will as
long as you have under 2500 products.
There are going to be other
considerations and limits like the 400 options in 4 sets of 100.
If you have 5, 6 or more option then the cart will not support it.
Not that we could not add support for more, but then it just
becomes so complicated that nobody can manage it.
Part of what we
have done in limiting the size, number of products and
options is to keep the cart affordable and simple to use.
If we had created a platform
for 10,000 or 100,000 products it would require a different class
of software and hardware and the skills to manage it would be
much more technical. For the same reason you don't buy a $50,000
website for your business with a $10,000 a year support package.
We decided to stay in the
small business category, home based retailers, small stores and
shops that don't have an IT Department and geeks on call 24/7 at
their finger tips. The crafters and artists that need a website
to show off their work, the small gift shop with only a handful
of items compared to large box retailers like Walmart.
Our cart will also limit what
you can do because you don't have access to change the
programming. So if the cart does not do what you need, you can't
hire a programmer to do it for you. But most people don't have $20,000
extra to modify a shopping cart, so for the vast majority of
users that is not a problem.
Our cart offers
amazing flexibility in design with full access to the HTML and
The cart is loved by
developers because they can build absolute designs and populate
the designs with the data fields they desire. That means there is
no limit to the design options since the data can be delivered
directly to the webmasters page the way they want it.
Again, for most people, they
are happy using one of the preset layouts for the cart style and
then using the online tools they can quickly customize the look.
Easy to use tools make
changing colors, adding tabbed content or rotating cross sell
products as simple as one click. There is nothing to learn,
nothing to know. When you don't know where to go, you just call
for help. Believe it or not the help is included in the $20 a
month hosting fee. So use as much as you like, whenever you need
Simplicity Has Made
There is no doubt that our
simplistic approach has helped make us the #1 choice of online
Tools like the image uploading
and automated thumbnail generation make adding items fast and
easy even for the novice. There is no complex code, no HTML or no
programming to worry about. Just load up the items and start
After all, selling products is
enough to manage, the least thing you need is to try to figure
out how to build a website.
We take care of all of that
for you with SSL credit card processing and secure payment
gateways. Real time interfaces with UPS and Fedex to get real
time shipping quotes. Features that require hundreds of hours of
programming on normal websites but at pageBuzz.com they only
require one click to add to any website.
Spending Time to
We commonly have new customers
that call us after trying to get online for a year or more
without success. After spending thousands of dollars, hundreds of
hours they are still not online and selling.
can typically get customers online the same day!
It does not take much time at
all since our system is built for and ready for ecommerce. You
sign up and you start adding products. With time saving tools
like the inventory import we can often import 2500 products in
minutes and have a completed store in a few hours or less.
Since we really specialize in
ecommerce compared to other hosts that specialize in "Website
Hosting" we don't bore you with how many SQL database
connections you are allowed or how much disk space you need or
what bandwidth or CPU option to choose. We just open your store
Building an online store in
1998 or 2000 was a big deal, but today with ready to go programs
users can be online in minutes with their very own website.
We have even simplified the
page building process with our Drag and Drop website editor so beyond building your online store is even easier.
pageBuzz has not followed any
of our competitors, we have unique tools and features that other
companies cannot offer. We have a unique CMS that no other
company has even envisioned. We have a different way of doing
business that does not fit the corporate mold.
So we stand alone
with our small business website hosting customers and provide
tools that no other company will ever have.
While I would love to ell you
how we have magic tools that let you build websites in minutes we
don't. Websites do take a little bit of effort on your part. That
means adding items, updating pages and writing what you want
people to read. If you are wiling to do that then pageBuzz is a
If you are not willing to do
the work, then no cart will ever work for you because it takes
work to make money.
If you think you want to try
it out, take a look at our demo and try the shopping cart
features. You will be amazed at how much a cart for $20 a month
Hosting Retail Websites
Since we started hosting back
in 1997 we have hosted thousands of retail websites, originally
building programming from the ground up and later offering
complete solutions like we do now for $20 a month.
At one time retailers paid us
thousands of dollars each moth to have us build and maintain
their programming but now you get the benefit of that programming
for just $20 a month.
In fact, the new programming
makes the old stuff look like a run down 1915 Model T. It is
sleek, have graphical user interfaces and much more programming
than we ever though possible.
Each year our programs get
better, do more and have more features. We build into new markets
and develop new tools and technology t meet the new online
For you to do this on your own
i would be cost prohibitive and using a cheaper solution that is
not actively developed will leave you behind in the long run.
Some of our customers have
been with us since we opened BumblebBeeWorks back over a decade
ago and the fact that the are still using the same cart, the same
database and the same hosting service is a testament to how much
we have added over the years.
Nobody will ever leave because
we keep giving them more. We keep getting better and learning
Take a look at our programming updates
and you will see how much we have added and when we added it. You
can see how actively we add new features and develop our software
As we learn more from you
retailers we make changes, add options and new tools. For example
when we opened we did not have a wish list or gift certificates.
We added them later because our customers wanted them.
We added features like the
discount groups for retailers that sell bulk items, we added
return shipping for rental businesses and so on....
As we add more you get more
and we have never raised the price for an existing customer. So
what the rice is when you sign up will be the price you pay 10
years down the road.
While our price has
almost trippled from the original $7.95 to $19.99 we still honor
hundreds or customers still paying $7.95 because we value their
loyalty. They have been a big part of our success and we hope
that you will be a big part of our future.