Fully Integrated Websites

Sharp-aX can provide fully integrated website solutions that give businesses an Ecommerce store. This enables them to take payments online via multiple payment providers, including; PayPal, Sagepay and Worldpay.

Our fully integrated solution means that stock, prices and images can all be imported automatically to the website and, all orders made via the web are paid and processed 24/7, seamlessly into the Sharp-aX system.

We use the latest technologies, including; CodeIgniter (MVC Framework), Smarty template engine, HTML5, CSS3 and Bootstrap, meaning our sites are fast, mobile-friendly, and they look good on all screen sizes/devices. .

 

Importing Data using the Sharp-aX WebAPI

Once the initial data has been setup within Sharp-aX, it can be imported directly into a website. This allows real data to be used on both the frontend and within the Content Management System, for the user to edit further.

Imports can be done automatically via the use of Sharp-aX trackers and the publisher tool. These can be triggered when a product is sold, an order is raised, an item is marked as dispatched or other updates made through the system.

Imports can work both ways, allowing both the website and system to have the same information. This includes user accounts created, orders being placed and payments taken online seamlessly synced between the two.

 

Developing Your Website

The development process starts with setting up a staging server, where the website can be viewed and tested. This enables the publisher to be able to push data to the website and import directly into the database.

We use this stage to add additional features and functionality specific to that business, these include; payment gateways, delivery methods, colour and size options.

Tests are carried out on real products, whilst the payment gateway is in a sandbox mode. Therefore the actual money isn’t taken, but an order can be processed to simulate a real transaction.

 

Dynamic Content Management System

Our websites are built within an agile Content Management System, allowing a business to easily manage their product categories, pages, content, blog articles, web banners and more, without needing a web developer.

All sites are mobile-friendly, adapting to all screen sizes and devices, wherever it’s viewed from. In instances where there is a slow internet connection, our sites can still load faster; thanks to the Smarty cache engine.

Using various optimisation techniques such as; caching, minification and image compression, our sites can perform better than most. These sites are SEO friendly, giving them a head start ranking in search engines.

 

Preparation for Website Launch

Once all the contents, images and pages have been imported or added via the CMS, both parties should be happy that everything is thoroughly tested during the development stage and ready to prepare for launch.

Prior to launch, we do some final checks, which include; a transaction, this time for real using an actual card, additional performance tests and, produce an XML Sitemap (used by search engines to index a website).

Whilst our websites are SEO friendly, additional work is required to maintain rankings in search engines. Our CMS provides the main tools needed to apply SEO techniques, without accessing the code directly.

 

Website Extras

Once launched, websites need to be secure, which means having an SSL certificate applied. This extra layer of security re-assures visitors that the website can be trusted and their personal information is safe.

Additionally, we can add a malware monitoring and hack prevention tool, provided by Astra Security which keeps the site safe and alerts businesses to any attempts of hacking or adding malicious code on the website.

Additional features can always be added to a website. These will be reviewed and developed on the staging server, where both parties can test it and once happy, new features can then be pushed to the live site.

See our full list of features – View our Web Brochure online

Product Page Example

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Customer Feedback

"The installation has gone very well, and it has saved us a lot of time and made us more efficient especially on the sales desk. We plan to grow the system over the next few years as the company grows"

Mark Slater, Manager
M&S Distributors

"I have worked closely with the Sharp-Ax Web Development Team for more than 4 years now. When we first started working together, I was incredibly green and had little knowledge of how to go about creating a website.

Sharp-Ax were incredibly patient and helped me through the early stages, quickly earning my trust and respect.

Throughout the process they have come up with some truly innovative solutions to tasks I have set and have worked with me to achieve a platform that I am very happy with.

I would wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone that is looking to either start a website from scratch or are looking to move their business. It sounds corny Jean, Manish and the rest of the team do actually prioritise the customer experience, which in this day and age is refreshing"

Gary Sanderson
Metro Fixings

Skilled, reliable, and excellent customer care

"I've been working closely with the web team at Sharp Ax now for over two years, and during that time they have always been thoroughly professional, reliable and most importantly, very good at what they do.

Our site has gone through strength to strength since we went live around 18 months ago, and it has now become a vital part of our business. We regularly receive glowing compliments about the layout and usability of our website from customers and suppliers, and while I would love to be able to take the credit for it, this is largely down to the website template and CMS, which is simple and easy to use.

As with all tech installations you may get the odd hiccup or something may not integrate seamlessly with your own system at first, but the best thing about Sharp Ax is that any problem is fixed quickly and with the minimum of fuss. It is clear that they prioritise customer satisfaction, which is refreshing to see from a tech company.

I would not hesitate to recommend this company to anyone and I look forward to continuing a strong working relationship moving forward"

Mark Collins
TC Fixings

"We had a big increase in our daily workload as we set up the new system. Our software problems proved to be minimal though and Sharp-aX came to our aid whenever required, so we were able to move forward with total confidence"

Dave Mansfield, Senior Systems and Network Administrator
Apex Grange Ltd

"We wanted to set the company up for the next 15 years with a totally modern Microsoft windows system that has everything we need and all the features that we will need as we grow, and is easy to use. Already it is like having another member of staff and we have all the daily knowledge we need at our fingertips. The sales order processing is splendid"

Simon Carter, Company Manager
Carter Mason Electrical Ltd

"I've looked at different systems and picked Sharp-Ax from Sharp-aX Computer Systems, because it used all modern windows techniques and was by far the best I saw; they are very experienced in electrical wholesalers systems and while they are a large software house which is reassuring, you are still treated as important, whatever size you are"

Jon Bishop, Branch manager
Connect Electrical