Selling online has never been easier
At Softhost, we don’t make you calculate what you need to pay in order to run a store. We don’t design our packages as a percentage of anything, but rather just a simple flat fee. This is why we based our packages on three levels of monthly sales: R50,000.00, R100,000.00, and unlimited for an affordable monthly flat rate.
|Cashie Commerce Software|
|Unlimited Web Space|
|Unlimited Products (SKUs)|
|No Additional Fees|
|Sales Limits||Sell up to
|Sell up to
|Internet Giants - Private Stores||Hosted Shopping Carts||Flexible Online Stores|
|eg. Amazon, eBay Stores||eg. Yahoo, Volusion, Shopify||eg. Softhost eShops|
|Easy to start but very limited capacity for store owner to build a true online identity.||Looks easy and affordable, yet are more expensive on every marker. Forced to use their tools and website builder.
Pay additional for transaction fees on many accounts.
|Turn any website you have into an online store without having to start from scratch.
One monthly flat fee to take the guesswork and math out of the equation.
|Hard to integrate into a seamless brand experience. You will not have your own identity and will have to use "Amazon or eBay store" name URL to clients.
Forced to use their tools and to bring customers to their website; not yours.
|All you get is a shopping cart. You also need to cope with small print and conditions, like price increase on year 2 or transaction costs paid on percentage of sales.||Brings together everything you need - domain name, website, hosting features, marketing tools, and much more - to offer you a complete solution for your business.|
Softhost is committed to helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses online. We firmly believe that Softhost eShops stands up to every other ecommerce solution on the market. Try it for yourself to see!
Today’s customers are looking for an easy-to-use, smart and dependable solution for their online store needs. With Softhost eShops, you get all this and more! You’ll be able to set up a professional, eye-catching store and be on your way to running a successful online business in no time.
Read on for answers to some of your most frequently asked questions.
Softhost eShops is a complete solution for all your online store needs. We bundle everything together - your domain name, web hosting, marketing tools, Cashie and PayPal - so that you don't need to put pieces together.
Softhost eShops is powered by Cashie Commerce. It’s like a powerful blend of two amazing services to bring you one comprehensive ecommerce solution. Softhost provides everything you need to power your website, while Cashie provides the easy-to-use interface to convert that website into an online store.
Cashie is web-based ecommerce software. This means there’s no installation required and it works with all operating systems (including Windows and MacOS)! Softhost eShops will host your website and your store so you don’t have to worry about installing, upgrading or maintaining any software or web servers.
All you need is something to sell, a website, and Cashie. Setup any website any way you want; use open source scripts such as Wordpress, content management systems such as Joomla or Drupal, then add eShops and you can start taking orders.
Yes! The easiest way to do this is to register a domain with Softhost. You can also use an existing domain name and simply transfer it to Softhost or just redirect the name servers.
Our eShops work in almost every country and currency. It is dependent on the payment gateway you use. The Cashie supported currencies are: US Dollar, British Pound, Euro, Canadian Dollar, Australian Dollar, South African Rand, Botswana Pula.
Currently, the interface is only available in English. However, the ecommerce storefront, checkout, email communications, etc, of your eShop can be in English (US), English (UK), French (Canada), French (France), German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil) and Spanish.
Not at all! You can use the thousands of templates from the most popular content management systems, such as WordPress, and always keep your online store looking fresh! Configure the look of your store with any easy-to-use graphic interface you are comfortable with.
You have the ability to accept credit card payments but our Softhost eShops powered by Cashie offer seamless integration with PayPal payment processing services; and more are being added all the time.
What is a merchant account?
Every payment made with a credit card involves the transfer of funds to a merchant account, which a merchant (that is you) holds directly with a bank. The merchant has full responsibility for the transactions occurring with their account, and each bank has its own terms of service to which account holders must adhere.
Do I need a merchant account?
If you want to accept credit card payments through your online store, you will need either a merchant account of your own or the services of a third‐party payment processor like PayPal.
Will eShops integrate with PayPal Merchant Processing?
Setting up a merchant account and payment processing are typically the most difficult aspects of getting an online store up and running. But with Softhost eShops, there's a built-in PayPal payment gateway that also accepts credit cards. The requirements? All you need is a PayPal account.
An ecommerce payment gateway is a service that validates credit card payments and processes them securely with a user's merchant account. Often, a merchant account and payment gateway are set up in one process through the same company.
Your Softhost eShops plan is billed every 30 days, unless you have prepaid for an annual plan. We’ll send you an email notification with a link to an invoice listing any fees incurred for that billing period. You can also access invoices directly from your Softhost dashboard.
Having an SSL certificate is critical for your online reputation. It lets your website visitors know they can trust you – that you value their privacy and are making the extra effort to ensure all their data is encrypted during transmission from their computer to yours. A SSL certificate will protect all customer information you collect, including names, addresses, passwords, and credit card numbers.
An SSL certificate is the standard for web security. You will be required to have one if you plan to accept credit cards or other payment options on your site. In other words: if you are running an online business, you will be required to have an SSL certificate.
Yes. You need a dedicated IP in order to purchase and install a private SSL certificate on your website. You may purchase a dedicated IP at the same time as you purchase your Softhost eShops – there will be an option to do so on the secure order form. You may also purchase a dedicated IP address at anytime from your Softhost dashboard.
Take your store to your Facebook business page. With over 1 billion users worldwide, there has never been a better time to build your store presence on Facebook. With a few simple clicks, your entire product catalogue will be seamlessly installed on Facebook, with all the features of a regular online store. Learn more about how to create a Facebook store with eShops.
*based on annual payment
†Residents of South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe & Botswana only