Simply put: a registered Cyprus domain name is a domain which ends in .cy.
Why would you need one?
If you are a company based in Cyprus, the benefits of having a Cyprus domain name are massive. Firstly, the .cy at the end, gives the impression that your business is serious, it gives credibility and authority with the first glance, and additionally, establishes where you are based.
In addition, a .cy at the end helps with Google SEO, since computer crawlers know to whom and in what cases your domain is relevant. Therefore, if you want to help your website ranking in Cyprus to be at the top, registering a Cyprus domain name can be very valuable to you. In addition, with a .cy at the end you target even more specific regions within the country of Cyprus – through local SEO practices!
Now, let’s get to the how-to part.
How to register a .cy domain name.
To register a Cyprus domain name, you need to be a registered Ltd Company in Cyprus.
Once this is the case you can register through UNIC (Nicosia University Cyprus).
If you’re already reading this, then chances are you already know what eBay is. Maybe, you are wondering how you can start selling on eBay as a company in Cyprus, and if so, we’ll try to make this process clearer throughout this article.
eBay is an eCommerce platform, meaning that people can use it to sell products online. The platform allows you to create an account for free and, once verified, start your business.
Some basic information for selling from Cyprus
Firstly, eBay has created a list of different countries from which people are eligible to create an account, and luckily Cyprus is one of them. However, there is no eBay.cy site (there is no specific website for Cyprus yet), meaning that sellers usually choose another country’s website to use for their work. A lot of sellers based in Cyprus use the UK eBay website, but there are various other options within Europe that might suit you better.
This gives rise to another question though. How does shipping work when selling from Cyprus?
Well, you have a few options actually. eBay provides various shipping providers for you; however, you can still choose local pickup (if you are selling only in Cyprus), or even choose your own shipping provider within Cyprus. Furthermore, if you choose to sell worldwide, you might also benefit from the global shipping program (which might be beneficial if selling to a country outside the EU).
How to start
Decide which country’s website you’ll be selling from
Make sure you do your research before choosing which eBay website to use. If for example, you plan on shipping mostly in Europe, then maybe a website based in Europe (the Netherlands) could be useful. However, if you prefer to use the UK site, to ensure that the language spoken is always English, that’s also a valid point.
Here’s a list of all eBay website options you have in countries around the globe.
Create an eBay account
Depending on the country of your choice, you then create an account on their website – this is a process free of charge.
It really is this simple! Once you have your account, you’ll see a section (in the UK website: at the top right part), labeled as ‘sell.’ When you press on that, you are asked what you’ll be selling, so that eBay can generate templates for you based on other people’s already existing products.
After you select a template that matches your product best, you can customize it as you like. Lastly, once you’ve already kickstarted the process and have your profile, then go ahead and learn what you need to do to create a ‘successful’ listing.
As a company or individual in Cyprus, you can definitely benefit from eBay eCommerce. You firstly however need to think about where you want to sell so as to make other decisions easier for yourself in the future (i.e., which platform to choose, what shipping options to choose, etc.)
Once your first decisions are made, time to get to acting. Create an account on eBay and start selling. It will take some trial and error, and some adjusting to the platform at first; however, it is very straightforward to use even to people with zero experience, and the eBay community is there to help you out with any questions you might have as well.
WooCommerce is one of the many eCommerce platforms out there, allowing people worldwide to sell their products. Essentially WooCommerce is a plugin, built on WordPress and is well known for its customizability. You might be also wondering if you should use WooCommerce when based in Cyprus.
The platform currently has more than 1,700 live stores in Cyprus. This means that quite a few people are already using it and the number is growing.
However, with various platforms out there competing for your trust and attention, it can be challenging to choose which one to use. So, let’s have a look at some advantages and drawbacks of using WooCommerce as a company in Cyprus.
Benefits of using WooCommerce
The plugin itself is free! However, if you want some specific extensions you might have to pay something.
WooCommerce is an open-source platform
This means that developers or users from around the world can change the code and customize different aspects of the platform – it is an open collaboration platform.
It’s highly customizable
Perhaps one of the biggest reasons why people would choose WooCommerce over other eCommerce platforms is this specific feature. The customizability of it. Furthermore, it is suitable for people with no coding experience, as well as developers and designers.
The platform not only stays on top of its game in cybersecurity but also offers secure payout methods (i.e., Stripe, PayPal, Payza, etc.)
Big community and lots of support
Since the platform is built on WordPress, you have access to various information and different community groups that can help you out with any questions you have and support you. For example, both the WooCommece Support Forum and Upload WP Community Forums, could be very helpful when facing a problem.
Drawbacks of using WooCommerce
Paying for extensions
As mentioned above, downloading, and using the plugin is free. However, if you want to add more extensions in some cases you will have to pay a fee. This can sound like a disadvantage, and sometimes it can be, but, in other instances investing in these extensions can go a long way in the long run. Therefore, this point can be considered a disadvantage, but perhaps not always.
If you download too many plugins loading speed slows down
The platform offers a lot of extensions and plugins, and even though these help create great websites, they also sometimes make the loading speed of your website slower. Therefore, the many options you have in plugins could be a great advantage if used moderately.
Who is WooCommerce for?
As mentioned above, the plugin can be customized. This makes it a great option for people from various fields, and at different levels of their business journey. For example, small and mid-sized businesses, as well as start-ups can benefit from WooCommerce.
Deciding on which platform to use to get your online business started can be very overwhelming, especially with all the options out there. The best way to get over uncertainty in some cases is to do some research, decide based on your research, and then get started.
Our team specializes in eCommerce and website building, and we are here to support you in your journey of building a store on WooCommerce, or essentially any other eCommerce platform.
As involved in the world of eCommerce and website building for years now, we have heard a lot and had our experiences with the Wix builder. And even though to some extent the platform looks promising, we have grown to see a few disadvantages to using it in some cases.
First things first. Wix is a website builder. It’s a platform that allows users to build their own websites through it (similar to Squarespace, Weebly, etc.) Some of the advantages of the platform are that it is affordable (it has low pricing both for websites and eCommerce). In addition, it gives you a variety of themes to choose from, allowing you to make your website look professional. Lastly, it is easy to use because of its live editing and has a support team ready to answer any questions.
If there are so many advantages to it, why should you not use it?
No deep analytics
Well, it always comes down to what you want from your website or eCommerce. If for example, you are at a place in your journey where you’d benefit from deep analytics, and numbers to support your decisions in the long run, then Wix might limit you on that.
The analytics the platform offers include some basic and traffic tracking analytics, but that’s as far as they go. If you want to dive deeper into your business and see what works best, what doesn’t, and why, then Wix perhaps isn’t the best option for you.
Even though we stated as an advantage that Wix allows you to create professional-looking websites, it still operates on drag and drop. This in some cases might limit your creativity. On a more positive note, however, you can still get creative with Wix if you have a lot of time to focus on customizing it and playing around with the designs.
Not the most SEO-friendly option
As you might already know, we not only specialize in SEO but also consider it one of the most vital aspects of a successful business online – and you should too. Even though Wix does offer some basic SEO guidelines, the platform isn’t as progressive on SEO as someone would hope. Therefore, if you are just starting out, maybe Wix can be useful. However, if you are looking at this from a long-term perspective, then the platform might limit you in the SEO domain.
Slow page loading
Building from our previous point, page loading is a vital part of quality SEO. It’s simple – websites that load slowly, will likely throw users off, and thus are not ranked as high on Google.
Deciding whether you’ll use Wix for your website or not, should perhaps depend on which stage of your business journey you are in, and what your specific needs are. If you are looking to build a long-term online business, care to find out more about your customers, want to use this time to improve your SEO, and have the freedom to design, create and customize, then Wix might not be the best platform for your needs.
Furthermore, if starting a website seems a little overwhelming to you right now, our team specializes in both website development and SEO, and we are ready and excited to help you out and guide you through the process.
An E-wallet is basically your actual physical wallet in electronic form. E-wallets are particularly important for E-shops – since that’s where the transactions happen!
E-wallets allow people to pay online using money they have in their credit/debit cards or bank accounts.
In fact, E-wallets or digital wallets can be software, electronic devices, or even an online service that allows transactions to take place.
Given that online shopping has become a prevailing alternative during the Covid-19 pandemic, many businesses have chosen to shift into the digital world. Consequently, E-wallets are being used more and more every day.
But how do you decide which E-wallet is the best for your E-shop?
Throughout our years of experience in the field of building online stores and optimizing them, we have gathered 5 of your favorite E-wallets for our clients’ use.
1. Viva Wallet
Viva Wallet is a payment service that takes Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and more than 20 other payment methods.
The company’s greatest advantage over various other e-wallets is the fact that they charge 0% on acceptance fees. This means that you are charged nothing for the administration fee of the transaction.
In addition, Viva Wallet makes it possible for companies to receive payments not only through online stores but also physical stores.
Some of our favorite features of Viva Wallet are:
Next day settlements (merchant will receive the funds the day after the transaction)
3D secure checkout (making the paying process more trustworthy)
If you want to find out more about Viva Wallet and how it works you can check out this site!
Using PayPal for your E-shop can be really convenient and clever since the majority of people in Cyprus and worldwide use this service.
Basically, people can link their cards to PayPal and checkout for any online payment using their PayPal account.
It is no secret that people love ‘easy and fast’ and this is what PayPal prides itself to provide. When your clients set-up their PayPal accounts, and link their cards, they can pay easily from their phone or laptop at any time.
In addition, PayPal’s years of service have built trust with both merchants and customers. It is a secure method to pay since your financial information remains private.
Stripe provides an infrastructure for payment processing and transactions. This is one of the most well-known payment software since it accepts Mastercard, Visa, and other combinations of payment methods.
Stripe pride itself in helping businesses also manage their spending, avoid fraud, and issue cards.
In addition, their straightforward – easy-to-use – APIs and integrations with platforms such as Shopify, Ecommerce, etc. make them one of the most dominant in the industry.
One of our favorite things about Stripe is the company’s continuous improvement in the software. They are constantly hustling to update their features so as to stand out and make Stripe easy to use and efficient for any type of business.
4. JCC Smart
JCC Smart might be familiar to you with the card machines people use in physical stores, restaurants, etc.
They have recently created an app which available both in App Store and Google Play.
Best known as a payment portal, JCC Smart is integrated with banks in Cyprus such as Bank of Cyprus and Hellenic bank and allows real-time payments. In other words, the transaction takes place at the exact same time that the settlement happens.
In addition, JCC smart allows you to pay your bills through internet banking.
5. Apple Pay
Apple Pay in Cyprus is used by many people since it provides a fast, private and easy way to pay online and physically. You can use it by linking/adding your card to Apple Pay.
The name itself of the service implies that it can be only used on Apple devices (Mac, iPad, Apple Watch).
With just a quick Google search on ‘Apple Pay Cyprus,’ you will see that the Bank of Cyprus, and Hellenic bank, both allow you to add your cards to Apple Pay.
In addition, Apple Pay has the Face ID feature that makes payments a lot more secure.
For your business, Apple Pay is a very helpful checkout tool, since it works with a majority of card issuers (i.e. Mastercard, Visa, American Express).
For more information on how to use Apple Pay as a business owner – check this out!
At Online Solutions, we create E-shops as well as take care of E-wallet plugins.
Our experienced team is always excited to help you are we provide a very personalized and tailored to your needs experience.
If you are looking to create an E-shop Contact us today and we will set you up with any payment provider you desire to!
What to consider when choosing a developer in Limassol
Define your goal
The first step in creating an awesome partnership with a developer is to think about your goal for the project.
Do you want to build your own home? Invest in real estate? Renovate an old house and turn it into a restaurant? Or buy an already built apartment in a beautiful courthouse?
The goal is important since every project will need a different approach from both the developer and you.
And an example of this different approach is the location of the project. For example, you might want to build a house, rent it for some years, and make money from real estate and then live in it yourself when you retire. In this case, you might have to consider a favorable area high in demand for rent, which also combines a place you’d be happy to live in when you retire.
Defining your goal will help the developer guide you, or find the ideal place for you.
The list above includes all major developers in Limassol, Cyprus, and the link to their websites.
How do you choose your food at a new restaurant? You check out the menu first, and decide what you think you’ll like best, right? If you just went with the first plate you saw on page 1, you might have ended up missing out on something better.
Likewise, it is important to check out your options when choosing a developer. Read their Services sections and compare. Who can offer what you want?
Previous work & authority
Most developers include a Portfolio section in their websites or a Projects section. The purpose of these, other than making sales, is to give visitors, like you, a clearer picture of their work.
Check out what they did in the past or what they are working on now. This might give you a better understanding of the type of projects they undertake or even give you ideas about your own project!
Lastly, contact the top developer on your list! Tell them about your project, and thoughts. At this point, you might also want to ask about the cost, and the time the project will need. Basically, talk about all the specifics.
It is advised to write down your questions beforehand so that you make sure you got all the answers needed to make an informed decision, by the end of the meeting.
You will probably need to understand whether or not this developing company, is right for you.
The developer will do all the dirty work for you. They will do the research regarding the location you wish to build on, and they will also make sure there is available land for what you want to do.
It is the developer’s responsibility to execute all necessary work regarding the permits needed to build in that area, and also make a financial summary of how much the project will cost.
And finally, start the construction process.
At Developers Limassol, we aim to give you all the information you need before starting off your developing project.