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Our Development Process


Our designs are handcrafted to perfection!


Do you want an easy-to-manage web design that will adapt to the future growth of your business or organization? Get the same top tier website development services normally reserved for big-name companies, but only at a fraction of the cost. We believe that every business has a potential success in today’s market and understanding where you can thrive is important to us.

Our Development Process

Evolve at your own pace


We understand that a lot of companies prefer to evolve at their own pace. Fortunately, at Merchant Nations, you can advance towards your goal step by step and at a cost that is affordable no matter what size adjustment you need to make for your website and online marketing strategies. A relationship with Merchant Nations means you don’t have to start from scratch every time.

Evolve at your own pace

Working within your budget


While we would all love to take the digital age by storm, the reality is we are constrained by time and money. That is why we are here to customize your web designs and develop your project for a price that will fit your budget.

Our systems are always open-ended; future add-ons can be made by other companies. We assure you that we are a safe investment due to our flexibility and excellent support services.

Working within your budget

PACKAGES THAT SUIT ANY BUSINESS


    Small Business


A small business essentially delivers emphasis on business distinction and a sharp and snappy website definitely put the business into a higher ground. A powerful website provides direct value, dependence and satisfaction to your own business.

    Retail and Consumer


Capture the spark of your prospect clients. Lure attention, stir emotion, and lead users to relish the experience of patronizing your brand online. Retail websites seek such factors to help clients stay and bypass its competitors.

    Business to Business


It is vital that business websites address the needs of the consumer. After all, business clients have varied ways and habits of purchasing.

    Corporate Business


A corporate website serves many needs and performs multiple functions. It is your storefront and the face of your company in today’s online world.

    E-Commerce


Electronic commerce or E-commerce is all about giving an excellent shopping experience to online customers that they won’t find anywhere else.

    Business to Business


Almost everything from media, shopping, education, businesses, and even offices are moving online. We have to keep up with this fast and ever growing change if we want to stay on top of our competition.


Own and manage your website with Self Hosted Solutions. Our all inclusive hosting plans start as low as $280 a year with unlimited maintenance and support.




Content Management (CMS)


Business Catalyst is an all-in-one Content Management System and Digital Marketing platform designed for Creative Agencies. BC is powerful because it brings together all the core features you'd need to build most websites including eCommerce, Events, Membership, Blogging, Directory & Forums etc. However what makes Business Catalyst so popular is that no back end coding is required. Agencies can implement fully functional, scalable and powerful websites simply by using the built-in modules, html/css and other front end technologies such as Javascript and Liquid Markup. Agencies are now able to build highly functional websites on much leaner budgets.


Content Management (CMS)

Add and edit content


Content Management in Business Catalyst (BC) is a breeze. Lots of time has been invested into ensuring Business Owners have the tools available to easily manage content. Managing Events, Shop Products, Blog Posts or simple text and images on webpages is very simple. Creative Agencies can choose to implement the sexy and powerful ICE editor, or open up more powerful access to content including code view.


User Permissions and Access Control


User Role Permissions allow administrators to set and control what level of access each admin user has. If you want more control over who can publish content then setting up Content Workflows allows content to be managed by one some admins but needs to be approved to go live by administrators with a higher level of access.


Content Tools


Content management needs to be simple yet powerful. Track who is making changes to content with Audit Logs. If you make a mistake don't worry use Version Control to Roll Back changes. There's powerful reporting and you can even schedule the release of content.

User Permissions and Access Control


Manage your site anywhere

Manage your site anywhere


Keep an eye on your business performance from across the globe. Access the Admin Console on any device any time with HTML5 charts for reporting and tablet/iPad support for our WYSIWYG editor.


Search-engine friendly content


Search engine optimization is essential for any website, but begins with a system that supports best practices. Business Catalyst comes with the right features out-of-the-box, with 301 redirects, SEO friendly URLS, canonical URLs, customizable meta-tags, and integration with Google's webmaster tools.

Search-engine friendly content

eCommerce


eCommerce capabilities are built right into the platform, meaning you can set up a powerful, SEO-friendly online store without the pain of custom coding or tedious configuration of a 3rd party system.


eCommerce

Sell physical products


Sell physical products with all the standard tools you'd expect including inventory management, attributes & grouping. Integration options with popular shipping providers and payment gateway solutions make the out of the box eCommerce solution powerful .


Sell digital products


Upload and sell digital products online. Provide optional added security by limiting how many times a customer can download a product or restricting whether customers can download from any IP address.



Easy billing and shipping integration


Business Catalyst automatically integrates with a range of global payment gateways, making online store setup a truly turn-key experience.


Boost sales with discounts, vouchers and referrals


With powerful tools such as discount codes, gift vouchers, referral tracking, and affiliate programs, you can help boost sales.

Easy billing and shipping integration


Automate recurring orders

Automate recurring orders


Business Catalyst allows you to sell products with built-in recurrence, meaning you can sell on-going subscription services or recurring product purchases. Payment and invoicing is all automated.


Events


Everything you need manage and sell tickets to events including member pricing, seating capacity and more. With Business Catalyst you can mix modules to get powerful results. For example using the membership module and the event module you can create scenarios where logged in members receive discounted event pricing.


Event Management Tools


Once configured it's easy for Business Owners to add a new event. Automatically schedule reminder emails to attendees or trigger system emails with location details. It's all possible without a line of back end code.

Event Management Tools


Online payment

Online payment


Take payment for events straight through to your integrated bank account. Offer discounts to logged in Members and using some custom JavaScript build multi seat pricing, early-bird, table pricing and more.


Seating Capacity


Using seating capacity your event comes offline when the event is sold out.

What’s unique about Business Catalyst is the built in Email Marketing features which allow you to add attendees to an email list, send automated emails, follow up after an event and more.

Seating Capacity

Blog


Blogging tools are designed to be easy to use and easy for Business Owners to manage their content. Business Catalyst includes all the features you’d expect from a powerful blogging platform, included out of the box in BC. Being in integrated features you’re able to easily feed blog posts to any part of the website simply by dropping a tag on that page or module. It’s pretty easy, no plugins, no widgets, no custom development.


Content Marketing

Content Marketing


For marketers, it really gets interesting when you leverage from the integrated features and make them work together. This is where you’re able to provide powerful solutions for your clients that most other systems will struggle.

Why not team the Email Marketing module and the Blog module to blast out the latest blog posts that month automatically with no manual work needed.


Social Integration


Of course all the features of the blog include full integration with Social Media for comments and sharing as well as Tag clouds, archiving, SEO optimised and more.

Social Integration

Membership


Membership subscription websites are costly to develop in most systems. However Business Catalyst includes powerful online membership features that open up the world of possibilities, especially when you team it up with Events, eCommerce or a Webapp.


Take Payment for membership

Take Payment for membership


Take online payment for Memberships with payment straight through to your connected bank account.


Recurring Automatic Membership

There's many options available including one-off payment or set up automatic recurring membership payments. There's no better membership solution to maintain member retention.


Membership Secure Zones


On successful payment the member sets their own login and password and is granted access to a secure zone. Any content in Business Catalyst can be configured to sit behind secure zones. If recurring payment fails for any reason access is automatically revoked and the member notified of the failed payment by email.


Automatic Invoicing

Invoicing is automatic with the member receiving notice pending payment. All manageable for the Business Owner through the Business Catalyst CRM.

Membership Secure Zones

Built in Modules


Business Catalyst includes a whole suite of powerful built in modules that covers most website projects. When requirements are custom our Partner Agencies turn to webapps to achieve the functionality. No more dealing with nasty 3rd party plugins, it’s all native to Business Catalyst, which means it’s supported.


Site Search Engine


Integrate a site search engine with a few clicks. Help visitors find what they're looking for faster. Customize a site search engine with a point and click approach. Create as many search engines as you like, simply choose the content you'd like to include, then insert the search module on a page.

Site Search Engine

Dynamic Menu Builder

Dynamic Menu Builder


Point and click menu builder let you keep your menus consistent, with a simple point and click approach. Just add your menu items and insert the module inside a page or template. Every time you add a new item, it's instantly visible on the website.


Photo Galleries


Easily create photo galleries and bulk update gallery items by dropping images in a folder. Client management of images has never been so easy.


Forum Module

Deploy a fully functional forum to your Business Catalyst website all native to BC without the need for 3rd party plugins and services. No back end code required, just style the module design, layout and functionality as desired and go live.

Photo Galleries

News Module

News Module


Use the News module to manage company news items. An easy solution for customers to manage and update their own content leaving the agency to focus on more important features.


Ad Rotators

Manage 3rd party advertising on your website using Ad Rotators and start building extra revenue through media advertising.


Build your own web apps - without coding


Business Catalyst’s “Web Apps” framework provides a powerfully simple way to build basic web applications using a point and click approach. From real estate listings to business directories, you can define mini-databases of “items” and allows users to add new items via an intuitive interface.

Build your own web apps




Customer Database (CRM)


Business Catalyst’s built-in CRM database comes integrated with all of our web form, eCommerce, membership, reporting and content management features, enabling you to better service your customers - all without coding or configuration


Web form builder

Web form builder


From basic contact forms through to surveys, donations and newsletter signups – Business Catalyst’s powerful web form builder helps you deploy web forms faster, without the need for server-side coding.

Simply select the fields you'd like to capture, then drag and drop to arrange their order.


Manage customers


Every customer interaction is captured into the CRM database and linked to the customer's unique contact record – meaning you can filter, search, and manage leads with just a few clicks.

Business Catalyst records data on online store orders, blog comments, secure zone access, contact forms, email newsletter engagement, and more.

Manage customers

Extend the database

Extend the database


If you have custom requirements for the database you can extend the standard fields to include your own custom fields making the CRM quite powerful for companies to manage their customers. Create Tasks, Meetings, Notes and set Reminders to other administrators to follow up leads.


Custom Apps


Business Catalyst includes all the standard modules most websites would need. However when you’re working on a project that’s a little more custom then it’s possible to build your own apps and deploy them to a site.


Liquid markup

Liquid markup


Liquid Markup is a template language used in Business Catalyst used to retrieve and output dynamic content directly into pages. It’s a powerful concept allowing web agencies to deliver targeted content to the user.


Marketplace


If you’re looking to save time and costs you can buy custom apps from the App Marketplace and deploy them to your site. Apps help you do more with Business Catalyst, such as Abandon Cart functionality, manage stock levels better etc

Marketplace

Webapps


Search and filter webapp content. Create any data field you need. There’s no design restriction of layout requirements. Create fields for Images, Video Embed code, Links, Google Codes. There’s no restrictions. Set content to come online and offline. Secure webapp content. Sell webapp content. Create RSS feeds from your content. Classify different items to appear on different pages of the website. Get in depth data about who is viewing as well as who is editing content. Weight content to appear in the order of your choosing.


Webapp features

Webapp features


Search and filter webapp content. Create any data field you need. There’s no design restriction of layout requirements. Create fields for Images, Video Embed code, Links, Google Codes. There’s no restrictions. Set content to come online and offline. Secure webapp content. Sell webapp content. Create RSS feeds from your content. Classify different items to appear on different pages of the website. Get in depth data about who is viewing as well as who is editing content. Weight content to appear in the order of your choosing.


Location


Easily build a locations webapp for your next project. By dropping pins on a Google integrated map website users can use proximity search to narrow in on their local listings.

Location

Business Directory

Business Directory


Build a directory listing website of businesses that can be searched/filtered. Include a webform to capture leads, include images, videos, maps and more. Sell access to the directory using BC’s integrated modules or set up recurring billing and secure content to paid members. Business Directory websites are difficult for most systems. But not with Business Catalyst.


User Submitted Webapps


Just in case you’re not excited enough right now about webapps. With Business Catalyst you can configure so website customers can register and submit their own content straight into directory. Even with payment if required.

User Submitted Webapps

Other uses

Other uses


A webapp can be used for just about any application where content needs to be managed. From as simple as an easy interface to manage banners on the home page through to complete websites driving by directory style content such as a real estate listing website.



Email Hosting


Email hosting is included with Business Catalyst providing an easy solution for customers to manage their digital infrastructure in one place with one login. A powerful solution for your company emails including secure access to IMAP and POP email as well as Webmail. Hosted and supported by Adobe, all included in your hosting costs.

Email Hosting


DNS hosting

DNS hosting


With Business Catalyst DNS is included in your hosting making BC a truly integrated solution for your digital assets. No need to have multiple suppliers, multiple costs and more points of failure. Consolidate your services and remove the headache.


Digital Marketing Tools


In today’s digital environment a website isn’t about static webpages managed by developers. The best Content Management Systems put the tools and functionality in the hands of the business. With guidance and support from the agency businesses are able to take more of a proactive approach to executing their Digital Marketing objectives.


Email Marketing


It’s 5 times cheaper to engage an existing customer than it is to find a new customer. That’s why integrated email marketing has always been a unique selling point for Business Catalyst. It’s true other systems can connect to third party email marketing programs but having it integrated means it’s much more powerful.


Email Marketing

Automated & Sequence Email Marketing


Create an unlimited number of campaigns and send as many newsletters as you like. Extra emails cost less than 1 cent per newsletter.


Send Emails to Reports


Send email campaigns to Reports not only Lists. A powerful feature that allows you to send email campaigns to reports that you create in Business Catalyst such as “all females younger than 30 years old, that made a purchase online, from within Sydney, during the last 3 months”.

Tap into Business Catalyst’s built-in CRM database to extract targeted marketing lists. Lists can be based on past orders, web form responses, forum membership and more. Create lists manually by individually adding customers, or importing lists from other applications via a simple spreadsheet format.

Send Emails to Reports

Exclusions and filtering

Exclusions and filtering


Apply exclusions and filtering to your email lists. For example send an email blast to All Customers, Excluding Customers that enquired online in the last 12 months.


Automate Content in of email campaigns


Of the most powerful email marketing tools in Business Catalyst is the ability to consume content automatically inside of email campaigns. If your website includes a blog feature and you’d like to market that content to your subscribes BC enables you to send emails automatically with your most recent email campaigns automatically injected into the blast. Any content can be set up like this including shop products, new arrivals, on sale items and more.

Automate Content in of email campaigns

All your email data in a single database

All your email data in a single database


More data disparity nightmares and syncing data between systems because all your data is in one system (Business Catalyst) with one cost. Lower overheads, make management simpler, more powerful, and better visibility over analytics. 10,000 email credits per month included with your hosting plan makes it attractive and affordable.


Reporting & Analytics


Business Catalyst offers a powerful reporting suite of reporting tools – from web page views, online store orders through to whether a custom opened an email campaign and what they did online after they clicked through to the website. Business Catalyst records every customer interaction and give you the tools to track all data.


Dashboard Analytics

Dashboard Analytics


Every time you login, you’ll be presented with a bird's eye view of how your site’s performing. With key metrics, charts, and a live feed of customer activity, keeping your finger on the pulse of your business has never been easier.


Analyze everything from sales to visits to email marketing


From sales to visits to email marketing, quickly track your top performing pages, most popular online products, sales and order volumes, newsletter subscription and more. Everything you need to monitor, measure, and market your business.

Analyze everything from sales to visits to email marketing

Custom reports

Custom reports


The custom report builder allows you to easily set up any customer reports. Filter the data, export to PDF, use the email marketing tools to send the report to business managers or save the data as a new Email List. With an integrated and unique CMS like Business Catalyst the data is powerful.



SEO Optimized


With so much effort invested into digital marketing tools Business Catalyst needed to be SEO compliant and optimized. So that’s exactly what we did. Business Catalyst invests a lot of energy into giving all the tools and features you’d need to help your website rank well and stay there.

Easily manage meta data, manage URL redirects, domain redirects, full control over canonical URLs and more.

SEO Optimized


Social Media Integrated

Social Media Integrated


Social media is important to most businesses and Business Catalyst has integrated a powerful online toolkit allowing you to add social integration to your website.

Share, Like, Comment and add social widgets to your website.

Keep sign-in convenient for your registered customers by offering them the ability to login with their Facebook credentials to any “Members only” secure zone.



Mobile Friendly


Fully mobile compliant and compatible build your website to be mobile responsive or use the built in mobile template system to detect and load mobile content.

Mobile Friendly

Support


Support services are important when it comes to keeping your website online.



Server Management


Unlike most CMS solutions the server management and upgrades are managed by Adobe support. That means there’s less overhead for you to manage servers, less costs in paying hosts, very little outages and you never need to worry about server upgrades or security concerns. Your hosting costs cover all of this. What’s more, when new features are developed and released there’s no extra cost or license required. You get access to the latest software all of the time in the latest high tech datacentres spread across the globe.

Server Management


Email Support

Email Support


Email Support allows you to log support tickets and get answers to your questions fast. No fuss responses to your queries logged though the support tab in your website



Live Chat


Live chat for Agency partners means you get instant response to your questions live without delay.

Live Chat


Free templates/theme


If you’re looking to get a website live fast and happy to choose from one of many website templates available in the system, you can choose a template and step through the template builder to quickly deploy a low cost website. There’s also many 3rd party solutions available to access templates/themes

Free templates/theme

Business Catalyst Integrations


Business Catalyst has native integrations with many popular services allowing you to leave the technical details to Adobe whilst you enjoy point and click integrations with other services



Payment Gateways


BC supports a wide range of payment gateways internationally. It's easy to set up a payment solution and start collecting payments whether through the shopping cart, through events, or even recurring payments.

Payment Gateways


Shipping Providers

Shipping Providers


Set up integration with shipping providers and get real time shipping estimates direct from the shipping supplier. Simply choose the shipping provider you want to use and enter your account details. It’s that easy.



Adobe Muse


Easily publish your websites created using Adobe Muse to Business Catalyst, no manual work required. In just a few clicks, you can create a new site with Muse and seamlessly upload it to Adobe Business Catalyst and share it with your customers.

Adobe Muse