SA tech start-up solves the Google Woza Online problem

South African tech start-up VIGO is ready to provide the next website solution to small-medium businesses (SMEs) and startups after Google SA announced the shutdown of its free website tool, Woza Online, leaving a large number of SMEs without an online presence. VIGO, a Cape Town-based online website creation platform, allows SMEs to build interactive, responsive and search-engine optimised websites in minutes from any device. The platform hosted over 2 000 websites in its debut year and, with Windows Azure as its hosting partner, was named MTN’s 2014 App of the Year for best use of Microsoft Cloud Services. VIGO is also one of Microsoft’s BizSpark and Biz4Afrika flagship tech start-ups.

“SMEs who were with Woza Online can easily switch to VIGO with no hassles or expensive designer fees,” says Carl Wallace, Founding CEO of VIGO. “VIGO’s dedicated team will assist them in the seamless transition from their current Woza websites to their brand new VIGO websites. The added benefits of moving to VIGO are brand new, fresh and modern designs, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) tools and the social media integration that SMEs need to successfully market their products and services online.”

Similar to Woza Online, VIGO makes building professional websites easy. Websites can be built and managed off laptops, tablets, smartphones and even feature phones. In addition, VIGO’s unique service offering includes:

  • Unlimited Pages
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 1GB storage
  • Custom domain name
  • Social media integration
  • Support
  • Website hosting
  • Email hosting
  • A dedicated team of designers and developers, who can build customised websites on behalf of the user for a minimal fee of R149 per month
  • Access to an online library of e-books, including books on SEO, Online Marketing and Blogging

Speaking on the features of VIGO, Carl adds: “Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of VIGO is that users only have to create their website once, yet it will continue to stay relevant. We’ve built our technology to ensure it’s always updated with the latest design and development trends. As a result, websites will continue to look, respond and perform beautifully across any new device or platform that comes out.”

One of South Africa’s top photographers, Joe Dreyer, recently created his site (www.joe.co.za) using the VIGO platform: “It is by far the easiest thing I have ever done and my site looks incredible. I can manage and update my website using my mobile phone which empowers me to make updates from anywhere in the world.”

Sarel Visser, Managing Director of Grovation, a boutique management advisory house, has also used the platform. “VIGO has solved one of our big challenges, as it makes website maintenance child’s play and has saved us a lot of money in web design and consulting fees. VIGO gives any business or individual the ability to create and maintain an incredibly professional website and blog, without having to be an IT guru. I just love this tool.”

To be able to take on all the SMEs left offline after the shutdown of Woza Online, VIGO is looking at leveraging its new national program, launched in assistance with Microsoft and Nedbank to help alleviate unemployment in South Africa. The program physically incubates 100 internet business consultants to assist with virtually incubating over 40 000 SMEs in the next two years.

In addition to being named MTN’s 2014 App of the Year, VIGO also won the 2014 NSBC Business Champion of South Africa Award and Carl received the GER Global Technology Entrepreneur of The Year.

To learn more about VIGO or to start building your website, visit: http://www.myvigo.co/

 

 

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