Google’s Woza Shuts Down |South Africa’s Vigo Takes the Space



Vigo, a South African tech start-up, is looking into making it big after Google SA shuts down its Web site solution Woza Online. This start-up is will now provide the same services for the SME’s with no online presence.

Vigo, a Cape Town-based online Website creation platform, allows SMEs to build interactive, responsive and search-engine optimised Web sites in minutes from any device.

It hosted more than 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 technology 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 Web sites to their brand new Vigo sites. The added benefits of moving to Vigo are 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.”

Vigo Web sites can be built and managed off laptops, tablets, smartphones and even feature phones.

In addition, Vigo’s service offering includes: unlimited pages; unlimited bandwidth; 1Gb storage; custom domain name; social media integration; support; Web site hosting; e-mail hosting; a dedicated team of designers and developers, who can build customised Web sites on behalf of the user for a minimal fee of R149 per month; and access to an online library of e-books, including books on SEO, online marketing and blogging.