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Ecommerce Consultancy

Whether you are struggling to get your ecommerce site off the ground, or looking to take your successful business to the next level, Chris Dicken at Random River has the expertise you need to make your online venture reach its full potential ... more

Website and Shop Design

Design and Branding
Whether you are looking for a simple website or a sophisticated online shop, Random River will work closely with you in order to help you make your ideas a reality.... more

Effective Promotional Copy

Random River will create high quality and effective copy for your website which will be full of the search terms that your potential customers are using right now ... more

Logos & Infographics

Looking for a new and exciting way to engage with your customers? An infographic provides a fun and visually arresting way to present your products and services ... more


"I am so pleased with the beautiful website that Chris designed for me. He took my ideas, likes and dislikes on board and came up with an incredible design. It wasn’t just about putting together a site, but creating a look and feel that illustrates what my business is about. I’ve had lots of positive feedback on it. I highly recommend Random River."

Alison from Gosport Personal Training Studio


Find out more about some of the businesses that have used Random River’s ecommerce and web design services over the years... more

Latest Article: Never Knowingly Over-Designed

When I first start working with a new client I always ask them to list two or three ecommerce sites they really like. This serves two functions: so I can get an idea of my client’s tastes, and also to give me something to fire my imagination when I’m coming up with design concepts. Interestingly I’ve noticed of late that there is one ecommerce site that gets cited more than any other as something businesses aspire to emulate – John Lewis (

What is it that makes this site so good? Why is this site held up more than the sites of the other high street brands as an example of how to do great ecommerce? Here are my thoughts on the matter.

Mega Useful

The most prominent feature on the site is the ‘mega-menu’ – the main … READ MORE


About Random River

What Will Working With Random River Mean For You?

At Random River we will work closely with you at every stage to create the right approach to help you to achieve all your goals. Rather than just selling you a solution out of the box, we will work with you collaboratively to craft the perfect online presence.

We specialise in designs that are modern, timeless, fresh and clean – which means that your site last you a good few years before you need to think about overhauling it.

As well as design and coding, Random River can help you refine your marketing and messaging, making sure your website content is relevant to the people you are trying to appeal to, and also highly attractive to search engines. We will also provide training and documentation to help you take full control of the site once the project is finished.

Random River is more than just a web design agency – we like to work in partnership with our clients on every aspect of the project in order to help them to make the most out of the internet.

How Much Does A Site From Random River Cost?

An ecommerce site from Random River will cost in the region of £1,500 to £2,500 depending on the size and complexity of the project.

If you are just wanting a website without an online shop, then the project will cost in the region of £400 to £600.

About Chris Dicken

Before starting Random River, Chris worked for ten years as a product manager with Actinic Software (now known as SellerDeck) the UK’s market leading ecommerce software supplier. During that time Chris became the company’s design ‘guru’ – creating themes and web interfaces for Actinic’s range of software packages and also creating online sites for prestigious companies such as the Royal Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall and Hasbro.

As well as creating designs, Chris has helped thousands of Actinic users to solve their design questions, and has also run many training courses aimed at helping store owners and web designers to create and run succesful online businesses.

With Random River, Chris’s aim is to use his knowledge and experience in design, ecommerce and online marketing to help small businesses to succeed on the internet, whether they just want a small online presence or a fully functional online shop.