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  • 11 Tools for Online Presentations, Videos, Animations Design & Dev Tools

    11 Tools for Online Presentations, Videos, Animations

    February 18, 2015 •

    Presentation tools can be helpful for creating content, such as product demonstrations to enhance a shopping experience. Oftentimes, slide presentations can be repurposed from your existing content. And, you can ...

  • 14 Tools for Feedback on Web Design, Usability Design & Dev Tools

    14 Tools for Feedback on Web Design, Usability

    January 26, 2015 •

    When launching an online business, be sure to test and improve your design through feedback. Get expert opinions from fellow entrepreneurs and web designers, and test your site’s usability with ...

  • 14 Product Photography Tools and Resources Design & Dev Tools

    14 Product Photography Tools and Resources

    August 19, 2014 •

    To create beautiful product photography, take advantage of some terrific and affordable tools and resources. Get the help you need without significant cost. Here is an assortment of tools and resources ...

  • 15 Tools to Optimize Ecommerce Images Design & Dev Tools

    15 Tools to Optimize Ecommerce Images

    July 28, 2014 •

    Does your website have an acceptable load time? Images usually account for most of the downloadable bytes on a page. Optimizing your images can yield a large boost in your ...

  • 10 Tools to Create Social Media Graphics Design & Dev Tools

    10 Tools to Create Social Media Graphics

    May 14, 2014 •

    With millions of images uploaded each day, social media is now a visual medium. Platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Flickr, and Vine make sharing photos and videos much easier than ...

  • 12 Tools to Create Infographics Design & Dev Tools

    Infographics: 12 Tools to Create

    October 7, 2013 •

    An infographic is a visually engaging tool to convey compelling data. It can also be a good way to spread your marketing message. Here is a list of online tools to ...

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    5 Tools to Personalize your Marketing Efforts

    July 25, 2013 •

    In "8 Tools to Personalize your Ecommerce Site," I discussed methods to customize visitors' experiences on your website. In this article, I'll list five tools to help personalize your advertising and marketing efforts. PadiAct Not everyone is going to buy from you on the first visit....

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    8 Tools to Personalize your Ecommerce Site

    July 23, 2013 •

    Personalizing an ecommerce site doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Often, it’s just about finding the right tool, implementing it on your site, and letting the software do its magic. If you’re thinking about adding more personalization features, the following tools and services ...

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    19 Free Design Tools for Your Website

    May 29, 2013 •

    If you have a small business website, chances are you can use all the free design help you can get. Here is a list of tools and resources to help you with website design. There are font, icon and image tools, as well as audio and video applications. Also there are resources to give you ideas and generate your design inspiration. All of these tools are free.

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    21 Free Tools to Open a WordPress Shop

    May 27, 2013 •

    WordPress is a free content management system with an abundance of free plugins and themes to launch and manage an ecommerce shop. If you’re looking for an inexpensive and flexible solution to test the ecommerce waters, WordPress might be right for you. Here is a list of free tools to...

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    15 Easy Mobile App Solutions

    May 6, 2013 •

    Mobile apps can be easy to make. With the variety of mobile app builders to choose from, even non-coders can build their own mobile apps with ease — from basic catalogs to complex utilities. Here is a list of solutions to build your own mobile app. These tools are primarily for users w...

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    11 Free Screencasting Tools

    April 22, 2013 •

    Screencasts are an effective way to promote your products or services. As a video tutorial, a product demonstration, or for reviewing the strengths of your company, screencasts offer substantial benefits.

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    23 Tools to Test your Ecommerce Site

    March 18, 2013 •

    Does your ecommerce site need a checkup? Testing can help you gauge your site’s performance and your customers’ experience. Best of all, many testing tools are either free or relatively inexpensive. Here is a list of tools to test your website. There are usability tools to test custome...

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    19 Tools to Test your Site for Mobile Devices

    January 21, 2013 •

    Is your ecommerce site ready for mobile commerce? Preparing your site for mobile customers can be daunting, considering the huge range of mobile devices and browsers. Fortunately, there are some great tools available to make sure your site is mobile compatible. Here is a list of tools ...

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    8 Tools for Managing Multiple WordPess Sites

    January 7, 2013 •

    Managing multiple WordPress sites is getting easier. With the release of WordPress 3.0 and its multisite feature, you can run multiple sites from a single WordPress installation and create a network of sites. However, if you run several websites with a variety of requirements, your need...

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    10 Free Tools to Create Infographics

    October 16, 2012 •

    Infographics are fun, creative, data-visualization tools that can help businesses express facts and statistics about their products, markets, and services. They can spread quickly if well done — shared across social media networks at a tremendous rate. Infographics can help with branding, among other benefits.

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    29 New Tools to Develop Your Site

    October 9, 2012 •

    Website owners interested in developing their sites can always find a variety of new resources online. Here is a collection of recent tools to develop your site. There are resources to monitor activity, such as backlinks, downtime, and customer behavior. There are wireframe and mockup...

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    10 Tools to Boost Your Ecommerce Business

    October 3, 2011 •

    Crowd sourcing, infrastructure-as-a-service, and even marketing intelligence solutions can help small and mid-sized businesses to grow and become more profitable. It is a cliché, perhaps, to say that business is always changing, but nonetheless the way business is conducted does change...

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    14 Online Task-Management Tools

    May 26, 2011 •

    Whether you’re working on your own projects or collaborating with a team, you have to manage your productivity. With online task-management tools, you can organize tasks, collaborate in real-time, access your lists across multiple computers or mobile devices, and much more. Here is a ...

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    30 Yahoo! and Bing Tools for Ecommerce Businesses

    March 15, 2011 •

    Google may have the biggest impact on the web overall with tools and products that have become indispensable. But Google’s competitors, Yahoo! and Bing, offer a wide array of free tools that ecommerce merchants often underutilize. Take advantage of all the tools that every major search ...

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    32 Google Tools for Ecommerce Businesses

    February 15, 2011 •

    There is a steady stream of products and tools coming out of Google Labs. Many of these are free — and underutilized — by the community that would most benefit: ecommerce businesses. Need up-to-the-minute financial data? There’s a Google tool for that. Need to translate a product descr...

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    Google Apps: Free Business Tools, Plus Collaboration Services

    October 13, 2010 •

    As Google expands the number of tools and services it offers, it also seeks to package those services so they can be linked with each other and between the main user and other collaborators. This is the idea behind Google Apps, a suite of productivity and collaboration tools. Google l...

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    Product Video: Easy Distribution Tools

    December 31, 2008 •

    Editor's Note: This is part four in our special report on “Video for Ecommerce,” where we describe real stories of online merchants creatively using video to drive sales and grow their brands. Previous installments are linked in below. What’s next once you’ve added product videos to yo...

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    Site Monitoring Tools Help Prevent Downtime

    October 22, 2007 •

    In order for an ecommerce site to sell products and services, it must be continuously available to online customers. Any downtime could potentially cause a retailer to lose thousands of dollars. Consequently, an important element in any online endeavor is having a structure in place to ...

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    Tools of the Trade

    June 1, 2006 •

    Welcome to our first installment of “Programming Notes,” a column designed to help novice web designers and developers with some of the challenges that they may face. Creating and maintaining a website requires someone to be familiar with graphic design, computer programming, server adm...