Design & Dev Tools

Many digital tools facilitate the running of an ecommerce business. Our library includes tools for web design, infographics, no-code apps, user experience, course creation, logo makers, video editors, performance testing, and much more.

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    The PeC Review: Firebug Is a Developer’s Tool Worth the Buzz

    January 19, 2009 •

    Firebug is a free Mozilla Firefox add on that gives developers a powerful tool to inspect and edit HTML, perfect CSS, or even admire the beautiful code from other websites. For many, the add-on has become an indispensable part of website design, development, and maintenance. "This is ...

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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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    Video in a Snap: Easy Video Creation Techniques

    December 24, 2008 •

    Editor's Note: This is part three 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 the "Related articles" section, below. Practical eCommer...

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    Ecommerce Know-How: Create a Google Gadget to Promote a Weekly Feature

    December 17, 2008 •

    Creating and publishing promotional web gadgets is a great way to spread the word about the products or services you sell and increase traffic to your website. Think about a web gadget as a form of social media. Your customers and potential customers can add the gadget to their iGoog...

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    Web Design Tips: Add An Image Flip for More Sales

    December 12, 2008 •

    Consumers will judge your website mainly by the size, quality, and interactivity of the images you use. Adding a simple interactive feature—like a JavaScript image flip—may lend your store credibility and improve your conversion rates. Consumers rely on an ecommerce site's aesthetic...

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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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    Nine Simple Ways To Speed Up Tedious Tasks

    September 24, 2007 •

    Because I’m all about automation of the tedious of tasks, this month I’m offering up some key, yet very simple ways, to speed up tasks you’ve probably never given much thought to. While it may take me time to figure it out, I always try to tackle the pesky mundane tasks first. Auto-l...

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    Experiencing Server Overload

    November 1, 2006 •

    Each month I talk about things I’ve learned by watching how other store owners run their businesses. Not that I don’t make my own mistakes, but I often try to keep my own embarrassing moments to myself. Until now... I’ve talked before about what to look for in a hosting company. I’ve t...

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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...

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    Hosting Companies: Top 10 Questions to Ask

    October 1, 2005 •

    I field many phone calls in any given day. And never does a day pass where I don’t get a call about someone having trouble with their host. Sometimes I have to bite my tongue, and many would be shocked at some of the stories I’ve heard. I think it’s time to just start referring people ...

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    Preventative Maintenance

    July 1, 2005 •

    I spend just as much time troubleshooting Miva Merchant issues as I do customizing storefronts. I've found that no matter how much you foolproof something, someone out there can, and will, find a way to break its functionality. Fortunately, users of Miva Merchant often need only follow ...