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The nuts and bolts of an ecommerce site are design and development. We address design innovation and trends — including layouts, colors, photography, logos, video, and more. We explain the basics of code — HTML, CSS, JavaScript — as well as platforms, themes, plugins, open source, and related topics.

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    Ecommerce Design Is Critical (but Misunderstood)

    January 18, 2022 •

    Done correctly, ecommerce design conveys trust and drives conversions. Its value is much more than being good on the eye. Longtime designer Barbara Carnerio cites three critical rules.

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    Ecommerce Product Releases: January 17, 2022

    January 17, 2022 •

    Twice a month we publish a rundown of new products and services to help merchants. This installment includes ecommerce design, SMS marketing, next-generation search, Amazon advertising, and more.

  • Screenshot of Sunny Spells home page Typography & Fonts

    16 New Free Commercial Fonts for 2022

    January 10, 2022 •

    Compelling web design adds credibility and trust to an ecommerce site. Properly used, fonts can establish branding and creativity. Here's our annual list of new (and free) commercial fonts.

  • Screenshot from Veho showing a female in front of packages Platforms

    Ecommerce Product Releases: January 2, 2022

    January 2, 2022 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late December from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on next-day and zero-emissions deliveries, in-app referrals, video content creation, early-stage financing, and non-fungible tokens.

  • Cover of "Talent" by Tyler Cowen Schools & Resources

    15 New Business Books for 2022

    December 28, 2021 •

    It’s time to plan your reading list for 2022. Here is a list of new and upcoming business books for entrepreneurs, managers, and creative professionals. Learn how to communicate with numbers, scale your business, use data to convert customers, find talent, develop your influence, and make sense of the metaverse.

  • Screenshot from Page Flip Text Effect home page Design & Dev Tools

    22 Free Web Design Tools from Fall 2021

    December 20, 2021 •

    Improving the design of an ecommerce site doesn't have to cost money. There are many free resources from the design community. Here is a list of new web tools and design elements from fall 2021. There are color and gradient generators, image editors, coding tools, design collaboration tools, fonts, and more.

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    Ecommerce Product Releases: December 16, 2021

    December 16, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-December from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on content creation, app development tools, digital goods, chargebacks, pay-later financing, and video editing.

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    Ecommerce Product Releases: November 30, 2021

    November 30, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late November from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on live-stream shopping, holiday shipping, drone deliveries, direct-to-consumer marketing, buy-now pay-later services, cloud training, and sustainable ecommerce.

  • Screenshot from Wibbitz home page Platforms

    Ecommerce Product Releases: November 15, 2021

    November 15, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-November from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on shoppable video, B2B fulfillment, social commerce, shopper protection, and shipping enhancements.

  • Screenshot Illdy theme page showing mountain in background Platforms

    13 One-Page WordPress Themes for Startups, Products, More

    November 8, 2021 •

    A one-page WordPress theme can launch a business, product, or even a promotion. Modern single-page design utilizes stylish minimalism to keep visitors focused, while leaving room for bells and whistles. Here is a list of one-page commercial WordPress themes.

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    Ecommerce Product Releases: November 1, 2021

    November 1, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late October from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on fraud protection, product protection, international commerce, social commerce, local selling, cybersecurity training, and more.

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    11 Free Websites to Learn Code in 2022

    October 31, 2021 •

    Learning code has never been easier. Many free resources can help a beginner master a programming language or build a new web project. For online merchants, a better understanding of code means less reliance on third-party developers. Here is a list of resources to learn code in 2022.

  • Illustration of a speedometer Design & Development

    The Trade-offs of Third-party Add-ons

    October 26, 2021 •

    Third-party apps and add-ons can enhance an ecommerce platform. Examples include exit popups, customer reviews, product recommendations, and marketing automation. But third-party add-ons can create more problems than benefits.

  • Screenshot from GhostRetail home page showing a female looking at a smartphone Platforms

    Ecommerce Product Releases: October 17, 2021

    October 17, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-October from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on email marketing, digital payments, subscription tools, social commerce, Amazon integration, WooCommerce, and live video shopping.

  • Man holding a tablet from Cart.com's home page Platforms

    Ecommerce Product Releases: October 3, 2021

    October 3, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late September from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on augmented reality tools, conversational commerce, social commerce, small business financing, fraud protection, and buy-now, pay-later.

  • Drawing of people around a computer from Usability Hub's home page Design & Dev Tools

    17 Useful UX and UI Design Tools

    September 28, 2021 •

    User experience and user interface tools can help with every stage of website and mobile-app design — from early whiteboard brainstorming to testing your prototype with end-users. Here is a list of useful UX and UI design tools.

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    Ask an Expert: What Is ReactJS?

    September 21, 2021 •

    “Ask an Expert” is an occasional feature where we pose questions to ecommerce practitioners. For this installment, we’ve turned to Rajesh Bhimani, founder Skynet Technologies, a web development firm. He addresses the purpose and popularity of ReactJS.

  • Partial cover of "Audience of One" Schools & Resources

    12 New Ecommerce Books for Fall 2021

    September 20, 2021 •

    Here’s a batch of new ecommerce books for your fall reading list. There are titles on branding, social media marketing, personalized customer experience, entrepreneurship, and the post-pandemic workplace. I compiled this list using Amazon. From Amazon’s “Books” category, I selected “Business & Money.” From there I chose the “Processes & Infrastructure” sub-category and selected “E-commerce.”

  • Screenshot from Klarna's website of a smartphone Platforms

    Ecommerce Product Releases: September 16, 2021

    September 16, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-September from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on team productivity tools, small business financing, subscription sales, logistics, and managing campaigns on Amazon.

  • Image of a color wheel from Adobe Color Design & Dev Tools

    20 Free Color Design Tools and Tutorials

    September 7, 2021 •

    Choosing colors is among the most important design decisions for a logo, brand, or website. People decide whether to buy a product or service mainly by what they see. Fortunately, there are free tools to help pick the right colors for your business. Here is a list of tools and tutorials on color design.

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    Ecommerce Product Releases: August 31, 2021

    August 31, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late August from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on social commerce, cybersecurity, global tax management, omnichannel advertising, and buy now, pay later.

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    20 Free Web Design Tools from Summer 2021

    August 30, 2021 •

    Here is a list of new web tools and design elements that can enhance an ecommerce site. There are page builders, design collaboration tools, gradient generators, video apps, coding tools, fonts, and more. All are free, though some also offer premium versions as well.

  • Image of a eBay seller from eBay's Up & Running page Platforms

    Ecommerce Product Releases: August 15, 2021

    August 15, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates from mid-August from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on branded mobile apps, headless commerce, small business grants, purchase protection, acquisitions of Amazon sellers, and buy-now-pay-later purchasing.

  • Screenshot from Shopify Inbox web page Platforms

    Ecommerce Product Releases: August 2, 2021

    August 2, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late July from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on customer chat, cross-border selling, live-streaming, social commerce, design tools, and local selling.

  • Photo of a laptop computer with the Shopify logo on the screen Platforms

    Setting Up an Accessible Shopify Store

    July 25, 2021 •

    Ecommerce has come a long way in accommodating consumers with disabilities. I've addressed over the years many accessibility aspects of online shopping, from screen readers to lawsuits. Shopify, the focus of this post, is a rare ecommerce platform that supplies Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates.

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    Ecommerce Product Releases: July 15, 2021

    July 15, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-July from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on live-streaming marketplaces, payment services, social commerce, headless commerce, customer experience, multichannel fulfillment, and holiday marketing.

  • Partial screenshot from Contentful's home page Platforms

    11 Platforms for Headless Commerce

    July 6, 2021 •

    Headless commerce separates the frontend from the backend of a brand's web presence, in an API-first architecture. Headless technology can provide significant advantages in design and performance. Here is a list of platforms that facilitate a headless approach for ecommerce merchants.

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    Ecommerce Product Releases: July 4, 2021

    July 4, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late June from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on social commerce, subscription newsletters, payment solutions, email marketing, live-video shopping, last-mile deliveries, and drop shipping.

  • Screenshot of the "Shopify Unite" logo Platforms

    Shopify Announces Online Store 2.0, More

    July 1, 2021 •

    During its "Unite" event on June 29, Shopify announced significant changes to its ecommerce platform aimed at performance, ease of use, and empowering developers. The company also announced a new revenue-sharing model, giving app and theme creators 100% of revenue up to $1 million each year.

  • Cover of "Masters of Scale" Schools & Resources

    12 New Ecommerce Books for Summer 2021

    June 21, 2021 •

    Here’s a batch of new ecommerce books for your summer 2021 reading list. There are titles on cryptocurrency, customer experience, fulfillment, leadership, social media marketing, startup strategies, and building an online course.

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