Prototyping tools can help you to create a website or an app — from a rough design idea to finished and a fully interactive product — with little cost and... Read More »
An informed customer is often a happy customer. Online shoppers expect to hear from merchants when an order is received and shipped. And most merchants dutifully send adequate order confirmation... Read More »
Most every ecommerce storeowner, at some point, wants to completely rebuild her store.
It’s usually for a number of reasons.
Current store is too slow and is losing customers.
Current store looks and... Read More »
What is a picture worth, in dollars and cents? Online retailers need product photography, relevant product lifestyle images, and even stock photos (for blog posts and social media). All of... Read More »
B2B ecommerce sites are typically more complicated, with more features, than B2C. In this article, I will address eight innovative B2B ecommerce sites. My company has no business relationship with these... Read More »
September 22, 2016 • Eric Davis
Web development teams are typically complex and filled with a variety of people. It is often difficult for outsiders to understand who does what.
Many roles in a development team are... Read More »
As I wrote in “How Databases Work with Ecommerce Applications,” you’re likely using a database for your ecommerce store even if you don’t know it.
Ecommerce sites typically use databases for:
Product... Read More »
Do-it-yourself website builders can help small businesses get online quickly and affordably using customizable templates and drag-and-drop design tools. Businesses can create simple landing pages, blogs, and even basic online... Read More »
Software-as-a-service ecommerce platforms are gaining market share. They have clear benefits, but they also have limitations, especially for B2B companies. SaaS platforms — hosted carts — charge a monthly fee... Read More »
Enhance your website with free elements from the designer community. Design-focused websites, like Dribbble and Behance, provide plenty of access to high-quality elements, with lots of freebies.
Here is a list... Read More »
An ecommerce shopping cart page is most naturally a display of tabular data, listing the title and price for each item a shopper has selected. But HTML tables can be... Read More »
One of the easiest ways to improve your website’s design is to add a new font. Choose a display font to capture attention, or use a modern typeface to set... Read More »
Social media networks, including Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, have sparked an animated GIF renaissance. More than a few online retailers are regularly posting GIF animations to attract and engage potential customers.
Marketers... Read More »
Ecommerce platforms are software solutions that make it possible to build an online store, display products, and complete transactions over the Internet. In spite of a relatively simple definition, these... Read More »
Whether building an ecommerce store from scratch or just freshening its look, merchants can find plenty of help with free online design tools.
Here is a list of free online design... Read More »
“Database-backed.” “Powered by PostgreSQL.” “Cloud database.” “Redundant, multi-zone NoSQL backend.”
Those are all terms that describe ecommerce systems that use databases. But, what, exactly, do those terms mean? Is it good... Read More »
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The combination of programming languages, frameworks, libraries, and... Read More »
Many merchants that sell handmade goods use marketplaces dedicated to unique merchandise. There is typically a community of like-minded creators and sellers, as well as the right shoppers.
Here is a... Read More »
How an ecommerce site stores and accesses product information can have a significant impact on site performance.
Online retail businesses, small and large, may benefit from a popular database technology that... Read More »
Stuffed full of links, contact information, legal notices, email subscription forms, and social media icons, the footer section of many ecommerce web pages might seem like pure miscellany. Nonetheless, I... Read More »
With over 68 million downloads, Joomla is the second most popular open-source content management system, behind WordPress. With over 200,000 community users and contributors, and thousands of extensions, Joomla offers... Read More »
In “How Backend Web Applications Power Ecommerce Sites,” my article last month, I addressed web applications and explained how they can dynamically generate pages for your ecommerce store, eliminating having... Read More »
The topics of accessibility, screen readers, and how users interact with voice command applications can be challenging to grasp. But for 90 percent of websites, there are simple choices that... Read More »
I’ve explained how a website is displayed in a browser — the front-end technology — in “What HTML5 Means for Ecommerce Merchants,” “What CSS Means for Ecommerce Merchants,” and “What... Read More »
One of the easiest ways to add value to your website is to utilize free elements offered by the designer community. Design-focused websites, such as Dribble, are excellent resources for... Read More »
Online shoppers expect ecommerce sites to follow certain design and layout conventions, including logo position and function, the placement of product navigation, and the use of a “hamburger” menu on mobile... Read More »
My 2012 article, “9 SaaS Subscription-Billing Solutions,” garnered many comments and requests for an update. So with this post, I am providing a new list of providers. This is not... Read More »
An important part of redesigning or launching a business-to-business ecommerce site is to identify the required features. They can be available out of the box in your ecommerce platform, or... Read More »
Application development is changing. Frameworks, services, and even tools make it possible to rapidly create web and mobile applications custom to a business’s needs. These changes mean that it may... Read More »