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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 Product Releases: June 15, 2021

    June 15, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-June from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on pay-later financing, social commerce, B2B solutions, affiliate marketing, fraud prevention, and sales tax.

  • Sample Space font that's shaped like a hamburger Design & Dev Tools

    22 Free Web Design Tools from Spring 2021

    June 14, 2021 •

    Here is a list of new web tools and design elements from spring 2021. There are icon libraries, gradient palettes, project boilerplates, feedback and collaboration tools, fonts, and more. All of these tools are free, though some also offer premium versions.

  • Screenshot of a playful fox illustration from Download Monitor site Design & Development

    12 WordPress Plugins to Sell Digital Downloads

    June 7, 2021 •

    WordPress is a versatile content management system with nearly 60,000 available plugins. If you are interested in selling videos, PDFs, photos, software, or other digital products, there are plenty of plugin tools to help. Here is a list of WordPress plugins to sell digital downloads.

  • Screenshot from Flexa home page Platforms

    Ecommerce Product Releases: June 2, 2021

    June 2, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late May from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on social commerce, product drops, live shopping, two-day shipping, fraud prevention, and long-term financing.

  • Partial screenshot of Mailchimp's Open Commerce page Platforms

    19 Open Source Ecommerce Platforms

    June 1, 2021 •

    Open-source ecommerce platforms offer businesses a customizable option for launching an online store, with active support communities, how-to resources, and directories of third-party developers.

  • Ryan Szrama Platforms

    Drupal Commerce Founder on Collaborative Code, Software Freedom, More

    May 21, 2021 •

    The viability of open-source ecommerce platforms may seem limited given the rise of SaaS providers such as Shopify and many others. Not so, says Ryan Szrama. He's the founder of Drupal Commerce. He wrote the code in 2005 as an addition to the open-source Drupal content management system.

  • Partial screenshot from Bouncer's home page Platforms

    Ecommerce Product Releases: May 16, 2021

    May 16, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-May from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on fraud prevention, interactive video, campaign builders, product subscriptions, and sustainability tools.

  • Screenshot of Adobe Live logo on a video Schools & Resources

    15 YouTube Channels for Design and Development

    May 4, 2021 •

    Interested in improving your web design and development skills? There are many options to learn — for beginners to advanced users. Here is a list of YouTube channels for web design and development.

  • Partial screenshot of BringGreen web page Platforms

    Ecommerce Product Releases: May 2, 2021

    May 2, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late April from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on storefronts, payment services, tax compliance, fraud protection, and virtual photo and video shoots.

  • Partial screenshot from Memberium home page Design & Development

    13 WordPress Plugins for Membership Subscriptions

    April 26, 2021 •

    A membership plugin can transform a WordPress site into a resource for subscription content, courses, a paid community, and more. Sell one-time or recurring access to specific posts, digital downloads,

  • Partial screenshot from Teachable home page Design & Dev Tools

    16 Tools to Create an Online Course

    April 19, 2021 •

    An online course can generate revenue, grow an audience, and establish expertise. Given the range of helpful tools, it’s relatively easy to create, distribute, and monetize a course. Here’s a list of tools to create an online course.

  • Screenshot from Bambuser's website of a person holding a smartphone Platforms

    Ecommerce Product Releases: April 15, 2021

    April 15, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-April from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on live-stream shopping, eBay ad campaigns, customer experience platforms, loyalty programs, and more.

  • Image of a DHL delivery truck driving beneath windmills on a road Platforms

    Ecommerce Product Releases: April 1, 2021

    April 1, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late March from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on cryptocurrency payments, contextual bidding, carbon-neutral shipping, live-stream commerce, headless commerce, and more.

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    11 New Ecommerce Books for Spring 2021

    March 16, 2021 •

    Here’s a batch of new ecommerce books for your spring reading list. There are titles on branding, social media marketing, cross-border selling, podcasting, customer experience, transacting on Amazon and Shopify, and selling your business.

  • Screenshot of Heyday home page Platforms

    Ecommerce Product Releases: March 15, 2021

    March 15, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-March from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on Amazon advertising, shipping rates, live-streaming, drone deliveries, fraud mitigation, and chatbots.

  • Image of a keyboard key that reads "accessibility" Code

    You Can’t Solve Accessibility with 1 Line of Code

    March 14, 2021 •

    Accessibility overlays are third-party web scripts that alter the user experience. Providers of overlays sometimes claim that installing their script will prevent lawsuits in the U.S. under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Let me be blunt: these products will not protect you from lawsuits or necessarily help visitors with accessibility needs.

  • Illustrations of a female from Multiavatar Design & Dev Tools

    20 Free Web Design Tools from Winter 2021

    March 8, 2021 •

    Free resources from the design community can add value to a website. Here is a list of new tools and design elements from winter 2021. There are website and page builders, icon libraries, pattern and color palette tools, free fonts, and a template marketplace. All of these tools are free, though some also offer premium versions.

  • Screenshot of Wix logo maker page Design & Dev Tools

    15 Easy-to-use Logo Makers

    March 2, 2021 •

    A logo represents your store, your company, and your mission. A good logo stands out and builds trust. Here is a list of logo makers and design tools. All of these are inexpensive and easy-to-use.

  • Partial screenshot from StoreBuilder by Nexcess page Platforms

    Ecommerce Product Releases: March 1, 2021

    March 1, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late February from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on live stream shopping, email marketing, managed hosting, and artificial intelligence-powered voice assistance.

  • Image of code on a computer screen Design & Development

    Even Small Companies Use AI, Machine Learning

    February 24, 2021 •

    Data, technology, and people are at hand to make artificial intelligence and machine learning available to all commerce companies. To be certain, artificial intelligence and its sub-field, machine learning, have gone through cycles of inflated expectations followed by disappointments.

  • Screenshot of Movie Maker 10 Design & Dev Tools

    13 Free Video Editors from Basic to Advanced

    February 16, 2021 •

    The right software can help create compelling product videos, clips, or ads to share on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or anywhere else. Many free video editors offer basic, easy-to-use features as well as advanced tools and effects for professional-quality. Here is a list of free video editors.

  • Home page of Shopify's Shop Pay Platforms

    Ecommerce Product Releases: February 15, 2021

    February 15, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-February from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on headless commerce, payment options, live-video shopping, artificial intelligence, collaborative web development, and more.

  • Photo of a Shopify web developer on a skateboard Platforms

    Ecommerce Product Releases: February 1, 2021

    February 1, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late January from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on user experience tools, monetizing newsletters, promotional incentives, fulfillment, and hiring a developer.

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    Ecommerce Product Releases: January 17, 2021

    January 17, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-January from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on delivery services, loyalty programs, social media management, payment solutions, and headless commerce.

  • Screenshot of the Maler font web page Typography & Fonts

    19 New Free Commercial Fonts for 2021

    January 5, 2021 •

    Adding a new font to your ecommerce site can create a fresh and unique look. Here is a list of fonts released in the last year. All are free for commercial use, though several are from larger premium font families. Before using a font, be sure to verify its terms.

  • Mobile phone with virtual makeup on the screen Platforms

    Ecommerce Product Releases: January 3, 2021

    January 3, 2021 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late-December from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on augmented reality, fraud prevention, customizable product services,

  • Partial cover of "Skip the Line" book Schools & Resources

    14 New Business Books for 2021

    December 29, 2020 •

    Here is a list of new and upcoming business books for entrepreneurs, managers, and creative professionals. Learn how to sell your business, harness the power of your developers, adopt the principles of success at Amazon, alter your thinking to achieve quick mastery, and more.

  • Image of two skateboarders from Sitecore's home page Platforms

    Ecommerce Product Releases: December 15, 2020

    December 15, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-December from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on the return and dispute processes, fulfillment, personalization, contact center services, and merchant banking.

  • Image of a stack of books on a table Schools & Resources

    Our Favorite Books of 2020

    December 8, 2020 •

    We asked our contributors to tell us the best book they've read this year. Here are their responses.

  • Screen capture of Skaters font Design & Dev Tools

    20 Free Web Design Tools from Fall 2020

    December 7, 2020 •

    Free resources from the design community can add value to an ecommerce site. Here is a list of new web tools and design elements from fall 2020. There are designer and developer apps, coding resources, graphic tools, fonts, and more. All of these tools are free, though some also offer premium versions.

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