Category

Design & Development

  • Design & Development

    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...

  • Design & Development

    Tech Support: November 2006

    November 1, 2006 •

    What are Technorati tags and what do they do? Technorati is a website that provides an index of the web, allowing people to find up-to-the-minute information and web content. One of the ways Technorati achieves this is by using content tags, which are also used by other sites, that pro...

  • Design & Development

    Flash or HTML: Which to Choose

    October 16, 2006 •

    The question of whether it is better to design a website using Flash rather than using just HTML has sparked many debates among web developers. For the most part, it seems that developers tend to defend what they know, although there are some important differences between a pure HTML we...

  • Design & Development

    Email: How It Works

    October 7, 2006 •

    Email has become one of the primary sources of communication among people in the world today, yet how it works remains a bit of a mystery to many people. In order to shed some light on the subject, let’s follow an email message from the sender to the recipient. Most people use some sor...

  • Design & Development

    How To Start a Video Blog

    October 7, 2006 •

    Web logs, commonly referred to as "blogs," came into the mainstream about two years ago. Not really a newsletter or traditional .html-page publishing, blogs resemble more of a web-based diary where the creator records their thoughts, posts links or responds to questions. Initially, bl...

  • Design & Development

    Should you consider a .ws domain?

    October 4, 2006 •

    "Exploding" is marketer's hype, perhaps to press full advantage out of GDI's multi-tier affiliate marketing structure (5 levels), "with the potential to earn commissions on unlimited levels as a GDI Master Affiliate."

  • Design & Development

    Tech Support: October 2006

    October 2, 2006 •

    Question: I keep hearing about a two-tiered Internet. What is that? Brian Getting: Two-tiered Internet refers to the attempt by major telecommunication companies, who provide the infrastructure for Internet communications, to send information across the Internet in two separate speed...

  • Design & Development

    Tech Support: Isolate CSS and Javascript

    October 1, 2006 •

    Last month we discussed the separation of content, design and functionality when it comes to developing a website. We introduced the idea that HTML documents should contain primarily content, with as little markup code as possible. The reason for this is that any extra code dilutes the ...

  • Design & Development

    Is Your Data Vulnerable?

    October 1, 2006 •

    Having just returned from the MIVA Conference, I’m sure my editor is quite antsy. I’m late with this column— not due to procrastination. I’ve always got something to say, but after I instructed a session on security for online store administrators, I realized that a great percentage of ...

  • Design & Development

    AuctionCheckout.com’s John Waldron and Sloane Bouchever

    October 1, 2006 •

    PeC: What makes AuctionCheckout different from PayPal? In the PayPal environment today, if you're selling, the funds from your transactions are going into your PayPal account. PayPal is not a financial institution. They can freeze those funds. AuctionCheckout “Blue” is an auction-chec...

  • Design & Development

    Using RSS To Expand Your Online Exposure

    October 1, 2006 •

    Rarely in the last 10 years has there been a technology with so much potential to explode your business’s online exposure for such little cost. Real Simple Syndication (RSS) makes it easy for non-techies to automatically display targeted third-party content on their websites and blogs w...

  • Design & Development

    Product Images Matter

    October 1, 2006 •

    One distinct advantage to a brick-and-mortar store has over a business in the virtual world is that customers can touch the products on the racks and shelves at the local mall. Local retailers know that if they can get you to touch a product, you are more likely to leap from shopper to ...

  • Design & Development

    Podcasting Can Increase Brand Awareness

    October 1, 2006 •

    It seems like it was just yesterday that entrepreneurs were advised to start blogging for the purpose of marketing their businesses. Now, there’s a whole new technology out there that’s a growing, but viable, option for cultivating your brand online: podcasting. What is "podcasting?" ...

  • Design & Development

    Free Alternative to Microsoft Office

    September 25, 2006 •

    Anyone who ever priced the Microsoft Office Suite knows it represents a significant investment. A quick check of the Compusa.com website shows Microsoft Office Standard costs $399 and Microsoft Office Professional will set you back $449. Now, this doesn't discount the value of the softw...

  • Design & Development

    Have You Ever Wondered How a Website Works?

    September 18, 2006 •

    In the most basic terms, a website is a collection of files on the hard drive of a server that can be accessed by the public. Since this is not a very satisfying explanation of what a website is or how one works, perhaps it is easier to follow the pathway between someone that is surfing...

  • Design & Development

    The Rising Tide of Alternative Payment Systems

    September 1, 2006 •

    Alternative-payment systems are flowing into the payment processing industry. During the last two years, many new options have been announced, re-announced, tested, trialed, released or re-released. Many others are in development. Marc Abbey, a Partner of First Annapolis Consulting, sa...

  • Design & Development

    Shopping Cart Checklist

    September 1, 2006 •

    We’ve assembled a checklist to help you narrow your shopping cart requirements. The checklist is divided into six areas: function, shipping issues, payment processing, support, technical considerations and report generation. Function Is there a limit to the number of categories or pr...

  • Design & Development

    The Future of Ecommerce Solutions

    September 1, 2006 •

    PeC: Given the trends in the marketplace, what do you see on the horizon for ecommerce solutions? Chowdhary: "This is such a dynamic field. Every day is a new day in the world of ecommerce. We see a lot of things, and looking in the near future, there are many different things that I...

  • Design & Development

    Hosted Shopping Cart Solutions

    September 1, 2006 •

    PeC: How would you describe the merits of a hosted solution compared to various software solutions that are in the marketplace? Krakovsky: I think it starts with the fundamental premise that people start businesses to sell products and services to customers, not necessarily deal wit...

  • Design & Development

    Getting to the Heart of the Cart

    September 1, 2006 •

    If you came to this article hoping we’d tell you exactly which shopping cart you should choose for your business, you will be disappointed. We don’t know. However, thanks to the expertise of a pair of industry veterans, the process of choosing a shopping cart is about to get easier for...

  • Design & Development

    Shopping Cart Software Solutions

    September 1, 2006 •

    PeC: What are some distinctive characteristics of shopping carts that you might share with a new ecommerce business? Randolph: I’d say everything has a place. Yahoo! Stores has over 150,000 merchants now so, without a doubt, the hosted solution has a place in the marketplace. There a...

  • Design & Development

    Separate Content from Functionality and Design

    September 1, 2006 •

    A website can be broken down into three main development parts: content, design and functionality. To optimize a website for search engines, it’s important for developers to separate content, which is of interest to search engines, from design and functionality, which are not. Content ...

  • Design & Development

    Who Runs Your Business?

    September 1, 2006 •

    I love to cook. It’s something my husband knows well, and new friends learn quickly. Those visiting my home think I’m going out of my way, but to cook a savory meal, regardless of the time it takes, is how I relax. I’ve been known to make specialty pies I don’t even eat only to call the...

  • Design & Development

    Does Google Checkout Affect Your Business?

    September 1, 2006 •

    On June 30, 2006 Google launched a service called Google Checkout. This is a new application allowing businesses to process online orders through Google. It serves as an alternative to PayPal or regular credit-card processing. It’s interesting to look at the launch of this service from...

  • Design & Development

    Create Your Own Online TV Station

    August 28, 2006 •

    It will happen! TV and the Internet will eventually merge into one giant multi-media "melting pot" that includes everything from live footage and old reruns to garage videos posted by your next door neighbor's kid. Just like cable TV fractured network TV, the Internet will enable everyo...

  • Design & Development

    Nine Things to Consider Before You Blog

    August 20, 2006 •

    You’ve heard a lot about web logs or blogs. That’s because during the past six years blogs have evolved from a highly personal form of communication on the Internet to a powerful new medium for business. Not since Procter & Gamble invented branding back in 1931 has there been so muc...

  • Design & Development

    Stay Safe with Your Wireless Network

    August 4, 2006 •

    A wireless network can bring tremendous flexibility to your office, freeing employees to use laptops, tablet PCs and other devices at any desk-side meeting or conference-room presentation anywhere in the office suite. It can also eliminate the costs and restrictions involved with numero...

  • Design & Development

    Email: Confidentiality Required

    August 1, 2006 •

    I get thousands of emails each day. A good majority are spam, and I use Cloudmark (the best system I’ve found) for filtering them. Being in business, however, I still have to take the time to scan them all, making sure I’m not missing an initial request for work from someone who may hav...

  • Design & Development

    Use Scripting for Dynamic Websites

    August 1, 2006 •

    One of the first tasks when planning a website is to develop a strategy for delivering content and functionality to visitors. Since a website is a collection of HTML documents, the most basic approach is to simply code the information you want into these documents. Using this method re...

  • Design & Development

    Control Panels Simplify Tasks

    July 1, 2006 •

    Every website needs to be hosted somewhere, and every web developer will need access to the hosting server in order to perform tasks such as setting up email accounts, managing databases and creating FTP (file transfer protocol) accounts. Since most websites are hosted with a third-part...

x