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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: 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 Pomofocus Platforms & Apps

    15 Tools to Get Things Done

    January 11, 2021 •

    Here is a list of tools to help you get things done. There are to-do lists, work timers, and project management platforms. Several tools are based on the Getting Things Done system. Others are based on the Pomodoro Technique. Nearly all of these have free plans.

  • 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 & Apps

    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 a smartphone screen with Shopify logo on it Platforms & Apps

    Charts: Shopify’s Share of Global Websites, Ecommerce Sales

    December 15, 2020 •

    Shopify launched in 2004 in Ottawa, Canada, when its founders were dissatisfied with existing platforms to sell their snowboarding gear.  Fast forward to 2020, and Shopify is a global brand. Total 2020 revenue will exceed $2 billion. Its common shares trade at roughly $1,000 each.

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

    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.

  • Screen caputure of Calmaria mobile home page Platforms & Apps

    13 Favorite Productivity Apps for 2020

    December 14, 2020 •

    Here are my favorite new mobile productivity apps in 2020. There are apps for secure browsing, team communication, email management, note-taking, task management, positive habits, event planning, relaxation breathing, and more. Most of the apps are free, though several also offer premium add-ons.

  • 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.

  • Image of a smartphone with a Squarespace group on the screen Platforms & Apps

    Ecommerce Product Releases: December 1, 2020

    December 1, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late-November from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on artificial intelligence, membership monetization, brand protection, international payments, and online returns.

  • Screenshot of Sendle.com home page Platforms & Apps

    Ecommerce Product Releases: November 16, 2020

    November 16, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-November from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on product videos, social commerce, holiday promotions, live-streaming, logistics, shipping, and wearable payments.

  • Screenshot of Etsy page Platforms & Apps

    Ecommerce Product Releases: November 2, 2020

    November 2, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late October from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on social commerce, discounted shipping, holiday deals, live chat, analytics, and content creation.

  • 20 Free Tutorials to Learn WordPress Schools & Resources

    20 Free Tutorials to Learn WordPress

    October 27, 2020 •

    WordPress is a free content management system to power a simple blog, complex website, or online store. WordPress also supports an active development community that provides instructional tutorials for users at all levels. Here is a list of free tutorials to learn WordPress.

  • Screenshot of "Fast and Effective UX Design" web page Schools & Resources

    20 Free Courses to Advance Your Design Skills

    October 20, 2020 •

    Here is a list of free, online design courses. There are courses on design thinking, web design, graphic design, user experience design, logo design, color theory, and more. Some of the courses are multi-class programs, while others are short tutorials.

  • Ecommerce Product Releases - October 15, 2020 Platforms & Apps

    Ecommerce Product Releases: October 15, 2020

    October 15, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-October from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on voice commerce, social commerce, customer-support texting, cybersecurity, on-demand fulfillment, and holiday shipping.

  • 8 Marketplaces for Themes, Templates, Plugins Platforms & Apps

    8 Marketplaces for Themes, Templates, Plugins

    October 12, 2020 •

    Themes, templates, and plugins can simplify the creation and customization of a website. Here is a list of marketplaces to access themes, templates, and plugins. Several of these marketplaces also offer other digital assets, such as graphics, fonts, and videos to create and customize a website.

  • Ecommerce Product Releases- October 1, 2020 Platforms & Apps

    Ecommerce Product Releases: October 1, 2020

    October 1, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late-September from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on social commerce, AI marketing, live streaming, personalization, conversational commerce, and installment payments.

  • Ecommerce Product Releases- September 15, 2020 Platforms & Apps

    Ecommerce Product Releases: September 15, 2020

    September 15, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-September from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on social commerce, cybersecurity, international payments, product personalization, holiday shipping, artificial intelligence, and automated delivery drones.

  • 13 New Ecommerce Books for Fall 2020 Schools & Resources

    13 New Ecommerce Books for Fall 2020

    September 15, 2020 •

    Here's a batch of new ecommerce books for your autumn reading list. There are titles on buying and selling a business, producing and fostering creative work, monetizing your podcast, live video marketing, Amazon, and the blockchain.

  • Is JAMstack Right for Your Ecommerce Business? Platforms & Apps

    Is JAMstack Right for Your Ecommerce Business?

    September 8, 2020 •

    Looming changes in ecommerce development could provide a short-term competitive advantage for some businesses. Many platforms give a business just about everything needed to build an ecommerce site. They are comprehensive and monolithic. But they are also restrictive, or so JAMstack proponents imply.

  • 21 Free Web Design Tools from Summer 2020 Design & Dev Tools

    21 Free Web Design Tools from Summer 2020

    September 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 summer 2020. There are designer and developer apps, coding resources, color tools, fonts, and more. All of these tools are free, though some also offer premium versions.

  • Ecommerce Product Releases: September 1, 2020 Platforms & Apps

    Ecommerce Product Releases: September 1, 2020

    September 1, 2020 •

    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, brand building, shopping in augmented reality, live-streaming premium events, and ecommerce for social good.

  • 23 Chrome Extensions for Productivity Platforms & Apps

    23 Chrome Extensions for Productivity

    August 24, 2020 •

    Looking to supercharge your workflow? Consider installing productivity extensions on your Chrome browser. Here is a list of useful extensions from Google’s Chrome Web Store. There are tools to keep you on task and block distractions, utilize video and audio, distribute content, automate, and reduce digital clutter.

  • 13 Logo Galleries for Inspiration Schools & Resources

    13 Logo Galleries for Inspiration

    August 17, 2020 •

    A logo is an opportunity to establish your brand and convey your company’s unique identity. A logo gallery can help via examples and inspiration. Here is a list of helpful logo galleries.

  • Ecommerce Product Releases: August 16, 2020 Platforms & Apps

    Ecommerce Product Releases: August 16, 2020

    August 16, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-August from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on virtual conferences, international payments, ad tracking, carbon-neutral deliveries, returns automation, and seller financing.

  • 12 Platforms for Shoppable Video Platforms & Apps

    13 Platforms for Shoppable Video

    August 3, 2020 •

    Video is increasingly impacting ecommerce. Consumers use it for purchase decisions. Influencers live-stream product endorsements. And brands deploy video for engagement and product offerings. Here is a list of platforms for shoppable video.

  • Ecommerce Product Releases August 2, 2020 Platforms & Apps

    Ecommerce Product Releases: August 2, 2020

    August 2, 2020 •

    Here is a list of product releases and updates for late July from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on live commerce, installment payments, cross-border sales, packaging, targeting, and omnichannel services.

  • 23 Useful, Free Plugins for WooCommerce Platforms & Apps

    23 Useful, Free Plugins for WooCommerce

    July 28, 2020 •

    The WooCommerce plugin launched in 2011, enabling users to turn their WordPress sites into ecommerce storefronts. Today, approximately one-fourth of all online stores use WooCommerce, which is now owned by Automattic, parent of WordPress. Here is a list of useful plugins to enhance your WooCommerce store.

  • Reading List: Charlie Casey of LoyaltyLion Schools & Resources

    Reading List: Charlie Casey of LoyaltyLion

    July 23, 2020 •

    "Reading List" is an occasional series where we ask ecommerce professionals to name some of their favorite books and blogs and tell us why. For this installment, we corresponded with Charlie Casey. He is CEO and co-founder of LoyaltyLion, a data-driven loyalty and engagement platform.

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