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Our coverage of platforms and apps includes innovations and updates to shopping carts, content management systems, mobile shopping, digital-product selling, headless commerce, social media, and much more.

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    Google’s Chrome: The Prototype for Tomorrow’s Browsers

    October 28, 2008 •

    When Google introduced its Chrome browser on September 2, 2008, it began the foundation for an improved Internet experience—full of rich web applications—and launched the next round of commercial combat with chief rival Microsoft. If Google is going to compete against Microsoft for a sh...

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    Cart Of The Week: ShopSite

    October 24, 2008 •

    Practical eCommerce counts over 300 different shopping cart platforms. This includes licensed carts, hosted carts, and open-source carts. In this, our "Cart of the Week" feature, we’ll profile (but not evaluate) a specific shopping cart and ask personnel of that cart about its strengths...

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    Cart of the Week: Miva Merchant

    October 17, 2008 •

    Practical eCommerce counts over 300 different shopping cart platforms. This includes licensed carts, hosted carts, and open-source carts. In this, our "Cart of the Week" feature, we’ll profile a specific shopping cart ask about its strengths and weaknesses. We’ll then ask a competitor a...

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    Browser Review: Mozilla Firefox 3

    October 14, 2008 •

    By some estimates, more than 1.4 billion people use the Internet for work, entertainment, or commerce. All of those web surfers must use a browser to visit websites or shop at online stores, and if browsing speed, security, and functionality matter, those users should be cruising the in...

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    Browser Review: Internet Explorer

    October 7, 2008 •

    When Google introduced its Chrome web browser in September, it fired the first shot in a new browser war, challenging Microsoft’s supremacy, frightening its open-source ally, Firefox, and initiating a race toward better usability and more features. To be fair, there had been plenty of ...

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    Magento's iPhone Theme: Mobile Commerce for the Masses?

    September 24, 2008 •

    Magento Commerce, an open source ecommerce platform, has introduced an Apple iPhone specific theme that is potentially the first step toward leveling the playing field for small online retailers who want to compete in the lucrative and booming mobile ecommerce market. Mobile eCommerce ...

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    Yahoo! Store Users: SSL Servers are Moving

    September 22, 2008 •

    Yahoo! Merchant Solutions, a leading ecommerce provider, is migrating its secure socket layer (SSL) certificates to new servers, improving their system's flexibility, but forcing some e-retailers to make changes to their stores before an October 15 deadline to avoid cart errors. The SS...

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    Cart Of The Week: Shopify

    August 13, 2008 •

    Practical eCommerce counts over 300 different shopping cart platforms. This includes licensed carts, hosted carts and open-source carts. In this, our new "Cart of the Week" feature, we’ll profile a specific shopping cart and ask personnel of that cart about its strengths and weaknesses....

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    Shopping Cart Functionality Can Increase Sales

    June 25, 2008 •

    The tenet of customer service in the online shopping process is simple: the more you engage potential customers, and provide links relevant to their needs, the more they’ll buy and the longer they’ll remain a customer. As it turns out, the solution to that challenge may be as simple as ...

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    Third-Party Integrations Make Shopping Carts Easier To Use

    June 23, 2008 •

    By day Sean Dupuis is a courier for FedEx. By night, he sends out packages of his own: boxes of boots and moccasins and sheepskin bags for his bustling website business called Sheepskin and Things. Stretched thin, he’s able to get it all done because his shopping cart and its third-part...

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    Shopping Carts And Search Engines

    June 18, 2008 •

    When searching for “educational toys” on Google, at No. 5 on the list you’ll find—up from No. 78 a year ago. Michael Stebbins, co-founder of the business, employed a series of search engine optimization (SEO) strategies within his cart to achieve this result. “A lot ...

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    Magento Shopping Cart and 20,000 Friends

    June 18, 2008 •

    Roy Rubin held the cyber equivalent of a barn raising and had several thousand of his closest friends over for the event. Of course, everyone actually stayed home and did the work from their own little cubicles, kitchen tables, laptops on airplanes and Blackberrys on bar tops.

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    Field Test: Shopping Carts, Part Three Of Three

    May 28, 2008 •

    In Field Test, Practical eCommerce has gathered twelve seasoned ecommerce merchants and asked each of them the same questions around a given topic. This month’s topic is shopping carts. The participating ecommerce merchants are: Dave Norris, House of Antique Hardware; Justin Hertz, Mut...

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    Debate: Hosted Shopping Carts ‘Perfect For Most Entrepreneurs’

    August 27, 2007 •

    1ShoppingCart is a hosted shopping cart with thousands of small business customers. Michael Valiant, 1ShoppingCart's product management and marketing specialist, offers his views on hosted cart solutions. PeC: Why should an ecommerce business consider a hosted shopping cart, versus pu...

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    Debate: Licensed Carts Offer Flexibility and Portability

    August 27, 2007 •

    ProductCart is a licensed shopping cart used by thousands of ecommerce merchants. We asked its CEO, Massimo Arrigoni, whether licensed shopping-cart software is better for smaller businesses than hosted cart solutions. PeC: Why should an ecommerce business consider a licensed shopping...

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    What Do You Dislike About Your Shopping Cart?

    April 18, 2007 •

    Readers weigh in on what they would like to see improved with their carts. 1ShoppingCart "We offer live UPS shipping rates, but for some reason 1ShoppingCart is only set up for commercial rates. It should default to residential rates. I would guess there are five residential buyers ...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    Shopping Carts: Features to Consider

    April 1, 2006 •

    A shopping cart system should be able to accommodate a business’ needs, rather than requiring the business to adjust goals and strategies to match the capabilities of the shopping cart. We've put together a template of sorts that you can use to help decide on a shopping cart system base...

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    osCommerce Founder: Open Source Encourages Collaboration

    January 1, 2006 •

    Harald Ponce de Leon had an idea to create an online shopping cart system that would serve as a guide to other ecommerce developers. That was in 2000. In order to attract interest, he released his cart, then called the Exchange Project, under a free, open-source license. Nearly six year...

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    Stephanie Leffler, CEO of MonsterCommerce

    November 1, 2005 •

    Stephanie Leffler says anybody who thinks a successful ecommerce business is about putting up a website in five minutes and counting the money in their pajamas is in for a rude awakening. To her, ecommerce is a real business that requires every bit the investment of time, energy and mon...

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    Blog Platforms: Choose One that Fits Your Need

    October 1, 2005 •

    You have bitten the bullet and decided to add a blog to your ecommerce site and make it a part of your marketing mix. You made the strategic decision of why you want to blog, determined what your core message will be and the audience you wish to target. Now, you have to make some tactic...

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    How To Choose A Shopping Cart

    September 1, 2005 •

    Mark Baartse has identified 137 different shopping carts. Baartse tries to identify which are the best for the myriad applications required in the ecommerce industry.

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    How Does Shopping Cart Software Work?

    January 15, 2004 •

    Just what is a shopping cart? It's a term that has come to mean either an online ordering system (separate from your regular website). Usually these supply HTML code for "order buttons" that you can paste into pages on your regular website.