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Feb
19
How to Write a Privacy Policy for Your Online Store
Posted by [email protected] (Jimmy Rodriguez) on 19 February 2019 11:00 AM

Privacy is a primary concern for your customers and for legislators around the world, so your company's privacy policy cannot be an afterthought. It must reflect a sincere commitment to privacy and a desire to meet the highest legal standards.

So how do you get a privacy policy for your online store? Frankly, you probably have three options.

  • Hire an attorney to write a privacy policy for your business
  • Use a privacy policy generator
  • Write your own using examples




Feb
18
Tips for Improving Your Website Loading Time
Posted by Ashley Lipman on 18 February 2019 09:00 AM

Now more than ever, your website needs to be fast.

If it takes even a few seconds to load properly, you might be losing important visitors. In fact, most customers or visitors won’t even wait up to two seconds for website content to properly load. That’s why your loading time is one of the most important things you need to focus on when building a website.

Not everyone has all of the patience in the world. If it takes too long for your page to load, your customers are more likely to jump to the competition without a second thought. A startling 79% of online shoppers, for example, said they won’t go back to a website that loads slowly. A slow-loading website simply seems unprofessional, and you don’t want that. Here are the best tips for improving your website loading time so you don’t risk your user experience.





Feb
15
5 Important Accounting Terms to Learn As a Small Business Owner
Posted by Uwe on 15 February 2019 11:00 AM

When running a business, accounting is an essential area you need to manage if you want to make it far.

Accounting and finances are often intimidating for new entrepreneurs. And poor mismanagement of them can seriously harm your business. This, combined with the fact that 90% of all startups fail, often discourages new business owners from even starting in the first place. 

But while it’s true that these areas can be hard to properly manage, this just goes to show how important they are. For small businesses, keeping track of your finances can be a way to determine if you’re on the right track and whether or not you’re going to be sustainable in the future.

Once you write your business plan, it’s vital to make sure that your finances match it before moving on to your operational activities. This is essentially building the foundation for your business and planning ahead of time.

Managing your finances might seem hard and overwhelming at first. That’s why we’ve put together this guide, which can act as a starting point. So, if you want to increase your accounting knowledge and succeed in your business - be sure to read on.





Feb
14
5 Product Data Optimization Tips for Ecommerce Scalability
Posted by Giovanni Miranda on 14 February 2019 11:00 AM

Whether you run a business part-time, full-time, or just contribute to one, it’s best to always consider scalability.

Failing to do so means guaranteeing preventable future work, that — without momentum — could take even longer than it would have initially.

No one wants to lose time and money to things that are better off done right in the first place.

Any company that’s been able to successfully scale was able to do so because its core business practices were designed with growth in mind.

This concept holds true for ecommerce companies, too.

Although there are countless ways to promote scalability within an ecommerce organization, one of the most important areas to hone in on is your product data.





Feb
13
3dcart Version 9 Brings New eCommerce Features to Online Stores
Posted by [email protected] (Gonzalo Gil) on 13 February 2019 11:00 AM

Since eCommerce is a constantly evolving field, eCommerce software needs to keep evolving as well. To that end, we're happy to announce 3dcart Version 9, the latest upgrade to the 3dcart shopping cart platform and our first major software release for 2019.

This new update includes enhancements to many existing features, updates to current payment gateways, and several new features and payment processor integrations to further expand the options available to 3dcart merchants.

Version 9 also includes some exciting highlights that will make life easier for both you and your customers, including improvements to the 3dcart Online Store Manager admin dashboard, Google Address Autofill, and other quality-of-life adjustments.

Additionally, Version 9 introduces important upgrades to help protect your online store from being flagged as a spammer — plus, enhancements to the Promotions Manager to allow the creation of coupon codes that you can email directly to customers.

Let's go over the exciting upgrades included in 3dcart Version 9





Feb
12
How to Make Your Website ADA Compliant
Posted by [email protected] (Gonzalo Gil) on 12 February 2019 11:00 AM

When you start an eCommerce business, no matter how obscure your niche may be, you are trying to attract as many potential customers as possible. If you already have your own online store, you may believe that you are already doing everything you can to accomplish this. You may be sending targeted email blasts, or promoting yourself on websites aimed at the same demographic.  If this is working for you, then excellent! Keep at it!

However, you just might be neglecting a significant portion of that target audience without realizing it. Many people with physical disabilities use the internet, and not every website is properly equipped to accommodate them.

They face barriers in operating a computer and surfing the net, barriers that able-bodied web developers and site owners might not think to address. These difficulties may be keeping your store out of their reach — as well as the reach of their money.

Thankfully, there are many ways that you can bring down these barriers and make your store available to people with disabilities. You can get a little help in this endeavor from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the primary organization that governs standards for the internet. They provide extensive guidelines, which the US Department of Justice regularly cites, that you can follow to augment your website for greater accessibility.

Here is some information on how to make your website compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).





Feb
11
Psychology Behind A Modern-Day UX Design Process
Posted by Nick Brown on 11 February 2019 11:00 AM

A good user experience design is there to attract more clients, and to keep the ones you have. Of course, this much easier said than done.

The problem is, you need to stand out. There are so many website designers, programmers, and web experts, that the work, creativity, and resources needed to stand out are significant to say the least. This means you need to implement every tool in your arsenal, as well as get some new ones. This is where understanding the psychology behind UX design comes in.

Now, many are not thrilled at this notion. After all, designing something is an art, while psychology is a science. Going from something quite artistic to a rather academic notion may not be attractive to a regular designer. Furthermore, some may see it as something clinical, almost dead and cold. The problem with this line of thought lies in the fact that literally any design choice, anything people enjoy, is based on psychology.





Feb
8
5 Ways eCommerce has been Transformed by Technology
Posted by Jasmin Ali on 08 February 2019 11:00 AM

Technology has changed the way we lead our lives. It has affected businesses of all sizes in every industry.

Customers have found their lives made easier by technology and smarter businesses seek to embrace that. Options like order status, shipping tracking, and others have given customers more confidence in online transactions, as opposed to the risks that were perceived in earlier days of eCommerce.

The wealth of options available for secure online payments have also made things much simpler for online shoppers everywhere.

Let's look at even more ways technology has transformed eCommerce.





Feb
7
Best Sites for Free Stock Photos
Posted by Alejandro Vasquez on 07 February 2019 11:00 AM

Your website needs images because they provide a number of benefits. For one, they are an excellent way to break up text, creating a stronger flow in your copy and making it more digestible.

For another, combining textual communication with visual communication improves the ability of your content to convey an idea. Plus, many people like being able to see a product before making a purchasing decision.

While eCommerce websites require images for these and other reasons, they may experience difficulty in finding ones that are pertinent, high-quality, and inexpensive. Companies that recognized this need developed an entire industry around creating “stock photos” and allowing others to use them for a price.

Simply taking images from them, or from other websites, without paying for licensing fees puts people at risk of a lawsuit. However, budget-conscious online store owners can also find plenty of resources that can provide them with first-rate stock images at no cost.

Here are some of the best websites with free stock images.





Feb
5
How to Add a Shopping Cart to Your Website
Posted by [email protected] (Christianna Cannon) on 05 February 2019 11:00 AM

If your business already has a website and you're ready to sell products online, you may worry about needing to start your website over from scratch. This can be discouraging — after all, you've probably already spent a lot of time and effort on your website. Or maybe you paid a professional designer to build your site for you, and full redesign just isn't in your budget. Either way, your customers are already used to a certain look and feel for your website, and you may not want to unexpectedly change that!

Fortunately, it's easy to add a shopping cart to a website without changing your existing design, even if you're not experienced with the technical aspects of website creation. In fact, there are several ways you can accomplish this.

You can add an online store catalog that works alongside your website and connect it to your main website with very little editing to your original site. Or, if you're comfortable working with HTML code, you can add products directly to any page of your website as you see fit.

This article will explain how.






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