Posts From the monthly archives: "August 2011"

Apparently many Magneto developers are a bit confused about how Magento cron jobs work. It’s easy to know why. In the Magento backend, there’s a Cron configuration screen where you can set the frequency at which cron schedules are to be processed, under System > Configuration > System. Many are under the impression…(Read More)

Marketing Your Website

After you build your website, the next logical step is to let people know it exists. In 2010, 21.4 million websites were added. That’s roughly 58,630 new sites every day! Marketing If you want to attract immediate attention to your site, it’s important that you market it through a variety of…(Read More)

Practical E-commerce

Bret’s series on brick-and-mortar retailers and their move online continues with specific planning tips. The first installment, “How Small Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Succeed Online; 4 Keys,” offered sound advice on how retailers can compete online. This next article, published by Practical Ecommerce, lists five tips any retailer should consider before opening…(Read More)

E-Commerce Growth

The Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce released their e-commerce sales report for the second quarter of 2011. The retail sales for the second quarter of 2011 were estimated at $1.04 trillion, an increase of 1.2 percent from the first quarter of 2011. E-commerce sales accounted for 4.6 percent…(Read More)

Ecommerce Developer

Bret’s series on the features of OpenCart 1.5 continues with instructions on how to modify your new theme’s design. He gives specific steps on how you can use CSS to alter the layout. Throughout the series he will guide you on how to tweak your OpenCart theme with links to specific examples…(Read More)

Checklist for Business

I’m a person who could be classified as a list maker. It’s one of, if not the, most important tool I use to stay organized and on task. In fact, my kids learned at an early age just how important Mom’s lists were. Posted on the refrigerator was a notepad where items…(Read More)

2011 Record Online Sales

Online shoppers, we have found, are generally a discerning bunch. They shop online to find those items they can’t simply pick up conveniently at their local store. Most people still enjoy getting out and shopping, but the wider selections found online, the increasingly bad service delivered by large retail stores, and the convenience of…(Read More)

E-Commerce Growth

Online retail spending in the US increased 14 percent for the second quarter of 2011 versus the same period just one year ago. This is a continuation of the online spending trend. In fact, this is the seventh consecutive quarter in online sales growth. comScore, Inc., a publicly traded company, measures online activities through its…(Read More)

Google Ad Preferences

One big security topic, widely discussed today, revolves around the protection of our privacy as we surf the Web. We’ve long known and understood that e-commerce websites we visit keep track of information about our shopping preferences, habits, even what products we’ve viewed online. What most don’t know is that search…(Read More)

Website Videos

A recent blog posted on the Entrepreneur website questioned if your business was ready for video. The article sited survey results conducted by Pew Internet & American Life Project which found that 71% of American’s use online video sites like YouTube and Vimeo. With the accessibility of broadband and smartphones, more consumers have the…(Read More)