Well… it was a long time ago, right upon the launch of MagentoGo that we mentioned we were not impressed with their product (Read our Original MagentoGO Review). Now, they are shutting it down to go back to what they do best, focus on their Licensed eCommerce Platform (Magento Enterprise and Magento Community Edition).
But don’t worry, they said, your stores will be operational through the Holiday Season and then they’ll pull the plug.
You will obviously need to migrate from MagentoGO to another, better, ecommerce platform. Go to our Top 10 Shopping Cart list and get going on your research. Open a few free trials and select the Shopping Cart that better suits your business needs OR better yet, use our FREE Personal Shopper Service to get a personalized assessment of which shopping cart would be best for you.
It’s time to move on to a better Shopping Cart for your Website!]]>
eCommerce Widget or Ecwid for short is exactly that; an eCommerce Widget that can be added to any website, blog or Facebook page. However, you can also have a stand-alone store using their platform.
Super easy to SIGN UP for service, specially with the $0 price tag! Taking their platform for a spin will probably take you 1 hour of your day at most and you will get plenty of information whether or not this is the right platform for you.
But let’s dig into some of the details about Ecwid.
Here is a screenshot of your Control Panel
From the beginning you are greeted by a Setup Wizard that will guide you step-by-step through the setup options. Basic setup will probably take 30 minutes. Including adding your 1st product and deleting the sample products.
Unfortunately the dashboard is NOT very intuitive, like clicking on the Top left Ecwid logo pops up a new tab with Ecwid Home Page. Usually the main logo will bring you back to your Dashboard on other eCommerce Platforms so we found this odd.
A few nice things about Ecwid are the super extensive list of Currencies supported by this platform, as well as the equally extensive list of Languages (over 40 languages are included!).
Their shipping integration are good enough for most eCommerce Retailers which include UPS, USPS, FedEx, Canada Post, among others. Using their USPS default account enables you to get live quotes without setting up an account with USPS.
Something that’s lacking from their Setup Wizard is Tax Setup. We are not sure why they decided to skip this important step, but you can always get there after finishing up the basic setup.
Did we mention Ecwid offers translation of your front-end to over 40 languages?! These languages can be enabled form the Control Panel and will kick in automatically based on the visitor’s browser settings.
Payment Gateway options are what you would expect from any decent eCommerce Platform. Your usual PayPal, PayPal Pro, Authorize.net, BeansStream, Stripe, etc come with easy integration.
All Ecwid template designs (3 in total) are Responsive Designs. Basically it’s just one template on 3 different base colors, but you can customize the CSS to make it look similar to your own website. Which bring us to the next point… NO HTML Source Code access to customize your store. Ecwid claims this is to prevent broken stores during future updates but not having this functionality can be a deal-breaker for many.
Ecwid is a simple to use eCommerce Widget or add-on for any website. There aren’t many marketing tools included with it, but that’s under the assumption that you will be running most of your website using a different platform (such as WordPress). At $0 it can’t hurt to OPEN A FREE TRIAL, but be advised about the above and don’t expect much. It is really a quite basic eCommerce Solution.
Direct Checkout is when your Landing Page IS your Checkout Page. Basically you provide a Product Page where your visitors have the product description, select product options (color, size, etc), select quantity, and then add shipping, billing address, credit card information and CLICK ONLY ONE BUTTON to submit their order.
Fewer clicks mean higher conversion rates. Most shopping carts funnel your customers through a series of steps such as Product Page, Cart Page and then Checkout page.
Direct Checkout landing pages are specially useful to companies running infomercials or companies using email newsletters or who offer only a few products.
If you choose to use the Direct Checkout system make sure to look into the NEXTERNAL Shopping Cart. This shopping cart provides a full featured shopping cart with the option of Direct Checkout for each product.
Nexternal was originally created for companies running infomercials who require super reliable and stable servers to handle spikes of visitors without crashing. The people at Nexternal can setup your online store and move it to dedicated servers during specified time frames. Specifically for when your infomercial and your TV Ad is being aired.
Open a FREE TRIAL (no credit card required)
Customers of the Nexternal Shopping Cart include businesses featured on ABC’s Shark Tank which have received thousands of online visits in an extremely short amount of time.]]>
We found a simple tutorial to do this by simply switching the order of the following variables on the Homepage template file:
However, doing this gave us an error on the Home Page Categories.
Another way to accomplish this is by adding the content of the Slide Show directly into your Body content. Remember you can use the “Source” button and copy paste raw HTML code.
<img alt=”” src=”http://YourStoreURL.com/images/196.png” title=”” />
<img alt=”” src=”http://YourStoreURL.com/images/197.png” title=”” />
The above is a 2 image slider using the preinstalled Nivo slider.
Hope you find this useful. It sure worked for us.
If you are looking to switch ecommerce platforms for an existing online store; look no further. Cart2Cart is the easy and time-saving choice.
Cart2Cart offers an automated, one-click solution to migrate all your products at once. Whether you have 100 products or 1,000 products, save your time and save your money.
Cart2Cart offers a great value for the price. At only $69 USD for 720 products (per our test) it really saved us huge amounts of time. Pricing is based on the Source Shopping Cart, Target Shopping Cart and Number of Products to Migrate. Cart2Cart supports migrations between more than 45 “most-popular” shopping carts. Including Magento, BigCommerce, Volusion, 3dCart, CoreCommerce, OpenCart, OSCommerce, Shopify, WP eCommerce, X-Cart, Zen Cart, and many more.
You can try their service with a FREE DEMO which will migrate 10 products at no cost. Once you are satisfied with the result you can then proceed to a “Full Migration”. Setting up the DEMO really takes you through the whole process of setting it up so the Full Migration is just one click away.
We ran our test migrating an online store from OSCommerce to BigCommerce. Cart2Cart requires you to upload a few files unto your Source Shopping Cart. Once you do that you can proceed to run the migration. Cart2Cart is web-based service and their control panel will keep you updated of it’s progress. Once it finishes retrieving your source data Cart2Cart will output 2 CSV files. One for for Products and one for Customers.
Cart2Cart’s CSV file was able to retrieve all the important information from the source shopping cart including
• Stock Quantities
• Product Description
• SKU numbers
Cart2Cart’s CSV file was able to retrieve all the important information from the source shopping cart including
• Last Name
• Company Name
• Phone number
Cart2Cart uses a “credits” payment base. You can buy credits directly from their system and they use 2Checkout as their payment gateway which is a safe and secure way of making only purchases.
At least in our experience, Cart2Cart did not do the whole migration itself, rather it provided us with the necessary files to do an easy upload of all the products from our source store. Their documentation talks about installing files on the Target platform that can actually perform the entire migration for you but we did not test that.
After running our Demo migration we decided to purchase credits and run the Full Migration. It was then when the system started to work on the Full Migration that we experienced an unexpected behavior from the service. The progress bar got stuck on 0% for about 30 minutes until we decided to stop looking and come back the next morning to find out it was ready. We really expected to see progress during those loong 30 minutes looking at the screen. We didn’t know if we could sign-out and come back. We didn’t know if we would loose our progress or even our $69 USD in credits. It was until about 35 minutes that we saw a little message that stated that we could log-out and come back. So we did and went back the next morning. Everything was fine and our files we ready to be downloaded and imported into the Target Shopping Cart.
Uploading the files into our Target Shopping Cart was a breeze. Detailed instructions from Cart2Cart walk us through the steps and the upload of new products and customers took only 2 minutes.
Now Shopify has joined forces with 4 world-class entrepreneurs looking to invest $50,000 each on 4 winners of the Build-A-Business Competition.
All you need to do is come up with a product to sell, launch a Shopify Store, pick a mentor and sell as much as you can! The 4 stores that sell the most after a 2 month period will each win a $50,000 investment from their mentor. Mentors will give a $50,000 investment in exchange for 5% stake in your company.
Grand prizes include:
What are you waiting for? OPEN A SHOPIFY STORE and enter this incredible competition for the chance of a lifetime!
To learn more go to Shopify’s website.
CoreCommerce Online Stores Now Integrate with Google Trusted Stores, CloudFlare Plus, DYMO™ Endicia® and Royal Mail. July software release for America’s premier all-in-one shopping cart creates competitive edge for clients on an international scale.
“We are incredibly pleased with this release and excited that integrations with Google Trusted Stores and CloudFlare Plus continue our tradition of being first to market for our valued customers.”
~ Matt DeLong
Franklin, TN (PRWEB) July 12, 2012
CoreCommerce, America’s premier all-in one shopping cart, has now integrated with Google Trusted Stores, CloudFlare Plus, DYMO™ Endicia® and Royal Mail. The July software release of the hosted shopping cart solution will allow for site performance and security improvements with CloudFlare Plus, USPS postage purchase and home label printing with DYMO Endicia, easy setup of Google Trusted Stores (including automated send of shipment and cancelation reports), and the ability for UK based clients to manage all shipments with Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide shipping rates.
“CoreCommerce provides competitive features for our clients that go above and beyond what most hosted online stores offer,” CEO Matt DeLong explained. “When you choose CoreCommerce as the shopping cart for your online business, you are forging a partnership with a responsive, dynamic team. With new releases every 6-8 weeks, you know that your store will grow with you. Providing our customers with cutting edge features, dynamic integrations and advantages in the international market continues to be our greatest business objective.”
New features in the July release of CoreCommerce hosted shopping cart software include:
Matt DeLong, CEO, continued, “We are incredibly pleased with this release and excited that integrations with Google Trusted Stores and CloudFlare Plus continue our tradition of being first to market for our valued customers. CoreCommerce was the first shopping cart solution to offer integration with Facebook, Deal of the Day, and mobile commerce features. We love serving our customers and offering industry-leading features.”
June 2012 marks Shopify’s 6th anniversary. To celebrate the event, Shopify is giving you a preview of Shopify 2. While still a few months away, Shopify 2 is a complete redesign of the store’s backend admin interface. This new system will help you spend less time managing your online store and give you more time to focus on running your business.
Click here to learn more and to sign up for the beta.
The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.
For the first time, The American Business Awards will be presented at two awards events: the ABA’s traditional banquet on Monday, June 18 in New York, and a new tech awards event on Monday, September 17 in San Francisco.
More than 3,000 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories. This is the third year in a row that CoreCommerce has reached the finals of its award nominations.
Speaking on the nominations Matt DeLong, President and CEO stated “We are grateful that CoreCommerce is being recognized for its products and services. We have been serving our customers with the best Ecommerce products and legendary services for over ten years. We love helping entrepreneurs and businesses sell their products online and are grateful to be recognized for such prestigious awards.”
Finalists were chosen by more than 140 business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in April and May. More than 150 members of 10 specialized judging committees will determine Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during final judging, to take place May 14 – 25.
CoreCommerce is a leading hosted Ecommerce shopping cart software provider. Founded in 2001, the company provides an exceptional online solution for entrepreneurs, and small to medium size businesses allowing them to create a storefront and sell products around the world. CoreCommerce software integrates with a hundred partners offering payment gateways, shipping, product feeds, fulfillment, email marketing and social media. Its Legendary Support is second to none in the industry. For more information about CoreCommerce, please visit www.corecommerce.com.
About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.