Selling online is a great subject to write about as it is constantly changing and evolving. Each month new start-up businesses bring in new ideas. There are lots of opportunities to improve your online business for B2B or B2C. If you have any questions about eCommerce try our FAQs and Ideas Center or just send us a comment or email.
On the evening of Thursday 7th April our systems will be taken off line so that we can perform a core software upgrade. There are numerous technical changes and improvements taking place many of which will not be noticed. These include additional security changes and a change to the version of the MySQL data base. There are also lots of new and improved features and we have covered a few of those below.
This upgrade will only impact those customers using the Cloud Web, Cloud Catalogue, Cloud Starter, Cloud Shop, Cloud Merchant or Cloud Enterprise packages. The upgrade will also impact all 30 day free trial websites. You will receive an email notification if your website is included in the upgrade.
We expect the system to be off-line from approximately 9:00PM AEST until 5:00AM AEST 8th April. During this time there will be a maintenance message displayed to all of the people that visit your website.
You may have noticed that Wagtail looks different. We have been working on a new version of Wagtail for sometime and released it to production today. The new version comes with some impressive new features and reports. But importantly we have enhanced and updated the technology for charts so that they will now be faster and smarter.
Let take a quick review of some of the new features.
If you intend to sell internationally then you will also need to ensure that you are able to calculate the correct shipping for international deliveries. Doing that with ePages is a simple process but does take a few steps to be completed successfully. Once setup then your visitors that have an international address will only see the shipping methods that relate to international deliveries. The shipping estimator in the product page will also allow the correct selection for international customers.
A lot of the time, customers arrive to a website and abandon it immediately. Why? Either because they don’t easily find what they are looking for or because the site does not meet certain standards. However, what are the standards that customers expect when visiting an online shop? To answer that question, we’ve prepared a checklist with the main elements customers and visitors expect in order to retain them in your site and ultimately reduce shop abandonment.
If you have started to use ePages V6.17+ then you may have found that something is missing, What we used to call the TRAY is no more. The TRAY was used to bulk move items around in the ePages administartion. So for example assigning products to a category or maybe assigning customers to a newsletter. But we are trying to make management of data easier and quicker.
eCorner is excited to announce that customers using ePages V6.17+ can now benefit from integration to the OneSaaS environment. OneSaaS can link your store to popular applications for accounting, CRM and fulfilment. This enable you to manager your business smarter and faster.
There are a couple of new and very useful features that have recently been added to your online store administration if you use eBay.
The first of these is a handy way of mass managing your eBay items in the online store administration. We have introduced an export / import for eBay items.Using import / export you can make mass changes to your eBay items very quickly without needing to open individual items and then making changes using the eBay items wizard. So it is all about saving you time and effort.
You can export your eBay items from the administration by going to Content / categories menu >> Import / Export >> Select eBay items from the drop down menu. This will export ALL eBay items. Or you can select items at Marketing menu >> eBay items >> batch select and then >> use the Export batch function.
In either case after saving the export CSV file on your computer you can update it using Microsoft Excel or similar and after it is update then import it back into the online store. Just go to Content / categories menu >> Import / export >> select eBay items >> select the import file >> Import.
There is a new setting in your eBay listing wizard in the online store administration. This new setting enables stock levels that are on existing eBay listings to be updated with the stock levels in the online store. In Step 1 of the eBay item listing wizard you will find a new set of radio buttons that will enable the stock level update. You will need to select “Yes” if you want stock levels from the store to be updated at eBay and “No” if you want fixed stock levels at eBay. This setting will only be available if you use “Fixed price” Item Type for the listing.
You can use the new export / import if you want to mass update all your listings and change this specific setting. You first export all the items that you want to change and then find the column that is labelled as:
Please be advised that between the hours of 8:00pm on Thursday August 20 and 4:00am on Friday August 21, your eCorner service (website) will be offline as we upgrade our mass-hosted platform.
eCorner is constantly improving our underlying infrastructure and keeping up with potential vulnerabilities. It is all aimed at making our systems even more stable, faster and safer. eCorner has started the process to upgrade your website to ePages V6.17 and we expect the entire process to be finished by the end of September. The upgrade will include fixes to bugs, usage improvements and major new features.
We'll keep you informed of specific dates and times as we get closer to the actual upgrade date. Following is a brief explanation of some of the new features and changes that you can expect. You can find more detailed information at the ePages Release Notes website.
So what do we mean by structured content and how does it improve how your website or online store appear in search engines?
Search engines like Google look for clues in your content to the meaning of the page and the importance of content in the page. These can often be referred to as "snippets" and Google provide great advice on best practice.