• Workarea Commerce Overview – eCommerce Platform Review

    Introduction to Workarea Commerce Up until recently, Workarea Commerce was an eCommerce platform I’d heard a lot about but not actually seen – mainly because it was solely focused on the North American market and operated as a proprietary platform / agency. However, today, Workarea (formerly known as WebLinc, which is now the parent company) have…

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    Magento 1 End of Life – Options for Open Source & Commerce Retailers

    I’ve read a lot of different posts on Magento’s recent end of life announcement (which has set an end date for support of the platform at June 2020) and I decided to write a short post summarising how I see the situation and what I believe the options are for merchants. I’m also fresh from…

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  • SaaS, Cloud-Hosted eCommerce Platforms (vs on-premise) – A Detailed Comparison

    Whilst SaaS (software-as-a-service) software has been enthusiastically taken up across various sectors over the last decade, it’s only in more recent times that enterprise eCommerce platform options have been made available to retailers. The SME end of the retail market may have been well served with cloud-based SaaS solutions, with the obvious ones being Shopify…

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  • Shopify Plus Wholesale Channel Review & B2B Setup Options

    I’ve been working a lot with Shopify Plus over the last few months, as a result of various new and existing clients opting to migrate from other systems. One area that I keep getting asked about recently is wholesale, which I thought I’d write a more detailed piece about as it’s an area that’s changing…

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  • Introduction to BigCommerce Enterprise & Examples of Websites / Stores

    It may not be a platform that’s particularly mainstream in the UK currently, but BigCommerce Enterprise regularly features in lists of the top eCommerce platforms in North America and is making some real headway in the mid-level and enterprise sectors at the moment. Delivered as a SaaS solution, BigCommerce tends to compete for merchants who…

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  • Magento 2 Commerce Alternatives – Alternative eCommerce Platform Options

    This article was originally written in June 2018, but I updated it in January 2019 to ensure it remained relevant. Since its launch back in 2008, Magento has dominated the SMB and mid-market eCommerce platform space. A decade is a long time in the eCommerce world, and for much of that time, Magento has appeared…

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  • Shopify Plus Pricing & Cost of Ownership

    For merchants of any size, from new retail brands right up to enterprise-level international organisations, moving to a new eCommerce platform can be an extremely daunting and challenging prospect. Aside from ensuring that the required functionality is present, the platform is robust and reliable and the transition to the new platform is meticulously planned, merchants…

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  • Top Luxury Fashion & Lifestyle eCommerce Sites

    The luxury market has been known to be a bit slower on the digital transformation side of things than its mid-market & high street counterparts but over the last 5 years eCommerce has become a priority in the luxury fashion space with strong visuals, carefully curated content & a seamless omnichannel experience often featuring at…

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