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This category features a number of blog posts and guides that I’ve written around ecommerce customer acquisition, various different ecommerce platforms, guidance around using and configuring Magento and generally providing a positive customer experience. The pieces are based on my experience of working in and around ecommerce for agencies, in-house and as a consultant.

Optimising Magento’s Search Function

The statistics for online retail in the UK continue to show substantial growth, with the average weekly online spend up to £931 million in September 2016, a rise of 22% from the previous September. With online spending accounting for just 15% of all retail spending, it’s clear that… Read More

Costs of Building / Maintaining a Magento Store

Magento is an extremely popular ecommerce platform that powers some of the world’s biggest online stores, as well as sites at all levels. Magento’s technology is responsible for over 250,000 stores and is widely considered to be the biggest ecommerce platform in the world. One of the issues that lots… Read More

Guide to Merchandising in Magento

Merchandising is described as ‘the activity of promoting the sale of goods, especially by their presentation in retail outlets’. We are all familiar with bricks and mortar merchandising strategies, from enticing shop windows to impulse buy displays at the checkout desk. Merchandising is an important part of a… Read More

Well Designed Websites Using Spree Commerce

In this blog post we’ve collated a host of websites, built using Spree Commerce, that we think are designed well. The Spree Commerce websites listed below are just screenshots of the home page, but we’ve based the examples on the overall design and user experience across the site. If you think we’ve missed… Read More

Examples of Intershop Stores / Wesbites

I was recently doing some eCommerce platform and research and ended up with online stores using the Intershop eCommerce platform. I struggled to find examples so I thought I’d collate the ones that I think are designed well and write a post around them. If you think we’ve missed any other Intershop… Read More

Well Designed Shopify Websites

In this blog post we’ve collated the websites that are using Shopify that we think look the best. The Shopify websites listed below are just screenshots of the home page, but in our opinion the store front designs and other pages are equally as strong. If you think we should’ve included… Read More

A Guide to Migrating from OSCommerce to Magento

Ten years ago, osCommerce was the dominant force in the SME e-commerce world, with hundreds of thousands of online stores created over the years. As the e-commerce marketplace developed, many more platforms arrived to challenge that dominance, and Magento took market share very quickly after its beta launch in 2007. Read More

Choosing & Vetting a Magento Partner / Agency

One of the biggest advantages Magento has as a platform is its enormous global community of developers and agencies, who can help with building and maintaining successful online stores. However, in contrast, one of the most common issues is merchants opting to go with a less capable supplier, either as… Read More