When a customer orders from your online store, they usually get shown an order confirmation page. Then they wait a few days for the order to come through the letter box.
Why not take advantage of the customers excitement in buying from you by tweeting and posting in facebook what they just bought.
I have just implemented some code on the Caine Leather website which gives the customer the ability to amend a pre filled comment box encouring them to tweet or facebook the first item in their basket.
order confirmation page
Then if they click tweet your followers the customers message is given to twitter along with the stores twitter userid and product page url.
The customer can then click tweet.
Alongside this I have also used Twitters new card type features. Which means the page information is shown within twitter without having to link through to your site initially.
With facebook the customers message is not passed through to facebook api because they no longer allow prefilling of the message box. But as longas you implement facebook meta tags you can get your product title, description and image correctly set when the page is posted.
Are you are local takeaway or a restaraunt that provides a takeaway service? Then have a look at a new PHP script by phpjabbers which allows your customers to easily order for delivery or pickup and pay online.
You can even setup the application to handle multiple delivery zones.
Do you have a wordpress blog that accompanies your online store? If you are looking to increase your revenue from your blog using adsense, then you could use this great tutorial by WPwebhost to show content to visitors who are outside your stores catchment area.
When coding it is not always practical to perform changes in a test environment first and then transfer to the live. Sometimes you just want to make a quick test and show the client before putting the changes live to the whole world to see.
X-Cart uses the smarty templating language and to do this in smarty is pretty simple. Continue reading →
The recent site redesign gives the customer the benefit of large thumbnails but this in turn increased the full page site by 700K. Especially were the page has so many images. To help improve the performance you can include pagination but the site owner really did not want to have this feature, as the click through rate for next page was very low. Continue reading →
If you have used Code Canyon and Theme Forest, then you maybe interested in setting up your own marketplace. Unlike e-commerce where you need to source products, buy in bulk and then find customers to buy. You could think of approaching it the Etsy or Amazon way.
Setup a market place where others can use your site to sell their creative work.
Clone Forest sell a number of high quality scripts that allow you to setup an online market place to sell code, images, video and docs.
Your sellers pay a selling fee which you collect via paypal and you concentrate on just marketing your site.
It called turn.js and the site demos the plugin, with a good reference guide too.