The WooCommerce App – More Mobile Advancements

The WooCommerce App could allow you to save time and effort by allowing you to manage your online shop at any time while on the move. The app is powered by Jetpack and has a lot of useful features. If you don’t have an online shop yet, this could be enough to tempt anyone over to WooCommerce.

woocommerce appMonitor Your Online Shop

Find out which products are performing best

Check your total income

View order/visitor data by day, week, month and year

Mobile Sales Facilities

Filter through specific orders and order details

Expand on order information such as product(s), value, customer data, shipping details, and notes.

Simple order fulfilment

Mobile Order Notifications

Get notified about activity such as new orders and product reviews on your products (including a cha-ching sound!)

Drive By App Review

Effective across multiple types of devices. Quite a simplistic app overall but if you’re looking to be informed of orders as quickly as possible then this would be a great option. If you’re looking to replace the dashboard of your website completely, it’s not there yet in our opinion. I am happy to recommend an app that doesn’t do everything if it does what is claims to. Once the app evolves, we might need to revisit the review.

Connect Your Shop

We’re going to be testing out these new features with existing clients. If you’re not an existing customer and you’re interested in finding out if your website is compatible then call us on 01775 761 512.

Ecommerce – Moving Lincolnshire Magento 1 Sites to Magento 2

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Switching to Magento 2

If you’re running an ecommerce website in Lincolnshire, it might be time to check with your hosts that you are future proof. We regularly have new clients in Spalding approach us with older ecommerce systems, unaware that their business and their customers are at risk. If they stay on an old system without receiving security patches, hackers will be more capable of gaining access to the hosting and website. The most prominent example we are seeing now is businesses running on Magento 1 systems. Now is the time to abandon Magento 1. The Magento 1 platform will reach ‘End of Life’ in June 2020. This means that all updates will cease, and your system will be considered expired. We advise you to invest effort in the migration to a newer platform, sooner rather than later.

Whether you’re working from a market town like Spalding or a city like Peterborough, Magento 2 is a costly build for lots of companies and this may be a big barrier to taking the next step. It’s not the only option. Magento is a very good platform but it’s often overkill. There are alternative platforms that offer security and stability long term. If you’re unsure where to look next then give us a call.

We use a variety of systems depending on their intended purpose. This includes using Magento on larger ecommerce sites or scalable sites with larger intentions. The countdown to 2020 can be an opportunity to explore the features, performance and security enhancements provided by the range of future proof platforms, including Magento 2.

For more information on how to get moving, contact us on 01775 761512 or email [email protected]

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SSL Certificates – Safer Websites and Higher Rankings

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After installing hundreds of SSL certificates on websites, we decided it’s probably time we did on our own website! Although we don’t exactly need an SSL certificate just yet, it’s actually helping to improve our Google Ranking for very little time and effort. The immediate impact is quite minimal but as companies move towards a safer web browsing experience, it’s highly likely that the importance of SSL certificates will increase drastically. 

An SSL certificate is visible on websites with the padlock next to the web address. These addresses technically start with https:// instead of the more common http://. SSL sends encrypted information over the web so only the intended recipient can understand it. It’s most valuable when sending sensitive information, such as payment details over the internet. It also instills a lot of extra trust in customers. 

This is already becoming a ‘must-have’ with payment gateways like PayPal and Stripe. It’s a fairly good sign of what’s to come in the website development industry. Google Chrome is also putting a lot more emphasis on highlighting websites that aren’t using SSL certificates. Even if you’re just looking to evidence your GDPR compliance, this can also go some way to securing your customers data even further. 

We can set up your website with a security certificate at a very low cost and with very fast turnaround time. Even if, like ours, you don’t exactly need it. We’re recommending it to all of our clients now, but especially to those dealing with customer data or payments. You might feel like it’s unnecessary but technology moves at such a rapid pace and we see it as our job to ensure your website is up to date with these changes.

It is practically inevitable that with enough time your website will suffer without a SSL Certificate. Give us a call on 01775 761512 to discuss setting up an SSL certificate on your website. 

Developing the Website of the Future – Web Development

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There are some emerging technologies that are set to change Web Development in much the same way as mobile browsing has in recent years. We have named a few that we predict will be become more and more common in the coming years.

Domain Extensions

We can already see the rise of unconventional domain name extensions beginning. As traditional domains (.com and .co.uk) have been so widely used, people will need to adopt new domain extensions such as .limited, .shop or .events. There are a vast number of extensions now available but we still aren’t coming across them daily. As more people are forced to adopt them, the search engines will respond by putting them on an even playing field with more common extensions. A lot of industry experts are arguing that it’s important to start using them now to ride that wave when it comes. There are currently over 600 new extensions that you could potentially invest in over the next few years.

Cryptocurrency

It seems logical that before ‘cryptocurrency’ (such as Bitcoin) truly finds its place in the real world, it will first become as standard for future ecommerce websites as PayPal is today. With virtual currency growing in popularity there are already signs of this reality. Major websites such as Microsoft, Expedia and Shopify.com have already adopted this payment option. Benefits include anonymity, very low transaction fees and irreversible transactions (a third party such as a bank or PayPal can’t reverse the payment). We’re a long way off a cryptocurrency revolution but if it continues to grow as it has then there will undoubtedly be a market call for this in Ecommerce Web Development.

Online Security

With online security concerns still inhibiting a smooth browsing experience it seems logical that the market will lean towards account security being less troublesome and more secure. Three symbols, two numbers, one capital letter and ten minimum characters leaves users with a problem on their hands. Most of us will have experienced the difficulty of creating a password that has to be written down. This defeats the object of the security measures and ultimately makes the account less secure. The future will offer Web Development options beyond that. Examples of this can be seen with online banking and the technology available to enter your pin securely. Many smart phones are now capable of reading thumbprints therefore thumbprint entry is potentially already an option. Regardless of how this manifests itself, there is currently a need for a solution. With website apps being commonplace for social media, online banking and even ecommerce (such as Ebay and Amazon) it won’t be long before we are able to use the full potential of facial recognition, voice recognition and thumb recognition to solve this problem.

To discuss your own futuristic web development objectives, give us a call on 01775 761512 or contact us online.

Nick’s Strength And Power Website Now Live

Drive By Websites Ltd are pleased to announce the launch of one of our latest websites, Nick’s Strength And Power. Nick is a successful YouTube personality with over 200,000 subscribers at the time of launching. Nick creates informational videos about natural bodybuilding, the bodybuilding industry, dieting, training, nutrition, supplementation, contest prep, and more.

Website Design For A YouTube Channel

The website features a video gallery (updated live from his YouTube channel), online store and a blog. The online shop is built with simplicity in mind, making it easier for Nick’s followers to purchase merchandise. The blog will help improve the site’s organic SEO ranking, and actually includes all of the blog posts from Nick’s last site as well.

The development was almost entirely undertaken via email, since Nick is not based in the UK. This is becoming a development style that is more frequently required in our industry. It was a pleasure working with Nick on this project and we look forward to supporting the site for many years as Nick’s channel continues to grow.

To view the website, go to: www.nicksstrengthandpower.com

For more information on this or to see how we can help you, contact us online.

 

DONATION

E-commerce website created on behalf of Holbeach Mowers

We have recently designed and developed a mobile friendly e-commerce website on behalf of Holbeach Mowers. Holbeach Mowers

You can now shop online for lawnmowers, chainsaws, hedge cutters, power blowers, grass trimmers, power pruners and brush cutters.

For more information, visit Holbeach Mowers

It’s been a while since we wrote a blog about building an e-commerce website and I thought you might be interested to hear that Magento is Drive By’s choice of platform to use for product-based/online shop websites because:

  • Magento is excellent for search engine optimisation – your products will be found by search engines.
  • Its user friendly which means you will be able to make your own updates.
  • Magento is used by top companies, for instance, Nike, Olympus and Lindt.
  • You will be able to compete on a level playing field with the nationals
  • Easy integration with social media

 

 

 

 

People want to view your website using Smart Phones

Over the last few years the way people access the web has changed. A potential client may access the web on any number of devices throughout even a single day. So your website needs to be viewable on any screen size to give visitors to your website an optimal viewing experience.


During the latter part of 2013, Drive By Websites was working on an affordable website solution to satisfy the requirements of all these devices without the need for multiple websites.

The solution is commonly known as a “Responsive Website” i.e. it resizes and re-proportions itself according to the device browsing it. It makes your site fully readable and images and menus resize themselves in a familiar way so that people navigating via keyboard, mouse, finger-swipe etc on various devices do not strain their eyes in trying to read tiny text.

Here’s another responsive e-commerce website, Drive By Websites has recently designed and created on behalf of our client, Robin Hoile.

Robin was previously the proud owner of a Drive By brochure style website but has now upgraded to a responsive e-commerce website – http://lincsgaragedoorservices.co.uk

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