Our top 5 eCommerce and accounting-related reads of the week

Our top 5 eCommerce and accounting-related reads of the week

Thursday, April 6, 2017Lauren Macdonald Back by popular demand! Our last ‘Top 5 reads of the week’ blog was so well-received that we’ve decided to write another edition. We’re always on the lookout for great blogs and articles from thought leaders in the eCommerce, accounting, EDI, and CRM industries. If you come across any ‘must-read’ articles, please share them with us!
 
WooCommerce 3.0 brings an improved product gallery, treats for developers, and more- by WooCommerce
https://woocommerce.com/2017/04/woocommerce-3-0-release/

WooCommerce has just unveiled their WooCommerce 3.0 release and it includes a number of new features that are sure to make merchants smile. Features include:
  • An updated product gallery with new zoom, gallery view and mobile features
  • Multiple speed and performance improvements
  • The addition of CRUD classes (CRUD stands for Create, Read, Update, Delete- the four basic operations you can do to a resource).
  • A new CLI powered by the REST API
  • Automatic sorting of tax rates
  • Improved logging for developers
With these enhancements, WooCommerce is confident that they can create a faster and easier experience for shoppers, especially on mobile devices. They also believe the addition of CRUD classes will optimize data storage, and allow developers to modify orders, products, customers, line items, shipping zones, and more, with less code across a unified system. To learn more, click here.
 
6 Mistakes Your eCommerce Store Must Avoid- by Entrepreneur.com
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/289026

This article describes how to optimize your site and your customer’s experience by finding and fixing the most common errors made by online retailers.

Here’s a breakdown of the top 6 mistakes to be aware of:
  • Not showing the number of items in a guest’s cart
  • Not linking directly to product pages from the homepage
  • No way to filter features while sorting on price
  • Using the wrong page type for listings
  • Not displaying customer service related trust seals
  • Not listing availability of stock on a product’s page
Read the rest of this article now to find out how you can resolve these issues and make your online store better.
 
NAV Coffee Break: New Feature of Dynamics NAV 2017- Report Settings- by Archer Point
http://www.archerpoint.com/blog/Posts/dynamics-nav-coffee-break-dynamics-nav2017-report-settings?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=Oktopost-twitter-profile&utm_campaign=Oktopost-2017-03+blogs

Report Settings is a new feature of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017. This new technology allows users to create and save canned filters on reports, any report, within Dynamics NAV. Having the ability to create and save report filters can help save time and improve efficiency in the day-to-day use of NAV.

Click here to read more and/or to watch a video demonstration of this new feature.
 
Saying goodbye to my old car and upgrading to Magento 2- by 121eCommerce
https://www.121ecommerce.com/blog/saying-goodbye-to-my-old-car-and-upgrading-to-magento-2

Our friends at 121eCommerce wrote a great article about upgrading from Magento 1 to Magento 2. Similar to trading in an old car for a newer, 2017 version, Magento 2 comes with all kinds of features that Magento 1 users could only dream about. Just like maintaining an old vehicle can become unfeasible after a while, by the end of next summer Magento will no longer offer support or make new extensions for Magento 1.

Click here to learn more about Magento 2 and the new features it will offer. Remember that for Magento users, it’s time to trade up!
 
An Introduction to (Budget) Product Photography- by ShipStation
http://www.shipstation.com/blog/packing-up-the-extras/an-introduction-to-budget-product-photography/

There’s no shortage of evidence to suggest that having high-quality product photos will help your conversions. Your customers want to know what they’re getting an be able to clearly see what the product will look like when it arrives.

However, not every online seller is an expert in photography. This article will break down how those non-experts can still achieve excellent, high-quality product photos, on a budget. Read more here.