March 2010

The best eCommerce Icons all in one place.

WebDesignLedger loves finding top notch free files and sharing them with their readers. They do the searching so you don’t have to. This saves you time and helps you focus on what’s important. For this article, they’ve rounded up high-quality icons that you can use in your eCommerce projects.

Free Magento Themes Collection.

This week was a surprise Magento week at WebResourcesDepot for getting you closer to this awesome open source e-commerce application. They’ve already published two posts (links onsite) to guide you on installing and customizing your e-store; this is the 3rd (and last) one which will help you a lot in beautifying your shop with 20+ free Magento themes.

The Ultimate Guide to creating eCommerce Websites with Magento.

One of the best open source eCommerce solutions available for free is Magento. In the following comprehensive tutorial at WebResourcesDepot, we will see what are the benefits and drawbacks of using Magento as your eCommerce application.

The most popular free and Open Source Shopping Carts.

A shopping cart is a system that is set up on a website with the sole focus of listing and selling products via the Internet. These systems will integrate into the main website and generally provide a back-end or dashboard area that lets the owner do all of the administrative work involved. This work includes: updating and modifying content; listing, organising and pricing products; printing invoices; and tracking inventory. A shopping cart gives you the ability to run an eCommerce business. DigitalPacific presents nine of the most popular Shopping Carts.

Handy Tools and Tips for eCommerce Websites.

Running an eCommerce website is a never-ending task, from trying to squeeze that extra bit of conversion rate out of the check-out page to figuring out which referrers give you the best traffic. There’s also a plethora of tools out there to help you achieve your goals. But which ones do what, and why should you use some of them? SmashingMagazine introduces some of these tools and offers a tip or two on how to use them.

30 Free Icon Sets to decorate your eCommerce site.

GeekSucks have collected 30 of the most needed and nicely free eCommerce Icon Sets for their visitors who have eCommerce sites.

February 2010

eCommerce websites using Grunge Design.

We do not see much of grunge design among eCommerce websites. Simply because grunge is not as popular as its glossy and ultra minimalist clean-looking counterpart, the Web 2.0 design. However, Grunge design is popular among the young population, specifically the artistically-inclined people and those outdoor lovers. This group of population is the particular niche that most eCommerce websites using grunge designs cater to. BestDesignOptions showcases 28 eCommerce websites using Grunge Design.

eCommerce Design Resources: The Ultimate Roundup.

eCommerce site architecture is often more complicated than typical websites, with products sometimes falling into multiple categories. Product pages need to be laid out in a way that makes it easy for customers to see exactly what it is they’re getting. And the checkout process needs to be as simple and streamlined as possible while still capturing necessary information and encouraging repeat business. Overall, eCommerce design takes a bit more planning and care than simpler website forms, and Hongkiat is here to help.

Free WordPress Themes for eCommerce.

There are several plugins for using WordPress as an online store. But if you intend to start a store online and cannot afford to hire a web designer and coder, there are a lot of free themes you can download and use. WebbyFreebies has been in that situation a little while ago, and solved it very smoothly by using a free theme.

15 Open Source eCommerce Platforms.

As well as offering a diverse range of features, eCommerce platforms are offered for a diverse range of prices. Many are free, while others can cost tens of thousands per year. Very generally speaking, those which you have to pay for not only offer the best support, they require the least programming knowledge to install and run. Take a look at the 15 at TripwireMagazine and select the one that’s right for you, your business and your customers.