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October 28, 2011

Tools and resources for a perfect ecommerce website

Nowadays, online ecommerce becomes a more and more popular source of profit for many. The reason for that is the fact that it provides numerous benefits for both the buyer and the vendor. In this article, we collected a roundup of tutorials, links, books and podcasts that we hope will be useful for both beginners and professionals in the business of ecommerce.

Articles & Tutorials


Build an ecommerce store with LemonStand (part 1)

"Freelance developer Phil Schalm talks us through the installation and setup of new PHP ecommerce platform LemonStand and explains the basics of building a theme..." check it out


Infographic: Shopping Cart Abandonment and Tips To Avoid It

"Shopping cart abandonment remains a major ecommerce concern..." check it out


5 Best Practices of Facebook eCommerce Stores

"Part of the reason that Facebook has outpaced MySpace as the largest, most important social networking site in the world is that Facebook has opened its doors to external programmers..." check it out


10 Absentee UX Features on Top e-Commerce Sites

"eCommerce sites are competing for customer attention and loyalty. The user experience features included in a site are the focal points for engaging customers, and can make or break the purchase process..." check it out


Why Magento is worth it… for some

"Magento is a powerful ecommerce system with a steep learning curve, aimed at larger ecommerce sites..." check it out


The three pillars of ecommerce design

"Actinic Software's CEO Ben Dyer looks at a number of best practice tips and advice for ecommerce merchants, designers and implementers in the areas of the checkout, product pages and customer relations..." check it out


Psychological Manipulation in eCommerce Design

"Web designers and architects use an array of psychological tricks to manipulate users into specific behaviors. What can be learned from these tricks?..." check it out


eCommerce Lessons From Your Favorite Stores

"Now, nearly any person or business can buy or sell product online. In this article, we'll examine what we can learn from observing our favorite stores in action to make the online experience better...." check it out


Ecommerce: Making the Most of Online Shopping Websites

"Online retail is definitely here to stay but how can you get the most out of your ecommerce site?..." check it out


10 Ecommerce Design Tips for Increasing Conversions

"Here are ten tips on how you can turn visitors into customers and improve your conversion rates by employing simple design techniques..." check it out


Modern eCommerce Designs (2011)

"After looking around the web what sites caught our eye and which web-pages do we consider are the top 20 ecommerce sites on the web?..." check it out


Useful Tools & Services

WooCommerce for WordPress

Transform your WordPress website into a thorough-bred online store. Delivering enterprise-level quality & features whilst backed by a name you can trust. check it out

OpenCart CMS

A powerful open source shopping cart system that is designed feature rich and user friendly. check it out

CubeCart CMS

A complete ecommerce shopping cart software solution. With CubeCart you can quickly setup a powerful online store to sell digital or tangible products to new and existing customers globally. check it out

Drupal e-Commerce Module

The eCommerce project on Compatible with Drupal 5 and 6. check it out

UberCart for Drupal

Ubercart is an exciting open source e-commerce shopping cart that fully integrates your online store with Drupal, the leading open source content management system. check it out


Lite-commerce is an open-source e-commerce solution that can work both like a Drupal 7 module and as a stand-alone web application. check it out


A simple javascript shopping cart in under 20kb that you can setup in minutes. It's lightweight, fast, simple to use, and completely customizable. All you need to know is basic HTML. check it out


E-Commerce 2011 (7th edition)

This comprehensive, market-leading text emphasizes the three major driving forces behind E-commerce–technology change, business development, and social issues–to provide a coherent conceptual framework for understanding the field. The seventh edition–including all of the data, figures, and tables in the book–has been updated with the latest marketing and business intelligence available from eMarketer, Pew Internet & American Life Project, Forrester Research, Jupiter Research, Gartner, and other industry sources.

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Effortless E-Commerce with PHP and MySQL

In this comprehensive guide to creating an e-commerce Web site using PHP and MySQL, renowned author Larry Ullman walks you through every step--designing the visual interface, creating the database, presenting content, generating an online catalog, managing the shopping cart, handling the order and the payment process, and fulfilling the order--always with security and best practices emphasized along the way. Even if you're an experienced Web developer, you're guaranteed to learn something new. The book uses two e-commerce site examples--one based on selling physical products that require shipping and delayed payment, and another that sells non-physical products to be purchased and delivered instantly--so you see the widest possible range of e-commerce scenarios.

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E-Business and E-Commerce Management: Strategy, Implementation and Practice

Popular for its cutting edge and contemporary coverage, its international approach and its balance of the technical and managerial topics of central importance to developing an understanding of this subject, this book is ideal for students or practitioners of e-business or e-commerce at any level.

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Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook

The secret to successful word-of-mouthmarketing on the social web is easy: BE LIKEABLE. A friend‘s recommendation is more powerful than any advertisement. In the world of Facebook,Twitter, and beyond, that recommendation can travel farther—and faster—than ever before. Likeable Social Media helps you harness the power of word-of-mouth marketing to transform your business. Listen to your customers and prospects. Deliver value, excitement, and surprise. And most important, learn how to truly engage your customers and help them spread the word.

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E-Commerce Guide to SEO, Copywriting, and Social Media

Who Should Read This Book? - Anyone looking to start an e-commerce site - Anyone who is tired of overly technical articles and books on SEO, copy writing, social media, and e-commerce - Anyone who wants to increase sales on their e-commerce site. - Anyone who is looking to hire a professional to work on their e-commerce site. This book will teach you the questions to ask potential vendors so you won't get burned. - Anyone who has an interest in basic SEO, social media and e-commerce subjects

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Beginning PHP and MySQL E-Commerce: From Novice to Professional, Second Edition

In addition to guiding readers through the creation of a complete, working website using sound enterprise development techniques, the authors take care to provide readers with a variety of alternative implementation solutions: for instance readers are shown how to accept payments from both PayPal and credit cards. The book has also been updated to reflect the latest development trends, showing readers how to upgrade their shopping cart using Ajax, integrate with Amazon's Web services, and encourage customer feedback through cutting-edge interactive features.

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A collection of lectures on eCommerce by Hajrë Hyseni, Business School, University of Hertfordshire. check it out


Ecommerce Podcast : Hear from Ecommerce Experts and Learn How to Succeed in Online Retailing

Hear famous and succesful people talking about eCommerce. check it out


The eCommerce Minute Podcast

Got a minute? Listen every workday as Practical eCommerce offers a 60-second tip to improve your ecommerce business. check it out


Ecommerce Developer Interviews Podcast

Ecommerce Developer Interviews is a weekly feature that introduces you to some of ecommerce web developers brightest minds and most successful businesses. check it out


Practical eCommerce

Practical eCommerce provides podcast episodes featuring tips and tricks for online business owners and ecommerce developers, as well as interviews with prominent personalities in the ecommerce community. check it out

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