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What is Web Hosting and How to Choose the Right One

By Yan Kulakov, Thursday, July 7th, 2016 in Articles, Guest posts, Tips and tricks

Hello!

Marco Mijatovic, Content Manager at First Site Guide, has prepared a cool infographic explaining a web hosting for beginners. This article will come in handy for the Internet newcomers and eCommerce beginners.

Marco is a professional writer and blogger. He will help you understand the power and reach social media for your blog or website. You can find him on First Site Guide and tweet the First Site Guide team @firstsiteguide.

Let’s assume you want to start your own company, or that you already have one, and the next step towards advancement is creating a website. What should you do? Well, you can either take a quick online course or a tutorial on how to make one, or hire a web designer to do it for you. After all it’s in your best interest that your online store, blog, or company website look really attractive and professional. However sooner or later the issue known as web hosting will come up, and people will start to ask you about which web hosting service company you are going to choose as your provider.

If you have never created a website and are relatively new to the whole thing, you might ask: “What is web hosting, and how does it affect my website?” Well, web hosting is very important for a website’s performance and its speed. For example, you can create an eCommerce website using a fast CS-Cart software as your platform, but the speed of your CS-Cart store will also depend on web hosting. If the hosting is not that good and fast—a page will still take much time to load and the user will probably leave and won’t even give your content a chance.

It’s basically a server where your website is located and depending on user proximity to that server its loading speed is either fast or slow. So, a good web hosting service should have numerous servers where your content is uploaded, so that all of the users around the world have a satisfying experience when browsing your website.

There are many more features and details related to choosing a web hosting service, and for someone who is a first time user, all of this can be really puzzling. Luckily, First Site Guide has designed an infographic that will show you everything you need to know about web hosting. Once you are well-informed it’s far easier to make the right decision and choose a provider that will meet your demands and goals. Once you are done, you will know what web hosting is, what a good provider should provide and the existing types of web hosting.


Hope you liked Marco’s article and found the infographic useful!

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PayPal vs. Stripe: Which Payment Solution is Best for Your Website?

By Yan Kulakov, Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 in Articles, Guest posts

Hello!

Guys from Hosting Facts help you choose between the two most popular payment services—PayPal and Stripe. From this article, you will learn interesting facts about these payment services and their pros and cons. Cool infographic included.


Which payment solution is best for your business and your website?
We take a look at PayPal vs. Stripe.

If you run an online business, you need to accept payments. But getting paid via an online portal has all kinds of challenges. You need to make sure your solution is secure, functional, and easy for customers to use.

You can have a web payment solution custom built for your site, but software solutions have already solved the biggests challenges, and you can buy their services for a reasonable price. Two of the most popular are PayPal and Stripe. Websites around the world accept payments from these two companies.

Today, we’re going to explore PayPal and Stripe. We compare the two on a number of factors—fees, security, APIs, and more, to help you discover which payment solution is best for your site.

What do PayPal and Stripe do?

PayPal and Stripe both accept credit card payments online and in mobile apps. Both solutions can be seamlessly integrated with an existing website. The two aren’t new to this game—they process billions of dollars every year, are two of the most trusted solutions for accepting mobile payment.

What’s the Deal with PayPal?

PayPal was founded in 1998 by Luke Nosek, Max Levchin, Peter Thiel and Ken Howery under the name Confinity. In 2000, Confinity merged with X.com, Elon Musk’s online banking company. Soon enough, X.com would focus exclusively on PayPal, which was generating significant interest and respect.

PayPal had its IPO and was bought by eBay for $1.5 billion in 2002, and became eBay’s default payment solution. Today, PayPal operates all over the world. It has become an independent company again, spinning off from Ebay. PayPal moved $228 Billion dollars in 2014 alone.

What About Stripe?

Stripe is much newer than PayPal, as it was founded in 2010. Founders Patrick Collison and John Collison created Stripe as a turn-key solutions for web developers who wanted to integrate payment processing into their websites. Stripe stands out from the competition because of how easy it is for software programmers to use.

Stripe received funding from Y Combinator in June 2010, and quickly grew. In 2014, Stripe landed a major partnership with Apple Inc. to help power Apple Pay.

Pros to Paypal and Stripe

  • Easy to use for non-coders
  • Extremely secure and the security isn’t on you
  • Customizable to your brand

Cons to PayPal and Stripe

  • Transaction fee charges
  • Not designed for brick-and-mortar locations

Other Web Payment Solutions to Check Out

PayPal and Stripe are two favoured payment solutions, but there are others that may better fit your needs. Here are a few worth checking out:

Authorize.net

Authorize.net is a comprehensive payment solution, allowing you to accept payments online, via mobile, or at a store. Authorize.net is a very high quality payment gateway, and the 24/7 support is unrivalled. Your customers can use any credit card, or even use PayPal.

Fees: 2.9% 30¢ transaction costs, $49 setup fee, plus $25 recurring charge

Braintree

Braintree is a simple, robust way to accept payments or enable buying from almost anywhere—in your mobile app or online. On top of the full breadth of PayPal and Venmo customers, Braintree’s integrations give you access to multiple payment methods, simple pricing, security, and customer support.

Fees: Your first $50K in standard card processing volume comes fee-free. This applies to all card and digital wallet transactions not through PayPal or Coinbase. After you reach $50K, it’s 2.9% + 30¢ per transaction, with discounted rates available for businesses who process over $80k per month.

CS-Cart supports PayPal and Authorize.Net out of the box. Get Stripe and Braintree in the CS-Cart Marketplace.


About the author:

John is the CEO of Hostingfacts.com, a web
hosting review site that boasts human edited and tested reviews of hosting
companies from around the world. He loves to code websites, make them
visually appealing as well as improving them UX wise.

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Build the eCommerce Mall of Your Dreams with Multi-Vendor

By Yan Kulakov, Monday, April 11th, 2016 in Articles, Tips and tricks

Hi, how are you?

The eCommerce world has really grown recently, but still has a great outlook for further growth. Amazingly, 80% of the web population has yet to purchase products online.

If you’re thinking about diving into eCommerce, or you’re already in and have a couple of original business ideas, then our Multi-Vendor will help you transform your ideas into a live eCommerce mall.

With Multi-Vendor you can build your own eBay, an eCommerce mall, where different sellers offer their products in a shared marketplace, and you regulate sellers’ activities.

Today, we’d like to share with you three Multi-Vendor marketplaces that use original ideas and look cool. Check out the previous set of marketplaces in another post about Multi-Vendor.

Yumbles

Yumbles is all about hand-crafted yummy food.

The idea of Yumbles is to connect food lovers with independent food and drink producers all over the UK. Guys from Yumbles carefully hand pick the food makers to work with, so you’ll only find the most original and incredible food on the marketplace.

Since the sellers on Yumbles are indie food and drink makers, you order directly from them. Makers only use carefully sourced local ingredients and make their foods fresh to order for you.

A particular feature of Yumbles is the Gifts section, where you can find gifts almost literally for everyone! Choose gifts by recipient, occasion, personality, and price. You can even make a gift yourself with a “Make-it-yourself kit”, or get a gift within one day by ordering one from the Last minute gift category.

Another unique feature of Yumbles is the Community section. This section is full of recipes for everyday cooking, baking, health food, and food for special occasions. You’ll also find articles with cooking tips, fitness articles, and other recommendations.

Wealden Fairs

Wealden Fairs marketplace sells products of Wealden Times Midsummer and Midwinter Fairs, which take place in the village of High Halden in England.

The idea of this marketplace is to allow people to buy products available at these fairs in any season, rather than only when the fairs take place. People can now enjoy “visiting” Wealden Times Midsummer and Midwinter Fairs 365 days a year.

The Wealden Fair marketplace looks cozy and has a great home style. For example, instead of the usual “cart” you see “bag” and when you’re buying products, you add them to this bag. The marketplace is full of little things like this that give it a more distinct look and feel.

Country Culture

Country Culture marketplace offers designer goods from all over Australia. Every seller is an independent and talented designer showcasing his or her hand-made products on Country Culture’s storefront.

According to the marketplace founder, Angela Lavender, the idea of Country Culture is to bring talented designers from Australia together and showcase their talents to the whole world. In this marketplace, many of the pieces are one-off products, making them feel like perfect gifts!

Designers, as the sellers too, wrap and ship their products themselves. But Country Culture supplies them with original gift wrapping so that all the products come to customers beautifully wrapped into the branded Country Culture wrapping.


We hope we’ve inspired you with these Multi-Vendor malls. Tell us what comes to mind about this article in the comments.

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Meet More Beautiful CS-Cart Stores!

By Yan Kulakov, Monday, March 21st, 2016 in Articles, Tips and tricks

Hi!

Customers prefer to shop in the stores where they feel comfortable. For example, when you’re shopping for shoes, you expect a shoe shop to have a comfortable place for trying shoes on, a pleasant interior, and a polite in-store consultant.

The same works for online customers—they prefer beautiful and convenient online stores to shop in. As a result, stores with attractive graphics and well-thought navigation bring more money to their owners.

We’re happy to present a set of 3 eye-catching CS-Cart stores to inspire you with more design ideas.

If you missed the previous set, check it out in this blog post.

Burford Garden Company

Burford is a family business with quite a history. The store sells products for the garden and home: plants, garden tools, furniture, cushions, home furniture, kitchenware, lighting, and much more.

The store owners say their products are different from the mainstream, and they present them differently. And it‘s true! These products are presented on the storefront with thorough descriptions and lovely product pictures. The storefront in general feels friendly and a great “home” style.

A particular feature of the Burford store is a section offering one-off products, interestingly called Le Souk.

The base of the Burford store is in the UK, so customers only pay in British Pounds. Burford uses CS-Cart 4.3.4 with a custom-made storefront design:

Rossano Ferretti Parma

Rossano Ferretti Parma offers its own branded hair-care products. Here in the store, you’ll find a wide range of shampoo, conditioners, masks, sprays, oils, and other hair-care products.

Rossano Ferretti is known for his special style of cutting hair, where the stylist cuts along the natural fall of the hair. Rossano Ferretti has already founded over 20 brick-and-mortar salons all over the world, as well as an online store based on CS-Cart.

Rossano Ferretti Parma works on CS-Cart 4.3.3 and has a neat black-and-white custom design. Customers pay in US Dollars or British Pounds and can select one of the four languages: English, French, Italian, or Spanish.

Wrendale Designs

Wrendale Designs sells products with unique designer prints illustrating animals. In their catalog, you can find greeting cards, gift bags, calendars, stationery, ceramics, and much more.

Wrendale Designs began as founder Hannah Dale’s hobby. She was inspired by the nature of Lincolnshire where she lives. Hannah started painting hares, and her illustrations were an immediate success among local people. Then she began painting other animals. Now Wrendale Designs is a family affair.

A particular feature of this store is that it has two storefronts on different domains. Catalogues on these two storefronts differ. On the UK storefront, customers pay in British Pounds, while on the US storefront, it’s US Dollars.

Wrendale Designs uses CS-Cart 4.1.5 and is packed with a custom storefront theme based on the default Responsive theme:


Hope you like this set! Stay tuned for the next one in April.

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January Pack of 3 Design Ideas for Your Storefront

By Yan Kulakov, Monday, February 15th, 2016 in Articles, Tips and tricks

Hello!

We’d like to share another three CS-Cart store design ideas from our archive. Look for previous examples of designs in these posts.

Printism

As the owners say, Printism is a philosophy not just a website.

This store offers prints of illustrations and paintings of different styles such as surrealistic, symbolic, indoor art, landscapes, vintage posters, and others.

When ordering a print, the customer selects the type of the print, such as paper print, framed print, canvas, or stretched print, the size of the print, and the frame style. Frames are applied to the print preview in real time, so a customer sees the final appearance of the framed print.

Printism uses CS-Cart 4.3.3 with a custom design that converts this online store into a real art gallery:

Miyake

Miyake-Japan is an online store of the Miyake Ceramics Co., Ltd—a company that has been offering ceramic ware for over 60 years now.

Now in the Miyake store, you can purchase not only ceramic ware but also woodenware, glassware, and kitchen tools for Japanese restaurants.

Because the store represents the international department of Miyake Ceramics, the storefront uses the English language and 3 currencies: the Japanese yen, the US dollar, and the Euro.

Miyake-Japan works on CS-Cart 4.3.3 and uses a custom storefront template with a large banner on the homepage:

Overboard

Overboard (OVBRD) is a skateboarding and streetwear store from Finland.

Overboard describes itself as an online store of the latest skateboarding products with superfast delivery. This store really keeps up with the fashion: in the catalog you can see cruiser skateboards that are currently hip, as well as Star Wars clothing.

The storefront is presented in English and Suomi, and customers pay for orders in Euros.

Overboard has CS-Сart 3.0.4 Professional under the bonnet. The desktop version of the store uses a dark custom design and the mobile version works on Twigmo, which is one of our products besides CS-Cart.


Hope you enjoyed these storefronts. Feel free to ask questions about CS-Cart design in the CS-Cart forum.

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