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Your Online Store Needs a Blog in 2017

By Yan Kulakov, Friday, October 13th, 2017 in Guest posts

Hi!

Today, we’d like to share with you amazing infographics provided by Josh Wardini, Community Manager at Webmastersjury. The infographics shows the history and advantages of blogging. Giving the floor to Josh.

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How to Increase Conversion with On-Site Search

By Yan Kulakov, Thursday, October 12th, 2017 in Guest posts, Tips and tricks

On-Site Search is Your Customers’ Personal Assistant

They say that running an offline store and online store is absolutely different. Probably in some cases. But there are basic things that are canonic for both ways and cannot be neglected.

Imagine yourself searching for some boots or a dress. You come in the store with thousands of products and there is no one there! You start searching without being sure that this store even has something you need or at least something close to it. What are the chances you will buy there? Nobody knows.

But if you have a personal assistant by your side who can shortcut you to the product or help you with variants that can suit your needs, you are more likely to make a purchase.

Your on-site search is the personal assistant that grabs a visitor by the hand and leads to the product. This is the best tool to organize visitors journey in your store.
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You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

By Yan Kulakov, Thursday, September 21st, 2017 in Guest posts

You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

Hello!

Your online store’s health depends on the software it uses. But that’s not the end of the story. Your web shop and whole your business also depend on the server. Make sure that server specialists monitor and maintain your store’s server 24/7. This allows you to avoid downtimes, security issues, and the loss of money after all.

Today, we’re presenting the article by Gleb Goncharov, the head of the DevOps team from our partner company Simtech Development. Gleb tells how server monitoring is carried out and why it is so important. (more…)

7 Keys to E-commerce Success This 2017

By Yan Kulakov, Monday, March 13th, 2017 in Articles, Guest posts, Tips and tricks

Keys to E-commerce Success this 2017

Hello!

Presenting you a guest article by Kenneth Sytian, the web designer and the owner at Sytian Productions. He’s sharing with you 7 keys to e-commerce success in 2017.

Kenneth Kenneth Sytian of Sytian Productions is a web designer from the Philippines. He is the owner and the driving force behind the company. Kenneth has been designing websites and developing web apps for more than a decade.

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Choosing a Mobile App for Your CS-Cart Store

By Yan Kulakov, Friday, October 28th, 2016 in Guest posts

About the author:

Alina works as a content manager at Simtech Development. She is constantly writing CS-Cart e-commerce tips and tutorials in the corporate blog and Facebook group. Follow Simtech Development on Facebook to get to know about the latest articles and news.

Mobile comprises of 34% of all ecommerce transactions worldwide, and it is expected to grow to over 50% in 2017. What is more, 85% of consumers today prefer a mobile application over a mobile website. But does your business need a mobile app and how much is it going to cost you? Let’s make it quickly and clearly.

After surveying representatives from 12 leading mobile development companies, Clutch established the cost of building an iOS only app to be between $38,000 for low functionality to $171,000 for high spec app. High cost is one major reason we advise against building native apps for your business.

We adhere the idea that if you aren’t a pizza delivery company or taxi it’s not so important to invest money in a mobile app, because in most cases it doesn’t not worth it. Firstly you need to determine user preferences and decide whether you really need it or adaptive mobile version will be enough for you.

Anyway as our clients often ask us about mobile apps for CS-Cart, I decided to review the most popular mobile apps for CS-Cart and mobile app builders.

Applications for CS-Cart

Twigmo

Overview

If you are already a CS-Cart store owner you should definitely know that CS-Cart has its own mobile commerce Twigmo. Twigmo is a set of tools to make CS-Cart store mobile-friendly for customers and merchants.

Twigmo is included by default in CS-Cart starting from version 2.2.1. If you are a CS-Cart user, just log in to your admin panel, go to the Add-ons page, activate Twigmo add-on and connect your store to the Twigmo service. Note that you are able to create your own mobile app in the Platinum plan for $39 a month.

The add-on is fully compatible with the CMS, so it has a lot features in comparison with other applications.

DEMO

Key features

  • Twigmo includes 11 themes to make your mobile site even more awesome.
  • Works on iPhone, iPad, Windows 8 and Android devices.
  • Fully multi-lingual.
  • Supports custom product/category blocks, product options, profile management.
  • Supports one-page checkout.
  • Push notifications about new orders.
  • Ability to manage multiple stores.
  • Ability to track statistics, orders, products and customers via filters and search.
  • Ability to edit orders, products and customer data.
  • History of recent events in the store.

Design

The application design looks similar to the mobile version of the CS-Cart website except the navigation menu and footer, which are moved to the sidebar.

Pricing

Mobikul

Overview

The Mobikul will convert your CS-Cart Store and Multi-Vendor marketplace into a mobile application.

By using this Mobile Application your customers can easily visit your store with their android phones and tablets. They don’t need any laptop or desktop to visit your store, they can use all the features of your store from the mobile application.

Not only your customers but also your sellers can use various features by using their android phones and tablets with this mobile app.

Mobikul CS-Cart Mobile Application is a pre-build mobile app—you just need to configure it with your CS-Cart store through RESTful (web service), change the app name, replace the app icon and banner with your store icon and banner and release it on the play store.

DOWNLOAD THE APP:
Mobikul CS-Cart Multivendor
CS-Cart Mobile App Builder

Key features

  • Well integrated with CS-Cart.
  • Informative and interacting shopping app with fast and intuitive response.
  • Supports default CS-Cart shipping methods.
  • Supports PayPal, Authorize.Net, Stripe, PayU.
  • Supports phone ordering, cash on delivery, fax ordering, money order, and personal cheque as payment methods.
  • One-page checkout.
  • Option of gift voucher, promotional and coupon code have been provided.
  • Feature of push notification over the devices has been provided.
  • Well configured and easy to use at the admin end.

Pricing

The add-on for CS-Cart costs $499 and for Multi-Vendor the price is $599. Note that the free support lasts 3 months after the purchase.

Design

The design is quite simple and will suit your CS-Cart store regardless of the products you sell.

Apptuse

Overview

Apptuse is focused on crafting elegant and native shopping apps for businesses and individuals. The online tool creates an elegant mobile shop app with your existing CS-Cart store with our ready to use integrations. With Apptuse you can create an Android or iOS app instantly without writing a single line of code.
This lets you have a complete native app that integrates with your existing store inventory and makes managing your store hassle-free.

Pricing

Apptuse has 2 available pricing plans: Startup and Business. If you want to have a white labelled app and all inclusive package (for more information please contact Apptuse) the minimum price will be $399 per month.

Design

With a big amount of purpose-built content blocks, integrations and colors, Apptuse presents a number of different combinations.

Mobi-Cart

Overview

MobiCart is a fully managed SaaS solution, from web hosting, to updates and support.

MobiCart works on its own, or links up to your existing website. MobiCart integrates seamlessly with Paypal, ZooZ and Stripe to give you a range of payment gateways to implement. Cash on delivery is also supported.

Key features

  • User-friendly and clean interface.
  • Seamless integration with your current store.
  • CSV product importer.
  • Access to the source code.
  • Ability to import Twitter feed.
  • Ability to upload your company logo and choose your color scheme.
  • Ability to send unlimited push notifications.

Pricing

MobiCart has a very flexible system of pricing from Free Plan to Pro Plan. If you want to get access to the source code, it will cost you about $100 per month.

Contus

Overview

Contus M-Comm is a ready-to-go solution that lets store owners build branded, exclusive, native mobile applications which can be in perfect sync with the online store’s backend.

Key features

  • Feature of push notifications over the devices has been provided.
  • Integrations of 3rd-party tools, APIs and other technologies.
  • Seamless connectivity between your store and app.
  • HTML5 and CSS3 contributes for smoother UX on all devices.
  • Multi-lingual support.
  • Advanced promotional opportunities: discount coupons, daily deals, free shipping for regular purchases, special prices for registered customers and personalized shopping suggestions.
  • Multiple currencies.

Pricing

The cost of installation and full customization of the application is USD 9,500.

Design

The design is very nice and user-friendly, so that your customers will find it easy to swipe and click around to find what they want. Using superfast checkout with auto fillings, buying takes just a few minutes.

Mobile App Builders

Of course, there are solutions that will help you build a mobile app on your own. Mobile app builders allow you to create advanced applications for smartphones and tablets with no technical knowledge.

If your budget does not allow for a full custom app or you just want to try a mobile app on for size and test the app marketplace, these app building tools will help you get up and running.

Let us give you a list to check out some of them:

There is no doubt that a mobile app makes you accessible to customers at all times and increases brand recognition, but you see that it may hit your wallet. If you choose to use a mobile app, do not forget that you need to get a qualified support. Does this company provide support? Who will resolve bugs and issues that may appear at any moment? Clear these moments before the purchase.