I'm working with an ecommerce startup and we need a test credit card for production testing, as in a real credit card where we can purchase and void transactions. Is this something that a credit card company provides? I basically, don't want the card to get flagged because we use it then void it continuously. This might just be, use a corporate card and they don't care, but didn't know if there was a more clean way to do this. Bonus points if there's a magical card that we can have make transactions that don't actually go through so that we can use that for automated testing.
What is the best approach to reconciling SEO best practices with an E-commerce website that may not lend itself to these practices? For example, Google doesn't like duplicate content, but a site with over 10,000 products where SKUs are listed individually by variation tends to produce a lot of duplicate information. [more inside]
I am helping redesign a website. We will be moving it to a WordPress platform. The site needs some kind of simple shopping cart system for selling real world goods. What are the best options, both for cost as well as ease of use? [more inside]
How does one go about creating a global online marketplace from humble beginnings and with no programming experience whatsoever? [more inside]
I work for a small non-profit that has a correspondingly small ecommerce website to sell our publications. It is the first ecommerce site that my company has ever had, and we're all relatively new to ecommerce in general. We recently started having fraudulent orders going through on the site, and it turns out that our PayPal PayFlow fraud filters were only set to the basic level. We've activated the advanced fraud filters, which now means that any order that meets certain characteristics (such as having mismatched billing and shipping addresses) will be held for review before letting the charge go through. This seems to be working well enough, but what I'm stumped on is what to look for in an order that is held for review. How do I determine whether an order flagged for review actually is fraudulent? [more inside]
I need a name for my eBay (and possibly Etsy) store that will be selling used clothes and other thrift store finds. [more inside]
I need to build an online shopping catalog (No Shopify--not what I'm looking for). I have a couple dozen items in the catalog that come in three colors. I need clients to be able to place orders in large quantities (like 1-250 items) but I'm not concerned about credit card processing. I just want an online app that allows them to view products and submit an initial order that's followed up with a personal phone call that allows me to upsell or suggest alternate product combos or flexible payment arrangement that fit their needs. [more inside]
My company is looking for a fraud prevention service to screen users of our eCommerce platform. Difficulty level: Medium sized but very fast-growing, US based, global business. Not retail. Think restaurant or hotel reservations but with a bit of a twist - users may use our site to make a claim on something, but don't pay for it immediately. [more inside]
I'm researching how to easily offer recurring payments/subscriptions on services I provide (software support). Thought I'd just use PayPal, but dragons seem to be just below the surface. Help! [more inside]
Our PTA wants to get a Square reader for the stuff we sell at fundraisers. Are there any potential pitfalls we should be aware of? [more inside]
I'm in BC, Canada, trying to start an online store. Customers are likely in the US. Manufacturers are in China and the US. What's the best way to set up and operate my business? [more inside]
I have a site that I have started a few months ago. It is a site where I am selling random stuff right now and seeing what works. I have had some conversion from Reddit posts that got a few thousand hits so that seems to be helping but it is not always reliable since you never know what is going to go viral. Also, I'd like to open up more channels for selling. The problem is that acquiring visitors can be expensive. Does anyone know of any reasonably priced ways to generate good targeted traffic in 2015? I am not looking for SEO as an answer. I am interested in promoting the products on this site and getting conversions. I am still working on improving the site but I already know that it can convert at a reasonably good rate so my problem now is just acquiring visitors at a reasonable price.
I have discovered a vulnerability in an eCommerce platform which leaves sensitive and private customer data at risk. I reported this loophole to the developer, but their response has been underwhelming. What should I do? [more inside]
I've been seeing a lot lately about an app which lets people buy and sell gift vouchers at a discount. However, I'm curious as to how the company itself can make money.... [more inside]
Do you recommend any particular freelance site or marketing firm? [more inside]
I'm looking for some examples of e-Commerce / ERP inventory integration... [more inside]
How can I get a subscription to a Norwegian Museum's magazine sent to Australia? My father has been reading and enjoying Tromsø Museum's magazine Ottar for many years, courtesy of a Norwegian friend who paid for a subscription. The friend died last year... [more inside]
I run a menswear website, and we have two paid subscription offerings: a newsletter (delivered on our site and via email) and a physical subscription service (pocket squares, every other month). Our provider, Memberly, is shutting down in a couple months. What's the best alternative? [more inside]
This is obviously a big question to which I don't expect simple or succinct answers. But as I'm probably going to be doing some work soon for some fairly established hi-tech types (the focus of which will be some "disruptive" ecommerce solutions) I feel compelled to ask it. [more inside]
I'm trying to change the header link on a product page to redirect to a certain URL, instead it brings me back to 'products'. I'm stumped, I cant seem to find the [a href] in the code concerning this. This is in regards to the mobile page only. If anyone has any idea, please let me know! http://s10.postimg.org/o7h5r31rt/image.png
I'm a clothing reseller and would like to branch out from eBay to my own e-commerce site. I don't currently have the sales volume to justify a monthly subscription fee to a service like Shopify ($30/month). I do have a domain name, access to cheap webhosting with Wordpress and other CMS platforms, and a decent amount of tech knowledge. What are some free or very cheap solutions in 2015 for hosting a shopping cart on my own site and accepting credit card payments with per-transaction fees, preferably with a minimal amount of coding and fuss?
I need to get hold of datasets for online purchases, more specifically those that include product returns for a (self funded) project I'm working on. [more inside]
I''m setting up a webstore which will sell a limited run artwork, but I have two pony requests and have a hard time navigating all ecommerce options. Looking for flexible pricing & donation handling. [more inside]
Magento is one of most popular e-commerce software platform on Unix. What is the closest equivalent on Windows .NET platform? [more inside]
I have a client who wants to sell ecourses in pdf format, but doesn't want the pdfs to be able to be easily shared. The only solution I can find is a monthly DRM subscription but they think that's too expensive and that there must be another alternative... [more inside]
I'm one of the owners of a site with job postings, and we need an easy payment solution to let users pay us to post. [more inside]
I run a business where people order equipment online and then I have to call them to arrange pickup. I have a Wordpress site and using WooCommerce. I am trying to find a solution where someone could place and schedule an order using a drop down calendar 48 hours or more in advance . any advice on plugins or solutions I should be looking at?
How can I arrange for the absolutely cheapest possible merchant fees when processing a credit card online? [more inside]
I am creating an online marketplace and want to keep costs and infrastructure to a minimum, at least in the initial stages of the project. I am yet to make up my mind about whether I should use Etsy as the ecommerce platform or not. [more inside]
When you're shopping online, do you like to see detailed descriptions or just the bare bones specs? Or have you seen research that says one or the other? I'm responsible for adding new products to our online shops, and I'm trying to justify the time spent writing detailed descriptions. [more inside]
I am trying to avoid shopping at amazon.com because of the company's predatory business model. What are the best online alternatives for each product category? [more inside]
How can a small (3-5 employees) brick and mortar/e-commerce B2C retailer survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive market (outdoors/sports products) when it cannot compete on price? Any good examples of small companies doing just that? [more inside]
I want an awesome website and I have wireframed the whole thing. I am planning on using the design contest process on 99designs and I have found an amazing copywriter on Odesk. Who should do their part of the work first? [more inside]
I'm helping a small local deli with a website redesign using Joomla, and they're really interested in online ordering. I'm familiar with setting up standard shopping carts, but this is a bit different. Does anyone have advice on what cart to use (one that's fairly customizable) and how to best receive and process orders? [more inside]
If you've ever paid $10 to $30 a month for a hosted online e-commerce solution, I have some questions for you about your experience. [more inside]
Question for the hard-core commerce and security geeks: Always-on SSL, or AOSSL. Last spring The Online Trust Alliance, or OTA, started a PR campaign to convince folks who manage web sites to use SSL to secure the entirety of their web sites — not just forms and checkout pages. OTA points out that some large social sites (Twitter, Facebook, Google) — folks for whom the customer is the product — have implemented AOSSL, or are in the process of doing so. Who I *don't* see coming on-board are large and highly trafficked e-commerce sites. By my survey, none of the top 100 eCommerce vendors (using Internet Retailer's list) have implemented AOSSL, and I'm wondering if there's a reason why... (more inside). [more inside]
Getting Facebook page posts into a blog? [more inside]
Joe goes to webpage. He answers a few A-or-B questions. After Joe answers the last question, the page shows him which product he should buy. a) What do I call this decision-making tool? b) Where do I learn how to make it?
Why is it that in Brazil, there are no reviews / ratings of books on any of the online book stores? Does anyone know of any stores that might have this seemingly basic functionality?
I have grand ideas for an ecommerce web site and am curious about how to get where I need from an inventory perspective. [more inside]
My business is booming and it's driving me crazy! The process that worked when only a few orders trickled in isn't scaling and I am finding myself prisoner to my workflow. Email and google spreadsheet is clearly not cutting it and I need input on a project management or order system. [more inside]
Where can I sell event photos from marketing summits? [more inside]
What is the deal with e-commerce websites that force you to "become a member" before you can even see the items that they are selling? I'm thinking about Fab, Everlane, etc. [more inside]
Please help me understand how to accept credit card payments online for a fussy merchant, who wants to set up a shopping cart to sell luxury items, but fears using PayPal will make him look like he is "selling toys on eBay." [more inside]
I have a completely hand-coded website. I want to start selling things on the website, but I don't want to change the site's design. How can I most easily accomplish this? [more inside]
I am looking for a shopping cart solution that specializes in subscription based sales. I have a small product that comes in several "flavors" that I would like to ship to each customer's house every month. [more inside]
Is there such a thing as a free, no-frills online store? [more inside]
New B2C ecommerce platform - Magento or Open Cart?? [more inside]
How can I redirect all email coming to one domain to an Exchange server in another domain? [more inside]