Bagisto: An Open Source eCommerce Platform

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Brief: Bagisto is a relatively new open-source eCommerce platform built on Laravel. Let’s see what it has got to offer. Bagisto: Free & Open Source eCommerce Platform Built On Laravel I have discussed some of the best open-source eCommerce platforms to build shopping websites in the past. Recently, I came to know about a new platform called Bagisto. It’s built on Laravel, which is a free and open-source PHP framework. On the first look, it’s impressive to find an open-source eCommerce solution that lets you craft beautiful shopping experiences. Hence, I decided to give a quick look on what it offers and if it’s something that you can try. Features … Read more

7 Best Link Shorteners to Shorten that URL

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Trying to convince people to click on a long, jumbled link is almost as bad as a door-to-door salesman trying to sell people financial services. If your audience sees a link they perceive to be spammy in one of your social media posts, they’ll do the digital equivalent of slamming the door in your face — scroll past it. To avoid being perceived as spammy or sloppy when you have a legitimate link to share, check out our list of the seven best link shorteners that’ll clip your links into clean, consistent, and clickable URLs. What are the benefits of using link shorteners? Using link shorteners can benefit your brand … Read more

10 Open Source Static Site Generators to Create Fast and Resource-Friendly Websites

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Brief: Looking to deploy a static web-page? No need to fiddle with HTML and CSS. These open source static website generators will help you deploy beautiful, functional static websites in no time. What is a static website? Technically, a static website means the webpages are not generated on the server dynamically. The HTML, CSS, JavaScript lie on the server in the version the end user receives it. The raw source code files are already prebuilt, the source code doesn’t change with the next server request. It’s FOSS is a dynamic website which depends on several databases and the web pages are generated and served when there’s a request from your … Read more

8 Stylish and Free Responsive Email Templates

It’s 2017…why is sending responsive, browser friendly emails still such a hassle? If you’re frustrated with your email templates and are sick of coding them over and over to fix things that don’t work or try to make them fully responsive across dozens of different devices, maybe it’s time to try your hand at a free responsive email template. What follows is a list of some of the best of what’s out there in this department. Cerberus This one is a free download that comes with simple, responsive patterns for you to use when writing your HTMl emails. The emails are responsive and compatible with all browsers and email clients … Read more

10+ Responsive Menus and Navigation Solutions

Before you spend countless hours working on a responsive menu, just stop and wonder how many people will actually use the thing! See my own tests and analytics at the end of the article. Be wary: Users are engaging less and less with navigation items. So we’re stuck with the header navigation… 1. PriorityNav.js This is a great solution. Doesn’t hide everything under a button, but displays what it can depending on viewport size. Sometimes called Priority+ Navigation. Very small JS (5kb), no dependencies on jQuery. DEMO – DOWNLOAD 2. OkayNav Another Priority+ solution. Items disappear on a smaller viewport but still accessible under the dot menu. Also vanilla Javascript … Read more

Top 5 Mobile Page Speed Fixes

We’ve tackled in previous posts mobile page speed and Google’s efforts to drive mobile-first indexing. Having built and advised many mobile ecommerce sites, I’ve discovered hundreds of optimization tactics. In this post, I’ll share the top five issues that impact mobile page speed in my experience. I’ll also offer tips to assess and quickly fix. 5. Tracking Tags An explosion of ad services has led sites to install dozens of pixels, slowing performance. Many sites rightfully rely on Google Tag Manager but fail to optimize the tags within that platform. As a result, Google Lighthouse will often flag Tag Manager as a mobile page speed issue. To solve, evaluate when … Read more

A Beginner's Guide to SSL: What It is & Why It Makes Your Website More Secure

Have you ever noticed that some URLs start with “http://”, while others start with “https://”? Maybe you noticed that extra “s” when you were browsing websites that require giving over sensitive information, like when you were paying bills online. But where’d that extra “s” come from, and what does it mean? To put it simply, the extra “s” means your connection to that website is secure and encrypted; Any data you enter is safely shared with that website. The technology that powers that little “s” is called SSL, which stands for “Secure Sockets Layer.” As a consumer, you always want to see https:// when visiting any site you trust with … Read more

6 Easy Ways to Help Reduce Your Website’s Page Load Time

The adage “patience is a virtue” doesn’t apply online. Even a one-second delay can drastically reduce pageviews, customer satisfaction and drop conversions. The speed of your site even affects your organic search rankings. So what’s the biggest factor contributing to your page speed? Size. It takes browsers time to download the code that makes up your page. It has to download your HTML, your stylesheets, your scripts and your images. It can take a while to download all that data. As web users expect more engaging site designs, the size of a site’s resource files will continue to grow. Each new feature requires a new script or stylesheet that weighs … Read more

20 Free Web Design Tools from Spring 2020

Free resources from the design community can add value to an ecommerce site. Here is a list of new web tools and design elements from spring 2020. There are designer and developer apps, coding resources, color tools, fonts, and more. All of these tools are free, though some also offer premium versions. Free Design Tools Image Compare is a lightweight slider to compare before and after images. Image Compare Pattern.css is a CSS-only library to fill your empty background with attractive patterns. SnapFont is a browser extension that makes it easy to test any font on any website. With nearly 1,000 fonts available, preview any Google font instantly. SaaSforCovid.com is … Read more

Is Your Website Hacked or Infected? Find out Ways to Verify & Tips to Clean Your Hacked Website

  Every 39 seconds a hacker’s attack occurs, while 30,000 new websites are hacked every day (as per reports shared by Clark School, University of Maryland and SophosLab, respectively). This is indeed an alarming number. Finding out about your ‘hacked website’ too late is catastrophic because you have gifted enough time to the hackers to infect and do the intended damage to your website. That’s why you often need to ask yourself a bunch of questions about your website security, such as: Is my website secured? Is my website hacked? How to recover my website from hacking? What to do when my website is hacked? How to clean my website? … Read more

9 Ways to Boost Your Page Speed for Enhanced Website’s Performance

  Having a website that doesn’t load quickly means you are losing potential business. A research conducted by Akamai revealed that 49% of consumers expect a page to load in 2 seconds or less, while 1 in 5 consumers expect pages to load instantly. In today’s hyper-connected world, people have very high expectations and the level of patience is decreasing drastically. Besides, Google also gives top priority to faster websites while indexing, ranking, and compiling search results. So, it’s the need of the hour that you improve the speed of your website pages; otherwise, you are going to lose a substantial amount of revenue, traffic, leads, and whatnot. Don’t worry … Read more

How to Install WonderCMS on Ubuntu 18.04

  In this tutorial, we will show you how to install WonderCMS on an Ubuntu 18.04 VPS. WonderCMS is a free, open-source, and database-free flat-file content management system written in PHP and jQuery. It is a simple, fast, responsive CMS that allows you to create websites without the need of a separate database. WonderCMS comes with a rich set of features, including WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) support, SEO friendly, friendly URLs, a simple click and edit functionality, easy to theme, custom login URL, and lots more. Let’s get started with the installation. Prerequisites An Ubuntu 18.04 VPS with root access enabled, or a user with sudo … Read more