Aperture Responsive Theme – A FREE Professionally Designed Theme from 3dcart

Here is a preview of our most recent theme “Aperture” — a new, professionally designed responsive theme.

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If you would like to preview the live demo of our “Aperture” theme, you can do so by clicking the link below. Check it out on your phone, tablet or computer; you’re sure to love it for the price, FREE.

3dcart’s Live Demo of the theme “Aperture”

Stay Tuned! Additional New and Updated 3dcart Templates are coming soon!

Out with the old and in with the new! 7.0 launches to applaud

The wait is finally over – 3dcart has officially launched the largest eCommerce update of 2015, version 7.0! After extensive development and feedback from over 17k retailers, 3dcart 7.0 has released to critical acclaim, garnering positive responses from users and industry experts alike. Hailed as the new industry standard for eCommerce platforms, 7.0 is a new, freshly innovative platform, expertly rebuilt from the ground up.

In addition to a completely redesigned Control Panel and Dashboard, version 7.0 also brings about the introduction of a built-in point-of-sale system, REST API, Multi-Channel selling, native support for Visa Checkout, a New Checkout Experience, plus many other features designed to provide an edge-cutting, technologically advanced all-in-one eCommerce solution.

Here are some of the highlights of our new admin interface:

Responsive: We’ve made it so that you can use tablets and still have a good experience browsing around. Use the device that you’re most comfortable with!

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Moveable dashboard panes: Rearrange some of the informational screens to help you customize your “At a glance” view.  It’s your store; organize your admin however you see fit!

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Order management: The order details page was redesigned to increase efficiency when processing orders.

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Intuitive: We’ve re-organized settings and pages to make the configuration of the store more intuitive, including a collapsible menu bar, flyout menus, and new layout options offered in various colors to better suit your mood and taste.

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Admin Notifications: Customize which activities you’d like to receive notifications for. Additionally, if your store has any pending issues that may interrupt your store’s functionality, these will be shown in the notification window as well.

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Global WYSIWYG Toggle: Turn WYSIWYG on (or off ) globally for every section of the Online Store Manager. Versed in HTML? With one click, every WYSIWYG section can be turned off.

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Furthermore, with upgrades to our core platform and infrastructure, 3dcart 7.0 is the most powerful, scalable, fastest hosted eCommerce platform yet. Feel secure in the knowledge that 7.0 can handle massive influxes to traffic and sales – up to 240 sales per second! Whether you’re a small business just starting out or boasting high volume sales and traffic, 3dcart has everything you need and want to efficiently manage your online store.

To learn more, visit http://www.3dcart.com/landing-3dcart-7.html

Are you up to speed with Bing’s mobile friendly update?

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On the heels of Google’s Mobilegeddon update – which was intended to not-so-gently push websites toward becoming mobile friendly – Bing has announced its own mobile update. Unlike Google, Bing will slowly roll out the update in order to help websites make adjustments and receive feedback from website operators. Bing’s update represents more of a collaborative effort rather than a crackdown, which means big benefits for online stores. If your website is still scrambling to recover from Mobilegeddon, here are some changes you can implement in order to be labeled as a mobile friendly site according to Bing’s standards.

The Bing Label. One of the first new elements tested by Bing is a label that appears next to search engine results, easily indicating which sites are mobile friendly. After receiving positive feedback from both consumers and website operators, it looks like this new label is here to stay – at least for now. The question then becomes: how can sites go about earning this label and reaping the benefits of publishing a mobile friendly site?

Determining Whether Your Site is Mobile Friendly. Again, Bing is working with webmasters to help them prepare for this impending algorithm change. Later this summer, they will be offering a mobile friendly testing tool that will quickly analyze whether or not your site meets mobile standards. If the answer is no, it will also provide specific suggestions about things you can do to make your site easier to view on mobile devices.

What Factors Make a Site Mobile Friendly? While search engine algorithms tend to be cloaked in mystery, there are a handful of very clear characteristics that they will be examining in order to determine mobile friendliness. If you address these categories over the coming months, you will be able to head off any trouble and stay competitive in a search market that is increasingly mobile.

  • Clickable buttons. How often have you tried to navigate a site on your phone and ended up clicking the wrong link because the buttons were too small or too close together? This can be especially frustrating if you are trying to make an online purchase and one click ends up emptying your cart, putting you back at square one.

Fat fingers aside, mobile friendly websites need to keep this factor in mind and ensure a clickable user experience, even for relatively small smartphones. This is especially important for online stores where customers aren’t just watching videos or browsing, but actually trying to buy specific items. Having to repeatedly use the back button to navigate to the intended page may result in customers leaving the site altogether.

  • Scrollable design. A mobile friendly design may create a super long page that requires a lot of up and down scrolling, but this is far more desirable than having visitors also scroll from side to side. The less work they have to do to view your page, the better.
  • Easy to view. In addition to a scrollable design, you also want to make sure that fonts and images don’t appear too small. A certain amount of zooming-in is to be expected, but your site should at least try to accommodate mobile devices.

This is an important design element for all websites, but especially for those selling products. If potential customers can’t zoom in for a closer view or read product specifications, they are much more likely to take their business elsewhere.

While you may be resistant to a search engine dictating how and when you update your site, these changes are in the best interest of both consumers and e-commerce sites. Fortunately, Bing is working directly with website designers to ensure the transition is as easy as possible for everyone involved. Since their mobile update announcement, Bing has sought the feedback of everyone involved, continuously making needed adjustments as the process continues toward a final deadline. The goal isn’t to punish websites and online stores, but to work together to offer a better product for consumers. Making your online store more mobile friendly will only help you in the long run, garnering you more visitors and increasing profits.

July’s Featured Partner: Efulfillment Service

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3dcart currently partners with over 200 ecommerce companies, and constantly adding new ones. These partnerships allow online merchants to expand the 3dcart functionality to specific business needs.

Each month 3dcart highlights a Featured Partner. For the month of July, the Featured Partner is Efulfillment Service.  Our team interviewed Steve Bulger, Efulfillment’s Sales & Marketing Manager to help 3dcart merchants get an insight of their company and solution.

Please share some background and history on efulfillment Service:

eFulfillment Service (EFS) is the leading provider of order fulfillment services to small and mid-sized ecommerce sellers.

EFS was founded in 2001 by John Lindberg. Today, we remain a family-owned business with John as our CEO, and his son Jordan as the Executive VP running the day-to-day operations.

eFulfillment Service was built on a few core values, which include reliability, transparency and integrity. These values are instilled throughout our organization, and because of this, EFS maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and is one of the most trusted and respected names in the ecommerce order fulfillment industry.

What’s the main service Efulfillment Service offers?

We provide warehousing, order processing and shipping services to online sellers. We work with over 600 merchants around the globe and have experience with virtually every product type, from cosmetics, to supplements, to media, electronics, apparel, toys and more.

In addition to our warehousing order fulfillment services, we also offer a number of ancillary services, including:

  • 360 product photography
  • Still product photography
  • Kitting and assembly
  • Returns processing
  • Custom technology projects

Describe the integration and how long Efulfillment Service has been a partner with 3dcart.

3dcart is actually our oldest integration, and we have been a partner with 3dcart for nearly a decade.

Our clients love 3dcart not only because of all the features it offers, but they also love the fact that we can automate the order fulfillment process.

We have made it very simple to connect our software with 3dcart, so as orders come through the merchant’s store, we’re able to pull those orders automatically, pick, pack and ship them out, and then send tracking and inventory data back to 3dcart automatically.

What are the benefits for 3dcart Merchants that use Efulfillment Service?

The main benefit to 3dcart merchants is that we simplify the order fulfillment process, while providing an affordable, dependable solution.

Generally merchants are outsourcing order fulfillment to save themselves time. This means they don’t want to be spending time placing orders and trying to figure out the status of orders or getting tracking number to their customers. We automate all of this for them.

In addition, some merchants have difficulty giving up the order fulfillment reigns. And rightfully so….successful order fulfillment is critical, and a big part of retaining customers. This is where our 15 years of experience comes into play. Merchants take comfort knowing that we have the experience and technology to consistently get their orders to the right customers at the right time.

What are your solutions’ biggest strengths?

Our biggest strengths are our experience, technology, flexibility, level of service, and our commitment to being open, fair and honest with our clients.

How’s your solution price structure?

Our pricing is somewhat dependent on the shipping volume of the merchant. In general, though, our pricing is simplified and we differ from a lot of fulfillment companies in that we do not have any setup costs, no minimum order volume requirements, no big monthly retainers, and no tricky fees.

This allows the merchant to maintain more of a consistent cost per order, even as order volume fluctuates throughout the year. With many fulfillment companies charging minimums or having high fixed costs, it can result in the merchant’s per order cost dramatically going up and down throughout the year.

How does Efulfillment Service compare to similar solutions in the market?

eFulfillment Service has been shipping ecommerce orders longer than most companies out there. So our experience is a big reason why so many merchants choose us.

Our technology also makes things very easy for the merchant while keeping them in the loop. In addition, we have simple, straightforward pricing, responsive service, as well as a high level of flexibility in order to accommodate a variety of merchants and their particular needs.

Lastly, here at EFS, we own and operate our warehouse, whereas many fulfillment companies actually contract out the warehousing and order fulfillment. By operating our facility and having our customer support team at the same location, it leads to faster and more consistent response times for our clients.

What plans do you have for future development Efulfillment Service?

We are constantly making improvements to make things better, faster and easier for our clients. This not only includes our technology, which involves adding new features and integrations, but also on the operations side.  Experience is invaluable with order fulfillment, and we’re constantly applying what we’ve learned over the past 15 years.

Any other thoughts for our readers, who are mainly ecommerce merchants?

This is probably fairly straightforward, but my one piece of advice is that, when evaluating fulfillment providers, do your homework.

Order fulfillment is a big deal. You do it right, you may have a customer for life. You mess it up, you may have lost a customer for life. So while price should of course be a consideration when outsourcing your order fulfillment, the handling and shipping of your customers’ orders really shouldn’t be viewed as a commodity, and experience, reputation and track record should be equally important.

To learn more about Efulfillment Service and how their services can help you grow your business, please visit Efulfillment’s 3dcart App Store profile.

3dcart Launches Major Updates to Theme Engine for “Mobile-Friendly” Changes

[Press Release] Today 3dcart announced that following the HTML5 Updates to its Template Engine over 100 Mobile-Ready, Responsive Themes will be available for online stores.

The change constitutes the largest change to 3dcart’s template system since the platform was originally launched in 1997.

The reengineered storefront engine, which has literally been years in the making, includes both updates to the core functionality of the ecommerce platform and a complete set of new front-end themes based on the HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery technologies.

“The recent updates to 3dcart’s template system allows design agencies like us to create fully responsive and table-less themes using the latest front-end technologies,” said Brian Pekarek, Managing Director for PSDCenter. “We’re glad to be able to collaborate with 3dcart and start offering brand new templates on the 3dcart Theme Store.”

With the new technology, 3dcart is also making available over 100 Responsive and Mobile-Friendly Themes with the latest standards for SEO and usability, created by independent designers and by 3dcart itself. The themes will be made available to all online stores via the 3dcart control panel or their Theme Marketplace.

“We’re at the point where more searches are taking place on mobile devices than on desktops, and the update to our platform will help online retailers to meet Google and Bing mobile-friendly standards,” said Jimmy Rodriquez, Chief Operations Officer at 3dcart. “This is part of even bigger changes to come with our version 7 release later this year, which will set a new milestone in the history of our company.”

For more information about 3dcart Themes, visit http://themes.3dcart.com

Designers looking to Sell Themes in the 3dcart Theme Store, can register as a partner here.

View the PSDCenter’s new 3dcart Theme “Artize”  here.


Last Call for Beta Testers of the New Admin Interface

placeit Last Call for Beta Testers of the New Admin InterfaceThanks to all the merchants participating in the Beta of our new Admin interface.  We’ve been receiving great feed and have our development team actively working on these updates.

The details on the updates applied to the new admin are being posted in a private section of our Forum, please register to get access to the admin updates.

For any current 3dcart Merchant, interested in participating as a Beta Test, there is one last opportunity to participate in this round of testing. Please sign up by visiting this page and we’ll contact you soon with the details to help us make 3dcart the best ecommerce solution.

3dcart version 6.6 update

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This week, we went live with 3dcart version 6.6. The rollout is part of our continued strategy to bring our customers rapid innovation through agile software development.

Here are the new items we think you’ll find most important.

  • Beta of Single Page Checkout v2. Our new simplified Single Page Checkout is now in Beta and available to all 3dcart merchants. Including the latest usability standards for ecommerce, this new checkout will help increase conversions in your online store.
  • Google Trusted Stores Update. The GTS integration has been updated to support Google’s latest changes. Being a Google Trusted Store reassures shoppers that you’ll provide a great customer experience. Apply today – it’s easy and free..
  • WePay Integration. New Payment Integration with WePay Payment Provider.
  • Shipping Update For Dimensional Weight Calculation. With predefined boxes for your items, the system will now determine the best fit for your products based on their dimensions.
  • Responsive Transactional Emails. All the transactional emails, including Order Notifications, and product specific messages, have been updated to Responsive Emails. It’s easy to update to the latest version directly from your control panel.
  • Admin Account Security Questions.Enhanced security for your 3dcart account with security questions that will protect your sensitive information when is time to retrieve your Admin Panel password.
  • Adobe’s Aviary Integration.Easily edit images from the 3dcart Control Panel with Adobe’s Aviary built-in integration.

We’re always looking for feedback, feature ideas and ways to improve the software overall. Don’t hesitate to send us your thoughts through our feedback portal at http://3dcart.uservoice.com .

For merchants interested in perusing the entire list of bug fixes and feature updates, visit the announcements section of the 3dcart forum. Happy selling!


Our new eCommerce On-Site SEO services for optimized results

With the constant changes in Google’s algorithms that radically change the way sites rank and the repercussions this has for online stores in terms of traffic and sales,  the efforts traditionally dedicated to Off-site SEO like link-building are being switched over to On-Site SEO.

On-site optimization is about making your ecommerce website appeal to both shoppers and search engines.

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To help ease the stress of marketing for online retailers, 3dcart is launching a new set of ecommerce On-Site optimization services to help merchants make their sites Search Engine Friendly. With the goal of implementing the right SEO tools, fixing fundamental issues, and continually monitoring and improving the website.

3dcart’s new service packages are perfect for small and large retail businesses alike. 3dcart representatives work directly with customers to tailor each solution based on the retailer’s specific needs.

The New SEO services start at $99/month for business just starting out, and scale from small business to enterprise-level solutions.

3dcart’s 2015 SEO Services

For additional information, contact our Sales Department at 1-800-828-6650 x 1

3dCart Named One of the Top 50 Florida Companies to Watch

FloridaCompanies2Watch 300x250 3dCart Named One of the Top 50 Florida Companies to WatchLaunched in 1997, 3dCart, located in Tamarac, FL was recently named on the Florida’s “Companies to Watch” list, developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation as a unique way to recognize and honor second-stage companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace with innovative strategies and processes, making them “worth watching”. In order to determine the top 50 companies to be recognized, judges from the University of Central Florida, Economic development organizations throughout the state and the GROWFL program sponsors determine the best of the best growing second-stage companies to be included.

Since launching, 3dCart has built a reputation as an easy solution for anyone to open a retail store online but does not have the technical skills to do so. The company has grown rapidly over the last few years with a growth expansion of 30% in 2013, currently employing 90 South Florida residents and seeks to hire additional staff in the future.

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