New Merchants Must Balance Form with Function

balanceStarting a new online store is a very exciting and hectic time for Merchants. Whether you are an eCommerce veteran or starting your very first website, 3dcart offers a platform that is robust and flexible.

3dcart’s Technical Support Team often speaks with new customers who are excited about the many features available to them, but may be struggling to quickly prepare their site to go live. Certainly new Merchants have quite a bit to do, and one of the most crucial decisions they face is deciding which areas are the most mission critical to their store’s success.

An area where we see a great amount of time and resources spent by new merchants is with the customization of their store’s look and design. It’s very easy to get caught up in the act of making small changes that can take up your precious time and resources. Focusing too much on design can actually cause Merchants to overlook  critical factors to their store’s success; namely functionality. (more…)

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3dCart Selected First Hosted eCommerce Platform to Offer Visa Checkout

3dCart has been selected by Visa as the first hosted eCommerce shopping cart platform to provide our current and future merchants with access to one of the newest payment service options available, Visa Checkout.

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As a business owner, you know time is money, especially in today’s hyper-digital on the go world. The faster and more secure you can make the online shopping experience for your potential customer, the more likely you are to make a sale and gain repeat business for life. By adding Visa Checkout to your 3dCart store, your customer can make a purchase with just a few clicks, no matter what type of device they are using. (more…)

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Happy Halloween!

It goes by several names – All Hallows’ Eve, Witches Night, Samhaim, Summer’s End – but we like to call it Halloween.

And it is always a fun time for us here at 3dcart for many reasons including:

  • The candy
  • The costumes
  • The candy
  • The cooler autumn temperatures
  • And of course…  THE CANDY!

More importantly, it marks the start of the holiday season for many retail and ecommerce merchants.

So as you prepare your stores for the upcoming holidays, rest assured that your 3dcart team will always be here and ready to assist you in any way we can to ensure this year is successful and profitable for all of our merchants.

Here’s wishing you all a safe and Happy Halloween!

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5 Types of Mobile Shopping Apps You Need to Understand and Use

It’s not just the digital age anymore. It’s the mobile digital age. As almost everyone in the world is using a smartphone and living an on-the-constant-go lifestyle, it’s becoming even more common for many to resort to their mobile gadgets for shopping needs.

Hence, as an online retailer, it goes without saying that you ought to be up-to-date with these mobile shopping apps. After all, they strongly influence people’s shopping habits these days. Besides, you never know when you can utilize them in boosting your own business.

If you’re not yet familiar with such apps, here’s a rundown of the common types that you must understand and use for your own good: (more…)

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Choosing The Proper Payment Gateway For Your Online Business

Making a choice as to which payment gateway provider to use for your online business is not a trivial concern. This choice requires careful thought and planning.credit-card

Depending on several factors, the choice can make your business profitable or have a negative effect on your success.

3dcart offers you many choices in this regard. In some cases, too many choices can be daunting, overwhelming and create confusion. However, a wide range of choices also gives you the ability to make a proper, informed decision when getting into a financial relationship with another entity like a payment gateway.

Here are some of the factors that should be considered when shopping for a Payment Gateway (more…)

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Using Social Links in Your Store

Adding social links to your 3dcart store is a great way to drive traffic to your social media pages as well provide visitors a one-click content sharing opportunity.

So, which buttons should you place on your page? Well, start by adding Facebook and Twitter icons, the most widely used social media platforms, to your store. The iconic Facebook logo and the Twitter bird button will appear at the bottom of your pages, and link to your brand’s social media pages. From there, visitors can search your social media posts and share content with their friends and followers.

So, how will this help increase your brand’s visibility? Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of having social links on your 3dcart store’s homepage. (more…)

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4 Major Ways eBooks Generate Leads for Your Business

When you see a book on the shelf or a friend gives you one as a gift, does it ever occur to you that this is some sort of marketing ploy? For most, if not all— hardly.

Well, it’s for this reason that a lot of online marketing experts agree that ebooks actually make wonderful promotional tools for ecommerce. After all, they’re basically designed to inform or entertain, not sell anything. This is why you ought to consider coming up with your own ebooks in order to market your business indirectly and generate leads for your online store.
So what’s in store for you with these lead-generating ebooks? (more…)

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4 Important Reasons You Should Be Using the 3dcart Daily Deals Feature

If you haven’t taken the time yet to review all the features at your disposal as a 3dcart merchant, you should definitely begin now. For starters, take a good look at the daily deals feature that can surely boost your business.

Drive Traffic
Isn’t it a given that online shoppers tend to flock to stores offering special deals that make them feel as if they’ve landed a great bargain?

Indeed having wonderful, tempting offers on a daily basis will surely drive better traffic to your store. You can use this feature in your ads and thus encourage more people to visit. And those who have been to your store will likely tell others too or post about this deal on social media, thus adding traffic again. Get ready to enjoy the snowball effect! (more…)

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5 Important Reasons Why You Need a Responsive Online Store

Whether you’re a newbie retailer on the Internet or you’ve been in the eCommerce arena for quite some time now, you need to seriously consider turning your online store into a responsive one— A.S.A.P.!

These days, if you don’t possess a responsive website design, you’re not only going to lose numerous potential visitors and consumers. You’re likely to fall behind your competition when it comes to SEO, conversions, and sales.

So what are you waiting for? Find out now why you ought to stop delaying this and start hauling in more customers. (more…)

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Why Every 3dcart Merchant Needs a Private SSL Certificate

A lot of neophyte merchants get so caught up in the whirlwind process of designing a website, preparing product photos and descriptions, and marketing the business that they tend to overlook the grave importance of IT security. Just because you’re not putting up a brick and mortar shop doesn’t mean you don’t need security measures to protect not just your business but your customers too.

Ecommerce experts will tell you one thing about this matter— online store security begins with a SSL certificate.

S-S-What?

Before you go into panic, you need to know that 3dcart has thought of this concern before you even knew about it. This is why we offer a basic shared SSL certificate for all our retailers— free of charge! Nevertheless, as the good entrepreneur you aim to be, it’s important for you to understand what this is actually for and how it will help you. (more…)

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