Archive for February 2012
Time is an important factor for both buyers and sellers. Lesser time spent per transaction results in increased number of transactions for the sellers. Ecommerce can help save time by obviating the need for physical travel – it takes only a few clicks to place and complete using the internet with ease. Further, as compared to a typical business process, Ecommerce is highly cost efficient, since it eliminates the cost of a middle-person required to sell the products. Also, the internet is much more economical than traditional ways of marketing. Moreover, Ecommerce requires lesser operating costs to run the business.
Ecommerce web design offers merchants the ability to sell their products directly to the end-users online and makes it easy for the customer to buy the product. As more and more people opt for online shopping, demand for Ecommerce is growing. Customers can glance through and compare numerous products and purchase the best. Compare this with a visit to a shopping centre – the time would not be sufficient to check and compare the entire range and options available in the product class they are interested in. Due to the growing trend in online shopping, the demand for Ecommerce web design companies is also increasing.
As a part of web design, Graphic design is meant to provide a visual message to the visitors of the website. An important factor to consider while designing graphics is to grab the attention of user for a long time, while, simultaneously ensuring that the graphics do not use too much memory space and impede the loading of the webpage. This factor is most important for Ecommerce websites where longer stays result in improved probability of purchase, while reduced loading speed may result in the user getting put off and leaving the website.
Sheffield graphic designers use various methods and techniques to create a visual display of concepts, ideas and messages. Graphic design consists of words, symbols, pictures, colours, lines, shapes, backgrounds, etc. Sheffield graphic designs ensure optimum organization of these elements and various visual arts and layout design techniques to produce the most effective result for the client. A graphic designer’s task involves arranging and using elements on various types of media such as a poster, a package or a website. Sheffield graphic designers make extensive use of special graphics software, especially from Adobe, such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Flash and Acrobat.
There are many companies offering graphic design services, but only some of them offer specialised services in all aspects of graphic design and have a proficient team of graphic designers. They can do various type of work for you depending on your business such as logo design, brochure design, stationary design, flyers, posters, etc. As graphic design plays a significant role in promoting your business, Sheffield graphic design also offers advertising assistance.
Now 2012 is well underway we are working hard on our website upgrades, we will be launching the new 2J Design website in the next couple of months as well as our new dedicated Ecommerce Web Design website.
We will be launching our dedicated website for Ecommerce web design to showcase all the stunning Ecommerce websites we develop and launch weekly.
Our team has really grown over the fast 6 months and our focus become heavily on Magento and Ecommerce, with this we decided to start to design and develop a website dedicated to this service to showcase our services and portfolio in a fast easy to navigate site.
We will also be launching other new sites and services in the coming months as we work on our expansion plans including ’2JCreative’, ‘MagentoDeveloper’ and’2JSEO’
Each site will be dedicated to the service we provide and hope to bring you clear easy to find information.
For all enquiries and to speak to anyone from our Web Design Agency call 0114 321 8635
As mentioned in one of our earlier blogs, a portfolio of major completed/in-process works is an essential supplement for any company offering website design services. A glance through the company’s portfolio helps the client determine the kind and quality of services offered by the website designer. A portfolio can be presented in various forms, such as Online (as a part of your Website), PDF (which can be mailed to clients, either on demand or during cold-calls) or Printed (in the form of a booklet, which can either be couriered to clients or carried to client meetings). Each of these options has their own positive and negative aspects. We discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of an online portfolio in this blog.
An online portfolio is probably the most popular type of portfolio. It involves designing the portfolio page and placing it on your website. If your website offers web design services, then an online portfolio is the perfect choice since it provides information about your projects to online visitors.
- They can be easily sent out as a link.
- They impart a comprehensive look to your website – your website would include details about your company and its contact information, and the portfolio page could give your past project experience and current order book position (if you so desire).
- Designing the portfolio page is a time consuming process.
- Technical knowledge is required for its set-up.
- More expensive, since it requires paying for the domain name and web hosting charges.
Here are a few tips to help increase the presence of your Ecommerce website:
- Submit your Ecommerce website’s products to Google Shopping (a free service by Google)
- Create a free Google webmaster account and make certain you submit your sitemap
- Make sure you have the latest sitemap for your website
- Make unique descriptions of your product
- Make sure your Meta Titles and Descriptions are exclusive all through your website to help more pages be indexed by search engines
- Make certain your website doesn’t contain any duplicate pages – you can locate duplicate pages by checking in your Google webmaster account
The best way to get a better rank in search engines for your Ecommerce website is to spend time in optimising and writing product descriptions. There are some Magento Developer companies which can build you a professional website, but ensure that you spend time to prepare write-ups about your products. Search engines rank both home pages as well as internal pages, so the product description should be informative and contain the keywords for the product. Always bear in mind – you need to write for humans not search engines.
Lastly, it is possible to move your Ecommerce website to the powerful Magento platform swiftly and easily without losing any data, orders or customers. If your Ecommerce website is starting to look outdated, then you should truly consider Magento for its user-friendliness and great SEO features. There are some Magento Developer companies which can move your current Ecommerce website to the Magento platform with all your data transferred rapidly. If your current Ecommerce Website is based on platforms like osCommerce, Zen Cart, Prestashop, then you may move on to Magento platform with the help of such companies.
Are you wanting to embed a YouTube video into a CMS Page, Static Block or Product Description in Magento?
YouTube allows you to embed videos into your website/blog by using an iframe (Which is an inline frame, used to embed another document within the current HTML document) The problem with this is Magento’s default WYSIWYG editor doesn’t allow the iframe or embed tag. To get around this you need to use YouTube’s old embed code, Which you can get by following these steps:
On the YouTube Video:
1. Click Share (located underneath the video)
2. Click Embed
3. Make sure the ‘Use old embed code’ option is ticked
4. Then simply copy the code given and paste it into Magento (make sure you press show/hide editor first to view the code)
You can read more about Youtube Embed codes at:
As a Magento Developer, one of the most common requests we have is it to remove the default Estimate Shipping and Tax box on the Shopping Cart page.
To do this go to frontend/default/yourtheme/template/checkout/cart/shipping.phtml
Go to line 121 and delete the following code:
<div class="col-2"> <?php if (!$this->getIsVirtual()): echo $this->getChildHtml('shipping'); endif; ?> </div>
Apart from having an online portfolio, a Website Design company can also use some other portfolio options to illustrate the kind of work done by them and their range of projects to prospective clients. Two such options are discussed below.
PDF portfolios: One of the options is to create the portfolio as a PDF file and e-mail it to prospects. Acrobat can create multi-page PDFs from layouts created in a graphics software program such as InDesign or Photoshop. It can be used to create a brochure that showcases your work with project descriptions.
- They can be easily e-mailed.
- Avoids browser and web issues by allowing control over layout.
- PDF provides quite a few templates of its own to facilitate creation of the portfolio.
- It depends on the client whether (s)he wants to download and save the file containing the portfolio.
- It’s not that much useful to show your web design projects.
Printed portfolios: A printed portfolio is a printed booklet or brochure in physical form, containing examples of work carried out by you.
- It is good for showing off print design.
- It can be used in meetings for presenting your work without a computer.
- It is a physical record of your work, which can then be left with the client. This helps her/him to refer at their leisure and convenience.
- It has to be physically delivered by mail or by hand.
- It is the most expensive, involving costs of design, printing and paper.
- It is inflexible, in that once it is created, it cannot be modified. Even additions can be carried out only if a suitable provision is made before-hand.
When pressing ‘Ship’ in your order, you may come across the following error message:
Fatal error: Call to a member function isShippingLabelsAvailable() on a non-object in /home/public_html/app/code/core/Mage/Adminhtml/Block/Sales/Order/Shipment/Create/Items.php on line 132
To fix this go to app/code/core/Mage/Sales/Model/Order.php and find line 1213
$shippingMethod = parent::getShippingMethod();
$shippingMethod = $this->getData('shipping_method');
If you’re trying to install an extension using the Magento Connect Manager, the below error message will probably be a familiar site:
This can be fixed in 2 simple steps:
1. Make sure the FTP details are correct:
FTP Host: This needs to start with ftp://
FTP Login: FTP Username
FTP Password: FTP Password
Installation Path: Most of the time this will be /public_html/ or if you have the website in a sub directory /public_html/directory/
2. Make sure the folders have the correct permissions:
The following files/folders require writable permissions for normal Magento operation. This doesn’t always mean permissions of 777, It just depends on the server configuration.
- Var and all Subfolders
All other files can generally be set to 644 and directories to 755