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Magento vs Shopify – which one is ahead of the pack

Wednesday, 20 August, 2014

The long-running battle between the two e-commerce giants, one side Magento and the other side Shopify is rather a confusing one and especially to those who are joining the revolution in the world of e-commerce. The internet is crowded with plenty of e-commerce platforms, out of which Shopify and Magento have impressively established their superiority over others.

However, comparing both of them is a bit complicated task owing to the fact that both are the winners of their own category. Both of them have bespoke designs that give you immense power to create catchy slogans and attractive logos for your website. Also, both of the platforms also have their own pros and cons and selecting the right top dog of the market means undermining the quality of the other. But, for those who are newbies of this field or the designers who are planning to upgrade their designing skills, it’s crucial to know about the significant benefits both of the platforms has to offer because then only they decide about which e-commerce platform is perfect for you.

shopify vs magento comparison

So, without further ado, let’s check out the comparison overview  between both of the platforms.

1. Shopify vs Magento-Backend Design

Shopify is a user-friendly e-commerce platform, which gives easy-to-follow instructions to guide the user in the process of building the online store. Its set of easy to understand tools and coding background help you in creating amazing designs, SKU, payment gateways, and anything which could assist you in positively influencing the fortunes of your website.

On the other hand, Magento is rather a messy monster, developed by using a set of complicated coding structure,  calling to have a deep familiarity with the technical skills. So, for beginners it might be a difficult option to start with.

As far as the level of customization is concerned, Magento can go to a great length as compared to Shopify. The reason being Shopify is a service platform, thereby restricting the customization of extensions and plugins after a certain extent.

2. Shopify vs Magento- Cost Structure

While considering the factors like hosting, taking the SSL certificates, and deciding upon hiring the services of an IT guy who can keep your website run and optimized over a specific period of time. One can be pretty sure that Magento costs you more as compared to Shopify. Shopify wins the race with the amount of $179/mo, which isn’t that bad to receive an impressive amount of traffic. Of course, you’ll go on adding $20/mo more to get the module of your choice and additional $40 to add all the fancy features, you have yen for. After adding all the amount, it will still seem to be relatively affordable as compared to Magento.

3. Shopify vs Magento- Features

For developers and web designers, who love to play around catchy features, design development and analytical tools, they are definitely going to love Magento as compared to Shopify. Magento is backed by a rich collection of tools to offer additional benefits to its customers- both in front and backend. Shopify, on the other hand, also has developed a design that provide special features to customers but that is somewhere limited as compared to Magento.

4. Shopify vs Magento- Design Aesthetics

The potential of Shopify is identified well on areas where it starts providing designing ease and convenience to the e-commerce providers. Even those with extremely basic knowledge of designing and technical skills, can create a store that’s contemporary, easy to use, and functional. Small scale businesses and web designers love Shopify, allowing them to create a dynamic platform in no time. Magento might have a myriad of themes in its store, but they are not as high in quality, and it’s also restricted to alter only the CSS of the website. On the other hand, with Shopify you can not only change the CSS but also HTML and scripts as well.

Conclusion

Well, with just little tweaks and twists, we can say that both of the platforms are equally capable and proficient enough for building a robust e-commerce store. Ultimately it boils down to your designing instincts that will dictate which way to go.

This guest article was written by Danial Wright, who is an enthusiastic blogger cum magento developer. Currently he is working for Magentax Ltd, a Magento Development Outsourcing company. He loves to write blogs and tutorials for Magento beginners and professionals.

4 Astounding ways to boost the performance of Joomla website

Friday, 6 September, 2013

It is almost enthralling, owning a powerful and feature rich Joomla website and playing around with its multi faceted attributes and features to leverage from the online world. However, if you have witnessed a bump on the road, and you find your website not performing as nice as it is supposed to, you may want to check its performance.

Below we have discussed 4 amazing tips for you to enhance and keep a tab on the performance of your Joomla website. Please read ahead to discover the same: 

  
 

Tip 1 – About time you bid adieus to unused extensions and plugins

To begin with, let us just take a moment and refine and remove the clutter which has made its way in our simple, beautiful and enchanting Joomla sites over the year. No matter how many other features we may suggest, until and unless you get this step right, the website will always fail on the performance front.

The reason why we are concentrating so much on this step is because first of all, you owe this to your website – to keep it clean and away from anything redundant, obsolete or irrelevant and useless in any one way or the other. And secondly, for the simple reason that a well-organized website performs wonderfully well on all of the web browsers.

And now, if you are concerned of removing the applications and extensions etc which you don’t think you would use anytime soon anyway, you can simply create a backup of the existing system and then remove all that you don’t require. And how much difficult is it to take the plunge anyway, once you know the way back home?

While the first time or light weight users should concentrate on removing third-party extensions, the seasoned developers should concentrate on un-publishing core plugins of Joomla.

Tip 2 – Bring home an Uptime monitor

One of the basic requirements of a good performance enhancement campaign is a robust response time baseline, and the best man for the job is an uptime monitor. An uptime monitor provides an enriched wealth of information regarding the performance of the website, it notifies you when the website is down and depending upon which monitor you have, you get various other privileged information about the performance of your website as well.

The prime attribute of an uptime monitor is to bridge the gap between analytics of the website and its performance. A good uptime monitor to use would Pndom; now it may cost you a bit, but various features such as sign up options, free management of a single website, real-time notifications, graphs and a lot more.

Tip 3 – Explore the benefits of a CDN Connection

A host of performance related issues can be solved with the right CDN connection in place. A CDN connection fundamentally provides a different source for the web browsers to download the files on the website. You may contact your website hosting services provider to activate the CDN. For a website which receives a lot of views on a daily basis and is only poised to grow in the future, a CDN connection makes the most sense.

Tip 4 – Ensure you have switched to Caching

Not all of us understand Caching exactly, and often develop a lot of notions around it. Caching is simply storing the last displayed web page. Each time a user clicks on the website, the site is then expected to retrieve the entire information regarding database and PHP, and subsequently showcase the same in HTML. The process is repeated each time a new user clicks on the website. But with caching in place, Joomla does create the page for the first viewer, but subsequently saves it and hence readily makes it available for the visitors who follow. You may simply switch on the Caching option from the backend of your Joomla website, or download extensions for the same. Although caching improves the performance of the website, it may get a bit tenacious if you have various interactive features on the website, and you may want to hire the services of professional Joomla Development Company to supervise and enhance the performance of the site, or perhaps develop the same from the scratch.

An End Note

Before you go ahead with the optimization task, ask yourself whether you are comfortable with doing all the technical stuff yourself or not; because if you are not comfortable, then contacting an expert Joomla Programmer would not be that bad an idea. A lot of enterprises and self-employed people hire Joomla Programmers to take care of any development or enhancement work that may arise with this particular system.

And now, please let us know whether you tried these steps and if you found these tips & tricks useful, in the comments section below.

This guest article was written by John Pitt, who is a veteran developer for a leading outsource Joomla Development company & provides concrete information about all advanced development services. Hire Joomla Programmer from Xicom for advanced W0rdPress development services.

5 Startling facts making Drupal an SEO friendly platform

Tuesday, 3 September, 2013

Our perceptions have an interesting way of often tricking us into turning a blind eye towards something which is substantial, omnipresent and quite resourceful. We all know that Drupal is a CMS of abundant, and it is difficult to find another open source platform which is potent enough to match the capabilities of this platform. However, we let opinions of a few convince us into believing that there must be something wrong or amiss with this otherwise spectacular and superlatively power packed system.

One of these opinions (or misconceptions rather) goes to saying that Drupal is not really a SEO friendly solution. Well people stemming such mal conceptions either are not completely aware about Drupal or perhaps they are talking about some other system that we know nothing about. Because in our opinion Drupal fares convincingly well on the search engine front, so much so that it gives the rest of the system a tenacious run for their money. While amongst the three popular CMSs, the name of which we have grown so much accustomed to hearing – Joomla, Drupal and WordPress, WP takes away the prize for being the most SEO friendly system, Drupal happens to be a close second; and well, never mind Joomla, as soon as we discover something worth sharing about the its SEO features, we’ll update you (pun intended!).

5 Facts That Makes Drupal an SEO-Friendly Solution:

Here in this post, we are going to analyze the 5 different factors intrinsic to Drupal development environment, which makes it a hotshot SEO friendly solution. Chances are, these factors may have skipped your notice, and so you should make sure that all of these points are employed and optimized to provide your website with maximum search engine exposure. You may also think of hiring a Drupal Development Company for doing the same.

1. Complete liberty to create SEO Friendly URLs

Quite unlike WordPress, Drupal gives complete freedom and explicit control to create customized and SEO friendly URL structures. Every node (content element) created in Drupal can a receive a URL alias (customized URL) and while the WordPress supporters are going to site “Permalinks” in the defense, let us just burst their bubble by stating a mere fact that WP-Permalinks are not as specific and flexible as URL aliases provided by Drupal.

Besides, with Path Module, one of the many Drupal modules in place, you can come up with rather clean and Keyword optimized URLs, should you ever require doing that. The module is available on official sites for download.

2. Thorough Optimization of Page Titles

drupal pathologic modulePage title is merely a line in the HTML that defines the page. And perhaps it is the most important line that you are ever going to write about the page, as it plays the key role in letting visitors know what the page is all about, summarizing the page for the online users and for the search engines and with the proper use of keywords in it, the page title and significantly improve the search engine rankings of the website.

After carefully accessing the name of the website and its slogan, Drupal provides automatic page title generation and also offers individual node title for each of nodes. And if the content is rather complex, it lets you customize the automatically arranged titles. The Page Title module of this platform allows you to enjoy total control over the titles, write your own titles wherever a piece of content exists, predefine a pattern which should be employed for creating SEO friendly titles in future.

Any SEO expert would tell you that Page Title is really important for the fate of the website, and it is sort of awesome that Drupal gives you enough scope and flexibility to control the same.

3. Inexplicable ease of content creation

Content is the backbone of any SEO campaign and without having to use even an iota of coding, you can easily turn up with multi faceted content types and develop customized views. This is made possible with the CCK (Content Creation Kit) and Views modules, and it supports a myriad of content types such as podcasts, tutorials, articles, regular blog posts, new stories, sales forms and a lot more.

4. Easier improvement of the aesthetics with PHP Templates

An efficient theme is required not only to improve the aesthetics of the website, but also to organize the entire data for the search engines to read it thoroughly, and most importantly to retain the visitors flocking down to the website. Drupal makes use of PHP templates, which makes it very easy for the site owners to customize and enhance the aesthetics of the same. Besides, theming in Drupal is much simpler and easier than theming in WordPress.

5. References and Resources: Drupal is only flourishing

Lastly, we would like to bid adieus at a warm and positive note. With so many sites migrating to Drupal CMS ever so often, we can be rest assured that the CMS isn’t going anywhere. Also, the makers are hell bent on lowering the learning curve, as they have provided so many free resources and references for a Drupal Developer to learn and grow his potential through the same.

At anytime, if you ever feel stuck with your Drupal site, you can be rest assured that there will be either an online resource of a Drupal developer from its flourishing online community, to help you out with the same. Thus, opt for professional Drupal Development and enjoy all the benefits that this system has to offer.

This guest article was written by Jason Roiz, who is an enthusiastic creative writer and a web developer working with a leading OSSMedia Ltd. company. You may hire Drupal developer to expedite your web development projects.

What is best for Joomla Ecommerce? Virtuemart or redSHOP

Tuesday, 25 June, 2013

Joomla is a content management system (CMS) to build different websites, publish content on the internet and enables you to build powerful and dynamic online applications. The best part of Joomla is that it is open source that is free to use for everyone. It provides extensive features and it is user-friendly so it has become the most popular CMS worldwide.

Joomla is coded in PHP and uses the latest database system called MySQL. Joomla is used for developing different type of websites such as e-commerce portals, corporate and business sector websites, government based websites and applications, community portals, online media and magazine portals etc.

Advantages of Joomla development

  1. You can add, edit or delete content on websites quickly and easily
  2. It allows simple and flexible coding support to developers based on MVC framework
  3. Plug in or add-on functionality for event handling is supported on advanced level
  4. Ensure highly secure and flexible system along with the ease of use

Virtuemart

Virtuemart is an open source e-commerce plug-in that supports Joomla CMS. It can be used as a shopping cart with Joomla. For using it with Joomla, you have to download and install Joomla framework and then you can install Virtuemart and configure it as required. Virtuemart offers superb facility to your website by providing you with unlimited number of products, categories, customers, orders etc. Furthermore, if you combine it with a free online tax calc, then Virtuemart can be set up to handle taxes too.

Both Joomla and Virtuemart are written in PHP and so they can be easily used in PHP and MySQL environment. Virtuemart provides complete and full shopping cart solution for your website which also includes different plug-in support such as Photo gallery, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Guest books etc.

Virtuemart also provides excellent Catalog mode where you can view the entire website as a catalog of products and at that time the shopping cart features will be turned off. It also provides feature to add single product in the cart with multiple price support.

Virtuemart offers following features:

  1. Products which includes unlimited child products and variants, dimension and weights, product review and ratings etc.
  2. Shoppers which include customized form for registration, anonymous check out and shipment, address book etc.
  3. Inventory management which includes entire stock and warehouse management process, virtual stock system etc.
  4. Prices which include multiple price display based on specific group of shoppers, multiple currency support and update
  5. SEO which includes default integration of SEO features
  6. Dynamic calculator which includes tax calculation on basis of time, category, country etc.
  7. Complete order tracking and shipment process which is calculated based on weight, number of items, order amount, country etc.

redSHOP

redSHOP is also an ecommerce shopping cart plug-in or extension for using it with Joomla CMS. It provides fully featured and rich online shopping system. It has wide range of features as follows:

redSHOP features

  1. Support unlimited templates and design feature
  2. Support multiple currencies and multiple payment methods
  3. SEO and statistical calculation facility
  4. Display unlimited products range
  5. Allow to add images in various sizes
  6. Provide Price management system and multiple shipping mode management system
  7. Extensive search functionality to search for different products
  8. For marketing, it has different features such as Newsletters, action emails, Google based integration etc.
  9. It also has Stock management and order management system
  10. Customer support, service and user management system
  11. Complete Search Engine Optimization (SEO) support which includes SEO friendly URLs, metatags and keyword support, Google Analytics integration etc.

Comparison table of Virtuemart and redSHOP

VirtuemartredSHOP
General features
ExtensibilityYesYes
SupportYesYes
PreconfigurationYesPartial
Products
Unlimited ProductsYesYes
Categorization and TagsYesYes
Inventory managementYesYes
Pre orderNoYes
WatermarkNoYes
SubscriptionsYesYes
Physical productYesYes
Multi Category and its mappingYesYes
Shipping
Shipping modulesYesYes
TaxesYesYes
Payment system
PayPalYesYes
eCheckYesNo
Third party paymentYesIn pro version
Promotion
Discount and gift vouchersYesYes
Discount couponsYesIn pro version
Templates
MVC ComplianceYesYes
CSSNoYes
Media
GalleryYesYes with batch upload facility and built-in light box
Image with multiple sizesYesHighly configurable
VideoNoYes
Order calculation
Order NotificationNoYes
Accounting software integrationYesIn pro version

Conclusion:

Looking at the features and above comparison of Virtuemart and redSHOP, we can say that redSHOP is growing and emerging Ecommerce shopping cart extension which has wide variety of features. But if you are looking to develop an ecommerce website with unlimited and dynamic features and functionality, Virtuemart is better option. Virtuemart has been used since many years and it has larger customer base and holds higher reputation in the Ecommerce market till today.

This guest article was written by, Mark Wilston who works with PixelCrayons.com, an India-based outsourcing and consulting firm. PixelCrayons offers extended teams to its clients, helping them to reduce Time To Market (TTM) and enhance Return On Investment (ROI). With services such as Joomla development and eCommerce development, PixelCrayons helps clients define and leverage their offshore strategy, offering them “value for money”. One can hire Joomla developer here for effective Joomla development services.

Drupal Pathologic Module Best Solution to Get Rid of Broken Links

Saturday, 22 June, 2013

You want your business website to appear professional and leave an impact on the minds of the users. However one problem that many websites face is with broken or invalid link. They can be one of the worst killers on your Drupal site. They not only make your website appear unprofessional but can also affect search engine ranking. How do you tackle this menace when you have a large websites with hundreds of pages? The problem equally persists with small websites too and affects them equally. To overcome this problem you can make use of the Pathologic Module.

What is Pathologic?

It is basically an input filter that can correct paths in links and images in your drupal content in situations where the URL of your site chances such is in case when you are moving the site to a different server or altering the sub-indexes. In normal scenarios that would cause the links to ‘break’. This module also helps you solve the problem of missing images and broken links in your RSS feed. This module has been designed to be simple and developers have named it set-it-and-forget-it utility.
drupal pathologic module

How To Use It?

It works like any other Drupal module that you have used so far. You need to download the Pathologic module and enable it. However since this module is an input filter as we have mentioned above it won’t work by itself and you need to configure it.  Along with the module you will also get documentation that has detailed steps on configuring this filter. In short you need to configure the text format that you would normally use for your content such as ‘Full HTML’. However this configuration process needs you to foresee your needs and hence it should be done with care.

Common Issues That Crop Up With Pathologic

Though Pathologic module helps you tackle all kinds of problems with Drupal broken links it does also face certain issues. Let us now take a look at some of these problems and how you can customize Pathologic to overcome these bottlenecks –

HTTP or HTTPS

A common problem that developers face with this module is while using both the HTTP and HTTPS protocols on the same site. You are aware of the fact that HTTPS encrypts communication between the client and the server via a SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). Hence we find the suffix ‘S’ that we commonly associate with ‘Secure’. In a normal Drupal site HTTP protocol is used for normal traffic or anonymous traffic to the site while administrators make use of HTTPS protocol to log in and edit the website. So where is the problem? When an administrator adds a relative link to the website do they follow the HTTP or HTTPS protocol?

If you post content on the website using HTTPS protocol as an anonymous user might not be able to view that content. For instance an image that you post would appear perfect to you but a viewer would find the image holder empty. Your problem doesn’t end here as the user might also get a ‘Warning’ saying that the page the page has an Insecure Certificate.  In majority cases the user would abort the website immediately. How do you get rid of this problem?

Remember we mentioned that you would need to configure the Pathologic Module in the beginning of this article and we did it so because we had foreseen this issue. When you are configuring the module you are presented with three options in terms of how the URL should be generated. They are –

Full URL (http://mysite.com/country/state)
Protocol relative URL (//mysite.com/country/state)
Path relative to server root (/country/state)

The Full URL option is ideal to fix the problem of broken links in syndicated content such as in RSS feeds. However the problem with HTTP and HTTPS will persist. The second option i.e. Protocol relative URL will avoid the HTTP/HTTPS problem but will create issues with feed readers as they might be confused with the paths. Path relative URLs would solve HTTP/HTTPS without any compatibility concerns but won’t fix broken images and links in syndicated content.

So What Are Your Options?

Make use of path relative URLS as this will put your site first and even if the RSS feed breaks you don’t lose out on the bulk of traffic. Using the HTTP protocol for accessing your admin isn’t advisable as this opens up new risks. If you use the HTTPS protocol as most users do you will need to purchase a secure certificate to prevent users from aborting the site.

Pathologic does offer you the solution to broken links but it does have its share of problems as we have highlighted above. It is however one of the best bets you are having.

This guest article was written by Koushal, who is an eMarketing enthusiast who loves to help people in developing effective online marketing strategies and is working with ValueCoders, a web/software development company india, specialized in CMS development and web 2.0 application development. One can hire Drupal programmer here for effective Drupal development services.

Common questions of a drupal beginner

Monday, 8 February, 2010
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As most of you are probably aware, Drupal is the best PHP Open Source Content Management System. Most serious big players in the web industry always prefer Drupal over any other CMS applications, mainly because Drupal is more powerful and reliable. But after trying both Drupal & Joomla, I feel like Drupal is really flexible and reliable. But when it comes to user friendliness, Drupal is way behind Joomla. Drupal is such a good CMS system, but it’s not that easy for a beginner to learn it himself. Drupal documentation is not up to the mark for a beginner. So it requires extensive research and lot of googling to master Drupal yourself.

A few months ago, I started learning Drupal theming – I found myself spending a lot of time searching Google for answers to my basic doubts about Drupal. Being self taught, I thought I will archive these questions that troubled me and took up so much of my time. I hope this post would save some Drupal enthusiast some precious time.

Well, here are the questions – go ahead and read 🙂

How do I access the Drupal admin panel, when the login block is disabled?

This is really a common question among Drupal beginners; we need not always want the login block to be displayed in our site. Since most of these cases the login block will be turned off in the administration. In those cases, we can access the login screen simply through the following URL.

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http://sitename.com/?q=user

or if the clean URL is enabled

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http://sitename.com/user

Similarly if you can’t access the logout link and need to logout, you can do so by using the URL

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http://sitename.com/?q=logout

alternatively with clean URLs enabled you can try

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http://sitename.com/logout

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