Become a Bandwidth Master with Your Own Subdomain CDN

Back when my company was paying out three times our monthly plan allowance in bandwidth overage fees to Volusion, I wrote a guide to offloading content to Amazon's Cloudfront CDN. While this method has saved e-commerce store owners a ton of money, there is still more to be done to cut costs and give your site a truly professional touch. Let's break free and make our very own subdomain CDN! Note about HTTPS Before we start, you should know that CloudFront doesn't support CNAMEs with HTTPS. More … [Read more...]

Integrating Endicia with 3D Cart in 64-bit Environment

I recently completed a big move of my company's online store from Volusion to 3D Cart's platform. Whew! I'm glad it's over and I'm so happy with the results, but more on this big move later. One problem I encountered was getting Endicia USPS shipping to work with 3D Cart. Here's a brief overview of the fix. I'm currently working with a Dymo Endicia Professional installation on a Windows 7 64-bit machine. It works great and there are no problems. But after following 3D Cart's installation … [Read more...]

Why Even 5 Minutes of Downtime Can Devastate Your Online Store

Volusion (both the company and its customers) had about 5 minutes of downtime this morning. This may not seem like much, but it was certainly long enough for Volusion store owners and anyone browsing their sites to notice. It was definitely long enough for users of Convergent 7's e-commerce forums to post about it. One of those posts perfectly explains why even 5 minutes of downtime can devastate your online store: Volusion store owner Vic20 wrote: That's one of the things that gets me … [Read more...]

Free SEO Work for Your E-commerce Store

I would like to offer some free basic on-site SEO services for your e-commerce store. For those who are first to contact me, this will be a great opportunity to get some professional feedback on your store and products. For me, it's an opportunity to better familiarize myself with platforms that I have less experience with. I frequently write about Volusion because that's the e-commerce platform I have the most experience with. However, I would like to offer services to individuals … [Read more...]