Better Ecommerce Web Development For Better Online Business

The latest survey that has been conducted shows that most of business happening in these recession riddled times is most of the times happening online. What it means is that people are not completely engrossed in the idea of starting and running an online business, which is basically because of insufficient funds. As people don’t have enough money to start a brick and motor store, they go for online stores where they don’t have to spend a lot of money.

You too want that share of the pie and wonder what you could do to help customers generate more sales for you. You don’t want your customers to change their mind when they have laden their shopping carts but it’s time for them to reach out for the finalization of the deal. You will always be able to get the best if your website is designed in the right way.

Beneath are the ecommerce web development tips and tricks that can turn a potential customer into a loyal customer for your ecommerce website.

* We all love paths that are organized and sequential and so do our customers. A seasoned ecommerce web designer will help you define the path that the customer needs to take to get to the check out. If we were to draw an analogy then it will be like a story board.

* Ensure that all the prominent buttons need not be searched for but are right out there sticking their necks out. The easier and delightful the process more is the customer going to be in a mind frame to buy it.

* Simplify the entire process. The less cumbersome it is and the sooner your customer gets to the right product the better it will be for your bank balance

* The more number of windows and clicks the customer encounters more are the chances of them losing interest. Remember that a customer can be quite fickle minded due to the huge amount of information and a surfeit of products out there.

* Provide your customers with little indicators that guide them towards the culmination of the deal. All of the things such as the web design, the logo, the products and the words must work in sync to finally leave your customer at the checkout gateway. Place the buy now button at the right hand corner, right size, color and contrast with the background of the website.

* Show your customer the price right away. This ensures that they are assured of transparency and they don’t click to find that out somewhere else. Psychologically that is the very first thing that the customer looks for.

Make sure your website has all these features and you will be amazed to see an increase in the total sales. So, pay attention to these points and run your business in the best way possible.

Semantic Web Development

Semantic Web Modelling Centre of Excellence

Introduction

Semantic Web Development and dealing with complexity is a tricky issue. Representing information is a problem where complexity can preclude any single approach. In order to find our way around large quantities of information it needs to be structured. But the information already exists and is still being created, so this makes it a moving target.

I’m sure such matters will be covered at the www2006 conference at Edinburgh 23-26 May http://www2006.org/. Kurt Cagle refers to this in his article on complexity on his Understanding XML blog at http://www.understandingxml.com/.

The structuring of ontologies from the top down can be useful, but can only be achieved where the ontology developers have some control over the information. Much of web development and other creation of information is bottom up, in that there is no controlling authority. This is good for inclusiveness and speed of development, and something that encourages community, and encourages individuals to create their own content, which is a good thing. In his interview with the British Computer Society Tim Berners-Lee http://dig.csail.mit.edu/breadcrumbs/blog/4 answers a question on ontologies. He talks of a top level ontology that can be created to hold certain terms and the need to find out who is using these terms, so that other web pages and databases can be categorised. This would be achieved using URIs (Universal Resource Identifier) and RDF (Resource Description Framework). In answer to what Tim Berners-Lee hopes to achieve, he talks of this bottom up development that is going on, using blogs, and wikis etc and a possible approach of ‘web science’ – ‘the science and engineering of web based things that have a bottom up Web-like structure’.

I think this approach is highly relevant to my PhD research on user-driven programming, with University of the West of England (UWE – Bristol). Not everyone has the time to learn programming especially if their main expertise is elsewhere. They then have to ask others to do the development for them and this leads to delays and mis-understandings. The approach advocated here could enable visual creation of software by members of a community. Members of this community would not need advanced programming skills if other members with more advanced development skills could create a suitable interface for the creation of software. This could be achieved in a similar way to that used in visual web page creation tools, or word processor and spreadsheet software. Also the members who do possess advanced skills could provide ways of sorting, searching and navigating the programs created using the visual development tools. Members could work with either or both groups, according to their skills and interests.

A good first step would be to link communities and sites that have a mix of those with advanced software skills who want to encourage and enable others to learn to program, and of new starters who want to learn. This could involve those who are willing to try out new techniques to make it easier for new starters to train learn and gain experience.

Sir Tim-Berners-Lee’s interview – http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=ConWebDoc.3337.

This talk by Nigel Shadbolt explains research about coping with diverse sources of information – http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=ConWebDoc.3043.

This article by Bill Thompson for the BBC technology site examines new developments in Web 2.0 technologies – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4842498.stm.

Easy Website Builder For Beginners And Pro Web Developers

Have you ever wanted to build a website for personal or business use without the constraints of website templates or the hassle of learning HTML, PHP, web development software, and the necessary learning curve involved? Have you ever been asked by potential clients or customers whether or not you have a website where they can find out more about you and the services you provide?

Nowadays if you do not have a website, you stand the chance of losing out on a lot of business, and potential customers may not look upon you as being “professional.” Likewise, for the individual who does not have a business per se, he or she stands the chance of amassing a vastly wider network of contacts through a personal website than the person who relies only on person-to-person network organizations.

Every business needs a website! It’s still surprising to see so many businesses that do not have a web presence. This is mainly due to a combination of economic and time factors. It may cost anywhere between $500 to $1500+ to hire a web designer to build a business site containing 1-10 pages of content. To build a site on your own requires time and some knowledge of web development skills. Seen in this light, it’s understandable that business owners procrastinate in this very important aspect of their business.

However, building a website has finally reached the 21st Century as far as ease of use and availability to the masses. An easy website builder tool is being released to the world allowing unprecedented ability for just about anyone to build their own website for personal and business use. Whether it’s the beginner who wants a one page website or the web developer putting together a hundred page business site, technology just took a huge jump with the advent of Site Rubix, the brainchild of Kyle and Carson of Wealthy Affiliate.

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