Shopify & Ecommerce Ramblings

A blog about building and extending awesome Shopify stores

Making Shopify E-commerce Accessible

Making Shopify E-commerce Accessible

by Ross Allchorn 5 min read

It's the right thing to do... and a legal imperative!

The digital landscape is rapidly evolving, and e-commerce has become a dominant force in retail. While this provides incredible convenience and choice for consumers, it can leave behind those who face challenges navigating online stores due to disabilities. This is where accessibility comes in – ensuring a user-friendly experience for everyone, regardless of ability.

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Don't Lose Sales in the Shopping Cart Graveyard! Recover Abandoned Carts with Email Magic

Don't Lose Sales in the Shopping Cart Graveyard! Recover Abandoned Carts with Email Magic

by Ross Allchorn 3 min read

Imagine you're at a bakery, piling delicious cookies onto a tray. You reach for the checkout, but suddenly get distracted and leave your sugary treats behind!

That's kind of what happens in online stores all the time. People add items to their carts but abandon them before paying.

This "shopping cart graveyard" can cost your business a lot of money. But fear not, there's a way to bring those cookies (or whatever you sell) back to life: abandoned cart recovery emails!

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Mastering Call-to-Actions – A Strategic Approach for E-commerce Merchants

Mastering Call-to-Actions – A Strategic Approach for E-commerce Merchants

by Ross Allchorn 2 min read

In the dynamic world of e-commerce, merchants often find themselves grappling with the challenge of grabbing their customers' attention amidst a sea of information.

"Emphasizing everything emphasizes nothing."
– Ross Allchorn (me, although I'm sure I heard it somewhere)

This nugget of wisdom serves as the cornerstone for merchants aiming to optimize their websites for conversions.

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Optimizing E-commerce Navigation for Conversion Success

Optimizing E-commerce Navigation for Conversion Success

by Ross Allchorn 3 min read

In the dynamic world of e-commerce, effective navigation is the compass that guides users through the digital marketplace.

As an e-commerce merchant, optimizing your website's navigation is crucial for driving traffic and, ultimately, boosting conversions. Let's explore high-level strategies that can be universally applied across popular platforms like Shopify, WooCommerce, and Magento.

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E-commerce design patterns are mature.

E-commerce design patterns are mature.

by Ross Allchorn 2 min read

A True Story – The Story of Bob. Once upon a time, there was an entrepreneur named Bob. Though that's not his real name, considering he is currently (at the time of writing) the third wealthiest person globally, you might have a guess.

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Online store redesign depicted on a laptop

9 signs you need to redesign your store

by Gabi Falanga 6 min read

Redesigning your store can give it a new lease on life and increase your revenue. A redesign could entail anything from basic cosmetic changes to more serious structural changes, or even a complete overhaul of the site. But before you get wrapped up in a redesign, how do you determine if that is what your store actually needs? 

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Lego Duel: Credit Photo by Stillness InMotion on Unsplash

REVIEWS.io vs. yotpo: We put them head to head

by Ross Allchorn 7 min read

If you’re operating in the ecommerce space, it goes without saying that customer reviews should be on your radar. They’re an investment in your online reputation and a trusted source of information for the consumer. With the right solution in your tech stack, review content can support so many aspects of a robust digital strategy.

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A Shopify success story… ARgENTUM — where science meets poetry

A Shopify success story… ARgENTUM — where science meets poetry

by Daniel Connor 7 min read

ARgENTUM is a luxurious brand of skincare products. Their stunning Shopify store is custom-built to tell their beautiful story. We interviewed the power couple behind the brand.

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Do you need a custom Shopify app for your store?

Do you need a custom Shopify app for your store?

by Gabi Falanga 4 min read

Shopify has everything a merchant needs to get their store up and running straight away. That includes an app store full of apps with various functionalities, which merchants can install on the platform to help meet their business’ needs. However, some merchants have unique requirements, which is why they might consider custom Shopify app development.

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Is a custom designed Shopify store worth it?

Is a custom designed Shopify store worth it?

by Gabi Falanga 5 min read

Shopify has a vast array of theme options which offer varying levels of customizability. Despite this, many merchants choose to have a fully custom designed store. This might be because they want it to look or function in a very specific way. Or perhaps they want more control over how it performs. The customization options are endless. 

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“Should I use Shopify or Magento?”

“Should I use Shopify or Magento?”

by Daniel Connor 3 min read

Merchants looking to grow business online have a number of ecommerce platforms to choose from. Two of the most popular ecommerce platforms are Shopify and Magento. So, should you choose Shopify, or Magento?

Short Answer: There’s no best or worst platform. It’s about which ecommerce platform is best for YOUR business. And we’ve done the groundwork to help you decide…

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Troubleshooting a low conversion rate

Troubleshooting a low conversion rate

by Gabi Falanga 4 min read

Your store might have a lot of traffic, but that’s no use if it isn’t converting into sales. There are many reasons this might be happening. We take a look at how to diagnose conversion rate issues and what some of the most common problems are. There are various tools you can use to figure out why your store isn’t converting and once you’ve established what the problems are, you can make changes yourself or employ conversion rate optimization specialists to assist you.

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Foldabox redesign creates front and back-end magic

Foldabox redesign creates front and back-end magic

by Gabi Falanga 6 min read

Redesigning a site takes a lot of work. Hines and Quintin Schnehage, the redesign project leader from ShopCreatify, both stressed how important it is to do it for the right reasons. A main goal of this redesign was to make the site more intuitive for customers. It aimed to answer their questions before they even asked them. 

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Improve user experience on your Shopify store

Improve user experience on your Shopify store

by Gabi Falanga 7 min read

User experience, or UX, is an important term for anyone who has a websiteIt considers the user’s journey while on a site and how to make this as easy and intuitive as possible. Luckily, the Shopify platform already includes specific design conventions which make it appealing to users. It is easy enough for merchants to make certain design changes themselves to improve user experience.

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Why you might want to consider a custom designed Shopify theme

Why you might want to consider a custom designed Shopify theme

by Ross Allchorn 7 min read

Not all merchants need a custom theme. For some (maybe you) they really do warrant considering though. There are pros and cons to the different approaches that can be taken to theming. In this article I've tried to cover those factors so you can make the best decision for your business.

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Use real data from heat mapping to tweak your website for better conversions

Use real data from heat mapping to tweak your website for better conversions

by Ross Allchorn 6 min read

Do you know what areas of your home page get clicks?  How about what pages nobody scrolls down?  Heat maps help you make the most of your store layout.

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The Turbo Theme – A No Brainer?

The Turbo Theme – A No Brainer?

by Ross Allchorn 4 min read

Turbo Theme

Premium Plus (or Premium+) is how we refer to the Turbo theme by Out of the Sandbox.

Not because of Shopify's Plus plan for merchants —although that is who the theme was originally created for— but because if a paid-for theme in the Shopify theme store is referred to as a 'premium' theme, then...

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Build a Foundation or a House of Cards

Build a Foundation or a House of Cards

by Ross Allchorn 12 min read

Shopify house of cards

Learn how to avoid the strong possibility of building a house of cards and instead lay a solid foundation for your Shopify store. 

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