Selling on eBay vs. running a web store

People tend to ask this question a lot. Should I sell on eBay or should I open my own web store. There is no ultimate answer to this question and it really depends on many different factors such as your budget, your niche, the amount of time you have, number of different products and so on.

This is the list of things that might help you make up your mind on what’s the best way to go for you.

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File upload in Magento

Whan of the most enticipated and needed things in Magento is File upload Custom Option. As discussed last year at Magento Forum, it is not completed nor tested.

Now, Magento already have frontend and admin part of file upload option implemented in themes. Since backend part is still missing, understand that this still doesn’t work, however, if you’re interested how it looks, read on ..

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Show Magento products by month and year

For the last two days, I have been working on a “gallery like” approach to Magento. One of stores we are developing requires it. Below is a code that lists moths, from January to December, showing number of products for each month. You can reuse function to list products for any given month. Just extract the code from within the function and place it inside some foreach loop and deal with product object. This way you can have one block listing months with appropriately generated links and clicking that link leads you to another page that loads products for given month and year.

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Simple product with custom options in grouped product in Magento

Does the title sound complicated? Grouped Products display several products on one page.  For example – if you’re selling chef’s knives and you have the same knife in four sizes, you can make a grouped product to display all four sizes.  Customers can select the size(s) they want and add to cart from this page.  Another example would be a themed bedroom set – you can create a grouped product and sell the sheets, comforter, and pillow cases all from the same page.

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How to improve your web shop conversion rates

You have your web shop set up and you’re ready to sell online. After a short period of time you realize something might be wrong as you are not selling as much as you want to. What went wrong?

Well, there is a huge number of things that might have went wrong. Lets head back to the basics, the planing of your web store and research, to see what might be causing the low conversion rates.

If you are in retail business for some time now before you opened your web shop, you probably already did some research on your targeted audience. You know as much as you can about them and you think you know a good way to market your products to them. The problem begins with transition from real life sales business to online sales. Not everything works exactly the same offline and online.

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Getting started with REST using Zend Framework

I was playing with SOAP for the last few days. I must say, it looks somewhat complicated in some areas. After some google-ing on SOAP vs REST stuff I decided to write this simple ZendFramework REST how to. Actualy this is a PHP part of tutorial since I was working on a PHP and C# solution using Mono framework for C# part can be found on my site. My desire was to create a web service in PHP environment and consume that service in C# environment.Getting started with REST using ZendFramework. Here’s the PHP REST server part.

Basic example is really, really simple. Aren’t they always. Seriously, it’s not my intention to go into outermost details.

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Magento’s Onepage Checkout in a nutshell

For the last two days I’ve been working on a custom checkout page for one of our clients. Basicaly a page can be shown in Magento using simple Core_Template type. Basically all code is set inside the .phtml file so it can be shown on every possible page or block, meaning it’s object independent, no inheritance. Something you can call from with your layout files like

<block type="core/template" name="checkout_customcart" template="checkout/customcart.phtml" />
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Magento 1.2. is out (with downloadable products)

Just at the dawn of 2008, Varien launched a new version of Magento: 1.2. Upgrading previous Magento versions was sometimes not an easy task since Varien used to change standard function names which caused themes to break. We backup the site, made a copy, took a deep breath, expected the worse, and… Nothing 🙂 The upgrade went smoothly. Wow, that felt good.

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What is a #pragma mark?

One of many features in Xcode that developers forgot to use is #pragma mark directives. What is a #pragma mark? #pragma marks are simple directives that help us better organize our implementation code.

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Is YouTube the Future of Internet Advertising?

Creating YouTube videos can be a valuable online marketing strategy and many marketers around the world are already using it for viral campaigns. it is a well-know known fact that YouTube is the largest video-serving website on the planet, but no one expected that YouTube would become such a big player in the search industry.

ComScore reports that YouTube now generates 25% of all Google searches making it the 2nd largest search engine. A few years ago, when YouTube first started the video revolution on the Web, its power as a search engine was not anticipated. YouTube is now generating more searches then Yahoo!, the previous second most popular search engine.

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CRU(EL)D: Reinventing the Wheel

Every developer knows what CRUD stands for. Its an acronym for (C)reate, (R)ead, (U)pdate, and (D)elete. Dealing with CRUD is one of the most time-consuming tasks in a Web developer’s day. Combine that with website styling process and you get at least 50-60% of the development time spent on each site, on average (at least that is my experience).

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Toni Anicic on Vidi Web Top 100 Awards

Toni Anicic, our online marketing specialist has a personal blog (in Croatian) where he posts about various topics related to Internet marketing, blogging, Croatian portals, and events. We are proud to say that his blog won the Vidi Web Top 100 award in the Blogs category a few days ago.

The award recognizes his blog as one of the Top 10 in Croatia.

Congratulations, Toni!

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1 PSD and 2 Web Tools for Better Web Design

While designing a Web project is best approached from an “Agile development” standpoint, preparing for the job should be more than pure agility—you should make sure you have some proper, time-saving tools easily accessible.

Starting a project should be considered almost as a ritual where everything is already set and ready to deploy without any excessive brain strain.

Over the years, you’ve probably amassed quite a collection of tools for text, design, layout, and framework. You’ve also probably accumulated multiple problem-solving apps and template documents. Every once in a while, I run into a set of tools that would really streamline your daily routine. Here are a few that will help cut down the clutter on your desktop.

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