February 19th, 2015

Issues With a Magento Blog in WordPress

Category:Magento | Posted By Mai Erne on February 19th, 2015

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The great thing about WordPress is that it’s very easy to set up and offers an abundance of features. If you wanna blog about anything—be it Magento, e-commerce, or any other fun topic you fancy—you can just go to the official WordPress website and set one up.

However, if you’re also running a site based in Magento, running a blog in WordPress can be a little tricky. Here are a few of the issues that our bloggers often encounter…

  • Bullet Points
  • In WordPress, making bullet points isn’t as straightforward as you would think… In this point alone, it’s a problem. Here’s how to fix it:

    Switch the tab on the top right of your WordPress article from ‘Visual’ to ‘Text.’ That way you can go into the CSS and add those <li> tags that you need for the bulletpoints to go in. Then, make sure you save the post in the ‘text’ tab. If you switch back to ‘visual,’ the bulletpoints will just get messed up again…

    By the way, this is probably the most common problem when writing in WordPress.

  • Headings
  • Headings are a weird thing, but it depends on the style of your blog. If you want to read about the differences between the H1, H2, and H3 tags, Yoast has a lot of good resources. 

    On our blog, the main problem is our H1 tags look dangerously close to the title of the blogs… So if I make the next text

    something like this

    you’ll notice that it looks too much like the title of this blog post, which is something that we like to avoid.

  • Scheduling Blog Posts
  • Finally, the weirdest thing about a Magento blog in WordPress is scheduling the blog posts. You’ll notice under ‘Publish,’ there’s an option that will allow you to publish the posts whenever you want. Usually we just schedule a lot of our posts ahead of time because we happen to write a few of them a day, so we like to keep them running on a day-to-day basis. 

    But if you decide to do this for your company, you have to be careful, because accidentally scheduling a post on a day that you don’t want them… Well, let’s just say that enough of our bloggers got a looooooong talk from the boss about such a mishap.

    February 18th, 2015

    Looking for a Unique Provider of Magento E-Solutions?

    Category:Magento | Posted By Mai Erne on February 18th, 2015

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    It’s easy to write about effective Magento e-solutions when you’re writing from the perspective of a company that provides them every day.

    The question is, what does it mean to you when you hear about effective Magento e-solutions? Are you looking for a e-commerce solutions provider that can merely help you break even? Because if that’s the case, you really need to look for a much better deal…

    Hara Partners is unique for being the the only e-commerce solutions provider that offers exactly the solutions you need, all in one place. We can market ourselves, but we never magnify our claims. Our clients trust rely on us because of our convenience. Since our inception, we’ve launched over 200 websites based in Magento, and all of our clients can testify to the fact that we’ve always stayed on call to offer them support. Which makes us providers of the goods, not just marketers of them.

    So you’re probably thinking to yourself now, “What should I look for in a Magento e-solutions company?”

    Loyalty.

    If a company ain’t loyal to you, they ain’t worth squat. How many companies do you know that’ll sell you something and then abandon you like some misguided parent figure? We don’t do that. Here are some of our core values.

  • Be Honest and Humble
  • Honesty and humility form the foundation of our existence. What do they mean to us? Honesty means we’re accountable and that we communicate the truth openly. Humility allows us to accurately track our accomplishments without getting ahead of ourselves or losing sight of what still needs to be done.

  • Change is Good
  • Constant advancements in technology, resources, and capabilities foster an atmosphere of rapid change in our industry. As a relatively young company, we recognize this and resolve to use this fact to our advantage—by encouraging creativity, we can innovate useful change to actualize the world we’d like to live in.

  • Pursue Learning
  • We believe that the health and viability of a company is in direct proportion to its curiosity and willingness to make small mistakes in the interest of identifying the best solutions. Truly groundbreaking work is the result of learning from every opportunity and practicing open-mindedness when confronted with new ideas.

    February 17th, 2015

    Magento Profitmaker Integration – Worry No More…

    Category:Hara Partners | Posted By Mai Erne on February 17th, 2015

    If you’ve been to our solutions page, you might have noticed that we offer a lot of integrations. Our top-prized solution is the NetSuite-Magento Connector… Everyone at Times Square knows about that one.

    But here at Hara Partners, our geniuses never stop integrating technology.

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    One of our developers at work.

    Introducing Magento Profitmaker Integration… The complete order management, customer service and accoutning package, that will integrate seamlessly into every facet of your promotional products distributor operation.

    Read below for some of the benefits of our Magento Profitmaker Connector.

    System Benefits

  • Quick access to Customer History
  • Ease of Order Entry (Quote – Order – Invoice)
  • Useful Open Order Reports
  • Ease of Order Entry/Repeat Orders
  • Easy processing of wearable orders
  • Integration with ASITransact (reduce phone calls regarding status of order)
  • Integration with ESP (Start Quote in ESP / Create Order in ProfitMaker®)
  • Flexible Reporting
  • The process starts with complete audit trails capturing every last detail about every order placed to a fully customized order logic. Magento Morin Logistic Integration can support every default scenario. And if you have special order requirements, our expert staff can consult with you and help ensure all information is captured and communicated correctly.

    Software Support

    Training Opportunities

    We offer numerous training possibilities, from CD’s, online training, regional seminars to training at your business or at our office. Every week, our classroom is in session with companies visiting from all over the country.

    Forms & Supplies

    Complete line of laser forms designed specifically for use with ASICS software.

    Special Programming

    Originally custom written programs for a few specific customers that are now available for all customers using ASI Computer Systems software.

    Third Party Software

    Additional software compatible with or and/or integrated into your ASICS software.

    Support Agreement

    The most effective solutions to help you get the most from your ASI Computer System.

    To learn more, check out the Magento Profitmaker Integration page.

    February 16th, 2015

    7 Interesting Ecommerce Facts & Trends

    Category:E-Commerce | Posted By Mai Erne on February 16th, 2015

    Ecommerce first came to birth in 1971. In the past 44 years there have been quite a number of impressive changes and breakthroughs that have established it as the online medium that we use today to trade products and services.

    Below, we’ve compiled ten interesting ecommerce facts and trends that you were probably not aware of.

    1. Pizza Hut was one of the first major brands to experiment with online commerce, starting in 1994.

    It might surprise many to learn that the first ever ecommerce purchase was not a book or an article of clothing, but a Pizza Hut pizza.

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    The company celebrated the first-ever online purchase last year with a series of promotions.

    “We want to celebrate the fact that before consumers could buy books, clothes, music or vacation packages via the internet, they could place an online order for a Pizza Hut pizza,” said Carrie Walsh, chief marketing officer at Pizza Hut.

    2. Although it launched in 1995, Amazon wasn’t able to turn a profit until 2003.

    Despite having revenues of $1.6 billion, Amazon still managed to lose $719 million in 1999. The situation didn’t improve until 2000, when it was found that Amazon had just around “$350 million of cash on hand,” despite raising billions of dollars.

    Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, didn’t finally turn a profit until 2003, which was nine years after being founded and seven years after going public.

    Bezos was able to turn things by laying off one-seventh of Amazon’s work force and closing some distribution centers.

    3. 80% of the online population has used the internet to make a purchase, and 50% of the online population has purchased online more than once.

    ‘Nuff said.

    4. Apparel and Accessories’ is the fastest growing ecommerce sector of the 9 major categories.

    Online sales of apparel and accessories are now growing faster than any other ecommerce product segment, and the category is poised to help US retail ecommerce sales grow 15.4% to $224.2 billion in 2012, after stronger-than-expected sales took the market to $194.3 billion last year, according to a report by eMarketer.

    5. JCPenney’s sales are made via Mobile Point of Sale devices

     jcpenney mobile

    One-quarter of all J.C. Penney Co. Inc. store sales are coming through mobile point-of-sale devices, and all store associates will have handheld iPod Touch devices by the end of this month, CEO Ron Johnson told Wall Street analysts last week on the chain retailer’s year-end earnings call.

    6. 79% of online shoppers desire a tracking option with their delivery

    Online shoppers value convenience, notably during the postsales process, with 65 percent of Asia Pacific shoppers rating e-mail or text alerts as the most convenient notification service to track their packages.

    7. Asia holds the largest number of web purchases, with South Korea at the top of the list

    he South Korean internet market has grown into one of the most developed in Asia and the world. 7 in 10 inhabitants have made an online purchase, making South Korea the most mature e-commerce country after Japan.

    February 13th, 2015

    BluePay: Secure, Efficient E-commerce Credit Card Processing

    Category:E-Commerce | Posted By Mai Erne on February 13th, 2015

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    BluePay helps merchants accept credit cards online with secure e-commerce payment gateways and services that make accepting electronic payments quick, easy and safe.

    Increase online sales by accepting credit cards, debit cards and ACH payments on your website.

    Simplify the checkout process by integrating with major shopping carts and providing fast, secure transactions.

    Comply with PCI DSS standards to protect online data.

    BluePay is your one-source solution for all your website credit card processing and e-commerce needs.

    E-commerce Credit Card Processing for Every Business

    Shopping online safely and efficiently is now as easy as ever, especially when merchants take advantage of BluePay’s e-commerce credit card processing services.

    Now, accepting credit cards online is just a mouse click away. Our secure e-commerce payment gateway allows you to accept major credit cards, debit cards and ACH payments for fast, secure Internet transactions, with always-low rates that significantly reduce costs.

    Verifying accounts is immediate and easy, boosting your online sales and increasing cash flow right away. Simple, fast website credit card processing tailored to your business— BluePay makes it possible.

     

    Keep Online Data PCI Secure

    Receiving payments online can be risky business, as technology advances and electronic theft becomes more complex. Count on BluePay’s PCI compliant e-commerce credit card processing services and security features to keep your business, your customers and your data safe from credit card fraud.

    Integrate Your E-commerce Merchant Account

    With the convenience of online shopping continues to increase, consumers expect flexible payment options and faster checkout.

    BluePay can help you to integrate your e-commerce merchant account with major shopping carts, streamlining the transaction process for efficient online shopping and accurate reporting.

    Secure hosted payment forms replace shopping cart functionality for merchants looking for a different online approach. Getting started is simple—just contact BluePay today to discuss your e-commerce credit card processing needs, and we’ll get your online account set up and integrated without disrupting your ongoing business procedures.

    To find out more, check out Bluepay.com.