shopping cart software

Top 10 Features of a Great Online Shopping Cart

Planning on getting a shopping cart for your online store? Here are top ten features you should look for in a shopping cart software:

shopping cart software1) Security. Need we ask more why this is number on the list? If your shopping cart is not secured, you will be putting at risk your shop and your customer’s safety. Make sure it comes with at least 128-bit SSL support to ensure security protection.

2) Ease of use. How many items can your shopping cart hold? A shopping cart that can hold large bulks of orders is more convenient.

3) Flexibility. What kinds of credit cards or payment gateways is it capable of? Is it limited to just one, two or a wide selection of gateways?

4) Real Time Shipping Status. Does it provide real time report of all deliveries from major carriers like FedEx or UPS? Customers should be able to check the progress of their shipments.

5) Import/Export Option. Does the cart provide you with the option to import or export customer orders at no extra cost of service?

6) Discount Options. Is the shopping cart capable of calculating promotional items? Is it capable of reading discount coupon codes, gift certificates and items on sale?

7) Newsletter. What about a newsletter? The best a shopping cart software in the market includes newsletter systems to help you keep in touch with your customers more easily.

8) Customization. Will you be able to customize the features according to your own preferences and needs? A cart that is easily customizable will make your tasks hassle-free.

9) Updated Statistic Reports. This particular feature will be a tremendous help in keeping track of your sales and marketing performance.

10) Customer Support. Lastly, make sure that the company provides reliable customer support 24/7 any time you may need assistance.

die-cut business cards

Sponsor Giveaway: Die Cut Business Cards from UPrinting

UPrinting – a leading online printing and marketing company has offered to sponsor a giveaway for theshopbug readers.  If you are a business owner or a Solo Entrepreneur, this giveaway is perfect.

You can win 1 package (250 pcs) of die cut business cards from Uprinting.  To join, all you have to do is check out Uprinting’s website, then please come back here and leave a comment, telling us which business card shape you like best.

Die cut business cards have unique shapes and styles like the ones shown here.  You can try to create your own design from scratch using ready-to-use tools available from the website or you can simply upload an existing business card design from your file.  You can also request for a free sample.

The winner will be picked via random number generator on July 25,2011.

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Prize details:

250 pcs Die Cut Business Cards for one winner

2 x 3..5″ Rounded Corners, 2×2″ Rounded Corners, 1.75×3.5″ Rounded Corners, 2×3.5″ Leaf, 2×3.5 Rounded one corner, 2×3.5″ Half Circle Side, 2×3.5″ Oval, 2.5″ Circle

14pt Cardstock Gloss / Matte / High Gloss (UV), or 13pt Cardstock Uncoated,

6 Business Days Turnaround *Free shipping

* die-cut business card templates available for download

Limited to *US residents, 18 years old and above only.

This business cards giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given for hosting. The chosen winner must NOT have won the same print giveaway from UPrinting in the past six months. For more information about online printing services, please visit

Starting An Online T-Shirt Business

If you are a designer planning to start your own online business or independent shop, there are many ways to introduce your designs. One popular type of merchandise where you can print your unique art work is the humble t-shirt.
Most shop owners purchase a large bulk of plain t-shirts from a wholesale supplier to get the cheapest price. From there, you can choose your own method of printing, be it through screen printing, transfers, digital or vinyl transfers.
While there are quite a number of shops that sell t-shirts, you can always find your niche market depending on the main theme of your designs. For instance, some illustrations and slogans are a big hit for teenagers (ex. Cafepress funny tshirts) while others are especially designed for kids. Needless to say, you need to be able to consistently come up with bright ideas if you want to attract a following of buyers. Yes, the most important aspect about this particular business is creativity.
You may also consider selling online instead of renting a shop to cut down your start-up costs. Carefully weigh the pros and cons of setting up your own website or using a third party company that offer webhosting for businesses.
Aspiring entrepreneurs can try out CafePress as a venue for their art. Café Press is an online company for customers and artists who are looking for a unique way to express themselves through customised designs on various products such as t-shirts and clothing, film posters, greeting cards stickers, buttons, magnets, and home decor.
The company was started in 1999 from a humble garage in San Leandro, California. Fred Durham and Maheesh Jain had a clear vision of a business that focuses on self-expression, freedom and creativity. Today, the website receives an average of 11 million unique visits per month and is considered to be it is one of the most successful companies online having tie-ups with major companies like Fremantle Media Enterprises, MGM, Summit Entertainment, Snoopy, E! Online, etc. Recently, it has introduced official Twilight t-shirts, New Moon and Eclipse apparel.
Some third party companies will provide the t-shirts and even take care of the shipping services so all you need to focus on are the designing and marketing aspect. Perhaps you might want to check the waters first, so to speak and see how your target market will respond to your creations. If the response is great, then that’s time you can build your own business website. Before taking the next step, be sure to do some research first so that you’ll know what to expect in running an online business and be prepared to face up to the challenges.

In Search for the Right Web Hosting Service

In setting up a website, finding a reliable web hosting service is very important, especially if you’re going to put up a business website or an online shop.  There are a couple of web hosting companies that you can choose from and you must spend some time evaluating these choices.
What factors should you consider in your search for the right web host?
Uptime.  In reality, no web host is perfect and can provide 100% uptime.  Investigate the percentage of downtimes and maintenance period of a server before making a choice.  You can ask around or check out forums online to know what other people have to say about a particular server, based upon experience.
Bandwidth and Disk Space.  The data transfer speed and the disk space is another concern, especially if you plan to build a website with large content such as graphics, audio and video files.  Some servers may advertise ‘unlimited’ space but always check the fine print.  If you foresee a large traffic, then you would need a higher bandwidth allowance as well.

Software and hardware requirements. 
Programming functions such as FTP, PHP, MySQL, Perl, Visual Basic script, SSI,.htaccess, etc. are essentials in building a website. Take note that some programming languages are not compatible with certain platforms.  If you are not familiar with these, ask advice from an experienced webmaster.
Technical Support.  Will you be provided with reliable support 24/7?  Are the representatives competent enough to handle problems and provide you with the assistance you need?  Ask opinions from other people who may have subscribed to the server.  Another way to check is to give them a call yourself.

Email Accounts. 
Having your own email account in your domain is a must.  How many email accounts can you create with your domain?  Will that be enough for your needs?

E-commerce features. 
Make sure that your web host will be able to support the programs you need to run your online store such as your Shopping Cart Software.
Web Hosting Security.  It is crucial to find a web host provider that can ensure the security of your website from potential threats of fraud and Identity Theft. Here is an interesting read on website security.

Online Translation Service Platform for Businesses

Are you in need of a translation service for business or personal communications?  If yes, do check out Translia, an online platform that offers various translation services from a network of professional translators all over the world.
Register from their website for free to try out the service.  Clients can ask for a translation for any project with no minimum or maximum limits to the required number of words.  You can use the service if you need a translator for a document that contains a million words or if you just need to translate one word to any foreign language.
The system also promises a quick turnaround time ranging from several hours for smaller projects to a few days for larger ones. If a certain project was not submitted on the deadline, you can expect remarkable discounts from your fees.  Clients are also given the option to set the price and time.  You can even obtain a free traslation!
More importantly, Translia promises high-quality service and 100% customer satisfaction.  Apart from translations, po file translation, brand translation, and linguistic editing.  For more information, visit the website.

Voice Biometrics Solutions for Business

Voice Biometrics Solutions is the type of technology used to improve a business’s customer support service. By analyzing the voice biometric of an individual through telephone or microphone, identification and verification can be done without the need to ask for confidential details such as SNN, PIN or passwords.

Voice biometrics solutions is said to be as secure and as reliable as using fingerprints for identification or verification. It is interesting to note that a fingerprint has approximately 40 unique characteristics whereas a voice print has over 100 separate characteristics.

Through IVR speech recognition solutions, the risk of identity theft and fraud is greatly reduced and even eliminated. More importantly, it is an unobtrusive method of providing a convenient and secure telephone support to customers.

For more information about voice biometrics solutions, check out this website.

Biometric Fingerprint Technology – What’s All the Hype

I must be technologically naïve but I’m not so familiar with Biometric Fingerprint Technology. I thought that such devices are only used in big companies. I only see them in James Bond movies and sci-fi flicks and I never thought that it’s now being used in a lot of homes.

Have you thought about switching to a keyless lock for your home? As the name suggest, these devices analyze fingerprint codes to open doors. There’s no need to worry about losing your keys or forgetting the password. There’s also no need to worry about possible sharing or duplication. But what about the quirks?

Before purchasing, there are important factors that must be considered such as the number of users, temperature, and the product specifications. You need to be sure that the fingerprint sensor would recognize your fingerprint consistently. Also, be sure that the seller provides reliable customer support.