Seed money for your online shop

When planning the finer details of your online shop, rushing through your financial plan can lead to chaos. It’s important to be aware of how much money you need to spend, and only an extensive finance plan can provide the necessary security for the development of your web store. But what expenses do you need to be aware of when setting up your web store? [...]  

How e-commerce conquered England

With online shopping becoming ever more popular and convenient, more and more industries are flourishing in the world of e-commerce. This is partly due to the fact that it’s easier than ever before to build and run a professional web store. But what are most important things to remember when getting into e-commerce? And how can you be successful with little or no experience? [...]  

Brick-and-mortar shopping vs. e-commerce: what’s the ROPO effect?

E-commerce has been booming for years now, and nowadays, even everyday items like groceries are ordered online. A threat to brick-and-mortar locations? Not necessarily: the ROPO effect shows that local retailers also have the possibility to take advantage of the marketing power of the internet. This is due to the fact that many customers do their research online and the make their final purchase offline (‘research online—purchase offline’). This can only work if local merchants optimised their web presences. [...]  

The best mock-up and wireframe tools

Designers and developers put a lot of time and effort into creating a web project. During the journey from initial idea to finished product, there are many decisions to be made, plans to be devised, as well as there being the possibility of having to start all over again. Mock-ups and wireframes are important tools that can help in the early development phase when creating simple prototypes of designs and ideas. Mock-up and wireframe tools enable you to work more efficiently. [...]  

What is clickbait?

‘What you’re about to read in this article has never been discussed before!’ This may not be entirely true, because the topic of clickbaiting is already commonplace in the world of social media. But by using sensational titles and descriptions like we just did, marketers and publishers aim to generate clicks to boost their ad revenue. And for the most part, it works. So how is this tactic so successful? And if it’s working, why is it so heavily criticised? We’ll take you through the function, tactics, benefits, and criticisms of clickbait. [...]  

MooTools: the compact JavaScript framework

No programming language has made its mark quite like JavaScript. Developed in 1995 as a Java alternative for the netscape browser, you would be hard pushed to find a web application that doesn’t use this universal scripting language. However, critics rightly express concerns over the fact that JavaScript lacks a class system and the language is more unstructured than it should be. The MooTools framework addresses these issues and optimises the development process of JavaScript-based web applications. [...]  

ECC RAM – the error-correcting code memory

Memory is one of the most important components of a computer system and is particularly important for processing large amounts of data. In addition to increasing the storage capacity, it is also necessary to guarantee the security of the data. Bit errors, for example, are one of the key foes that ECC RAM is battling against to protect the main memory. To date these error-correcting memory modules have so far been used primarily in the server environment. [...]  

Symfony: useful PHP library for your web project

Over 30 independent components, long-term support for four years, and over 500 million downloads: the PHP framework Symfony is undoubtedly one of the most successful component collections of this popular script language. But what exactly is this project created by the French company SensioLabs? And which types of web applications can benefit from using this web application framework? [...]  

Success in e-commerce: product texts that sell

High quality and unique product texts are an important building block for any successful online shop. Promising and convincing product descriptions not only help potential customers make their purchasing decision, but they also give online shops an advantage in terms of Google ranking. Providing inspiring and creative texts that convey clear added value for the customer will help you stand out from the competition and attract visitors in the highly competitive world of e-commerce. [...]  

Microsoft Access alternatives: are there any free applications that achieve the same result?

MS Access is widely used office software and enables people with no prior programming knowledge to work with databases. The license for the programme, however, is not exactly cheap. Several free alternatives to Microsoft Access promise to do essentially the same thing. But which are the best Microsoft Access alternatives? And can they actually keep up with the range of functions and standard of operation that MS Access offers? [...]