This uses ecwid as the eCommerce wordpress plugin. For a quick and smooth solution you can’t really go wrong with it. There’s still some aspects of ecwid I don’t like, specifically the way URL’s are handled. But, it’s seriously fast as you can see. And you can copy paste the code into any page you want and you have an instant store after its all configured and customized how you want it. This is a pretty stripped down version as the default ecwid settings have a lot of options we didn’t need. So, check it out and let us know what you think! It’s fully operational, so if you buy something, you’ll be getting some nano-cleaners in the mail…
If you’ve never heard of Uber, you’re about to. Uber has revolutionized the taxi and limo industry in many cities around the world. This app-based on-demand executive driver service has a mystic about it, and a wildly fanatic fan base that’s growing worldwide. Well, over the past weekend they very quietly launched here in Detroit! started by a single tweet pic from one of the very first users Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions, using the app.
**Update 6/12/2012 5:35 est**
How to submit your business listing to Apple Maps for iOS 6
Apple will be aggregating its business listing data through Axciom, infoUSA, Localeze and Yelp.
So, make sure your Yelp profile is up to date and “claimed”. This seems to be the easiest way for inclusion. But, if you’re a new business you’re going to want to make sure you’re in all the primary data sources anyway. In some cases you’ll have to pay, such as, having no “landline” that can be verified.
I’m betting that Apple will set up some type of a “Business Resource Portal” eventually. It only makes sense that they will want to control that aspect of the iOS, since there’s billions of dollars to be made in a vertical they are completely new to.
But, for now, you can follow these links and claim your profiles which will ensure your inclusion to iOS 6 Maps when its released this fall:
**UPDATE 6/11/2012 3:30pm est**
Apple Maps for iOS 6 announced officially at WWDC.
So, the new Apple Maps was announced as expected. During the Keynote Tim Stevens said: “Beautiful, beautiful maps. Now, part of Maps is local search… we have already ingested more than 100 million business listings”.
This is a game changer. Data has been collected through anonymous sources, and it looks as if this new opportunity can be utilized to its fullest through your own dedicated app that will be integrated and promoted inside the Apple map application!
What does this all mean? Well, there’s 365 million iOS 6 enabled devices, that will now use a business listing data source other than Google to populate its Maps.
We’ll update again here, as soon as we get to play with the iOS 6 beta that’s being made available TODAY! Hopefully we’ll have a better understanding of how exactly business will be able to edit and modify their “Apple Map business info card”, whether by dedicated app or through your itunes account perhaps.
This is HUGE NEWS for the future of internet marketing. iOS6 will also have a dedicated app notification banner to notify all mobile users that you have an app for download, with redirect to the app store.
Web Design 3.0 – THe Evolution Begins
The web is constantly evolving. You’re probably familiar with the term Web 2.0. Even if you aren’t a web designer, you’ve probably noticed how the internet has changed for the better in the last 10 years. However, the evolution continues. Those who don’t adapt don’t survive. Let’s take a look at the most advanced technologies that are moving us toward Web 3.0. Developers and marketers take note: if you’re not keeping up, you’ll soon be losing customers.
Where We’ve Been
The internet has definitely changed over the years. The original world wide web was little more than static pages that could be displayed through a web browser. Sure, there were links to email and many sites had meaningful, regularly-updated information. However, developers had to spend a lot of time writing HTML code just to create a basic page. Users were little more than viewers of content. Much like a television program, there was little interaction between audience and source.
This is where Web 2.0 came into play. The term was rather ambiguous and sometimes applied to a variety of changes. Basically, Web 2.0 marked a change in design that allowed users to contribute to sites. The advent of social networking, YouTube and other user-created content sites put the audience in greater control of the content. Where do we go from here?
Producing a great website is not just about aesthetics, it is about converting visitors in to customers or clients. Most people believe that creating a great website is all about the way the site appears. However, the “look and feel” of the site is just one factor that contributes to the quality of a website.
Many other factors interact to determine the overall quality of a website including:
- Design Fluidity and Continuity
- SEO Friendly Code
- Quality Content
- Page Load Time
- Effective Images
When selecting a web designer, the client must be aware of the fact that much more goes in to the creation of the site than simply selecting the colors, images and fonts. The purpose of the site, after all, is to generate business for the client.