We're doing our first Shopify to Drupal Commerce migration. With the need to differentiate between retail vs wholesale customers (pricing) and within wholesale (differing ranges) Shopify just isn't going to cut it for this client anymore. Shopify was perfect for the original spec - simple, quick to set up, cost effective to maintain and a range of great off-the-shelf templates to tweak.
10 Reasons to make your website Responsive
A Responsive Web Design (RWD) structure isn't right for absolutely every business, but unless you need something very specific and unattainable from a web site on your mobile version it is right for you. If you're not sure what RWD is please check out our "What is RWD" article.
So, here are our top 10 reasons to use RWD on your website:
What is Responsive Web Design?
What is RWD
Responsive Web Design ( RWD ) is how a web site is made to display well across a range of modern devices - and those that have yet to be invented.
Once upon a time there was the desktop computer and it had a screen that came in one of two basic sizes - 800x600 and 1024x768. That meant that a single site design could be used comfortably on both screen sizes1 - there was no need to adjust the design to handle each monitor size.
Adding products and product displays in Drupal Commerce
We have a csv feed available from a POS. It's very limited and doesn't provide sufficient information to put products directly on the site, but it does at least give names, stock levels, skus and a supplier code so it's better than starting from scratch when manually editing. If you have a data feed you want to push into drupal commerce this is an example. Just write some better error handling code and add/remove the fields that do/don't exist in your set up.
Keep it DRY
DRY is a bit of a mantra with developers. It means Don't Repeat Yourself.
It should be a mantra for content owners & creators too. From a developer point of view it makes code much more manageable and maintainable. The same applies to building your site and most CMSs offer some sort of 'Token' system so that you can create blocks of regularly used content and then drop them in wherever you need them. Drupal offers a number of ways to create content once and then use it wherever you need it.
Web hosting, domain names, email & websites????
There are lots of 'bits' to a web presence, and when you're not used to them it can get confusing which bits you need and what you're paying for with each one. Hopefully this will make it clearer.
There are 4 things here and a shop analogy should help.
Why use your web development company's hosting?
We go through phases of getting this question, sometimes we can seem to go months without it coming up, and then it comes up several times in a week.
Generally the pattern seems to be: client looks online, or has a friend that builds websites, and asks "Why does it cost $xx ( or $xxx ) to host with you when I can get hosting for $5 with lots of databases, unlimited email accounts, unlimited traffic and unlimited disk space?"
Top 5 tips for creating content on your website
If you're struggling to write new content for your site, you're not alone. Many new site owners find it hard to write - that's the reason we offer a content creation service. However, most people can learn how to write their own content, and once you've learnt you'll be able to continue to develop your site and to build your online reputation.
There are a few key points to keep in mind while you're churning out all those keyword laced pages.
We recently had the pleasure of attending a presentation by the fabulous Lani of Thankyou Payroll. Their business plan revolves around the fact that everyone hates dealing with payroll. Even the IRD don't like dealing with payroll! In fact, the IRD hate dealing with it so much that they pay ~10 companies around NZ to make the pain go away. Thankyou Payroll is one of those 10 companies, but they do things a little differently.