ISO 9001:2008 Certification Announcement

After announcing about our very recent partnership with MageCloud, we are proud to announce our second big milestone achievement, i.e., ISO 9001:2008 certification.  We are now an ISO 9001:2008 certified product based eCommerce company. To get such milestone achievement, we have undergone some evaluation procedures like quality management system documentation review, inspection of premises, some internal audits or pre-audits, primary assessment and non-conformance removals to maintain quality management standard.

We have achieved this certification on with a certificate number – QMS/0915/643. This certification ensures that we are committed to deliver quality products and services to all our existing and future customers. And also it strengthens our company Quality policy and highlights our quality assurance & innovative eCommerce related production. We always look forward to bring such opportunities in our company to take it to new heights in the upcoming months and years. Keep in touch to get updates about our company’s news and announcements.

Envision Ecommerce Partners with MageCloud

It’s been a big week for us.  Yesterday, MageCloud – One of the biggest names of Magento industry, picked us as a best eCommerce business for its Partnership program, and today we are thrilled to publicly announce this new partnership.

MageCloud is famous for offering themes, extensions, hosting and almost everything required to launch a new Magento store. The dedicated hosting services of MageCloud offer online merchants to connect their Magento stores with various supported hosting providers through some secure credentials. So, it is not only easy to create a Magento store, but also hosting for any small or large business.

Empowering eCommerce solutions for businesses of any size is a key part of our mission of partnering with MageCloud. We also came together to bridge the gap between emerging technology and people around the globe. We are constantly striving to expand and work with such big names in Magento industry. Apart from our own innovative eCommerce ideas, we always welcome new & innovative ideas from the outside world of eCommerce. So, we have partnered with MageCloud to attain a mutual sustainable growth.

We at Envision Ecommerce deal with super-quality extensions and themes for different eCommerce platforms. Our certified developers are always ready to assist customers with any customization need, customized extensions, new themes and custom built themes. We are really thrilled to see the effective results of this partnership in the upcoming months, i.e., happy customers and encouraged developers. Keep in touch to get updated about new announcements from Envision Ecommerce.

New Launch – Easily Export Customer & Order Records in WooCommerce

Envision Ecommerce has just launched Easily Export Customer & Order Records that supports store owner to easily export customer & order information in a CSV file format, automatic CSV export via custom intervals, individual or bulk order export, and to gather all required information about the store’s accounting system. It is the time saving plugin that helps in avoiding manual customer/order exports. It is also approved on CodeCanyon (largest script and code marketplace on the web) and available for sale.

The plugin is beneficial to produce an order CSV file based on order status, custom time intervals, starting & ending date, limiting maximum no of order records per CSV file and offsetting records to omit certain order records.

Whether you need CSV files to create a backup of your store’s inventory or to make changes in bulk, the “Easily Export Customer & Order Recordsplugin will increase the efficiency of your operations and also help you to easily upload your order/customer records to another party (if required).

It is a user friendly plugin and can be easily set up to an automatic-email-export to send order/customer export files automatically through email. Moreover, CSV format can also be customized based on CSV file name, default one row per item, legacy one row per item & legacy column for all items and much more. Overall, the plugin brings value to every WooCommerce store and its owner, it touches.

Now, if you want to know more about this product or having any query regarding this new launch or need any kind of assistance, we’re always happy to help you.

Easily Move from Amazon’s Webstore Platform to Shopify with Envision Ecommerce

Amazon announced in March that Webstore platform for small businesses is about to close. It did create a void for the webstore owners as where to go, where to migrate. Envision Ecommerce helped a couple of them in migration to Magento. But Amazon has smartly now teamed up with Shopify to help the store owners move in to Shopify.

Now, with the corporation of both the eCommerce platforms, i.e., Amazon & Shopify, Amazon is offering online merchants with essential tools or tech maintenance to ease the migration of their Webstores to the Shopify platform in order to continue to avail Amazon services.

Shopify exemplifies the value of simplicity in an increasingly complex world of commerce services,” says Patrick Gauthier, vice president of Amazon Payments, in a statement. “We are excited to work together with Shopify to create best of class solutions that help merchants integrate Amazon offerings.”

With the necessary migrating tools, the online merchants who need to migrate to Shopify would not have to go again with their product catalog creations or product descriptions rewritings. Also with the integration in place, the Amazon merchants will have access Shopify’s services & Shopify merchants will be able to access all the data that can be pulled from Amazon’s fulfillment centers.

Envision Ecommerce has helped a couple of store owners migrate their store. Get in touch to discuss how we can help you move your webstore easily and swiftly from Amazon to Shopify.

Essential Checklist for Magento Migration from One Server to Another

When it comes to Magento migration from one server to another, it can be a complex process for you, especially when you are really unknown to this process and thinking it as a straight forward job. In this blog, you will get an essential checklist that guides you through step by step in the process of moving Magento from one server to another.

green-check-mark.jpg First of all, make a connection through SSH between source & destination server without requiring a password. It can be achieved by tweaking OpenSSH on source as well as destination server. This tweaking leads to secure data transfer without any need of a password. To establish such connection between two machines you should consider the following steps:

  1. Installation of server’s public key to another machine’s authorized-keys file. One can use ssh-copy-id command to accomplish such installation.
  2. Make sure to set up secure permissions for both “.ssh “ directories & “.ssh” parent directories.

Upon Successful establishing the connection from your source to destination servers & vice versa without requiring any password, you can go further with next i.e., server configuration, otherwise retrace the above mentioned steps (mainly the permissions element).

green-check-mark.jpg Configure Magento database on the destination server. If you have phpMyAdmin available on your destination server, you can follow this procedure:

  • Make a decision about the MySQL database name, database user name and password.
  • Collect above mentioned data and enlist it into a document.
  • As an administrative user, open the MySQL client from the destination server.
  • Generate a new MySQL user & related database by using the following code (just replace the data with your own data):

DB_USER – The name of your Magento database user

 

DB_PASS – The password for your Magento database

 

DB_Name – The name of your Magento database

 

DB_HOST – Magento database host (most likely localhost)

green-check-mark.jpg Creation of two shell automation scripts is required to automating key elements of transfer. Automation scripts eliminate all the chances of human errors. Create one script by keeping in mind the need of the initial sync of Magento code between source & destination servers. Second automation script should be created with the purpose of being executed in a case of Magento store maintenance.

green-check-mark.jpg After creating automation scripts, it is the time to put your Magento store into maintenance mode. Also update your Magento configuration & DNS records in tune with the IP address of the destination server.

green-check-mark.jpg Put relevant data in place of scripts variables (like SSH & MySQL user name, host name, database name, etc.) Use first automation script to proceed with the initial sync of code and media files & second script to accomplish incremental sync of the code and media files, and also a database transfer between source & destination server.

green-check-mark.jpg After moving Magento code, files and database to the destination server, you should now configure your destination server environment like adding new MySQL database name, user name, password and a DBMS host to the app/etc/local.xml (In case of dedicated DB server). And also configure crontab on the user account of your new server in order to activate Magento cron.

green-check-mark.jpg Before proceeding with DNS record changes, it is essential for you to check once – Is everything in an appropriate order? Test whether your destination server is able to hold file as well as database or configured to host Magento installation. You should point your domain to new IP address to perform such testing. Also go through the Magento exception log, system log & reports and finally web server software log file in order to inspect any issue.

green-check-mark.jpg After performing final testing, you should edit your domain records so as to point it to new IP address. You should adjust “A”type record, TXT type record, and Reverse DNS record. Make sure to change Hostname by using “hostname” command.

The above checklist and step-by-step migration procedure can help you to easily manage the Magento Migration from one server to another with less transfer downtime.

Ask Envision Ecommerce if you need any assistance in getting your Magento Store up and running.

IMMEDIATE ATTENTION REQUIRED: PayPal Service Upgrades

If your mailbox has received an email regarding PayPal service upgrade and you don’t know how to get out of such technical email, you don’t need to frighten. The email may be sounding scary, but it is not as scary as it sounds.

Last year, there was an update “HeartBleed Exploit” released on 7th of April 2014. That update was a serious threat to unpatched servers and emphasizing on updating the servers to SHA256 and G5 based encryption. Almost all major web servers have updated the SSL and encryption methods.

PayPal is now updating their IPN algorithm to connect only with SHA256 & G5 based encryption and this email is important for the websites accepting PayPal payments & incorporates the PayPal IPN (Instant Payment Notification). There is no need to go and logging into PayPal’s official website, it is just the things to do about server and ensure that your server is able to handle this update. The “PayPal” is just updating the encryption between your server & the PayPal server to SHA256.

Now, if you have a website accepting payment through PayPal, it will not be successful in completing the redirection process while customer paying online due to improper server connectivity if your server is not updated. This abortive redirection process further leads to annoying customers and ends with losing a lot of customers. The paypal wants you to be ready for this upgrade and that is what the email means.

What has to be done?

Since PayPal has sent the email, it wants to ensure that you don’t lose your customers and want to fix this issue as soon as possible. The best fix is to ask your server and hosting company to upgrade the server for SHA256 & G5 based encryption.

Note: This upgrade is scheduled for 9/30/2015. Therefore, it is essential for you to update your server before 30th September.

If you are still not able to understand these technical changes, you can consult with Envision Ecommerce. We understand the changes and have already suggested our customers on what has to be done. We can help you in understanding more about this email.

Google Panda 4.2 Gaining Reversal after 14th August

Google Panda 4.2 – a Google’s slow roll out update on July 18, 2015, is now gaining reversal after the 14th of August.

As per Google’s last update, Panda 4.2 was rolling out slowly due to some technical reasons and it would take months to turn into completely effective.

But, what happened to it? If you have noticed your website’s current ranking after a hit from Panda 4.2, then you must have observed that your site’s current ranking is reversing back to its original ranking by eradicating the effect of Panda 4.2.

Searchengineland puts it as:

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Many webmasters have noticed this change after 14th August. But, Google is not giving any comment about it. Anyone else is noticing this Panda reverse? Share your views with us.

Ecommerce Development Checklist – Perform Seven Essential Checks

While starting journey in the eCommerce world, it is essential to know about eCommerce development and necessary checklist to make sure the latest ways of eCommerce growth. The following checklist includes some important things to help you with your eCommerce approach:

1. Security Checks

Security Checks

An eCommerce website stores personal information, credit card details, social security numbers and other confidential data about the thousands of customers. Therefore, online security of the store should be a top priority to protect your customers and keep them safe before embarking on an eCommerce development mission. Go with the following ways to protect an eCommerce website from hackers, online fraudsters or other insider misuse and ensure that there is no hole in your security.

a) Use Latest Versions of SSL/TLS

SSL ensures secure information transmission between a customer and the server in an encrypted form. To keep hackers away from your eCommerce site, maintain current versions of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) or TLS (Transport Security Layer) and avoid using old or vulnerable versions.

“Recent Update about SSL As per recent update about SSL, many WooCommerce or WordPress users have experienced some issues like redirect loop, broken styles sheets & missing Javascript files, due to eCommerce site lacking a valid SSL certificate. For more information on how to get rid of such issues, check out Redirect loop a trouble for WordPress or WooCommerce sites lacking SSL certificates”

b) Ensure PCI Compliance

Moreover, even though you are making a use of payment gateways, you will be dealing with customer data. Therefore, you should ensure that your payment gateway is PCI compliant in order to protect your customers.

c) Multiple Layers Security Protection

This security measure protects your eCommerce environment from application-level attacks like cross-site scripting and SQL injections. You can layer your security in terms of:

  • Contact forms
  • Login boxes
  • Search queries
  • Strong & secure passwords for logins, etc

d) Regular Security Patch Installation

Most of the breached eCommerce stores attacked by attackers only due to running old versions of software or codes. Therefore, while preparing to develop an eCommerce website, make sure about the usage of the latest security patch. If there is a release of new security patch, after your eCommerce project development, don’t wait even a single day to install it on your eCommerce store.

e) Precise Customer Data

There is no need to keep records of unnecessary customer data, especially when it comes to customers’ credit card numbers, expiration dates and other data not essential to your venture. Always store the precise amount of customer data so as to avoid the risk of compromising their private data.

2. No Dummy Data

Dummy data are the one of the most common mistakes that starters (especially in the eCommerce area) do. Dummy data are mainly used to build test products, brands, different product categories in order to generate required and fully functional theme for an eCommerce site and can be customized as per requirements once after eCommerce project development. However, some forget to purge such data from their stores which further leads to sales of test products and annoying customers. Therefore, while preparing for your eCommerce site development, make sure to remove such data before finally launching it.

3. Speed Optimization Checks

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The increase or decrease in the sales depends upon the eCommerce website’s speed. A slow speed eCommerce store always annoys customers and they leave it to refer other store loading faster.

As per Mainstreethost’s blog: (http://blog.mainstreethost.com/website-speed-and-sales)

“Amazon has noticed that for every 100-millisecond improvement to their site speed, they’re able to increase revenue by 1 percent. Wow.” Therefore, it is essential to consider speed optimization checks for better revenue growth, sales and conversions.

4. Responsive Layout

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Plan your eCommerce website’s layout. Ensure that you are going to use your eCommerce project to the fullest of its potential by making it responsive to customers available on mobile, tablet and desktop. Give your customers an optimized user experience with the layout changing eCommerce website.

5. Email Branding & Marketing Solutions

Branding

Don’t forget to include branded emails as a part of your eCommerce business. These emails should be clear and concise in terms of branded header, correct business name & contact details, consistent & relevant email signatures, social media icons and promotional clickable banners (only if necessary). A powerful branded email works like a marketing communication tool and help you to reach out to relevant customers.

6. Shopping Cart

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Make sure that the shopping cart is visible on every page of your Ecommerce site or make use of a hover for the cart and consistent product thumbnails. There should be an appropriate & a clear call to action to “add to cart” for landing pages with no navigation to keep the customer’s attention only on buying.

7. Checks regarding Products

Perform some checks about your products like:

a) Product Keywords: Good keywords for products are important to be successful in eCommerce business.

b) Product Title: A user friendly product name or title is not only beneficial in terms of reaching to relevant customers, but also helpful in terms of search engine ranking.

c) Product Descriptions: Clear, concise and relevant product descriptions help customers to know about your products and reach out to desired products.

d) Product size & variations: Ensure that you are maintaining products by using appropriate size group like small, medium, and large or color group like red, blue, black, etc.

e) Product Categories: Also categorize products in the right order so that customers can easily find them on your site. For example, women>>accessories>>bags>>hand bags.

f) Product Images: Use relevant images to represent your products to customers. The thumbnails or catalogs work well. There should be proper usage of resolution for large images and also Zoom-in/out feature.

g) Product Pricing Information: Make sure you are including base price, fix price, discount price, volume & static pricing and every other cost you need to mention for your products or various other options.

If you face any difficulty while performing these checks before starting your eCommerce development project, you can contact Envision Ecommerce. Based on our years of experience in Ecommerce industry, we will offer you free personalized consultation to make your venture thrive in the eCommerce marketplace.

How To Create an Online Kids Toys Store?

Creating an Online Kids Toys Store

Toy is the biggest magnet for kids. It is very difficult for parents to abate the demand of their kids for a toy at a toy store. Online kids toys store has gained a lot of popularity in recent times as it is the only possible way for the parents to keep kids away from the store.

Building an online toy store is indeed a profitable business. As per EMarketer’s recent research and stats, it is predicted that toys & hobby categories will grow at a compound annual rate of 16.2%, by 2017. Australia, US, France and UK are the biggest regions in terms of having sizable and rising kid populations. In 2014, these countries had child birth rates of 12.5 (a very high rate) per 1000 people. One can easily predict from such figures that the toy manufacturers of these countries will have a secure future. So, it has never been a better time to start an online kids toy store.

What Exactly Do You Need To Get Started?

Starting an online toy business requires a lot of hard work and need a little of technical training to get started. It only requires bringing out that inner child in you – factually. As you learn how to create your own successive online toy store, you may need a few recommendations to assist you along your way.

1. Your Online Portal is Everything

If you don’t know how to develop an online portal that works as everything for your successive toys selling, or you don’t have all essential skills or tools to create such toys portal, you may consider thousands of resources or templates available online to get started with. Pick those templates, pop of colors and themes that really speak to your targeted audience – usually kid’s parents or parents with kids. Mostly, still in order to make your online portal your hardest working employee, you will need eCommerce consultants who can help you develop your portal ensuring that you get the best out of it.

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2. Craft a Playful Identity

Create an online toy store by putting some creative thoughts (as per the viewpoint of kids or kid’s Parents) into your identity. Craft a unique & relevant name, eye-catchy logo, clean & minimalist layout, user friendly interface, mega menu, advanced search feature, fully responsive design to present your fully-functional online toy store. A better navigation feature will help you to easily manage your toys into logical categories. Choose images that deliver innocent fun and cheerfulness to kids and your toy store will go far. The most important thing to keep in mind is to ensure that you develop your online portal as per your audience.

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3. Go with Kid-Friendly Colors

Make your store attractive with kid friendly colors. An attractive and colorful online toy store always magnetizes kids and they compel their parents to come, visit and shop there. When creating your own toy store, ensure that you are choosing such attractive colors. The certified eCommerce consultants can ensure that your portal is best as per the standard UI/UX guidelines.

Kid-Friendly Colors

4. Add Most Demanding Toys into Store

After deciding all about designing and front-end presentation of your online store, it is the time to research the current toy industry. Find out the most demanding toys based on parameters like gender, age group, ease to use and so on. Add them to your store inventory and segregate them according to the latest toy trends like educational toys, electronic toys and Eco-friendly toys.

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5. Customized Apps for Your Store

These days everything is on mobile. M-Commerce is the future is what they say… It is beneficial to use customized apps along with an online toys portal. With the growth in mobile users, there is a huge growth in online shopping. Therefore, such customized apps will help you to make your selling toys online easy and extend the reach of your online kid toys store.

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6. Launch Your Online Toy Store

Ensure everything is working – whether links, toy category pages, payment sections and all, before finally launching your online toy store. Make sure you are availing most of the benefits by using latest social media channels and other marketing methods.

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At last, selling kids’ toys online through an online kids store is very profitable and you can fetch an additional income by just following above mentioned recommendations.