Posted on March 22nd, 2019
Many e-commerce websites in the world today are based on Magento -- about 9 percent, to be precise. Also, Magento announced in July last year that it was officially ending support for all 1.x iterations of the eCommerce platform in November 2018. What this means for all those businesses that are still using these Magento versions is that unless they switch to Magento 2, they are unguarded from myriad security risks.
Considering that the upgrade process for even the simplest e-commerce websites will take roughly three to six months, the company will continue to provide supplementary support for a few more months. However, there's so long one can put off the decision. So, we return to the question: should you indeed migrate to Magento 2? Well, before we answer that, let's quickly go through some basics about it. The latest iteration of the e-commerce platform, Magento 2 is already being used by 1 in every four businesses. While some companies are still deliberating the switch, the fact remains that Magento 2 has already garnered significant popularity, primarily owing to its redesigned and user-friendly interface.
Here are some other benefits offered by Magento 2 over Magento 1:
1. Mobile-friendliness: Today, nearly 62 percent of consumers make purchases through their smartphones. Unfortunately, Magento 1 based websites don’t get optimized for mobile devices. However, seeing the increased reliance on mobile devices for shopping, the company made the Magento 2 platform considerably more mobile responsive.
2. Performance: Magento 2 runs about 20 percent faster than Magento 1. Moreover, it is a well-known fact that website speeds are an exceptional way to not only them rank better on search engines but also boost sales.
3. Admin Interface: Magento 1's admin interface was probably among its most prominent issues, especially for users that lacked a technical background -- they especially had a tough time maneuvering across the platform. Thankfully, Magento 2 offers a user-friendly interface that helps users find tools as well as add new product listings at a significantly faster pace.
However, to make a truly informed decision, it is also essential to be aware of the risks associated with Magento 2 migration. Some of them are listed below:
• The website can't be migrated to Magento 2 without proper assistance from developers and make necessary adjustments, like building extensions, that are not offered with Magento 2. Long story short, you are looking at additional development costs.
• Since Magento 1 themes can't be port straight into Magento 2, you will need to create new ideas from the ground up.
• Though the company offers Magento 2's Community Edition for free, the license fee for Enterprise Edition has gone up from $18,000/year to $22,000/year.
There is entirely no doubt that Magento 2 offers a ton of benefits, including a user-friendly admin interface and a better shopping experience for end-customers. Also, while it has much to offer, the switch to Magento 2 will require much effort. However, you can tackle these challenges rather easily with assistance from an expert Magento eCommerce web development. Remember, while the decision to switch is yours, you will still need professional help to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Posted on February 19th, 2019
Currently, the list of the most popular tools for cross-platform app development tools available in the market include three names: Xamarin, React Native, and Ionic. Unfortunately, it can be quite challenging to pick one between these options. So, we put together a quick comparison to help you decide which one is better suited for your requirements.
Xamarin offers two ways to develop mobile apps, i.e., Xamarin.Android/Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Forms. And, its performance is widely considered to being quite close to native app development.
Ionic' performance, however, isn’t close to native-like Xamarin or React Native. It is because it utilizes web technologies to render apps, which takes a toll on the speed. Furthermore, Ionic doesn’t use native components and, instead, attempts to replicate native behavior via web technologies.
2. Graphical User Interface
When it comes to GUI, Xamarin allows developers to create the UI in two distinct ways: via Xamarin.Forms or Xamarin.Android/iOS. Xamarin.Forms accelerate the development process and help save resources but affects the app's local look and feel. On the other hand, Xamarin.Android/iOS takes much time, but delivers a native look and explore in the context of UX.
Since React Native modules link with native UI controllers, this one delivers an excellent user experience which quite close to native. It also uses the ReactJS library with large UI elements that optimize development.
Ionic doesn't use native elements at all, rendering everything in HTML and CSS. It then implements Cordova to provide a native experience.
3. Code Reusability
Xamarin doesn’t need developers to switch between development environments because all Xamarin-based apps get developed in Visual Studio. Long story short, as much as 96 percent of the code gets reused with Xamarin.Forms.
Since React Native uses native components written in Swift, Java, or Objective-C, not supported across other platforms, developers have to put in effort work for changing the code. However, besides these native components, the remaining code, which is about 90 percent, can be re-used.
Apps developed in Ionic are universal, i.e. no matter the OS, they work reasonably well on each. However, some UI components must get adopted by the rules of every platform. It, in turn, means additional effort for the developers.
While the final decision is subjective, the above discussion shows that between the three, Xamarin is undoubtedly the quickest as well as the most comprehensive framework. Xamarin manages to stay neck and neck with the conventional approach for mobile app development, which means the platform’s features get utilized with sans restrictions and the development process too is similar to the one observed with Android Studio and Xcode. So, if you do decide to go with cross-platform app development using Xamarin technology, be sure to find a reliable service provider to ensure your enterprise app fully leverages the framework's myriad benefits and advantages.
Posted on February 4th, 2019
Considering the many advantages, many have taken it a notch up and added big data to the mix. This combination further enables the delivery of enhanced customer satisfaction through more targeted marketing and personalized customer experiences. Moreover, that's not all -- the combination of geolocation and big data allows companies to acquire a better understanding of their business along with their stand in the market.
To further examine the benefits of big data-driven geolocation apps and how they get used for delivering enhanced customer experience and also achieve better business results, let's discuss some of the use cases.
1. Geofencing: The most popular use of geolocation is in the context of marketing, wherein the company's initiatives target customers who foray into a specific area or location. It is most common among shops' apps, which, upon recognizing that a customer is in the vicinity of one of their stores, sends them discount coupons and special offers among a variety of other promotional material.
2. Better understand the customer: The data collected using geolocation, as well as data based on other factors such as browsing history and purchases, can be used for big data analysis to glean actionable insight. It, in turn, can be used to either improve or overhaul offers to better meet customers' demands and needs.
3. Transportation: Geolocation is of great consequence in the transportation and logistics industry since it allows businesses to make use of the data produced and gathered. Geolocation apps can help companies in this domain accumulate information about the fastest routes, roadworks, and traffic jams as well as calculate the delivery time. Furthermore, they also enable the development of more pragmatic schedules and production timelines. Moreover, that's not all; such apps can also keep customers engaged by allowing them to monitor how their order is progressing across the chain and by when the product will arrive at their doorstep.
4. Social media: Seeing as to how social media is all the rage right now, it isn't surprising to see that geolocation has made its presence felt in this domain too. Geolocation based apps enable companies to enhance engagement levels significantly. Case in point, Pokémon Go. Another use of geolocation and social media is to allow users to form a trail of digital markers as they visit different establishments and also rate their experiences, which can enable other customers to make more informed decisions.
While this discussion serves to provide a quick overview of the benefits offered by location-based app development, businesses must also account for other related factors, such as security and compliance. Companies must ensure that their process of collection and use of such data is safe and even by any applicable regulations. Eventually helping users feel assured about the safety of using their offerings and make better decisions.
Posted on January 17th, 2019
- favorite sports in your region or country
- favorite sports apps available in the app stores
- identifying specific end-user requirements
- types of sports-based applications (dedicated or aggregator)
- critical features of your app
- choice of language
- real-time score and news updates
- glitch-free app access, quick swiping, and more.
Posted on October 30th, 2017
Clean Aesthetics: This might sound pretty obvious but it is essential to have clean aesthetics for your online store. A web design is more about visual presentation than the information conveyed through it. You may be offering the best product possible in your niche, but if your home/landing page is cluttered or confusing, your online presence will eventually go down the drain. For creating a successful eStore, you must ensure an attractive user interface with a user experience as interactive and as simple as possible. Magento provides thousands of ready-to-use business-specific templates that have clean designs, intuitive layouts and complies with the latest web design trends. The templates are customizable to suit your business needs. Your store design should look fresh and compelling for a new user.
High-Quality Images: A successful eCommerce website is characterized by high-quality, full-width images having minimal text. The images on your website speaks about your website quality and business level. You can consider purchasing stock images or hire a professional photographer to capture high-quality pictures of your inventory. You can make your images configurable by offering zoom and color selection options. This will make your online store inventory easy to navigate resulting into a higher ROI.
Payment & Pricing: An eCommerce store without a payment gateway is just an online catalog. Although PayPal is a universally accepted payment method, integrating multiple payment methods such as debit, credit cards, and eWallets can ensure a reduced rate of cart abandonment. Multiple payment options provide customers the freedom to choose the payment gateway they prefer. Apart from that, pricing is another crucial factor that plays an important role in your online store success. Ensure you display your product prices, taxes, shipping charges and discounts clearly so that your customers know the final amount on the checkout page. Hidden costs on the checkout page often result in canceled transactions.
There are a couple of other things you need to take care of: an easy navigation, online customer support, security of your customer information, social media integration, responsiveness of your website, SEO, and reviews and ratings. Proper implementation of these things will not only make your web store move impressive but also help you stay on top of your competition. What are the other things an online entrepreneur should consider when building a successful online store? Share your ideas and thoughts with us in the comments below.
Posted on February 27th, 2017
Appropriate being the operative word here. Because a quick search will reveal that there are several tools that make the top 10 list for Java development. But these are popular choices and not necessarily the ones that are right for you. So how do you decide? One way of deciding this is to identify your concerns for every phase of the development cycle and narrow down on the tools that make your life easier. These tools can certainly help in writing richer, error-free code, providing the much-needed support for coding and development.
To begin with, you will need a Java Development Kit (JDK) supported by the following:
Posted on February 23rd, 2017
5 Logistics & Supply Chain Management Mobile Applications:
1. Logistics – A free Android mobile app designed to track vehicles, drivers, shipments, and clients. It is one of the best all-in-one mobile applications in the logistics and SCM space. If you are juggling with the logistics and warehousing operations, then Logistics app is the right solution to consider. It provides some serious operational capabilities that can help you extend visibility into your entire supply chain right from your mobile phone.
2. TomTom WEBFLEET – In the absence of your workforce, it is difficult to gain control over day-to-day operations. For this reason, TomTom created an application called WEBFLEET that tracks daily operations for your logistics business. It is an online mobile app that allows you to manage your fleets 24 hours a day. It is accessible via a web browser where managers can manage the entire field operations in real-time on their laptops or smartphones.
4. EazyStock – A cloud-based inventory optimization software for simplifying forecasting and inventory planning. EazyStock helps to reduce the excess and obsolete stock levels (i.e. bad inventory) from your warehouses to lower down costs while extending the availability of your profitable products. It offers easy API integration with any ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system. This helps inventory managers to automate the procurement and replenishment processes which historically were a guesswork resulting in reduced profit margins. EazyStock also includes attractive KPI dashboards that display how you stack up every month and call out areas where the costs can be reduced.
5. CoPilot Truck – This map and direction routing tool can be a game-changer for any professional truck driving business. It is an easy to use mobile app, providing essential turn-by-turn navigation. But it’s not your average Google Maps app. CoPilot Truck offers some extra algorithms to help truck drivers follow more efficient routes based on dynamic information such as routing parameters, truck height, weight recommendations, and load type for transporting hazardous material.
Posted on February 16th, 2017
Posted on February 16th, 2017
- Add-Migration "Age"
to create an upgrade script for our modification.
to run a database schema update.
Posted on February 9th, 2017