Redesigning a Card-based Tumblr Layout with CSS Grid

In this tutorial we’re going to retrofit a grid-based design to a layout inspired by the What’re you into? Tumblr page, where the user can select a set of topics to tailor their recommended content. Only the visual design of the grid is executed, not the selection functionality, as shown …

What to include in a purchase order form for your eCommerce business

Purchase orders play a vital role in money management and bookkeeping, and they should be incorporated into any small business’s company procedures. But, if you have never dealt directly with purchase order forms, you might not understand what their true value is or what should be included when designing an …

Progressively Enhanced CSS Layouts: Floats to Flexbox & Grid

It can be difficult to achieve complex yet flexible and responsive grid layouts. Various techniques have evolved over the years but most, such as faux columns, were hacks rather than robust design options. Most of these hacks were built on top of the CSS float property. When the flexbox layout …

Smart Contract Safety: Best Practices & Design Patterns

Blockchain technology is still a highly experimental technology. Things move fast and you should expect constant changes in the security landscape, as new bugs and security risks are discovered and new best practices are developed. Following the security practices described in this article will help you better understand how to …

How to target back-to-school shoppers on your eCommerce site

Summer is in full swing — which means now is the perfect time to launch back-to-school sales, promotions and deals. Back-to-school shoppers offer a huge opportunity for retailers across a variety of industries, with back-to-school spending in the United States tallying a whopping $29.5 billion from 2006 to 2017. In …

Tips and tricks that make shipping easy for small eCommerce businesses

If you’re ready to make shipping easy on your business, you’ve come to the right place — and at the right time. A wide range of new technologies has emerged in recent years to help both small businesses and large enterprises better manage their shipping process. So, whether you run …

How testing your marketing messages can impact your small business

As you’ll no doubt be aware, the testing phase of a project is crucial. While a bug or two can be excusable, the same can’t be said if you make a mistake with your marketing messages. In fact, it can drive traffic away — permanently. You can reduce that risk, …

Improving Performance Perception with Pingdom and GTmetrix

This article is part of a series on building a sample application — a multi-image gallery blog — for performance benchmarking and optimizations. (View the repo here.) In this article, we’ll analyze our gallery application using the tools we explained in the previous guide, and we’ll look at possible ways …

Customer service chat for your eCommerce store — what to consider

  Businesses have always been looking for ways to please their customers. In 1868, Watkins Liniment became the first company  to offer a money-back guarantee. In 1887, Coca-Cola offered the first discount coupon. And more recently, in 1998, Jeremie Miller invented Jabber/XMPP, the open-source technology that most live chat platforms …

Best practices for using images on eCommerce product pages

There are several best practices to keep in mind when planning out the images for your eCommerce product pages. One of the most important tenets to keep in mind is that your customers can’t pick up your product and hold it in their hands, so you need recreate the “real …

Email fax: How does fax through email work?

If you’ve ever worked in an office environment you’ve most likely used a fax machine. You are probably asking, are businesses still using fax machines? You bet! Faxing is still popular with businesses because it provides a paper trail. Faxing also offers the convenience of being able to scan, copy …