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Magento has made its name in the world of e-commerce for these reasons. It is supported by some of the biggest names in online retailing, from Paul Smith to Olympus and Nestle. The Linux (PHP)-based platform has become the e-commerce solution for choice companies of all sizes. While its free and Magento Go versions are preferred by small businesses for their low cost and powerful out-of-the-box features, large retailers tend to prefer Magento's enterprise version because of its customisable look and functionality - as well as its impressive reporting and analytical tools. Delving further into where Magento excels ahead of the competition is the best way to explain its appeal to these various different market-retailers. It should also explain why Magento looks set to be the e-commerce platform of choice for a generation. Architecture and design The basic underlying... (more)

Improve E-Commerce Website Performance

Business Computing World August 2012 by Dominic Monkhouse In the busy 21st century, a large proportion of people no longer have the time or the inclination to physically go to the shops to buy goods. Luckily, many can now do this instead via their phone, laptop or tablet. Made ever easier via applications for portable devices, [...] ... (more)

Will 2012 Be the First M-Commerce Christmas?

With online retailers around the UK readying their systems for the annual Christmas hike in sales, anything websites can do to create a competitive advantage to differentiate them from their rivals will undoubtedly be essential. But while many firms may consider ramping up their marketing with special offers and promotions, one area that could prove especially fruitful may be embracing mobile commerce. This is no longer a niche technology, but one that should be a serious part of a firm's ecommerce strategy. Ensuring that ecommerce hosting solutions include provisions for users ... (more)

Many Firms 'Offer Confidential Details' Online

This is according to research conducted by KPMG, which revealed there are several common errors businesses make when hosting corporate websites. In fact, 15 per cent of companies on the Forbes 2000 list of enterprises offer hackers the ability to access private login portals or test features. As well as potentially giving access to criminals people could upload malware via these vulnerabilities. One of the most common issues was found to be temporary files, which sometimes reveal useful information about a website that hackers could exploit. KPMG found 553 occurrences of this du... (more)

Digital Channels 'Vital' to Retail Success

Research conducted by IMRG, eDigitalResearch and Portaltech Reply found companies that sell using multiple platforms expect sales from online and mobile portals to account for 45 per cent of their total revenue by 2014. By this time, sales from brick-and-mortar stores will drop to 40 per cent of a typical firm's income. The study indicated that having multichannel capabilities is vital in the current trading environment. 98 per cent of businesses surveyed are already running two or more customer touchpoints - a 12 per cent increase from 2011, while there has also been significan... (more)