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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)

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)

What Are the Basics of PCI DSS?

First, PCI DSS stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. It started out as a series of five separate programs, namely: American Express Data Security Operating Policy, Discover Information and Compliance, JCB Data Security Program, MasterCard Site Data Protection and Visa Card Information Security Program. While each program was unique and came from different (in some cases, competing) brands, the overall aim was the same throughout: to ensure merchants meet minimum levels of security in storing, processing and transmitting cardholder data in order to better prote... (more)

The Maturity of Green Technology

If it weren't for efforts of inquisitive scientists and fastidious mathematicians however, it's debatable whether this green movement would have ever become so great. It is only since mankind learned of the fragility of the planet's resources, and the realities of what causes climate change (carbon-dioxide emissions) that governments, businesses and individuals have stood up to their responsibilities when it comes to efficiency. Why are companies going green? In today's competitive business environment, where resources are stretched and every efficiency matters, it's no wonder tha... (more)