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9 E-commerce Insights

9 E-commerce Insights

9 e-commerce insights

9 E-commerce Considerations

9 e-commerce insights

With over 15 years experience in developing websites we have summarised our top 9 e-commerce insights worth considering if you are thinking of taking your bricks and mortar store online.

9 E-commerce Considerations

1. choose your platform

Shopify, Squarespace, Magento, .net or WordPress & WooCommerce? There are many pros and cons, but we prefer to develop and have over 10 years experience in developing and designing in the WordPress & Woocommerce platform.

9 E-commerce Considerations

2. domain forwarding

Purchasing and configuring the DNS to your domain name can be tricky if you are new to setting up a website. We can work with you to set up the correct records whether you already own your domain name or if we supply it to you.

9 E-commerce Considerations

3. payment gateway

Native Credit Card, PayPal or Stripe and more? Payment gateway options can be endless but there are a few staple payment methods that will get you up and running quickly. We work with you to set up the required user accounts and then integrate the payment gateway on your website.

9 E-commerce Considerations

4. https

An ECommerce website naturally needs to be secured … hence you will need an SSL to encrypted all incoming and outgoing user data from your website. That’s the padlock beside the URL bar and we do this for you.

See Google is changing how your website could be perceived.

9 E-commerce Considerations

5. delivery service

How are you going to ship your goods? We recommend the Australia Post API which integrates with WordPress/WooCommerce and calculates delivery costs based on product weight and the recipients Australian Post Code.

9 E-commerce Considerations

6. photography

To get high quality images you need professional lighting, possibly a light tent, a good camera with a good lens & deep etching.

Some photos could already be fine from your suppliers, but any photos you/we create should match that professional standard giving a professional perception to your customers.

9 E-commerce Considerations

7. accounting integration

Do you use Xero, MYOB or Quickbooks for your accounts and stock control?
It’s not necessary but worth considering. Wordpress & WooCommerce has various Addons that can integrate with these platforms ensuring your website sales and stock control match up to your accounting platform.

9 E-commerce Considerations

8. SEO

How you phrase and structure your website Keywords, Descriptions, Content & Blog can help get your website organically listed on Google.

We have experience with this … learn more here Search Engine Optimisation Explained.

9 E-commerce Considerations

9. offline and online marketing

Once your website is built, it does not automatically mean that people will know about it. It takes consistent work through offline and online marketing to get your website noticed. Your offline media such as your signage, press, stationery, packaging and more should all be aligned to your website. Online Digital Marketing such as Social Media, Content Marketing and Ads will also work to get your website noticed. We work with clients offline and online to get users visiting our clients websites.

to sum up

There are many considerations to weigh up when designing and developing an e-commerce website. Some are purley aesthetic whist others fundamental to the functionality and useablility of your website. It can be a mind field to understand these if you are new to setting up an online presence, but that’s why we are here to help. Hopefully these 9 insights provide an introduction to the world of e-commerce but feel free to reach out should you have any questions.

Daniel Borg

Daniel Borg

Creative Director

psyborg® was founded by Daniel Borg, an Honours Graduate in Design from the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Daniel also has an Associate Diploma in Industrial Engineering and has experience from within the Engineering & Advertising Industries.

Daniel has completed over 2800 design projects consisting of branding, content marketing, digital marketing, illustration, web design, and printed projects since psyborg® was first founded. psyborg® is located in Lake Macquarie, Newcastle but services business Nation wide.

I really do enjoy getting feedback so please let me know your thoughts on this or any of my articles in the comments field or on social media below.

Cheers Daniel

How to get off Google

How to get off Google

how to get off Google

how to get off Google

Whilst most businesses aim to not only get onto Google but get on the very first page of a Google search, there can be some instances where you want to get a particular web page taken out of Google’s search results.

Pages that are out of date or that you don’t want to show up in a Google search may still appear. Even when information is deleted from a website it can still show up on Google search.

If Google search brings up a page that no longer exists, then once the search result is clicked on a “404-page-not-found” error will be seen. This is not only bad because it may result in lost business, but search engines do not like this as the page appears “unhealthy” and it may effect the SEO of your website.

There is a way these pages can be removed from Google’s index, you simply have to ‘ask’ Google to update or remove it’s reference to your page.

how to remove content from Google Search

  1. Go to Google Search Console and if you haven’t already, set up and account and verify the ownership of your site
  2. From here, go to Google’s ‘Remove URL’s’ page (Google Index > Remove URL’s)
  3. Enter the exact URL of the outdated page in the Temporarily Hide box, including the http prefix (http:// or https://), the www, the domain and the page permalink. e.g. https://www.psyborg.com.au/a-page/  
  4. Click ‘Continue’ and ‘Submit Request’
  5. The message “This content is gone,” may appear, you still need to click “Request removal”.

After you submit your request to Google, you’ll see it listed on the Remove outdated content page. You can go back to that page to check the status of your request and once it is removed, this will be indicated on the status.

how do I stop further referencing?

You can stop further referencing of a page by blocking search engine crawlers from accessing pages. This is done by adding a robots.txt file to the root directory of your site via FTP upload.

The robots.txt file indicates the parts of your site that you do not want accessed by using the relevant disallow code.

All robots.txt codes, syntax and methods are available here.

to sum up

If you are interested in protecting the SEO of your website it is important to remove old pages from google search. Or if there is something embarrassing or outdated it may also be necessary to have those pages removed. If this is the case it is a fairly quick and an easy task and definitely worth doing.

Read more about how to increase SEO here and if you need someone to help you with this or want to learn how to take control of your websites SEO, just reach out.

Daniel Borg

Daniel Borg

Creative Director

psyborg® was founded by Daniel Borg, an Honours Graduate in Design from the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Daniel also has an Associate Diploma in Industrial Engineering and has experience from within the Engineering & Advertising Industries.

Daniel has completed over 2800 design projects consisting of branding, content marketing, digital marketing, illustration, web design, and printed projects since psyborg® was first founded. psyborg® is located in Lake Macquarie, Newcastle but services business Nation wide.

I really do enjoy getting feedback so please let me know your thoughts on this or any of my articles in the comments field or on social media below.

Cheers Daniel