Considering Switching eCommerce Platforms? Download our FREE Platform Migration Checklist

2021 is poised to be the year many online store owners take a serious look at changing platforms. Whether it’s due to feature limitations, lack of support, or feelings they have outgrown their current one, moving a store to a different platform is a decision that should not be taken lightly.

When considering a move, it’s important to take a look at your current store, take notes on what features you want to carry over, what ones you can live without, and come up with a “wish list” of what you expect your new store to look and function like.

Once you’ve done that, it’s time to take a look at the big players in the eCommerce platform space, and there’s really only two – Shopify and BigCommerce.

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Holiday Shopping Tip: Setting Clear Shipping Time Expectations

2020 has been a big year for eCommerce due to COVID-19. With Americans quarantined, workplaces shifting to work-from-home, and bricks-and-mortar stores shuttered, online sales of everything from clothing to groceries saw increases.

With just a few weeks left before the start of the holiday shopping season, online store owners can expect to see their biggest (and busiest) fourth quarter ever.

As we have seen throughout the pandemic, UPS, FedEx and the United States Postal Service have experienced unprecedented package volume that impacted service level expectations for delivery times.

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Make it Big 2020: A Free Three-Day eCommerce Conference from BigCommerce

2020 has certainly been full of challenges. Many eCommerce stores have experienced record sales, while others had to reinvent themselves to keep the wheels of commerce moving. No matter what end of the spectrum your eCommerce business lies, there’s always room for improvement and opportunity for continued growth.

If you’re looking for practical advice on how to grow your business from industry leaders in retail, eCommerce, and business, mark October 6-8, 2020 on your calendar.

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Important Message for Solid Cactus Customers: Resolving Yahoo! Store Errors

Over the past few months, we have updated our Yahoo! Store clients about several changes and updates in regards site security. We’ve also communicated the importance of making sure all files, scripts, images, etc. are called via HTTPS to ensure your site is not loading mixed content and sending security messages to your visitors.

Over the past several days, we have received support requests from current and past customers of Solid Cactus about site security errors, most noticeably the absence of a secure “lock” in visitor’s web browsers.

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eCommerce Sales to Grow Faster the Next Three Years Is Your Store Ready?

There are a few things 2020 is going to be remembered for – coronavirus, social distancing, curbside pickup, and for eCommerce store owners – growth.

With nearly everyone in the United States under stay-at-home orders for much of the first half of the year, eCommerce sales boomed with many shoppers, believe it or not, making their very first online purchase.

The ease of online shopping and the closure of many bricks-and-mortar stores fueled growth in almost every vertical. While many eCommerce store owners continue to embrace the lift in sales, some wonder how long the boost will last.

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Three Features Your Store’s Onsite Search Should Have to Make You Money

When it comes to driving sales via search, many store owners just think about organic and paid and don’t consider their own website’s search engine as a source of revenue. Yes, having a good onsite search allows customers to find what they’re looking for, but it’s also a powerful sales and marketing tool.

Store owners who are using their shopping cart’s out-of-the-box search engine are missing out on many advanced features 3rd party search apps, like our own Search Magic, offer. While others who are using 3rd party search apps may not be using them to their advantage.

Today, we’re going to take a look at three features advanced search applications offer that can help you increase conversions.

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Search Magic – Affordable Search for Shopify and Yahoo! Store

Having a powerful site search on your eCommerce store not only helps shoppers find exactly what they’re looking for, but can actually increase order values and provide valuable information on your customer’s search behavior.

By using the out-of-the-box search provided by your shopping cart provider, or a 3rd party application with a limited feature set, you’re leaving money on the table.  Your store’s search should be a marketing tool designed and managed to not only pay for itself but generate revenue each time it’s used.

But, it doesn’t need to cost a fortune!

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Platform Migrations: BigCommerce -vs- Magento

Like many eCommerce store owners, you may have reached the point where you’re considering moving platforms. The decision to switch may be due to the fact that you feel you’ve outgrown your current one, or you need more features or functionality. In the eCommerce world it’s important that as your business grows, the technology behind it grows as well.

Over the past year, we’ve seen more and more store owners come to us to get our thoughts on moving to a different shopping cart. After speaking with them and learning about their business and goals for wanting to move, we make a recommendation to stay or leave.

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Search Magic Coming Soon to Shopify – How to Get Early Access

Today marks an important milestone in the history of Your Store Wizards.  A day nearly two years in the making with our development team putting in a countless number of hours along with many late nights and weekends.

One of our company’s long-term goals is to expand the number of platforms our flagship advanced search application, Search Magic, is available for.  Having been powering many of the largest eCommerce stores on the Yahoo! Store platform for several years, it was time to expand our reach.

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How COVID-19 Changed the Face of eCommerce

COVID-19 has changed the world in many ways. Grocery store aisles are no longer two-way streets. Pizza delivery is now “contactless.” Restaurants are either closed or coming up with creative ways to offer to-go or curbside pickup.

While traditional bricks-and-mortar businesses are learning to adapt to the changing environment, so is eCommerce. With nearly 95% of the American population under stay-at-home orders, some eCommerce store owners are experiencing sales levels they have never seen before. Unfortunately, some are not so lucky.

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